We hear excerpts from a dramatic reading of Ernest J. Gaines’ novel, A LESSON BEFORE DYING by Enchanted Circle Theater actors. It’s about a young black man in Jim Crow Louisiana who is condemned to death. And we interview Thad Carhart about his new historical novel, ACROSS THE ENDLESS RIVER. It’s about Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea who was a guide on the Lewis and Clark expedition and who lived both in the United States and Europe. Continue reading →
Published in 1997—and an Oprah favorite— [amazon-product text=”A LESSON BEFORE DYING” type=”text”]0375702709[/amazon-product] was chosen as this year’s selection for One Book Holyoke, a community project based on the idea of the Big Read, a program by the National Endowment for the Arts to encourage reading.
One activity was a dramatic reading by the Holyoke based company, Enchanted Circle Theater. They compressed the action of the book into a dramatic script of about an hour and a half. Writers Voice went to a reading at Holyoke City Hall for an audience of local high school students. You can listen to the entire reading here, but we air excerpts on the show.
Film critic Molly Haskell talks about her finely written treatment of the American classic (book and film)Â Gone With the Wind. It’s calledÂ FRANKLY MY DEAR: Gone with the Wind Revisited. After that, weÂ visit the Enchanted Circle Theater’s Â production ofÂ The Skinner Servants Tour. Continue reading →