western literature http://mtpr.org en "A Sonnet for Everett Ruess" http://mtpr.org/post/sonnet-everett-ruess <p><font size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">You walked into the radiance of death<br />through passageways of stillness, stone, and light,<br />gold coin of cottonwoods, the spangled shade,<br />cascading song of canyon wrens, the flight<br />of scarlet dragonflies at pools, the stain<br />of water on a curve of sand, the art<br />of roots that crack the monolith of time.<br /><br />You knew the crazy lust to probe the heart<br />of that which has no heart that we could know,<br />toward the source, deep in the core, the maze,<br />the secret center where there are no bounds.<br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:56:03 +0000 Edward Abbey 19923 at http://mtpr.org "A Sonnet for Everett Ruess" Book Talk: A Conversation About Recently-Published Books http://mtpr.org/post/book-talk-conversation-about-recently-published-books <p></p><p><strong>FICTION</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780312583200" target="_blank">The Highway</a>, by C.J. Box</p><p><a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/%5Bmodel%5D-169" target="_blank">Breaking Point</a>, by C.J. Box</p><p><a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9780345522023">Songs of Willow Frost</a>, by Jamie Ford</p><p><a href="http://www.factandfictionbooks.com/book/9781571311023">Let Him Go</a>, by Larry Watson</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:46:12 +0000 Chérie Newman 5839 at http://mtpr.org Book Talk: A Conversation About Recently-Published Books "A Mid-July Invitation" http://mtpr.org/post/mid-july-invitation <p>The energy crisis is over. Lights are back on the Strip.<br>Name the place:&nbsp; Sahara, Caesar's Palace, Casino de Paris.<br>This way, please. Come, my people; drink on the house.<br>You, Great-grandpa, dice thrower from Sichuan, casting away<br>one hundred acres of our land overnight, be of good cheer,<br>this satchel of gold will last you a long while;<br>and you, Uncle Lu, widower and recluse of Fuling, accost<br>this Dixie belle, dare what you've never dared before;<br>this bottle will make you bold; and you, Da Shing, you Mon, 15 Jul 2013 20:47:17 +0000 Stephen Shu-Ning Liu 5379 at http://mtpr.org "A Mid-July Invitation" A conversation with The World's Strongest Librarian http://mtpr.org/post/conversation-worlds-strongest-librarian <p><span class="piece-description-lead">During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Josh Hanagarne about The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, a</span>n inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:38:00 +0000 Chérie Newman 3954 at http://mtpr.org A conversation with The World's Strongest Librarian The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories http://mtpr.org/post/monsters-rule-sharma-shields-short-stories <p>Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Sharma Shields about <span class="piece-description-lead">the stories in her collection, <a href="http://www.autumnhouse.org/favorite-monster-stories-by-sharma-shields/http:/" target="_blank">Favorite Monster</a>, winner of an Autumn House Fiction Prize. Shields also reads two short passages from the book.</span></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:44:17 +0000 Chérie Newman 3108 at http://mtpr.org The Monsters Rule in Sharma Shields' Short Stories Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light http://mtpr.org/post/gregory-spatz-writes-portraits-darkness-and-light <p><span class="tridefaultbold"><span class="tridefaultreg">During this program, Chérie Newman talks with Spokane author Gregory Spatz about his collection of stories <a href="http://www.enginebooks.org/GregorySpatz.html" target="_blank">Half as Happy</a>.</span></span></p><p>A grieving couple rents a desperate landlord’s house in an effort to recover lost intimacy. Twins are irrevocably separated by events both beyond and within their control. A nighttime prank and its gruesome aftermath forge human connections no one could have anticipated.</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 21:21:34 +0000 Chérie Newman 2516 at http://mtpr.org Gregory Spatz Writes Portraits of Darkness and Light Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories http://mtpr.org/post/sherril-jaffe-talks-about-creative-inspiration-and-stories <p></p><p>San Francisco-based author Sherril Jaffe talks about creative inspiration and reads from her award-winning collection, <em>You Are Not Alone &amp; Other Stories</em>.</p><p>BOOK DESCRIPTION<br>A homeless woman takes up residence in a man's closet; a detective solves cases by feeling the emotions of the perpetrators; a woman happens upon a swingers' club in the back of a tire shop; a couple struggling with their pets' protracted endgame puts out a hit on them; and a man's mother, newly dead and buried, calls him to ask if she can visit.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 19:59:23 +0000 Chérie Newman 1784 at http://mtpr.org Sherril Jaffe Talks About Creative Inspiration and Stories