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HPPR Radio Readers Book Club

The HPPR Radio Readers Book Club is an on-air, on-line community of readers exploring themes of interest to those who live and work on the High Plains.

Wondering what book to enjoy as you relax in the cool of a summer evening? Don’t know what to read at the cabin or by the light of the lantern in the tent? Listen in June and July for the HPPR Radio Readers Summer Reading List! You’ll meet Radio Readers from across the High Plains as they share their favorites to help you build your list.

If you’ve got a favorite to share, you’ll find directions on this page where you’ll also find a printable list that will grow as the summer progresses.

Want to listen as you relax?  You can always download materials from previous seasons of the Book Club by scrolling through the listings.

Become an HPPR Radio Reader today! Click here to join the Book Club—and stay informed by liking our Facebook page!

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HPPR Radio Readers Book Club is made possible in part by a generous contributions from Radio Readers Lon Frahm of Colby, Kansas; Lynne Hewes of Cimarron, Kansas; and Lynn Boitano of Edmond, Oklahoma. Please join us in thanking them for their support!

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  • Hello, Radio Readers. I’m Jane Holwerda from Dodge City, Kansas. Believe it or not, we’re just about to the end of our Spring 2022 Series “Graphic Novels: Worth a Thousand Words.” Book Leaders and Radio Readers will be getting together for a live on-air discussion on Sunday, May 1, at 6pm. Please join us! You can count on lively and thoughtful conversation—and thousands of words—about Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis; Nora Krug’s Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home; and John Lewis and Andrew Aydin’s March.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The graphic history book is “March” by John Lewis, in a three-book package, as a trilogy.
  • Mike Strong with an interview of Leonard Reed, about a time when it was illegal for blacks and whites to be in the same taxi. Reed’s friend, black heavyweight champ Joe Louis used this fact to play a joke on Reed in New Orleans. This oral history is told by Leonard Reed and recorded in person by Nicole English and me.
  • This is Mike Strong in Hays, KS for HPPR. The book I'm reviewing is March, a graphic history by John Lewis that's a three-book trilogy.
  • This is Mike Strong, in Hays, for HPPR. The graphic history book is “March” by John Lewis, in a three-book package, as a trilogy. The inspiration to create John Lewis’ “March” as a graphic book trilogy was a 1957 comic book about Martin Luther King. That same year, 1957, the state of Virginia published a work they had commissioned in 1950, a history of Virginia, a textbook to be used in the Virginia schools. Among its topics is slavery in Virginia.
  • Melodie Graves from Amarillo, Texas, for the HPPR Radio Readers Book Club. Today we continue looking at the March trilogy, which is a three-part graphic novel written about the discrimination and oppression experienced by the great John Lewis.
  • The March trilogy, written as a three-part graphic novel, is the story of discrimination and oppression as experienced by the great John Lewis. John Lewis was a Civil Rights advocate since he was young. He fought for equal rights for everyone until the day of his death in 2020. His accomplishments will continue to live on even after his death, and this trilogy is a way to make sure his story and legacy continues.
  • This is Nicole English coming to you from the Sociology Department at Fort Hays State University for HPPR's Book-Bytes. This is a discussion of the graphic novel, March by the author, civil rights leader, John Lewis along with Andrew Ayden and illustrator Nate Powell.
  • Hello, Radio Readers; this is Kim Perez, and I am coming to you from Hays with a Book Byte for HPPR. The discussion this month centers around the three-book series, March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. This series tell the story of critical moments of activism during the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of one person who participated in them, Congressman John Lewis.
  • This is Leslie VonHolten on the High Plains of Kansas with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.What a coincidence. As we Radio Readers are exploring graphic novels this season, Maus by Art Spiegelman made the news. If you haven’t read it yet, Maus—spelled M-A-U-S—is the true story of Spiegelman’s parents during the Nazi Holocaust. His father, Vladek, was a survivor in every way: by initiative and skill, by his strength of character, and by luck. He is also a master storyteller.