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Education
12:42 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10 Great Books for Young Readers

The cover of "Julia's House for Lost Creatures" by Ben Hatke.
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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.

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3:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'American Afterlife' Author on the Oddities of Death, Reads at Murray State

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Atlanta NPR station WABE's award winning news reporter and author of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Kate Sweeney, visits Murray State University to give a reading tomorrow (Thursday) at 7:30 p.m. in Clara Eagle Gallery. The University of Georgia Press publication is about memorialization of death, both current and historic. Kate Lochte speaks with Sweeney on Sounds Good about the work of creative non-fiction.

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12:12 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Paducah Author Collects Recipes from Kentucky & Tennessee Celebrities for Nonprofits

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Paducah author Pamela Whinnery has collected recipes from Tennessee and Kentucky celebrities and published them in two cookbooks. On Sounds Good, she explains how she went about collecting the recipes from Academy award winners, to well-known musicians, to Olympic medalists. Whinnery splits the proceeds of sales of the cookbooks with non-profits, large and small and previews the event Monday at WKCTC.

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4:21 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NPR's David Greene on New Book 'Midnight in Siberia'

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As his two-and-a-half year post as NPR's Moscow bureau chief came to an end, David Greene decided to chase after one final story. Together with Sergei, his translator, co-producer, and closest friend in Russia, Greene rode the Trans-Siberian Railway across the country - a 6,000 mile journey - to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Kate Lochte speaks with Greene on Sounds Good.

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2:31 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: The Flanders Panel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of uncommon mystery reviews on Sounds Good with Arturo Pérez Reverte's 1990 mystery The Flanders Panel. It's a multi-layered, 'whodunit' thriller set in the world of art restoration and the riddles of a Renaissance-era masterpiece.

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Commentary
4:34 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Death is a Lonely Business

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One of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century also dabbled in stylish noir tales of mystery and murder. Drawing inspiration from Raymon Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Ray Bradbury penned a mystery set in a 1950s Venetian circus and the quirky detective Elmo Crumley.

On Sounds Good, Murray State University Professor Emeritus Michael Cohen continues his series of commentaries about "uncommon mysteries" with a review of Ray Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business, published in 1985.

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2:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Uncommon Mystery: Auster's "City of Glass"

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Commentator Michael Cohen returns with another round of "Uncommon Mysteries" on Sounds Good. The first is also happens to be the first novel in The New York Trilogy, penned by Paul Auster. City of Glass, published in 1985, is considered a "soft-boiled, meta mystery" by critics, inspired by the postmodern movement in which the author himself is referenced as a character in the story. Drawing from Don Quixote, the private investigator struggles with madness, identity and reality.

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Culture
4:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Nearly 24,000 Books for Sale in Paducah, Including Rare and Out-of-Print Works

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This year's Friends of the McCracken County Public Library book sale is likely to be one of their largest, featuring an estimated 24,000 books, from genres including art, history, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, westerns, literary fiction, large print works and children's books. They received a large donation from a book store going out of business as well as several rare and out-of-print works. On Sounds Good, Jennie Boyarski speaks with Kate Lochte about the sale and some of the unique finds.

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12:30 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Vampire Novelist from Benton Debuts Final Book in Trilogy

"For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy. Dating them is the hard part."

Author T. Michelle Nelson's vampire fiction heroine finishes her run with the last in the Lily Drake series, "Death Warmed Over," released today. The novel published by Inkspell Publishing, concludes the trilogy by the Benton native and Murray State graduate.  From her website: "When a devastating loss crushes her will to live, can Lily go on and be the leader she has to be?  What is she willing to sacrifice to save others?" Hear the conversation:

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Arts
4:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Cadiz Author Captures High School World in Novel 'Small Forces'

Cadiz resident Mike Conver's novel Small Forces captures a credible high school world of kids, parents, and teachers dealing with learning disabilities, drug dealers and retirement- focused administrators. Kate speaks with the educator-turned-author about his new book on Sounds Good.

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