BookMark / Weekly Book Reviews
Find out about the books our listeners couldn't put down and submit your own review proposal. BookMark focuses on new releases and books by Pennsylvania authors. But sometimes you'll hear a new take on a classic.
BookMark features book reviews submitted by anyone who lives within the WPSU-FM listening area. Tune in biweekly at 5:45pm on Thursdays and at 9pm on Sundays.
Jennier Haigh’s latest book, News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories, is about the residents of a fictional coal mining town in Pennsylvania. Reviewer Kirk Weixel has long been an admirer of Haigh’s work. He’s known the author since she attended high school with his children.
This year’s pick for One Book Bradford is Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain. It’s a novel about family, aging, and death--told through a Golden Retriever. Reviewer Cheryl Bazzoui lives in Bradford. She is a pet owner, registered nurse, and author.
Since 2010, Penn State's Center for American Literary Studies has paired with Centre County Reads to present a program in which the entire community--on and off campus- -is encouraged to read a single novel. This year, the selection is Sandra Cisneros’ Caramelo. Reviewer Shannon Brace is a student intern at the Center for American Literary Studies.
First-grade teacher Sue Shaffner has read thousands of children’s books. She reviews a new personal favorite: Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat, this year’s Caldecott Medal winner.
For Black History Month, Eric Ian Farmer reviews The Amistad Rebellion, an account of the slave rebellion at sea that proved pivotal to our country’s notions of freedom.
Travel writer Jill Gleeson reviews Carolyn Turgeon’s The Next Full Moon. This young adult novel is a fairy tale set in Central Pennsylvania.
Muchacho, by LouAnne Johnson, tells the story of how a boy with a troubled past begins to realize his potential. Our reviewer, Joan Papalia-Eisert, lives in Youngsville, where she grew up with the book’s author, LouAnne Johnson.
Bombshell examines the stories and motives of female terrorists. Our reviewer, Paige Deckert, is a PhD candidate at Penn State University Park. She’s also a research assistant at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State.
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