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Award-winning storyteller Jo Radner invited back to Cold River Radio Show Nov. 4

INTERVALE — The next Cold River Radio Show will be held at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale Sunday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. and will once again feature Lovell, Maine storyteller Jo Radner. The show is hosted by Jonathan Sarty and features the Cold River Band and invited guests.

"I love odd characters, Radner said. "Especially ones who make me laugh – and then (sometimes) cry. Humor and gravity are good bedfellows. I cherish people who face real-life challenges, but I'm not above creating some situations."

The story Radner told in the debut session of the Cold River Radio Show, "Mandatory Pie," drew hilariously on her Maine family's "stern expectations" of frugality – and pie. She says that her story for the next show will be more fanciful. "It will involve a man, a pig, and a lot of coffee-flavored brandy."

Radner's career has taken many twists and turns. After receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard, she taught for 30 years at American University in Washington, D.C., before taking early retirement to return to her family's homeland in western Maine and focus more intensely on her storytelling and oral history work. Her publications over the years cover diverse territory: early Irish history and literature, Anglo-Irish drama, folklore, women's studies, New England history, storytelling, and more. She has been a national leader in several fields, serving at different times as president of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, the American Folklore Society, and the National Storytelling Network. Along the way, she points out, she has never abandoned her New England roots.

As a storyteller, Radner has performed widely, from the Talk Story Festival in Honolulu to the Common Ground Fair in Maine, and at many points in between. She has brought New England stories to Idaho and Utah, but especially loves New England audiences. "They get the humor and the tragedy effortlessly, like an extension of my own heart." Although most of Radner's stories are aimed at adult listeners, she also enjoys working in schools, fitting her stories to the curriculum, coaching students to tell their own stories, and (as an adjunct professor for Lesley University) teaching teachers that storytelling can be a powerful educational tool. Acknowledging the range of Radner's storytelling work, the National Storytelling Network gave her a distinguished Oracle Award in 2009.

Radner has published a CD of some of her finest stories, "Yankee Ingenuity: Stories of Headstrong and Resourceful People." Samples of her stories can be heard at www.cdbaby.com/cd/joradner.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at JTown Deli in Jackson, White Birch Books in North Conway, Spice & Grain in Fryeburg, or online at www.coldriverradio.com.

For more information visit www.coldriverradio.com or call 356-3756. Cold River Radio Show is proudly presented by Mountain Top Music.
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