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Show #148 on October 17, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Kelcey Parker Ervick's "Postcards to Bozena," one section of her Rose Metal Press book "The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova," a biographical collage about the Czech fairy tale writer. These postcards offer reflections on language, reading, writing, marriage, history, happy endings, and more. Wish you were here...

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Show #147 on October 10, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from a book of parlour games. Do try these at home, parlour not required. Now that's entertainment!

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Take away the guns

Show #146 on October 3, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the names of victims of mass shootings in the U.S. from 1982 to today, including a partial list of those killed in Las Vegas this week.

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Once upon a wolf

Show #145 on September 26, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads ferociously good work by Sam Rasnake, Marsha McSpadden, Matthew Zapruder, Tyrese Coleman, Elise Winn, and Laura Jean Moore from the now-defunct Emprise Review, Corium Magazine, Fairy Tale Review, Lost Balloon, and Change Seven. The wolf takes on the shape of writer, mother, lover, brother, danger, desire, and more in these piercing tales and poems that will leave an echo of howling in your heart.

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Show #144 on September 19, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Racketty-Packetty House," a delightful tale about two doll families. There's romance, danger, dancing and somersaults, a not-very-nice little girl, a nicer little girl, and, of course, Queen Crosspatch and her fairies. What do dolls do when you're not looking?

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Show #143 on September 12, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads a storm of good writing by Chris Galvin Nguyen, Jennifer Martelli, Jenn Stroud Rossmann, Sandy Longhorn, Christopher Lowe, and Jessica Plante from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cheap Pop, WhiskeyPaper, and SmokeLong Quarterly. Grab your galoshes and tune in!

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Step on a crack

Show #142 on September 5, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the beautiful and unflinching work of Hillary Leftwich. Her fiction, poetry, and essays dive into the darkness and vulnerability of humanity, shining spotlights of empathy on all her characters — from mean girls on the playground to cleaning women to rooftop shooters to dysfunctional families.

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Homecomings

Show #141 on August 29, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the conclusion to Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." Does Toad learn any lessons? Is order restored to Toad Hall? Will Ratty and Mole and Badger and all the animals find a happy ending? Find out now!

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Show #140 on August 8, 2017…In which Mr. Bear catches up on the adventures of Toad in Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows." Will Toad ever learn humility? Or make it home?

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Like sun on snow

Show #139 on August 1, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Jennifer Tseng's contest-winning chapbook with Rose Metal Press. These short pieces will leave you blinded even after you've looked away from their sharp, glittering light.

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