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Listen to the audio of "The Friendship of Books", broadcast June 4, 2020

Linda Pack reads selections from If on A Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. Copyright 1979 by Italo Calvinoused by permission of the Wylie Agency LLC.

“On Rapture” from I Feel Bad About My Neck, and other thoughts on being a Woman, by Nora Ephron. Copyright 2006 by Heartburn Enterprises, Inc., used by permission of the Estate of Nora Ephron

"I Go Back to the House for a Book” from Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins,  copyright 1998. Aired by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

“Thesaurus” from The Art of Drowning by Billy Collins, copyright 1995. Aired by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press.

“Wants” by Grace Paley, from Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Copyright 1994 by Grace Paley, used by permission of the Estate of Grace Paley.

also: Gutenberg’s Printing Press. Roget’s Thesaurus. Dewey’s Decimal System and Burma Shave Signs


Linda Pack became a theatre professional at the age of eighteen in New York City. In 1972, she arrived in Mendocino and joined an exciting, emerging theatrical and musical community. Her career has encompassed the roles of stage director, actress, singer, production designer, choreographer, writer, lyricist, vocal coach, choral director, and stage technician. Linda served as Artistic Director of Gloriana Opera Company for 20 years, and has also worked locally with Mendocino Theatre Company, Mendocino Music Festival, Symphony of the Redwoods, Mendocino Women’s Choir and Ukiah Players. She taught theatre and voice for College of the Redwoods, Mendocino Art Center, Fort Bragg Unified School District and in France and India.