Mark Perzel

Host of The Book Club @ 91.7

Mark Perzel hosts The Book Club @ 91.7 Saturday mornings at 7:00 am. 

In addition, he can be heard weekday evenings hosting classical music on 90.9 WGUC.  He is also known throughout the public radio industry for inventive, award-winning holiday programs like Tunes from the Crypt, Tunes from the Crypt Goes to the Movies, Feast for the Ears, and Love Greetings.

Mark has worked in the radio industry for more than thirty years. He began in the business when he was a teenager in Charlotte, North Carolina, volunteering for a public radio station.   He attended the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, majoring in broadcasting and minoring in violin performance.

He has performed speaking parts with performing organizations throughout the tri-state including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Opera Theatre, and the Linton Chamber Music Series, and done voiceover work for numerous commercials and industrial videos.

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Empty Places by Kathy Wiechman is a beautifully-written and deeply-felt coming-of-age novel set in 1932's Harlan County, Kentucky, where times are tough in the mining community.

  World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is the tale of three desperate passengers, forced by circumstance to unite, find their strength, and fight to survive.

  Oceans 11 meets The Breakfast Club in Don't Get Caught, an entertaining, fast-paced debut by Kurt Dinan filled with pranks and cons that will keep readers on their toes, never sure who's pulling the strings or what's coming next. Let the prank war begin!

Here are the books you heard about on the September 3 edition of Off The Shelf:

  In The Edge of Lost, Kristina McMorris weaves together two stories, from two continenets and two generations, to deliver a compelling novel. As her characters discover the true nature of loyalty, sacrifice, and betrayal, they are forced to confront the lies we tell in order to survive.

  From Dana Gunders, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, comes Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food - the ultimate tool for reducing food waste.

  From David Bell, bestselling author of Somebody I Used to Know and Cemetery Girl, comes Since She Went Away a chilling novel of guilt, regret, and a past which refuses to die.

  Here are the books you heard about on the August 27 edition of Off The Shelf:

  1. At Bobby Trivette's Grave, by Donna Vitucci
  2. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars, by Nathalia Holt
  3. The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, by Stuart Stevens

Here are the books you heard about on the August 20 edition of Off The Shelf:

  Here are the books you heard about on the August 20 edition of Off The Shelf:

  Great food and art belong together and Cincinnati certainly enjoys both in abundance. That is why Maria Kalomenidou and Cincinnati's Contemporary Art Center has enlisted the talents of the city's finest chefs and mixologists to create Cuisine Art Cocktails, a coffee-table cookbook unlike any other.

Set amid the nonstop and purely adrenalized world of the New York City restaurant, Stephanie Danler's novel Sweetbitter is ultimately about the power of what remains after disillusionment, and the wisdom that comes from experience.

  Here are the books you heard about on the August 13 edition of Off The Shelf:

  1. Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why, by Paul Tough
  2. 100 Days of Cake, by Shari Goldhagen
  3. Fly Me to Fairbanks: Love in the Last Frontier, by Michela Miller Ferree

  Rich Cohen’s chronicle, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time.

  Though directly inspiring the likes of Malcolm McLaren, the Sex Pistols, and the Clash - the Hollywood Brats imploded too soon to share in the glory of the 1970s London punk scene.

Sick On You by Andrew Matheson is a startling, funny, and incredibly entertaining period memoir about never quite achieving success despite flying so close to greatness.