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10:41 am
Mon January 27, 2014

"Lebanese Blonde" by Joseph Geha

Joseph Geha

The novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.

The original broadcast of this interview aired on February 4, 2013

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Talk of Iowa
3:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

2013 Holiday Kids' Book List

"A wordless book that has a serenity and dreaminess to it that I think would be lovely to share." - Sue Davis
Candlewick Press

George Bernard Shaw said, “Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter in Knoxville, Sue Davis of River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque and Jerri Heid of the Ames Public Library about the year's best books to be enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.  You can find the full list below.

Picture Books

Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard, Illustrated by David Slonim - "Lots of cute poems and great pictures." - Annie Leonard

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Talk of Iowa
4:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

2013 Book Gift List

Casey Fleser Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.”  Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, and Mollie Loughlin of The Book Vine in Cherokee about the best books to give as gifts this year.  We've compiled the list below, along with what our reviewers had to say about each book.

Paul Ingram - Fiction

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Talk of Iowa
2:31 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Literacy Autobiography

Callum Scott

Madeline L’Engle once said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”  Join host Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa to hear about the power of books for young readers and to hear about the books that helped to shape you in your youth.  Guests are Maeve Clark and Vickie Pasicnyuk from the Iowa City Public Library, and Coordinator of the Iowa Center for the Book Robin Martin. 

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Talk of Iowa
2:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

The Curve Of The World

Bottom Dog Press

Iowa Citian Andy Douglas has published his memoir, The Curve of the World: Into the Spiritual Heart of Yoga. When he was in his 20s, Douglas turned aside from his minister father’s Christian beliefs and took up a life of yoga and meditation, eventually going on to becoming an Ananda Marga monk, leading the organization’s Seoul office. We hear about his life as a monk and his eventual return to the United States to fight Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Talk of Iowa
4:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Summer Reading

From the right, Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore, and Paul Ingram and Jan Weismill of Prairie Lights Books.
Sarah Boden / IPR

Summer brings with it many pleasures, and one of those pleasures is the time to dig into a great book.  Host Charity Nebbe previews books for summer reading lists with Paul Ingram and Jan Weismiller of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City and Annie Leonard of The Next Chapter bookstore in Knoxville. 

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Talk of Iowa
11:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

"Lebanese Blonde" by Joseph Geha

Book cover of "Lebanese Blonde"
Joseph Geha

The new novel Lebanese Blonde transports readers to Little Syria, a neighborhood in Toledo, Ohio that is populated by immigrants and first generation Arab Americans. In his first novel, short story writer Joseph Geha shows us our world as it is seen through the eyes of people who came here looking for new opportunities for a new life.

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Talk of Iowa
11:14 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wildlife Day: Giving Back to Nature

The Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary gives Christmas presents to their wolves.
Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary / Flickr

In this season of giving we’re going to spend some time thinking about ways we can give back to nature. Host Charity Nebbe chats with wildlife biologist Jim Pease about how you can give to wildlife and wild places. We also talk about gifts to indulge your love of nature or foster that love in someone else.

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Talk of Iowa
11:07 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Gift Giving Books for Christmas

Stacks of books near Christmas tree
bricolagelife / Flickr

Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Wiessmiller and Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City and Harley McIlrath of Pioneer Bookshop in Grinnell. We find out about the best new books for giving and receiving this holiday season.

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Talk of Iowa
11:36 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries

Little Free Libraries is a movement to bring communities together through donating and sharing books. In response, people across the globe have built little repositories to house the books to share with their neighbors.

Charity Nebbe talks with the program’s founder Todd Bol and co-founder Rick Brooks about the growth of the program and the effort being made to establish Little Free Libraries throughout Iowa. Then, two Iowans who have already built the little libraries in their own neighborhoods share how the effort has impacted their community.

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Talk of Iowa
11:41 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Christopher Merrill and Marvin Bell

(Top) Marvin Bell (Bottom) Christopher Merrill
Prairie Lights Facebook

Marvin Bell, a former Iowa Poet Laureate, and Christopher Merrill, author and director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, are both men with many fascinating things to say. Together, the two friends talk with Charity Nebbe about the issues they explored of life, love, and memory through a correspondence in poetry, which they compiled into the book, "Everything At Once."

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River to River
1:24 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Author Justin Cronin & Halloween Costumes

Halloween costume options for women
Renee Betrand / Flickr

New York Times bestselling author and Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Justin Cronin takes us into the post-apocalyptic world he’s created in the newly released second book of his highly-acclaimed vampire trilogy.

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