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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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July 2017 book selection

The Lost Letter

by Jillian Cantor


Posts About The Lost Letter 

June 21, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

When Jillian Cantor sets about writing a novel, she first puts hours and days into researching her subject.  This was evident in her novel, The Hours Count, which we read last year.  Her new novel, The Lost Letter has required even more exacting research.  This time we are taken to Austria, in 1938, just after Kristalnacht.  Along with the atrocities of the Nazi's we also learn a bit about stamp engraving and how it relates to the forging of "papers" by the resistance.  We are introduced to sympathetic characters and a very interesting storyline that will cover more than 40 years.  Please join us on July 11th at either 2pm or 6pm in our Community Room for a face to face conversation about this interesting book.

June 13, 2017 | Vicki Lorini

We hope those of you who joined us for the John Lescroart event enjoyed the evening.  We are moving from San Francisco to Europe for our July read.  Jillian Cantor's latest book,  The Lost Letter will be our choice for our Face to Face meetings to be held July 11th at 2pm and 6pm in our Community Room.  The story travels between Austria in 1938 and Los Angeles in 1989. Kristoff, is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans, and simultaneously works alongside Elena, his beloved teacher's daughter, and with the Austrian resistance to send underground messages and forge papers. 

In 1989, in Los Angeles, Katie Nelson is going through a divorce and while cleaning out her house and life in the aftermath, she comes across the stamp collection of her father, who recently went into a nursing home. When an appraiser, Benjamin, discovers an unusual World War II-era Austrian stamp placed on an old love letter as he goes through her dad's collection, the two stories collide.

Please join us to discuss this well written, and compelling story. 

In Conversation with Donna Apidone

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John Lescroart - Fatal

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January 2017 selection: False Friend

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