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Radio Bristol Book Club

Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol as our Book Club explores David Lasky and Frank Young’s The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021

Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m. EDT

Location: Tune in to WBCM Radio Bristol

Readers from Birthplace of Country Music Museum and the Bristol Public Library are coming together to explore books inspired by our region with the Radio Bristol Book Club, a monthly program that airs on WBCM Radio Bristol.

Hosted by Bristol Public Library Executive Director Tonia Kestner and Birthplace of Country Music Museum Head Curator Dr. René Rodgers, the Radio Bristol Book Club airs weekly every 4th Thursday at noon.

Anyone can join the Radio Bristol Book Club simply by reading along and tuning in! Look for this month’s selection at your local library and read prior to show. Be sure and join the conversation by emailing your questions or comments to info@birthplaceofcountrymusic.org with the subject line “Radio Bristol Book Club Comments” and we may address them on the air!

Book discussions will dig deep into the feelings and questions raised by each selection, highlight more about the authors, and celebrate the joys of being a bookworm! The discussion is often followed by an interview with the author or others related to the book’s content.

Listeners may tune in to Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, online at ListenRadioBristol.org, or download the free Radio Bristol mobile app.

A cartoon image of the A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter inset over a mountain scene with a cabin in a valleyAbout the Book:

The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is a rich and compelling original graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family―the first superstar group of country music―who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their hit songs, such as “Wildwood Flower” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards.

The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is not only a unique illustrated biography, but a moving account that reveals the family’s rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love.

About the Authors: 

Frank Young was born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1963. From the age of 17, he has been a professional writer. After over a decade of journalism, Young became an editor, and returned to writing in the late 1990s. He has written several non-fiction children’s books; with collaborator David Lasky, Young has co-created two graphic novels: Oregon Trail: the Road to Destiny and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song. The latter won the prestigious Eisner Award in 2014. He and Lasky are starting their third graphic novel project. Young is also a designer, cartoonist, musician and improv comedian. He is considered a leading scholar of comics history, and is hailed as an expert on the works of artist/writer John Stanley (of Little Lulu fame). Young has also written on popular music, most recently for Ace Records’ 2010 CD release You Baby: Words and Music by P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri.

David Lasky has been a published cartoonist since 1989. Among his best known work is the award-nominated Urban Hipster and No Ordinary Flu, in collaboration with King County Public Health. His most recent work is the graphic novel, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, the story of country music’s legendary Carter Family.