WXXI’S Connections Dedicates a Week of Shows to Summer Reading

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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, 585-258-053




(Rochester, NY) July 10, 2015 – Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI’s daily radio talk show, presents a special week dedicated to summer reading beginning July 20th. Guest host Scott Fybush invites authors, publishers, and booksellers in studio for Connections Summer Book Week, which can be heard Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5, AM 1370, WEOS 89.5 (Geneva) and online at WXXI.org/listen. In conjunction with the week-long special, Fybush has put together a list of books for listeners to read and then join the conversations with his guests. The list can be found at: http://bit.ly/1HQCMoP

Connections Summer Book Week kicks off Monday, July 20 at 12 p.m. with special guests Louise Wareham Leonard, author of 52 Men and Sara Solovitch, author of Playing Scared. They talk about their writing process and their recent releases.

On Tuesday, July 21 at 12 p.m. Fybush is joined by Bruce Austin from RIT Press, Peter Conners from BOA Press, Chad Post from Open Letter Press to talk about publishing and its future. In the second hour listeners will hear from two-time Pulitzer-Prize winning author David McCullough. McCullough will talk about his work including his books Truman and John Adams, and his most recent release, the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Wright Brothers. Known as a “master of the art of narrative history” and “a matchless writer,” he is also a teacher, lecturer, and narrator of many documentaries including Ken Burns’ The Civil War.

Wednesday, July 22 at 12 p.m. Connections dedicates the two hours to young adult literature. Guests include: Sarah Hamilton, teen author of The Enchantress; Arlette Miller Smith, Associate Professor at St. John Fisher College, who teaches a young adult literature class; Joellen Maples, Associate Professor, Literacy Developments, at St. John Fisher College; and Anne Rehor, Youth Services Librarian at the Ontario Public Library.

On Thursday, July 23 at 12 p.m. listeners will hear from Dr. Adrielle Mitchell, English Literature Professor at Nazareth College, who specializes in graphic narratives.

More guests to be announced soon, including Friday’s show. Visit WXXInews.org for more information.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. WXXI also has a long-term affiliation with Little Theatre, which helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester’s most vital arts institutions. Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.