Michael Perry’s New Book On Spectrum West November 2, 2017

October 31, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Kallenbach

Senior Regional Manager

Wisconsin Public Radio



Michael Perry’s New Book on Spectrum West November 2, 2017


Fall Creek author Michael Perry joins the show to talk about his new book Thursday, November 2, 2017 on Spectrum West, which airs on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network at 10 a.m. on 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The program will also explore a production of “The Normal Heart” at University of Wisconsin-Stout, a fundraiser for the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, and preview of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s second performance of the season.


Michael Perry and correspondent Jim Oliver share a conversation about Perry’s latest book “Montaigne in Barn Boots,” which will be released on November 7. Perry discovered the essays of Montaigne, the inventor of the form, while researching kidney stones after suffering the passing of “the Devil’s own gobstopper.” Montaigne had documented his own experience with a kidney stone in the 16th century.

Ross talked with Paul Calenberg, director of the University Theatre at UW-Stout. Their new production of “The Normal Heart,” written by gay activist Larry Kramer in 1985, explores the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City. The play is running from November 2 through 11.


Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra Music Director Frank Watkins returns to the show with a preview of the ensemble’s second concert of the season called “A Romantic Evening: Suites for your Sweet!” The show in on Saturday, November 4 at Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and Heyde Center for the Arts Executive Director Deb Johnson joins Ross to provide a close up look at the organization’s upcoming fundraising event. Featuring two floors of food and drink with Chippewa Valley culinary artisans, “Taste of the North” takes place on Thursday, November 9 at 6 p.m.

Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts, and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater, visual arts, and much more. It is heard weekly on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls, with a live stream at www.wrfw887.com. Archives are available at http://www.wpr.org/programs/spectrum-west-al-ross.




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