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.

 

Recent Editions

Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Jim Davidson – The Next Everest

Fort Collins author Jim Davidson joins us for this special podcast-only version of the Radio Bookclub to speak about the lessons in resilience that he learned while summiting Everest, lessons that he applies to the rest of his life. Listen […]

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Radio Bookclub: The Next Everest

For May 2021 we’ve been reading The Next Everest by Colorado author Jim Davidson. The book chronicles his attempts to summit the world’s tallest mountain. His first summit attempt was thwarted by a natural disaster. On April 25, 2015, an […]

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Radio Bookclub: Tiny

The April selection for the Radio Bookclub was Tiny by Colorado author Mairead Case. The book is a contemporary, poetic retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone, set in the mossy greens and foggy grays of the Pacific Northwest. Instead of two brothers who kill each other in a civil war, Tiny has a brother who kills himself after coming home from a far-away war.

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Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Mairead Case

Listen to more of our conversation with author Mairead Case in which she talks about the pop culture references that are scattered throughout her novel Tiny. Listen to the broadcast interview with Mairead Case, originally aired on KGNU at 9am […]

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Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Helon Habila

Listen to more of our conversation with author Helon Habila where he talks about immigration policy in Europe and modern African literature. Listen to the broadcast interview with author Helon Habila, broadcast on KGNU at 9am on Thursday, March 25th. […]

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Radio Bookclub: Travelers – Helon Habila

The February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika In Paris, by Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.

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Radio Bookclub: Perestroika In Paris – Jane Smiley

The February selection for the Radio Bookclub is Perestroika In Paris, by Pulitzer Prize-winning 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.

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Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Jane Smiley

Listen to more of our conversation with author Jane Smiley where she talks about her love of horses, which feature in so many of her books, and what it means to be such a prolific writer. Listen to the broadcast […]

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After Hours at the Radio Bookclub: Jon Krakauer

Listen to more of our conversation with Jon Krakauer as he reflects on the 25th anniversary of the publication of his best-seller Into the Wild. Listen to our broadcast interview with Jon Krakauer about his latest book Classic Krakauer. The Radio […]

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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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Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub: Kelly McWilliams

Listen to more of our conversation with author Kelly McWilliams about the challenges of interweaving stories about pandemics, cults, and childhood illnesses. Listen to the broadcast interview with author Kelly McWilliams, broadcast on KGNU at 9am on Thursday, December 24th. […]

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