Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Please Join Us At Our New Address

Dear CapRadio Readers,
This will be the last blog post for CapRadio Reads at this address.  Please come visit our new, fantastic web page.  The address is www.CapRadio.org/books.  You may also go to CapRadio.org and find us on the event tab.
Thanks to all of you for following this blog.  I will continue to be doing my posts on the new website, and there are many other new an interesting features to see there. I hope to see you at our monthly events. 
As always, here and on the website, thanks for reading.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Beautiful Ruins, But Some Not So Beautiful People

I hope you have a ticket for a place at the table, July 9th at 6:30pm in the Community Room at Capital Public Radio Studios so you can share you views.The twists and turns of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, will keep you interested, and on your toes.  The sadness in the lives of Walter's characters is so well defined, but their lack of introspection is what is beguiling.  
Pasquale is a sensitive, lovely man, unless you know what has happened in Florence.  Michael Deane is just awful, but what is underneath that Botox?  And Dee Moray....we just don't know yet, do we?
We'll have on more blog post in this location and then be sure to reset your browser to CapRadio.org/books and visit our fabulous new website for all the news from CapRadio Reads.  
As always, thanks for reading

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Beautiful Ruins Makes A Great Summer Read

Life is a blatant act of imagination..... So says a character from Jess Walter's book Beautiful Ruins, our selection for our July 9th Face to Face meeting of CapRadio Reads at the Captial Public Radio Studios.

Dee Moray arrives, as if directly from the sea, to the Hotel Adequate View.  This scene near the opening of the book, evokes a cinematic feeling that will carry us through till the end.  In April 1962, Dee Moray, an actress from the film Cleopatra, which is being shot in Rome, arrives in Porto Vergogna, somewhere on the Italian Coast. Pasquale Tursi, owner of the "Hotel Adequate View" is there to greet her, and falls instantly in love , and "would remain in love with her for the rest of his life". How schmaltzy this COULD be, but isn't.  We do however, start to wonder what the title, Beautiful Ruins, is really referring to.  We immediately move to the present in the second chapter, meeting Michael Deane,  Claire and more of Walter's unique characters.  We know they are all tied together and, as if it were a movie, can't break away to go buy popcorn until we know how and why.  This novel is reminding me of seeing "Cleopatra" in New York at Radio City Music Hall with my Aunt.....I HAd to buy the program to read all about it.  Now I have the scoop on what was happening backstage.
Hope you are enjoying the book and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please look at our brand new new website too.  Our address is www.capradio.org/books.  
As always, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beautiful Ruins Is Our July Title

Jess Walter's book Beautiful Ruins is a remarkable, witty, lush entertainment.Our July read will leave you wanting more from this talented author, whose book will make for hours of reading pleasure and a fascinating conversation for us.
We'll be back in the community room on July 9th at 6:30pm for a Face to Face discussion of the book.  I know you will love the book.  How can you not love a book with lovable characters, great cinematic qualities, beautiful surroundings and cameos by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton SIGN UP HERE to get a seat at the table.  We look forward to seeing you.
As always, thanks for reading.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

From Paris to Provence to Mt. Aukum

We should be coming to the end of our reading journey by now, and I am hoping the books this month have left you inspired to cook, to travel and to dine on all things Francais. 
Along with the tastes and smells Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington talk about in their beautiful book Paris to Provence they also talk about the light looking over the vineyards and the sound of the squeaky floors in their 18th century house and the church bells in the village.  I don't think there is any sound more wonderful than the middle of the night comfort of a village churchbell., or anything more European than the whine of a police siren in the streets of Paris.  Now that I've read through the book, it's time for me to get cooking.  I'll be making some treats for you to take home after our wonderful event at C.G. DiArie Vineyards a week from Saturday on June 8th.  Don't delay getting your tickets as they are starting to be quite scarce.  Just CLICK HERE for a ticket to the event.  All are welcome, so please bring a friend. The tickets are $20.00 each and you will love the refreshments, the conversation with the authors, who will be interviewed by Donna Apidone, host of Morning Edition and the Provence like setting. 
Before closing today, I have one more very special invitation for you.  We have just launched our CapRadio Reads website.  The site is full of information about our book club, books featured on NPR and stories from local authors and Capital Public Radio personalities.  It will take you further into our world of books than we have been able to go with the blog.  From now on, when you go to http://capradio.org/books on your browser, you will end up at this sight.  Hope you enjoy it. Please let us know!
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Paris to Provence event and as always, thanks for reading.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An Afternoon in Provence

Baguettes and Beignets

We certainly hope that after starting to read the magnificent book Paris to Provence you will be inspired to join us at the C.G. DiArie Vineyard and Winery for an afternoon of conversation, wine and delicious food in an atmosphere that will make you feel as if you are in Provence. Just CLICK HERE to make it happen.
How are you enjoying reading the books this month? From the beautiful photographs and recipes in the book by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington to the stories of living the life of a young family and the history of Provence in A Pig in Provence I don't think it's difficult to imagine yourself doing it. Perhaps after reading a chapter you decide to have your own party in August and invite your friends to A Grand Aoili!  Have them bring their own utensils and you provide the food and some lovely wine.  What a wonderful evening it could be. If only we had old friends who could come and tell stories of truffle hunting and fighting in the resistance, of swimming in the blue waters and lying on the rocky beaches at Nice, or better yet, the beignet vendor strolling down the beach selling his basket full of beignets.....We may not have beignets, but we we will have other Mediterranean treats and very lovely wines, so we look forward to seeing you on June 8th. 
As always, thanks for reading.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I Love Paris In The Springtime

Three Visions, Two Books and One Country

The magnetism of shared experiences is really a remarkable thing.  Both the books we are reading this month, Paris to Provence by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington and A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan are books I chose to read because of their beauty, their writing and because I have travelled to France and share the authors love of the place and the food.  Having read A Pig in Provence years ago, it inspired me to go stay in the a small village in Provence in a house owned by the author. Reading the book again, now, after being there, I am once again amazed with Brennan's ability to draw a picture of life in a very remote section of Provence, raising not only her children, but goats, lambs and a husband.  Her descriptions of the days are from the perspective of a mother who is also working hard to learn new skills, in a new country, while at the same time making an incredible life for her family. From the start of the book we see her challenges, not only to learn the craft of living in Provence, but also to be able to be accepted as a member of this small community.  How amazing it is now, to view that same time and that life, from the eyes of her daughter Ethel in her book Paris to Provence.

Her memories of the same time also revolve around the foods, but also specifically around the long dinners and the stories that were told.  The farmhouse they lived in was once lived in by German soldiers, who occupied the area.  The Resistance was also strong in the area, so the men would work the fields during the day and be out trying to thwart the Nazi's by  night.  All the stories in both books evoke a time, not that long ago that was obviously a dream fulfilled by Mother, daughter and friend, that continues to this day. Hope you are enjoying reading their stories and that you will be joining us for our amazing event at the C.G Di Arie Vineyard and Winery on June 8th at two in the afternoon.  For more details and to purchase your tickets SIGN UP HERE.  We have only a limited number of tickets left, so please don't delay.
In case you haven't filled your Francophile bookcase, I also highly recommend the new book by Edward Rutherfurd, Paris.  I just finished it and loved this portrait of Paris, done as a historical novel.  Like our two books for June, it makes you feel as if you are living through the time and in the place.
As always, thank you for reading.