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1:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Rock author: AC/DC better with Bon Scott

Cover for Joe Bonomo's book.
  • "Highway to Hell" song with Joe Bonomo commentary.
  • Joe Bonomo reads an excerpt from AC/DC's Highway to Hell.
  • Morning Edition version (June 29, 2012)

AC/DC was better with Bon Scott? For many AC/DC fans, those are fightin' words.

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Arts
12:01 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Author OK with Midwestern label, for now

Cover for Molly McNett's debut short-story collection.
  • Molly McNett reads an excerpt from her story "Ozzie the Burro."
  • Morning Edition Version (June 22, 2012)

Molly McNett doesn't write exclusively about the Midwest, but rural Illinois is a big part of her identity and her writing. "I'm not going to write about hipsters in Brooklyn," she says, "because I just don't know a lot about that."

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Arts
7:16 am
Fri June 15, 2012

NIU poet publishes, alter ego still waits for "Editor" to reply

Cover for Amy Newman's book.
  • Amy Newman reads 3 poems from Dear Editor.
  • Expanded interview with Dr. Newman.
  • Morning Edition version (June 15, 2012)

Amy Newman has published more than 200 poems. She is also a Presidential Research Professor at Northern Illinois University. Her alter ego, "Amy Newman," is less successful but clings to the hope that an editor will publish her work.

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Arts
7:02 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Rockford-area author explores the idea of infidelity

Cover for Dan Libman's new book.
  • Dan Libman reads his story "Just Like Spain."
  • Expanded interview with Libman.
  • Morning Edition version (June 8, 2012)

Dan Libman has accomplished what most writers dream of. He won the Pushcart Prize for fiction, he's been published in the Paris Review, and lives with a wife -- Molly McNett -- who shares his passion for writing. We'll meet her later in our Summer Book Series.

1st Listen Button:  Libman reads his short story "Just Like Spain."

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Arts
8:12 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Belvidere preacher rides a Harley for Jesus

Cover for the Rev. Robert Kopp's new book
  • Robert Kopp reads an excerpt from "I Just Wanna Ride"
  • Robert Kopp explains his book's subtitle, FTW.
  • Morning Edition version (June 1st, 2012)

Robert Kopp wants you to know something:  Jesus loves you, and he would've ridden a motorcycle back in the day.  The Rev. Dr. Kopp's new book, I Just Wanna Ride (FTW), describes how the biker lifestyle leads to a more authentic faith.  It's the first installment of WNIJ's Summer Book Series.

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Arts
12:48 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Northern Illinois authors share stories with WNIJ

Robert Kopp visits WNIJ to discuss "I Just Wanna Ride"

Literature is alive and vital in DeKalb and the Rockford area.  I learned this after interviewing five authors for WNIJ's Summer Book Series, which airs every Friday in June. 

This is the first such series by WNIJ News since I started hosting Morning Edition in 1997 and, to be honest, none of us knew anything about the authors who lived here.  The only thing we knew was this:  The books we wanted for this series should be the kind you'd want to read while on vacation.

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