The Callie Crossley Show

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Wed., November 30
Saving the Central Falls Library

Saving the Central Falls Library

When the town of Central Falls, RI filed for bankruptcy last August, the state appointed a "receiver" to come in, look at revenues and expenses, and make the hard choice to streamline municipal operations. One of the items on the chopping block: the Adams Memorial Library.

But, when the receiver gave the go-ahead to close the library down, something strange happened: volunteers showed up, residents streamed in and the library stayed open. A New York Times article was enough to convince actor Alec Baldwin to donate money to help the cause. And now, the 101-year-old library will operate completely independently of the city of Central Falls.

Guests:
  • Tom Shannahan is the former director and the current acting director of the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls.
  • George Bonner is one of the many volunteers at Adams Memorial Library donating time to keep the library open.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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