August 25, 2012 // Show # 1356

To Books, With Love

Nick Lowe

This week on A Prairie Home Companion, an homage to the book (the paper kind) with a show for readers, including Ruth Harrison's encounter with Stephen King, Nick Lowe singing "When I Write the Book," a new version of "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Owl and the Pussycat" set to music. Plus, Maria Jette sings "Juliet's Waltz," The Russian Chamber Chorus of New York, and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet sings the music of Tennyson. Plus the story of an encounter with "Papa" (Ernest Hemingway) at the Algonquin Hotel in New York, and again at a Lutheran Bible Camp in Michigan.


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  • Segment 1
    • 00:00:00 APHC Logo Open
    • 00:00:11 Tishomingo Blues
    • 00:00:54 GK Open
    • 00:02:29 Ruth Harrison script (3/31/07)
    • 00:11:43 "When I Write the Book," Nick Lowe (10/11/08)
    • 00:14:56 Anna Karenina script (12/9/00)
    • 00:17:47 "Broom," Russian Chamber Chorus of NY (12/19/09)
    • 00:20:20 GK reads John Updike (1/31/09)
    • 00:24:26 "Crossing the Bar," HGQ (5/30/98)
    • 00:28:11 GK Powdermilk
    • 00:28:42 Powdermilk Biscuit Break (4/2/05)
  • Segment 2
    • 00:29:59 Bertha's Kitty Literature (6/1/96)
    • 00:31:44 "Owl and Pussycat," GK sings (3/8/03)
    • 00:34:14 GK recites "The Fire of Driftwood," Longfellow (6/20/98)
    • 00:37:19 Princess and the Pea script (5/24/97)
    • 00:44:11 "Juliet's Waltz," Maria Jette (1/23/99)
    • 00:48:07 Ugly Duckling script (1/27/01)
    • 01:00:01 GK Intermission (12/19/09 Intermission)
  • Segment 3
    • 01:04:20 GK Welcome Back
    • 01:04:54 Guy Noir re: teacher and F. Scott Fitz (9/25/10)
    • 01:18:11 F. Scott script w/TR and Christine DiGiallonardo (9/25/10)
  • Segment 4
    • 01:37:57 Mono re: Hemingway (and Marklund dogs) (12/7/96)
  • Segment 5
    • 01:53:52 GK Credits
    • 01:55:01 "Ballad of a Writer," GK sings (5/25/96)

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