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New season of 'Dinner and a Book' begins Saturday, Jan. 2, on WNIT

The new season of “Dinner and a Book” starts this weekend on WNIT Public Television.

The 15th season of the locally produced show features host Gail Martin cooking with guests as they discuss a book they’ve read. It is filmed in the studios of WNIT at 300 W. Jefferson St., South Bend.

The show airs at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on channel 34.1 and repeats at 7 p.m. Monday on that channel and 8 p.m. Thursday on 34.2. The Rex and Alice A. Martin Foundation has underwritten the series for all 15 years, said Gail Martin.

The first two months of this year’s season (with the original air date) includes:

  • Jan. 2: “Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. Guest is Laura Horst of Goshen.
  • Jan. 9: “The History of the World in 6 Glasses” by Tom Standage. Guest is Mike Keen of IU South Bend.
  • Jan. 16: “Travels in Siberia” by Ian Frazier. Guest is Vera LeCount of Elkhart.
  • Jan. 23: “The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break” by Steven Sherill. Guest is Marshall King of Flavor 574/The Elkhart Truth.
  • Jan. 30: “How to Retire Happy, Wild and Free” by Ernie J. Zelinski. Guest is Angel Hernandez of Granger.
  • Feb. 6: “Michelle Obama” by Peter Slevin. Guest is Irene Eskridge of Indianapolis.
  • Feb. 13: “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver. Guest is Evie Kirkwood of ”Outdoor Elements“ and Edwardsburg, Mich.
  • Feb. 20: “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Guest is Tuck Langland of Granger.
  • Feb. 27: “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson. Guest is Kathy Freese.

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