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We're getting into the Downton Abbey spirit as our friends in public television prepare to air the sixth and final season starting January 3rd.

Details coming soon!

The next meeting of the WKMS Book Club will feature British literary classic, Pride & Prejudice - with tea, scones and a LOT of Mr. Darcy. 


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The Old Farmer's Almanac is the longest published periodical in North America, in continuous publication since 1792. Their 2016 edition was released in September and Tracy Ross speaks with Senior Associate Editor, Sarah Perreault about the new issue, methodologies for weather forecasting and work underway on the 2017 anniversary issue.

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There's a lot of buzz about Harper Lee's new novel Go Set a Watchman. On Sounds Good, Jenni Todd, Asia Burnett and Kate Lochte preview the first WKMS Book Club event Wednesday, August 12 @ 5:30 pm to discuss this release. 

Update: Kate Lochte, Asia Burnett and Jenni Todd look forward to the book club, with a preview on Sounds Good  

There's been a lot of buzz about Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman recently. Whether you love it or hate it, we'll be hosting our first WKMS Book Club event Wednesday, August 12 @ 5:30 pm. Save the date to join us at the station and share your thoughts with other listeners and WKMS staff.

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird 

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Nicole Walker, author of the memoir Quench Your Thirst with Salt, comes to the July Reading Series of the Murray State MFA in Creative Writing program. Her book is part cultural critique part scientific treatise on the 'strangeness' of growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Walker about her book, the power of writing and her series of letters to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on her website Nikwalk, protesting cuts to higher education.

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In the spring of 1946, "The Phantom Killer" attacked eight people around Texarkana, Texas, killing five. Three of the dead were 17 years old or younger. To this day, these serial murders remain officially unsolved. The murders were dramatized in the 1976 movie The Town That Dreaded Sundown, directed by Charles Pierce, (who happens to be buried in Dover, Tennessee.) On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Presley about this dark chapter in his hometown's history.

Friends of the McCracken County Public Library host their annual book sale event this weekend, featuring a huge collection of books priced at $1 dollar and a special table of early editions, local authors and art books priced a little higher. On Sounds Good, Ann Carneal says proceeds go to library services: from books to services like children's programs and continuing education. She also offers some 'pro tips' for hunting your next good read.

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This Sunday, Calloway County Library and the Murray-Calloway Endowment for Health Care present a community read of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Constance Alexander and Sandy Linn join Kate Lochte on Sounds Good with a preview of the event, insight into the grant funding an effort to focus on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers through the arts and their impressions of the book.

10 Great Books for Young Readers

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Sometimes it's tough finding a gift for the kids in your life. Murray State University Waterfield Library's Katherine Farmer stops by Sounds Good with a list of great books to give young readers over the holidays. She says she's a fan of kids' stories, even though one might not think they appeal to older audiences. Here are her top picks, just in time for the holidays.