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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.

It’s time for our 2021 Fall Read Rivers – Meandering Meaning.

Rivers on the High Plains are so diverse that their forms range from subterranean to those that flash flood. Given the fact that one of the most prevalent symbols represented by rivers is that of life as it flows, the differences in a river’s form may have a deep impact on the human experience on the plains. They connect. They form boundaries. They span the past and the present, birth at headwaters and death or transformation at the ocean.

The series will begin with Max McCoy’s Elevations, an account of a 742 mil trip on the Arkansas River from its headwaters near the Continental Divide to Arkansas City, just above the Kansas-Oklahoma border. Part adventure and part reflection, this account of the journey takes us on the river and off its bank, through daily challenges to challenges of the past.

In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” we’ll hear Huck Finn describing being on a “big still river, laying on our backs looking up at the stars, and we didn’t ever feel like talking loud, and it warn’t often that we laughed, only a little kind of a low chuckle.”

And finally, with Francisco Cantú’s The Line Becomes a River, we not only learn of the author’s struggle to understand the river that forms the southern border crossing of the U.S., but also the river of humanity who say, “They can take my money, they can rob my family, they can lock me away, but I will keep coming back. I will keep crossing, again and again, until I make it, until I am together again with my family.”

Scroll down to find a full book list, to meet some of the contributors and to read or listen (Just click on the title for the audio file.) Radio Readers BookBytes.

If you’re interested in joining the Radio Readers Steering Committee, serving as a future book leader or contributing a Radio Readers BookByte, simply contact Kathleen Holt at kholt@hppr.org

Become an HPPR Radio Reader today! Click here to join the Book Club—and stay informed by liking our Facebook page! To download materials from previous seasons of the Book Club, either scroll back through previous listings or visit our archive.

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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, Lynne Hewes of Cimarron, and Lynn Boitano, formerly of Garden City, Kansas. Please join us in thanking them for their support!

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