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CapRadio Reads is a book club and online reading community, hosted by Capital Public Radio. Moderator Vicki Lorini and host Donna Apidone encourage you to participate in person or on the website.

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August 2016 book selection


by Julian Fellowes


Posts About Belgravia 

July 27, 2016

High tea. It is a staple of London’s high society and the setting for a significant scene in Julian Fellowes’s novel, Belgravia. Tension is high as Charles Pope has Lady Brockenhurst, Anne Trenchard and Lady Maria Grey to tea. Yet such drama does not preclude formality or civil discussion.

Tea will also be served at CapRadio Reads discussions of the novel in August, and the expectations of civility are just as high as in Belgravia. You may want to practice your pinkie lifts for these get-togethers.

Reserve your seat for one of our book discussions on Tuesday, August 9, at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m.


July 20, 2016

This is the perfect time for a beach read, even if you are not at the beach. Julian Fellowes’s new novel, Belgravia, is just right for summer, and it’s easy to see why the book is getting good reviews.  

Although Fellowes’s new work can be categorized as “Downton Abbey Light,” it is great fun to read. If you are using the Belgravia “app,” you have access to additional information about high society in the early 1840s. For example, when invited to a grand country house for the weekend, is it best to bring one maid or two? How many day dresses will you need? Fellowes has assembled a team to answer these and other questions, and the questions may amuse you.

Don’t let your weekend at the country house interfere with your next visit to CapRadio Reads. Come back in time for our conversations on Tuesday, August 9th at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Reserve your seat for one of these discussions. Give the maid the day off.

In Conversation with Donna Apidone

July 2016 selection: Kitchens Of The Great Midwest

J. Ryan Stradal - Kitchens Of The Great Midwest

March 2016 selection: A Small Indiscretion

Jan Ellison - A Small Indiscretion

January 2016 selection: The Tsar Of Love And Techno

Anthony Marra In Conversation With Donna Apidone

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July 30, 2016

Last week on the show author Dave Eggers and Scott Simon agreed that they couldn't think of any protagonists in fiction who are dentists. This week we have a correction, and literary dentist readings.

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