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The Book Club @91.7 is currently on hiatus. Mark Perzel has moved to the mountains of North Carolina to be closer to family. However, all the interviews are still posted here for you to enjoy. Thank you for listening to The Book Club!


The Hamilton County Ohioana Library Association presentedd their Cooper Award for commitment to books, reading and literacy to 91.7 WVXU and our show The Book Club @91.7. Mark Perzel accepted the award and we appreciate the recognition from Ohioana!

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Marcus Sakey: Written in Fire

Feb 26, 2016

  For thirty years humanity has struggled - and failed - to cope with the "brilliants," the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts.

Marcus Sakey presents part 3 of the Brilliance Saga series, Written in Fire.

  In The Good News About What's Bad For You... The Bad News About What's Good for You author Jeff Wilser shares all the research that allows you to celebrate all your vices and stop feeling bad about not brushing your teeth after eating that extra slice of cake.

Macy's Arts Sampler Weekend

Feb 26, 2016

  Hillary Copsey from ArtsWave has a preview of this year's Macy's Arts Sampler weekend which happens February 27-28.

Patrick Wensink: Fake Fruit Factory

Feb 19, 2016

  When NASA determines an errant satellite will crash in the eccentric small town of Dyson, Ohio, the town's young mayor uses the ensuing media circus to attract tourism and save his bankrupt rust belt community.

Patrick Wensink's Fake Fruit Factory hilariously captures the peculiarities of small town life through the story of a wacky community finding its place in contemporary America.

Mike Ritland: Team Dog

Feb 19, 2016

  Team Dog by Mike Ritland introduces pet owners everywhere to the new and distinctive authority on how to train your dog... the Navy SEAL way.

His unique approach uses entertaining examples and anecdotes from his work with dogs on and off the battlefield and direct tips from the Navy SEAL guidebook to teach dog owners how to: choose the perfect dog for their household, establish themselves as the “team leader,” master “command and control,” employ “situational awareness,” and to solidify their dog’s position as the family’s ultimate best friend.

Christina Vella: George Washington Carver: A Life

Feb 19, 2016

  George Washington Carver was an accomplished botanist, known for his discovery of many uses for the peanut, but his life required great perseverance and character to overcome a wealth of societal obstacles. 

Author Christina Vella discusses her biography, George Washington Carver: A Life.

  Andrea Vetter from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County talks about the current exhibit at their main branch, Tiny Tomes: A Peek at the Smallest Books in the Collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Scott Barry Kaufman: Wired to Create

Feb 12, 2016

Based on psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman’s groundbreaking research, Wired to Create offers a glimpse inside the “messy minds” of highly creative people, revealing the latest findings in neuroscience and psychology, along with engaging examples of artists and innovators throughout history.

Lisa Gardner: Find Her

Feb 12, 2016

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora Dane was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, she learned just how much one person can endure. But is Flora a victim or a vigilante?

New York Time Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner presents her newest suspense novel, Find Her.

Edward Lengel: First Entrepreneur

Feb 12, 2016

Edward Lengel's First Entrepreneur:  How George Washington Built His--and the Nation's--Prosperity will transform how ordinary Americans think about George Washington and how his success in commercial enterprise influenced and guided the emerging nation.

Les Six & The Roaring 20's

Feb 12, 2016

Aimée Langrée from concert:nova talks about Les Six & The Roaring 20's, a celebration of the avant garde musicians and the rebellious, irreverent and dramatically artistic spirit of Paris.

Austin Murphy: Super Bowl Gold

Feb 5, 2016

As the Super Bowl celebrates its 50th anniversary, sports columnist Austin Murphy discusses Super Bowl Gold, a celebration of the grandeur and spirit of the Big Game presented by the writers of Sports Illustrated.

Colleen Hoover: November 9

Feb 5, 2016

New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with November 9, an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse who agree to meet on the same date every year.

Sharony Green: Remember Me to Miss Louisa

Feb 5, 2016

While it is known that Cincinnati had the largest per capita population of mixed race people outside the South during the antebellum period, historians have yet to explore how geography played a central role in this outcome.

