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Cameron Joins 'Tom Clancy Universe'

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Marc Cameron, best known for his "Jericho Quinn" series, is the latest author to continue telling the story of characters created by Tom Clancy. His first book in the Jack Ryan series is "Power and Empire," and it's everything you'd want in a Tom Clancy/Jack Ryan thriller. He can tell the story better than I can, so listen to him here: http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-12-05-17-Author-Marc-Cameron-on-Tom-Clancys-Power-and-Empire.mp3

A Wonderful Debut

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From Penguin Random House: In this extraordinary debut novel with its deft nod to Dickensian heroes and rogues, Mira Bartók tells the story of Arthur, a shy, fox-like foundling with only one ear and a desperate desire to belong, as he seeks his destiny. If you're looking for a book to read to your kids for a few nights "The Wonderling" is an excellent choice. Not only is it entertaining (for adults, too!) it'll be a great jumping off point for a number of issues. Listen to my chat with author Mira Bartok to hear about some of them: http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-12-11-17-Author-Mira-Bartok-on-The-Wonderling.mp3

Photographer Aims to Introduce People to Jerusalem Through Pictures

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If you’ve been thinking you’d like to learn more about Jerusalem, photographer Ziv Koren’s book “My Jerusalem” features a unique collection of photos showing the real people who live, work, worship and demonstrate in Jerusalem. In a recent interview, Ziv told me some of the things that make Jerusalem unique. http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-11-27-17-Picture-Books-Night-Vision-and-My-Jerusalem.mp3 (This interview starts at 8:18)

Pressure Cooker Christmas

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I just finished an interview with my friend, author Ann McCauley, about her brand new book, "Pressure Cooker Christmas." (It is not cookbook.) It's been getting great reviews, and I'm so happy for her! She's doing a book signing Friday at On the Side Books on Kennedy Street, and then another December 9 at the Main Street Mercantile. You can hear the interview here:
http://wesb.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/LiveLine-11-30-17-Author-Ann-McCauley-on-Pressure-Cooker-Christmas-not-a-cookbook.mp3

Yarrow, Sebastian in Bradford on Thursday

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The legendary Peter Yarrow and John Sebastian will be at the Bromeley Family Theater tomorrow, thanks to BCPAC. I had a great chat with Peter Yarrow about that and so much more. You can listen by going to the on-demand page at WESB.com.

Great Ways to Keep Your Kids Interested in Reading ...

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I had the pleasure of chatting with authors Preston Rice and TK Bethea (separately) recently. You can hear the interviews here: http://wesb.com/liveline-ondemand/ Preston, and his brother Brock, have written these adventure stories to help promote good behavior and outdoor play for young children. The latest is "Little Forces and the Haunted House," just in time for Halloween. http://www.littleforces.com/ TK Bethea has written about a single dad and his son who adopt a dog, Doc Holliday, who overhears a conversation that makes him think the father and son don't want him, so he sets off to find his birth parents. You can also go to https://www.adventuresofdoc.com/ for lots of very cool surprises.

Shakespeare's 'Othello' at St. Bonaventure

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The St. Bonaventure University Department of Visual and Performing Arts will host the National Players production of Shakespeare’s “Othello” on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The production is part of the department’s Martine Performing Arts Series, designed to bring a broader variety of music, theater and dance to the university community and selected by the faculty-artists of SBU’s music and theater programs. “Othello” is the story of a celebrated black general returning home from war and the hatred he encounters because of his race. His most trusted aide, Iago, devises a plot to ruin him. Soon, Othello and his loving wife, Desdemona, are caught in a terrifying trap of lies and murder. In the National Players’ production, directed by the company’s artistic director Jason King Jones, “Othello” is given a contemporary design. Shakespeare’s brilliant words combine with the resonance of identity and racial tension to transform “Othello” i…

Indie Film Series Starts Sept. 18

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The Main Street Movie House has announced its fall Independent Film Series, and something new is being added to it this year. The Movie House is partnering with restaurants Beefeater's and A Slice of the 80s for a couple of special promotions. After each film Beefeater's will offer wine tastings, and A Slice of the 80s will offer half price whole pizzas Films will be shown every Monday evening at 5:30. Tickets are on sale for $7 each or a Season Pass can be purchased for $63 and includes a free medium popcorn for each show.

Kids Summer Art Series

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Yes, this is over. But I loved this idea so much -- and the kids, too -- I wanted to keep it here for posterity. Kids getting turned on by the arts -- any art -- is one of my favorite things. Pictured, teacher Michelle Chapman points out elements of the mural in Old City Hall painted by former University of Pittsburgh at Bradford art professor Kong Ho. Listen to the kids (& Michelle) on LiveLine here.

Net Neutrality's Impact on the Arts

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Artists who sell their art on line, and/or teach. People who watch musical performances online. Authors who offer sample chapters. These people, and so many more, would feel the impact. Listen to a Penn State professor talk about net neutrality here.