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|KQED Public Radio's "Forum" with Michael Krasny Presents "California Reading"|
Monthly Radio Broadcasts Highlight Literature Connected to California
First Radio-Based Book Club in the Bay Area
San Francisco, January 14, 2003 -- KQED Public Radio's Forum has created a new radio book club, California Reading (KQED.org/californiareading), designed to engage Californians in discussions of books that reveal something about the state in which they live. Facilitated by Michael Krasny, the host and senior editor of Forum and professor of English at San Francisco State University, the live broadcast will air on the last Monday of each month from 10-11 a.m. The first California Reading broadcast will be Monday, January 27, 2003. Forum, which airs weekdays from 9-11 a.m., will celebrate its 15th anniversary this February.
"California has influenced so many wonderful works of literature. Whether the author's home state or the setting for their novel, California's mystique has compelled many a writer," said Krasny. "California Reading is a natural outgrowth of Forum's dedication to literature and my own experience teaching literature for the past 25 years."
The program for the first six months of California Reading is as follows:
Monday, Jan. 27 -- Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior
Monday, Feb. 24 -- Frank Norris' The Octopus
Monday, March 31 -- Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep
Monday, April 28 -- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices
Monday, May 26 -- Thomas Pynchon's Vineland
Monday, June 30 -- N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn
Listeners are encouraged to join the discussion by calling (866) SF-FORUM or
(415) 863-2476 and to visit California Reading's Web site at KQED.org/californiareading.
Forum is a live public affairs program broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout Northern California, and nationwide via Sirius Satellite Radio. This award-winning program presents balanced discussions of local, state, national and world issues as well as in-depth interviews with leading figures in politics, science, entertainment and the arts. Host Michael Krasny has more than 20 years of experience as a radio and television host. He is known for his professionalism, his thorough research, and his intelligent approach in handling a diverse range of subjects. Forum is produced by Hermione Gee, Robin Gianattassio-Malle and Dan Zoll. Executive producer is Raul Ramirez. Jo Anne Wallace is vice president and general manager of KQED Public Radio.
Funds for the production of Forum are provided by the members of KQED Public Radio, the Claude and Louise Rosenberg, Jr. Family Foundation, The Bernard Osher Foundation and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.
KQED Public Broadcasting operates KQED Public Television 9, one of the nation's most-watched public television station during prime-time, and Digital Television 9, Northern California's first digital public television signal; KQED Public Radio, the most-listened-to public radio station in the nation with an award-winning news and public affairs program service (88.5 FM in San Francisco and 89.3 FM in Sacramento); KQED.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web; and KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources.