About the KGNU & Boulder Bookstore Radio Bookclub

KGNU is partners with the Boulder Bookstore for our radio bookclub.

Every month Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire the KGNU listening audience to read along together. Arsen and Maeve Conran, KGNU News Director, are then joined in studio by the author for a book discussion which airs on the 4th Thursday of the month at 9am.

A podcast edition of the show is also available, includeing Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub which includes bonus content with the author. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Arsen Kashkashian says participating in a bookclub is a great dynamic way for readers to enjoy a book.

“I think you read a book and it’s kind of a solitary experience and once you’ve read it and immersed yourself in this world, it’s great to have somebody to bounce ideas off of.”

Read about our bookclub in the Boulder Weekly:

“The real effectiveness of the program stems from the community aspect that links people together with a common goal. Like any book club, people from various backgrounds get together to dissect their interpretations of the work.”

Subscribe to our Radio Book Club Series on iTunes to get new editions and web-only content. Also on Spotify and Stitcher.

The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month, Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us in-studio for a discussion that airs the fourth Thursday of every month at 9am.

Coming Up

Perestroika in Paris - Jane SmileyThe February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika in Paris by best-selling author Jane Smiley.

The novel’s protagonist is a runaway racehorse who befriends a German shorthaired pointer. Together they live on the streets of Paris until they befriend a human boy, Etienne, and discover a new, otherworldly part of the city.

Hear Jane Smiley on the Radio Bookclub on Thursday, February 25 at 9am


Recent Editions

Radio Bookclub: Classic Krakauer – Essays on Wilderness and Risk

The January selection for the Radio Bookclub is Classic Krakauer – Essays on Wilderness and Risk. Best-selling author Jon Krakauer began his writing career writing for magazines. This latest book is a collection of ten essays that were published in a variety of magazines going back to the 1980s.

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Radio Bookclub: Agnes at the End of the World

The December selection for the Radio Bookclub is Agnes at the End of the World. Colorado author Kelly McWilliams was inspired by real-life cults in Arizona for this Young Adult book which is set during a pandemic. It is described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls.

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Radio Bookclub: Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place

The November selection for the Radio Bookclub is Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place. Writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine, who had never met, developed a relationship as pen-pals during the COVID-19 pandemic when they began a letter correspondence chronicling their own experiences.

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Radio Bookclub: Winter Counts

The October selection for the Radio Bookclub is Winter Counts by author David Heska Wanbli Weiden. The book tells the story of Virgil Wounded Horse, the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil’s nephew, his vigilantism becomes personal.

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