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0730 Melody Johnson's one-woman play Miss Caledonia is drawn from the experiences of her mother who entered various pageants while a teenager in rural Ontario in the 1950s. Melody talked about what she learned about her mother while researching the play when she sat down with Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 12:18)
Melody will perform Miss Caledonia at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from May 14 to 25. The details are at the NAC website.
For more Ontario dates for Miss Caledonia in 2013, visit Melody's manager,
The Collection Agency website.

0800 There are road trips and, then, there are ROAD trips. Mark Richardson took one of the latter in the summer of 2012. He's turned it into a book called Canada's Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John's to Victoria. Mark came by to tell Karen why he spent 6 weeks behind the steering wheel.
Listen audio (runs 10:31)
Canada's Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John's to Victoria is published by Dundurn.
All the info you'll ever need about the book is on Mark's website.

0830 was a book. Then came the film adaptations...the most famous starring starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. However, it's worth remembering that F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" isn't alone in evoking that heady period that was the United States in the early 1920s. Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---joined Karen to offer a guide to OTHER books that reflect that era.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)
Becky and Erin's recommendations:

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (2012)
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (2011)
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald (2013)
Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald (2013)

There's always good "reading" at the CBC Books website.
For more on Becky's literary activities, visit her website