New Audio Series Features Appalachian Authors and Stories as Part of TGAR

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PBS has launched The Great American Read (TGAR) in a massive national effort to pick the top fiction book from a listing of the top 100 works, compiled by a national survey.
To supplement the PBS effort, WOUB Public Media is introducing a new audio series of interviews and conversations called the “Author’s Chair.” The series is designed to bolster and highlight regional literary works and authors by featuring area writers and stories featuring Appalachia.
It will be hosted by Jan Hodson, the host of WOUB’s former series “Perfect Harmony” featuring musical families of Appalachia. Author’s Chair will be produced by WOUB’s Adam Rich.
Each week a new interview will be released. All interviews will be posted and archived on WOUB’s Great American Read webpage:
Each Tuesday, a five minute excerpt of that week’s interview will be aired on WOUB FM at approximately 6:45 and 8:45 a.m. during our “Morning Edition” coverage and at 4:45 p.m. during “All Things Considered.”
The series starts with a conversation with Gillian Berchowitz, the director and editor of the Ohio University Press and Swallow Press, about the wide range of publications associated with that publishing house.

WOUB’s efforts backing the PBS campaign are supported by title page sponsor Hocking Valley Bank and foreword sponsor Ohio Health.
WOUB also is partnership with the following libraries: St. Clairsville Public Library, Muskingum County Library System, Meigs Co. Public Library, Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, Athens Co. Public Library, Portsmouth Public Library, Perry County District Library and the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library of Pike Co. Little Professor Book Center also is a partner.
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