worth hearing • From NPR’s On Point – guest Susan Cheever author of American Bloomsbury, on the Transcendentalists — Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott — and the surprising ways they lived their famous lives.

talking head • from NYT a long feature on Jim Harrison.

obit of note • Barbara Seranella, 50 died while awaiting a liver transplant,the ex-auto mechanic wrote mystery novels that drew on her hard-living past.

cookies • The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books and video for children and young adults — including the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards

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