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J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye earned J.D. Salinger instant literary stardom when it was published in 1951. The famously secretive author spent the next half century actively avoiding fame and attention. In a new biography, screenwriter Shane Salerno and author David Shields reveal Salinger as a deeply faithful man tormented by the brutality of war. They also investigate whether he was a genius myopically focused on creating great art or a haunted and obsessive recluse. Salerno joins us Tuesday to explore the life of one of America’s most unknown and yet beloved authors.

Hasn't RadioWest promised to deliver this show twice already? The RadioWest team has booked this show twice. Guest Shane Salerno is also a screenwriter, and has had last-minute scheduling conflicts with both his work on a film currently in production and the release of the documentary film Salinger. We're confident that our conversation with Salerno about the influential American writer J.D. Salinger will be entertaining and informative.

Salinger, directed by Shane Salerno, is currently screening at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City. Showtimes are at 12 noon, 4:00, 7:00 and 9:30. For more details, visit the Salt Lake Film Society's web site


Shane Salerno is the author of numerous screenplays including the 2012 film Savages and a forthcoming Avatar film. Alongside writer David Shields, Salerno co-authored the new book Salinger [Amazon|Indiebound] He also director the documentary film of the same name.

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.