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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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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

August 2013 book selection

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

Anthony Marra Event Wows Crowd

August 13, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

MarraeventAnthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, walked into our CapRadio Reads event last night a writer, and walked out a rock star.  His conversation with Donna Apidone was intriguing, insightful and really very funny. As part of the "in conversation" piece of the program we were able to glean a peek inside his visits to Chechnya...."Is Vladimyr Putin still looking for you?", his secret behind the mysterious suitcase in his book, and his girlfriend's hope for a warmer location for his next book.  Sorry, it seems Antartica will be the setting.

Our guests were treated to glorious appetizers from Magpie Catering and even, in an homage to the setting of the book, a vodka tasting.

We are thrilled that so many of you are attending these wonderful events. The comments last night were absolutely universal in their praise for the author and for the clever questions Donna asked. It was also a treat to hear the excellent questions from the audience. 

Don't miss a minute of this book club. Please sign up early so you get your space at the table for the next face-to-face meeting. We'd love to see you.

As always, thanks for reading

"A Novel So Ambitious and Fully Realized..."

August 5, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Anthony Marra was schooled at the Iowa Writer's Workshop and is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.  After reading his book, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, I appreciate even more what these fine institutions can do for a writer.  However, just as performance enhancing drugs can make a good bike rider in to a great rider, no amount of schooling could have made Anthony Marra the writer he is today if his level of talent hadn't started out at a very high place.  His words make you weep and howl at the injustice of life, and cry at the simple pleasures.  Did you find yourself holding your breath, hoping you were wrong about where life was taking these characters? If you've finished the book, has it left you yet? How many people have you told they MUST read this book?  

I am so proud that Mr. Marra will be visiting CapRadio Reads on Monday, August 12.  Please, sign up now and join us. 

As always, thank you for reading.  

An Evening With Anthony Marra

July 31, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Please join us for an incredible evening with Anthony Marra "In conversation" with Morning Edition host Donna Apidone, a Q&A with you in the audience and some lovely Eastern European appetizers and wine.  The date is August 12th at 6:30pm, and tickets, available now are $10.00 per person.  I guarantee this event will sell out fast so please hit that red button on the website to reserve your seat now.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a tremendous book. The story takes place in Chechnya, a place we are sadly now more familiar with, because of the Boston Bombings.  What I did not know when I read this book, nearly 6 months ago, was what horrific things were going on there during their long and bitter war the the Russians. 

This story takes place over five days in the midst of  that war.  The setting is a bombed out hospital, and the characters are a young girl, a failed doctor and a female surgeon all of whom are trying to cope in an incrdiblly difficult situation.  I won't say much more here, but what I will tell you is, be prepared.  This book will not let you go, once you start and it will stay with you long after you have finished.

I look forward to seeing you at the author event and I can't wait to hear this conversation.

As always, thanks for reading.

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