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Richard Ford Takes Us North Of The Border

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later."  With these words Richard Ford begins his latest novel, Canada.

In the second half of Tuesday's Up to Date, Ford joins Steve Kraske to discuss his story of a Montana teen who heads north of the border after his parents are arrested.  They'll talk about why the Pulitzer Prize-winning author chose such a young protagonist and how he channeled the mindset of a 15-year old boy in the 1950's.

Hear in KC: Richard Ford speaks this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. You can reserve seats for this event at kclibrary.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.