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Renowned Bartlesville-Based Storyteller Fran Stallings Describes Her Two Newest Books

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Aired on Thursday, July 30th.

On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with Fran Stallings, a longtime storyteller who has performed at numerous national and international storytelling festivals, in schools and libraries, and on the radio. Stallings has two new books out, which she tells us about: "How to Fool a Cat: Japanese Folktales for Children" and "The Price of Three Stories: Rare Folktales from Japan." In each of these collections, Stallings has edited and adapted the stories of her friend and collaborator, Hiroko Fujita. A storyteller who has entranced audiences in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, and Egypt -- and in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where she lives, and where she will appear at a free-to-the-public event next week (on August 6th) -- Stallings is truly an entertainer who can hold the attention of both young and old. Note that you can learn more about her upcoming storytelling event at the Bartlesville Public Library by calling the library directly: (918) 338-4161.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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