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January 2016 book selection

Posts About The Tsar of Love and Techno 

November 25, 2015

Six Degrees of Separation
My career in the book business started at a little shop in Palo Alto, California, called Shirley Cobb's Books. It was a lovely store, we sold only hardcover books, and we were not allowed to wear pants to work, only skirts for the "ladies.” Our owner was the daughter of Ty Cobb, the famously nasty, but great, baseball player from Georgia. His daughter was just as gruff, but just as great. Her book shop was a family of booksellers (Joan Baez Sr. worked with me) and customers (Wallace Stegner and Dr. Seuss were regulars). Because we were located so close to Stanford, we had a large contingent of professors and students coming through our store on a daily basis. Having Wallace Stegner as a customer, I had an opportunity to see what he was reading, as well as what he was writing, and it was all good. 
While at Stanford, Stegner founded a fellowship program. One recipient of the Stegner Fellowship is Anthony Marra, who is our featured author for the January anniversary party for CapRadioReads. 
Marra is in good company.  Ken Kesey worked on his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest while a Stegner Fellow. Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolff and Scott Turow have all been Stegner Fellows. Now, Anthony Marra not only joins a long list of distinguished writers who have honed their craft at Stanford, he is bringing along new students with his teaching. Imagine the fantastic things that will come from this program.
We are so fortunate to have Anthony Marra back at CapRadioReads, this time with his extraordinary new collection of short stories called The Tsar of Love and Techno. Please join us on January 26 at 6 p.m. for an evening with Anthony and Donna Apidone In Conversation.  It will be an evening you will long remember.
Reserve your space soon. We expect a sellout.

November 18, 2015

I cannot write a word this week without mentioning the attacks on one of my favorite cities, Paris. People around the world are expressing sadness, even anger, about what happened, but I feel that bringing back wonderful memories of trips there, and re-reading the best books about the City of Light, might be helpful. Three books immediately come to mind. If you have others, please leave us a comment, so we can expand the list. 

The first book is one I read years ago, and I have been referencing it ever since. It's called Paris to the Moon, by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik. He has written some compelling pieces this week, but this book, written long ago, is about his life as an expat in Paris with his young family. He explains that living in a new city in a new country must be navigated in the same way he adjusts to a new son. There are new routines, new language and a new appreciation for things previously unknown. He clearly loves the city, and he has a funny and honest way of describing some typically French situations.

The second book is new. In The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George, we meet Monsieur Perdu, a literary apothecary, who has a bookstore on the Seine. Perdu has an intuitive knack for finding the exact book a reader needs to mend a broken heart. The only one he can't seem to heal is himself. This book is a love letter to books and to Paris.

The third book needs no explanation. Eloise in Paris, by Kay Thompson, is an absolute joy. Just read it. You will smile all day long.

These books will give you a renewed love for Paris. You may even be inspired to plan a trip. Either way, I think you will enjoy the journey.

While you are planning, don't forget to plan a visit to our event on January 26 at 6pm to hear Donna Apidone interview Anthony Marra about his new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno. It is fantastic. This is our Third Anniversary Party, so it will be an extra special night for CapRadio Reads. I hope to see you there.


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The Chapbook: Yesterday’s Revolution, Today’s Renaissance

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