Recommended summer reads for enjoying the season

Pennsylvanians are starting to emerge from pandemic restrictions and take much-needed weekends away or vacations with family.

This is a great opportunity to talk about summer reading and books for the beach (if you’re fortunate to head that way).

Every summer, Smart Talk produces a program that focuses on books with a panel of area wordsmiths to share their summer book recommendations; from popular new releases to literary classics, fiction and nonfiction. These books will keep you entertained for the summer to come.

We’d also like to hear about a few of the books you’re planning to read this summer. Call the program at 1-800-729-7532 or email us at

Joining Smart Talk Thursday are Catherine Lawrence, a writer and owner of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, Travis Kurowski, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at York College of Pennsylvania and Carolyn Blatchley, Executive Director of Cumberland County Library System.

Reading Lists:

Catherine Lawrence book list

Travis Kurowski book list

Carolyn Blatchley book list

Listener book recommendations