Remember Me to Miss Louisa by Sharony Green explores the hidden black-white intimacies in Antebellum America.


Feb 5, 2016

Christopher Eanes, artistic director of Collegium Cincinnati, previews CantataFest, featuring over 100 singers at Christ Cathedral Church at 4pm February 6.

Chapter Two at the Covedale

Jan 29, 2016

Mindy Heithaus portrays Faye Medwick in the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts production of Neil Simon's comedy Chapter Two onstage through February 14.

Zoo Week at the Kenton County Public Library

Jan 22, 2016

Lauren Brandstetter, Children's Programmer for the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Public Library, talks about Zoo Week, happening Monday, Jan 25 through Saturday, Jan 30.

Richard Polt: The Typewriter Revolution

Jan 15, 2016

The Typewriter Revolution by Richard Polt provides practical advice on how to choose a typewriter, how to care for it, and what to do with it. It celebrates the unique quality of everything typewriter -- fully-illustrated with vintage photographs, postcards, manuals, and more. 

Gregory Maguire: After Alice

Jan 15, 2016

From Gregory Maguire, bestselling author of Wicked comes After Alice, a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic.

Amber Hunt: The Kennedy Wives

Jan 15, 2016

The public's connection to the Kennedy family comes most strongly through the wives, whose pain, heartbreak, and grief seemed immensely public and lonely and personal at the same time. Amber Hunt's book The Tragic Lives of the Kennedy Wives examines five of the Kennedy matriarchs: Rose, Jackie, Ethel, Joan, and Vicki.

The Wizard of Oz at The Carnegie

Jan 15, 2016
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Sean P. Mette , who portrays The Cowardly Lion, talks about the "lightly staged" production of The Wizard of Oz with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra at The Carnegie in Covington, January 21-31, 2016.

James Rollins: The Bone Labyrinth

Jan 8, 2016

A war is coming, a battle that will stretch from the prehistoric forests of the ancient past to the cutting-edge research labs of today, all to reveal a true mystery buried deep within our DNA. But will it mark a new chapter in our development . . . or our extinction?

Ronny Salerno: Fading Ads of Cincinnati

Jan 8, 2016

Hidden down alleyways, on street corners or on the bricks above the cityscape, Cincinnati's fading advertisements hide in plain sight. These ghost signs still tout their wares and services, remnants of a bygone era. Each sign has a vivid story behind it unique to its era, product and craftsmanship.

Daniel J. Levitin: The Organized Mind

Jan 8, 2016

Readers of Daniel J. Levitin’s two previous books have come to know and trust his unique ability to translate cutting edge neuroscience into an informative and entertaining narrative.

Double Sided from MamLuft Dance

Jan 8, 2016

Jeanne Mam Luft from MamLuft & Co. Dance talks about their 9th season production of Double Sided happening January 14-17 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

Chantal Martineau: How the Gringos Stole Tequila

Jan 1, 2016

Chantal Martineau's How the Gringos Stole Tequila traces the spirit's evolution in America from frat-house firewater to luxury good. But there's more to the story than tequila as upmarket drinking trend.

Richard Hoskin: The Miner & the Viscount

Jan 1, 2016

Richard Hoskin, originally from England, now lives in Cold Spring, KY and talks about his historical novel, The Miner & the Viscount.

Matt Kaplan: The Science of the Magical

Jan 1, 2016

From Matt Kaplan, the author of The Science of Monsters, comes The Science of the Magical, an engaging scientific inquiry that provides a definitive look into the elements of mystical places and magical objects—from the philosopher’s stone, to love potions to the oracles—from ancient history, mythology, and contemporary culture.

Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights

Jan 1, 2016

Abby Schwartz, director of the Skirball Museum at Cincinnati's Hebrew Union College, talks about the exhibit Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights on display through January 24.

Kenner Toy exhibit at the Public Library

Dec 25, 2015

Brian Powers, Genealogy and Local History Librarian from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, talks about the Kenner Toy exhibit on display at the main branch downtown through January 16.