Welcome to Reading With Robin!
What started out 14 years ago as a way to share my favorite books and authors with my radio audience has become an enthusiastic and engaged reading community both on and off air. Stop by often as there will be lots going on from exclusive author interviews and galley giveaways to book club contests and author events. If you are a book lover you don’t want to miss out on any of the fun happening right here. Like a great book, please share this site with your friends.
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Robin Kall has always been an avid reader. Whether it was getting copies of Judy Blume novels from Mrs. DeWeese as a child growing up on Long Island, or devouring the likes of Tom Perrotta and Courtney Sullivan as an adult, Robin is never without a book, just ask her kids. Mom always said, “Never leave home without a book!” Some other fun facts that you may not know about Robin is that she wears sandals without socks in the winter, can recite nearly every line of Legally Blonde from start to finish, loves her dog (okay, that one was just a joke), could eavesdrop in Siberia, and is affectionately referred to as “Doctor” by her kids.
In 2000 Robin became a caller to a local talk-radio program and in 2002 segued to being an on-air personality. What most people don’t know about Robin is that she worked as a Saturday morning producer for approximately nine months. Armed with her Dunkin’ coffee, Robin would fiercely arrive at five to call in for the day’s forecast, can you believe that? Over the past thirteen years Robin has become a nationally influential member of the literary community. Throughout the years Robin has hosted/chaired numerous events and fundraisers, some of which include: Lee Woodruff, Ann Hood, Wendy Mogul, Camille Noe Pagan, Jennifer Weiner, Jodi Picoult, David Baldacci, Khaled Hosseni, Sara Gruen, Randy Susan Meyers, Camilla Gibb, Susan Jane Gilman, Claire Cook, Sue Monk Kidd, and Alice Hoffman, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Berg,Tom Perrotta, Jenna Blum, Sarah McCoy Jane Green and a 900 person “over-sold-out” event with Adriana Trigiani.
Also known as a “book pusher,” “fairy book mother,” and “all around nice person” Robin has blended her platform with passion to become one of Rhode Island’s most prominent and outspoken personalities in the fight against breast cancer. After the passing of her mother, Carol, in 1997 it became Robin’s mission to both educate women on the importance of early detection and advocate for them as well. 2003 brought the first chapter of “Walking With Robin” and every year dozens of family members, friends, and listeners alike take part in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Rhode Island. In 2009 Robin and her sisters, Laura and Jennifer, established the Love, Carol Foundation to honor their mother’s memory and invest in types of projects that were important to her.
After 10 years of hosting the widely celebrated and beloved talk show Reading With Robin, the show that had listeners nationwide waking up at 7 am regardless of the season, Robin took a brief break from radio while remaining active in the literary community. Robin’s continuous involvements include Reading Across Rhode Island, Book Expo America, sold-out author events and Reading With Robin author podcasts that can be found on iTunes.
In the summer of 2014 Robin interviewed NYTimes Bestselling author, Janet Evanovich on stage at Foxwoods. When the Grand Central sisters came into NYC for their book launch, Robin introduced them and fielded questions at both Posman’s Bookstore at Grand Central Station and at Book Revue on Long Island. In June of 2015 Robin was invited to host an author panel in New York City at Bryant Park’s Reading Room series. Authors: Lisa Genova, Charles Dubow, Matthew Thomas and Mary-Beth Hughes talked with Robin about their novels as they related to family dynamics. Robin will be back to host at Bryant Park on August 3rd 2016 with authors: Anna Solomon, Eli Gottlieb, Radha Vassal and Kaitlyn Greenidge. An Evening With Authors, Robin’s annual lit event to raise money and awareness for breast cancer concerns this past October was a huge success. The line-up with authors: Christina Baker Kline, Marisa de los Santos and Ted Thompson blew away the crowd! They are still laughing. October also brought a sell-out “Hood on the Hill” celebration for Ann Hood’s An Italian Wife. A very special afternoon Tea with Jane Green kicked off the 2015 RI literary season and the sold-out Summer With Robin events held at the Dunes Club in Narragansett, Rhode Island are not-to-be-missed and the start to the summer reading season. Authors for the summer series include: Elin Hilderbrand, Curtis Sittenfeld, Emma Straub, Jen Lancaster, Jane Green, Beatriz Williams and Emily Liebert. Events are always being added so please check back for updates and join the newsletter list so you won’t miss a single happening.
The latest in Robin’s literary pursuits is the brand new monthly reading series- Point Street Reading Series. Held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Point Street Dueling Pianos in Providence, Rhode Island it is quickly becoming “the” place to be. Some of the authors who have read since this series began in March ’16 are: Caroline Leavitt, Camille Perri, Christopher Boucher, Mike Harvkey, Rachel Cantor, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Meg Mitchell Moore, Stephen Kiernan and Thomas Christopher Greene.
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