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  • Natashia Deon | Grace

    • Recorded Jul 20, 2016

    Natashia Deón's debut novel Grace depicts the violent, terrifying world of the antebellum South, where the emancipation of slaves can bring anything but freedom. She is "not merely another new author to watch. She has delivered something whole,… more

  • A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney

    • Recorded Jul 19, 2016

    Join us for a celebration of Jerry Pinkney Day! One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for… more

  • Donald Ray Pollock | The Heavenly Table

    • Recorded Jul 18, 2016

    Evoking a gritty world that’s at once weirdly familiar and utterly a “world unto its own, a world vividly and powerfully brought to life by a literary stylist who packs a punch” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ), Donald Ray Pollock’s 2008 debut story… more

  • Ben Winters | Underground Airlines

    • Recorded Jul 14, 2016

    Ben Winters is the author of the “bare-boned, raw and honest” ( Cleveland Plain Dealer ) Last Policeman trilogy, a pre-apocalyptic noir series for which he won the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Philip K. Dick Award for… more

  • Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over 300… more

  • Longtime newspaper and magazine reporter David Daley is the editor-in-chief of Salon and the Digital Media Fellow at the University of Georgia’s Wilson Center for the Humanities. His new book tells the explosive true story of the process through… more

  • Justin Cronin | The City of Mirrors

    Recorded Jun 16, 2016

    Justin Cronin is acclaimed for the first two “addictive, terrifying, and deeply satisfying” ( Men’s Journal ) installments of in his vampiric post-apocalyptic trilogy, The Passage and The Twelve . A former creative writing teacher at La Salle… more

  • Alain de Botton | The Course of Love

    Recorded Jun 15, 2016

    “With originality, verve, and wit” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Alain de Botton’s internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On Love , How… more

  • What affect is the historic Supreme Court decision having on the way we experience political campaigns?  Washington Post reporter Matea Gold follows the activities of heavyweight donors, from George Soros on the left to David Koch on the right.  more

  • Historian Adam Hochschild is the author of the National Book Critic’s Circle Award finalist King Leopold’s Ghost , a haunting portrait of Belgium’s 19th-century brutal colonization of the Congo. His many awards include the Dayton Literary Peace… more

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