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On Paper

Monday on RadioWest we're talking about paper with writer and bibliophile Nicholas Basbanes. In a new book he chronicles paper's surprising history, functionality and flexibility. As Basbanes shows, paper's proliferation and use has revolutionized human civilization. It's a product with a thousand-fold uses (and abuses).It allows us to express ideas and emotions, fly, settle debts and even establish governments. And the story of paper's sweeping influence is colored by the tales Basbanes tells of its makers, shapers, collectors, sketchers and pulpers.

Nicholas Basbanes will be in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, November 6, to talk about his book On Paper: The Everything of its Two-Thousand Year History at Ken Sanders Rare Books as part of the Utah Humanities Book Festival. That event begins at 7 p.m. and it's free and open the public. More details.


Nicholas Basbanes is the author of nine books, all of them on the subject of books and book culture. Among his books are A Gentle Madness, A Splendor of Letters, and his newest, On Paper [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.