On May 31, 2001, these people from all around the state hosted viewing parties to watch KET’s call-in program with Barbara Kingsolver—and celebrate the joy of reading and talking about books—with a little help from us.
Activities Around the State
See how your neighbors took part in What If All Kentucky Reads the Same Book? by browsing our county-by-county listing. To see the events, activities, and participating classes and groups in your area, pick a county from the list below and click Go:
Barbara Kingsolver Programs from KET
Barbara Kingsolver Talks with Kentucky
We brought Barbara Kingsolver back home for this live call-in on May 31, 2001. The hour-long program features questions and answers with the author about her inspirations and writing process, plus documentary segments about What If events around the state.
bookclub@ket “The Bean Trees”
Host Bill Goodman and our regular panel of bookclub@ket readers talk about their own reactions to The Bean Trees. This program, as well as others from the bookclub@ket series, is available from KET Duplication Services; call (800) 945-9167 or e-mail for information.
Signature “Barbara Kingsolver”
This hour-long KET documentary, which premiered in 1997, is a biography of the author told largely in her own words. The program traces Kingsolver’s childhood in Kentucky, her odyssey west to Arizona—a journey reflected in the plot of The Bean Trees—and her gradual discovery of her power to move readers and explore issues she cares passionately about through her writing. The interviews were taped mostly in 1996, when Kingsolver had recently published the essay collection High Tide in Tucson and was at work on The Poisonwood Bible.
“Barbara Kingsolver” and other Signature programs on contemporary Southern writers are available on videotape or DVD. In Kentucky, contact , (800) 945-9167. Outside Kentucky, contact The Annenberg/CPB Project, (800) LEARNER.