Radio Bookclub: James Anderson and “Never Open Desert Diner”

The November selection for the radio bookclub is James Anderson’s Never Open Desert Diner. Ben Jones, the protagonist is on the verge of losing his small trucking company.

A single, thirty-eight-year-old truck driver, Ben’s route takes him back and forth across one of the most desolate and beautiful regions of the Utah desert.


The orphan son of a Native American father and a Jewish social worker, Ben is drawn into a love affair with a mysterious woman, Claire, who plays a cello in the model home of an abandoned housing development in the desert.

Her appearance, seemingly out of nowhere, reignites a decades-old tragedy at a roadside café referred to by the locals as The Never-Open Desert Diner.

James Anderson spoke about his debut novel on Thursday November 23rd at 9am.

Afterhours at the Bookclub – Hear more of our conversation with James Anderson.


KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore are partners for our radio bookclub. Every month Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, will select a book to inspire the KGNU listening audience to read along together. We will then be joined live in studio by the author for a call in show and book discussion. Arsen Kashkashian says participating in a bookclub is a great dynamic way for readers to enjoy a book.