HUSH Podcast #116 – Midwestern Reads

Show Notes

Reading Around the World Challenge

You want to be a worldly reader, but where to start?  Throughout 2018, the library’s HUSH podcast will release 10 episodes with recommendations for the 10 categories of the Reading Around the World challenge. Learn more and sign up today!

Midwest U.S

What do we mean by Midwestern reads? A book that is set in the Midwest? A book that is written by a person who lives in a Midwestern state? A book that is written by someone who was born in a Midwestern state but lives elsewhere now? Yes. All of this. The Midwest is the area of the country that isn’t the Northeast, South or West, according to your own definition as well.

“All my jokes are Indianapolis. All my attitudes are Indianapolis. My adenoids are Indianapolis. If I ever severed myself from Indianapolis, I would be out of business. What people like about me is Indianapolis.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Joining us in the studio: Thomas Fox Averill

Thomas Fox Averill

Thomas Fox Averill

An O. Henry Award winning fiction writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University, where he taught creative writing and Kansas literature for 37 years. His fifth novel, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr, is just out from University of New Mexico Press, which also published the award-winning rode (2011) and A Carol Dickens Christmas (2014).

Trivia Time

Just like with the library’s popular trivia events, Lissa asks the questions and the podcast team (everyone else in the recording studio) works together to come up with the correct answers.

  • The 1893 world’s fair, called The World’s Columbian Exposition, took place in which Midwest state?
  • Which two rivers come together just north of St. Louis?

Listen in to hear the other questions and see how the podcast team fared with their answers!

Fast Five

The fan-favorite portion of the podcast when we ask our guest five rapid-fire questions and you enjoy their off-the-cuff responses!

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What’s Next?

HUSH Upcoming Episodes

Thanks for listening! We love to hear from listeners. Don’t forget to sign up for our year-long Reading Around the World challenge!

  • February 6, 2018 – 2Book Topeka Book Club: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • February 27, 2018 – Reading Around the World: Mexico and Canada
  • March 20, 2018 – 2Book Topeka Book Club: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Meet your Hosts

Every three weeks, join librarian hosts Thad Hartman, Lissa Staley, and Miranda Ericsson with special guests from the library and community in a new episode of HUSH.

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed the audiobook of "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc." by Jeff Tweedy, which a library customer recommended to her.