Long before there was a WalMart and many of the other discount store chains that we know today there was the A&P chain of grocery stores. Marc Levinson initially approached this writing project with the intention of writing a biography about the two brothers, George and John Hartford, who guided the A&P through many decades and changes. When Levinson began his research he quickly changed course after he realized that George, the older brother, had led such a secretive life that he wasn't a substantial enough subject for a biography.
Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has a long history with Yellow Springs and WYSO, having attended Antioch College. He returns to the area ahead of a performance in Springfield to lend support to WYSO's Fall Membership Drive, sharing songs and stories with Niki Dakota.
David Wilcox will perform with Susan Werner on Friday, October 12th at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield.
Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" won the National Book Award in 2010. Gordon is a 1966 graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In this second segment of our two part interview Gordon reads from a novel she published in 1990 that was inspired by her time in Yellow Springs. She also talks about the Antioch College professors who inspired her. And she offers listeners a glimpse of some of the themes from a novel which she is currently writing.
Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" is set in 1970 at a small horse racing track in West Virginia. Gordon once worked at such a place-her book immerses readers in a lost world of language and dialect as we experience a series of claiming races and the dramatic intrigues that are unfolding. She has created a cast of unusual and highly memorable characters here.