My podcast for readers, ReadLocalNH, turns one year old this summer! Heading into year two, here’s my ambitious goal: to have every former fan of "The Exchange" on NHPR become a fan of my podcast for readers, ReadLocalNH - because the conversations I’ve had on the show have been informative, inspiring and just plain fun. I’d love to share them with you!
My motto for my podcast for readers is "expand your literary horizons by reading from your own backyard."
Of course, I'm not saying you should only read local authors, that would be silly. I love the work of famous writers like Amor Towles, Stephanie Dray, Kate Quinn, Kristin Hannah, and Victoria Christopher Murray. I also spend half my book-time reading in French, and I'm only aware of one NH author who's written in French. (Robert Perreault, I'm talking about you!)
Me with esteemed French Canadian historian Robert Perreault at a Franco American Centre meeting.
But there are many fine NH writers whose work may never hit the top national lists - not because their words aren’t incredible, but because there's only so much room up there. So allow me, dear reader, to make the case about why you should include reading local when selecting books.
Love true-life adventure stories? Check out my episode with author Ty Gagne who writes edge-of-your-seat non-fiction about rescues in the White Mountains.
Are you drawn to memoirs? I’ve had deeply inspiring conversations with memoirists Joe Monninger, Paul Brogan, and Gail Schilling.
If you’re an historical fiction fan like me, dive into characters from a richly-painted past, offered by authors like Margaret Porter, Sarah Crowe, and Mary Kronenwetter.
If you need great ideas about reading from fellow Granite Staters who are passionate about books - you’ll enjoy my episodes and book lists with Independent Bookstore owners Micheal Hermann and Laura Cummings as well as children’s librarian Becky Kasten.
The bottom line: if you only read what the NYTimes or NPR or Reece's Book Club recommends - you're missing out.
My local book pile - many of which are authored by future and past podcast guests.
1. Login to your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
2. Go to my website, lauraknoy.com. Look at the left hand menu.
3. Select "podcast" to go to the podcast page.
4. Hit "play." That's it! Totally free and easy.
I know everyone's attention is pulled in different directions these days. I respect and understand that! I myself like to spend my quiet time reading a book or watching French TV on Netflix.
So I listen to podcasts the way everyone used to listen to the radio: driving to Manchester to see my Dad; cooking dinner; exercising; cleaning the kitchen; folding laundry. All those moments when your hands or feet are busy can expand your imagination too.
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Take a moment now to explore your literary backyard. Episodes arrive monthly and you can catch my last year of episodes HERE. Be sure to subscribe and share on Spotify, so you (and other “podcast for readers” fans) never miss a moment.