Reading Matters

Joseph Bathanti to discuss essays and new novel on N.C. Bookwatch

Here’s one you don’t want to miss. On North Carolina Bookwatch on Sunday at noon on WUNC-TV, D.G. Martin will interview none other than our former poet laureate Joseph Bathanti. It should be quite a session. Bathanti is the author of a stunning collection of essays, “Half of What I Say Is Meaningless,” many of them about growing up Catholic in Pittsburgh, and a new novel, “The Life of the World to Come,” about a promising youth who flees his working class neighborhood in Pittsburgh and heads to what appears to be a rendition of Charlotte. Love and excitement await.

In person, Bathanti manages to be both charismatic and humble, a winning combination. And Martin is always engaging and enthusiastic. The two together will make for a high-spirited half hour.

If you miss the Sunday show, you can tune in again on Thursday, June 18, at 5 p.m.