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Book cover of “On This Day in Poetry History” by Amy Newman
WNIJ 89.5 FM will feature five regional works of fiction as part of its continuing “Read With Me” book series. The series, hosted by Dan Klefstad, broadcasts interviews with the authors, who read selections of their work and share their inspirations. “Read With Me” will air every morning at 6:52 and 8:52 a.m. beginning Tuesday,...
Thomas Rhoden
Drawing on his Texas roots, NIU student Thomas Rhoden recently released “Texaners,” a collection of eight short stories published by Etoile Solitaire Press. It is the sixth book for Rhoden, a doctoral student in political science. “I’ve spent about a decade in Southeast Asia, but for the last two years I’ve been in Thailand,” said...
Book cover of “Paris, He Said” by Christine Sneed
The 2015 WNIJ Winter Book Series begins Monday, Dec. 7, and features authors from throughout northern Illinois. Each Monday in December at 6:50 and 8:50 a.m., Dan Klefstad speaks with authors about their books as well as their motivation and inspirations. He also invites the authors to read selections of their published pieces. Dec. 7:...
Book cover of "When Bad Things Happen to Rich People"
Several publications from Northern Illinois University Press received awards in 2015. “When Bad Things Happen to Rich People,” by Chicago-based author Ian Morris, was named a finalist in the Midwest Independent Publishing Association’s 2014 Midwest Book Awards in the contemporary fiction category. The darkly comic novel was published by NIU Press’s fiction imprint, Switchgrass Books....
Book cover of “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Beloved and celebrated for five decades, not only in print but in cinema, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” has crafted a pedigree the envy of most writers. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel served not only as Lee’s glorious debut but her swansong as well; the reclusive author all but disappeared after its 1960 publication while...
Book cover of “Vintage Attraction” by Charles Blackstone
Authors Katie Andraski, Charles Blackstone and G.K. Wuori, participants in the #WNIJReadWithMe Book Series, will share their experiences in two “Writing the Novel” panels hosted by WNIJ and the Rockford Public Library. The events will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, in the Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center and at 7 p.m. Wednesday,...
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The 2015 WNIJ Winter Book Series, which begins Monday, Feb. 2, features authors from throughout northern Illinois. At 6:50 and 8:50 a.m. each Monday in February, Dan Klefstad speaks with an author about his or her book as well as his or her motivation and inspirations and invites the authors to read selections of their...
Book cover of “Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music”
During the 1920s and 1930s, Mississippi produced two of the most significant influences on 20th century culture: the modernist fiction of William Faulkner and the recorded blues songs of African-American musicians such as Charley Patton, Geeshie Wiley and Robert Johnson. In “Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner’s Fiction and Southern Roots Music,” the first book examining both Faulkner...
Molly McNett
NIU students taking fiction and First Year Composition classes taught by English instructor Molly McNett can be assured of this: They’re learning from one of the nation’s best writers. McNett has proven time and time again that she’s the real deal. Now the award-winning short-fiction author has yet another national recognition to add to her...
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The Friends of NIU Libraries is hosting a panel discussion on fantasy fiction. The program, which is titled “Fantasy Fiction: Ask the Real Wizards,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Rare Books and Special Collections on the fourth floor of Founders Memorial Library. The discussion will be geared for a wide...
Daniel Wilson
Are you smarter than your smart phone? Can you outdrive a self-driving car? The technology we rely on is becoming more and more sophisticated. Could humanity survive if that technology turned evil? Daniel H. Wilson, who explores the possibility of a machine uprising in his novel “Robopocalypse,” will visit NIU and the Sycamore Public Library this...
Retired NIU English instructor Ildikó Carrington wasn’t a bit surprised when Alice Munro was named recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature earlier this month. “I am delighted that she won it,” Carrington says. Back in 1989, Carrington wrote the first American book-length critical study of the Canadian writer’s works. Titled “Controlling the Uncontrollable:...
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