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A conversation with young adult author Barabara Stewart

Chis Robinson, co-host of Readers & Writers, talks with Barbara Stewart about her young adult novel The In-Between, a phantasmagoric story told at the intersection of spirituality and medicine.

In our Book Club blog, Robinson says of the book "If you have a young adult in your life who loves scary movies, fantasy, science fiction, and romance, then Barbara Stewart's The In-Between will be the perfect gift.  Go to full article
Richard Rodriguez at the Pacific News Service 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pnsnam/5182211403/">New American Media</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Richard Rodriguez at the Pacific News Service 40th Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Photo: New American Media, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Richard Rodriguez discusses "Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography"

Essayist Richard Rodriguez is most widely known as a commentator on the PBS NewsHour. He is the author Hunger of Memory, Brown, Days of Obligation, and the brand new Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.

In Darling, he explores the three religions that sprung from Abraham in a desert culture that is austere, dangerous, and prone to spiritual visions. Rodriguez writes this memoir in part as as a response to Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and others who formed the "New Atheism." He talks about the book with Chris Robinson of the Readers & Writers Book Club.  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: TED Conference, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tonight in Canton: author Pico Iyer

Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, is the first featured guest in this year's St. Lawrence Uiversity Writers Series. He will speak tonight at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room on the university campus in Canton, NY.

Yesterday he sat down with Readers & Writers co-host Chris Robinson. This is an excerpt of that conversation.

Robinson says, "No matter what subject Iyer is working on, I perceive in his quirky voice a deep message about how we should live."

You can listen to the complete interview with Pico Iyer here.  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedconference/9018794227/">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: TED Conference, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pico Iyer: The man who is becoming a voice inside my head

I had a chance to chat with author and world traveler Pico Iyer prior to his visit to the St. Lawrence University campus as the first speaker in this year's Writer's Series. He will speak on Thursday, September 12 at 8 pm in the Sykes Common Room.

No matter what subject Iyer is working on, whether it is the spiritual and political journey of the Dalai Lama, meeting his wife in Kyoto, or travelling to the far reaches of the earth to try the MacDonalds there, I perceive in his quirky voice a deep message about how we should live.  Go to full article

Books: Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion

Are you drinking that third cup of coffee in the morning because you want to savor the taste, or because the caffeine is a way to make you a more productive member of the work force? Readers and Writers co-host Chris Robinson talks with Dan Bradburd, an anthropologist at Clarkson University who gives us a surprising answer. Bradburd is the co-editor of the new book, Drugs, Labor and Colonial Expansion.  Go to full article

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