Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in April 2014

By Peter SM RSS Wed, May 14, 2014

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Authors coming to the Free Library soon include novelist Colson Whitehead, opera singer Jessye Norman, photographer Joel Katz, legendary filmmaker John Waters, award-winning journalist Virginia Morris, and a romance panel with authors Megan Hart, Grace Burrowes, and Geri Krotow, to name just a few! View our full schedule for upcoming Summer 2014 author events.

Debbie Macomber | Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel Debbie Macomber | Blossom Street Brides: A Blossom Street Novel
Recorded 4/15/2014
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New York Times bestselling author and the “reigning queen of women’s fiction” (The Sacramento Bee), Debbie Macomber is the author of more than 150 books. Her romantic, heartening stories of small-town life, lasting friendships, and home and family have won her millions of fans and a raft of prizes, including multiple Holt Medallion and B. Dalton Awards, and the prestigious Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America. In the latest installment in her beloved Blossom Street series, wedding bells are ringing in the close community that gathers around a knitting store in a leafy Seattle neighborhood.

Marlo Thomas | It Ain't Over...Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life-and Realizing Your Dreams-Any Time, at Any Age Marlo Thomas | It Ain't Over…Till It's Over: Reinventing Your Life—and Realizing Your Dreams—Any Time, at Any Age
Recorded 4/22/2014
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Actress, author, and activist Marlo Thomas burst onto the scene with her pioneering role as the star of television’s That Girl, and over the course of a groundbreaking career she has been honored with four Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award for Television Excellence, a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for exceptional humanitarian efforts. Inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, she created Free to Be…You and Me, a project that became a platinum album, bestselling book, award-winning television special, and a stage show. She is also the author of six New York Times bestselling books, including the memoir Growing Up Laughing. Her new book is a collection of empowering stories about women who have reinvented themselves in extraordinary ways. 

In conversation with Tracey Matisak

Walter Kirn | Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade Walter Kirn | Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade
Recorded 4/3/2014
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“Dark and witty” (Publishers Weekly), Walter Kirn has been praised for his excoriating and exquisitely detailed satires of modern American life. Two of his novels, Thumbsucker and the “hilarious, often ingenious” (Time Out New York) Up in the Air, were adapted into popular films, and he is also the author of the memoir Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever. His work has appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications. Kirn is also a contributing editor to Time and fiction editor for GQ. In a real-life case of In Cold Blood meets The Talented Mr. Ripley, Blood Will Out tells the story of Kirn’s 15-year friendship with a man he thought was merely an eccentric son of privilege, but was later revealed to be a conman and murderer.

Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD Simon Schama | The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BC-1492 AD
Recorded 3/27/2014
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A Renaissance man in every sense of the word, “[Simon] Schama is a genius of storytelling” (The Times of London). The author of many books, including The Embarrassment of Riches and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings, Schama is a Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. A cultural essayist for The New Yorker, he has written and presented more than 30 documentaries for the BBC and PBS, including A History of Britain, The Power of Art, The American Future: A History, and now, The Story of the Jews, a tie-in to the eponymous TV series. This beautifully illustrated book spans time and continents, from the ancient bazaars of Cairo to Muslim Spain and all worlds in between.

Tariq Ramadan | Islam and the Arab Awakening Tariq Ramadan | Islam and the Arab Awakening
Recorded 9/14/2012
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Tariq Ramadan is one of the leading scholars of Islam in the Western world and a professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. Deemed a "Muslim Martin Luther" by Paul Donnelly of the Washington Post, Ramadan was barred from entering the United States by the Bush administration in 2006; in 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lifted the ban. He is the author of several books, including Radical Reform, In the Footsteps of the Prophet, and What I Believe, an accessible volume on modern Muslim life in the West. His new book, Islam and the Arab Awakening explores the origin of the uprisings in the Arab Spring and the undetermined role that religion will play in the mass movement’s future.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz | For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation's Problems Debbie Wasserman Schultz | For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation's Problems
Recorded 3/31/2014
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The youngest woman ever elected to the Florida State Legislature, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to working on behalf of the people of southern Florida for two decades. She has commanded the respect of her colleagues and constituents through her hard work on many priority issues, including education, health care, and children’s safety. After she announced her own cancer battle, Rep. Wasserman Schultz introduced the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, which directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a national education campaign about the risk factors for breast cancer. In her new book, Rep. Wasserman Schultz challenges her colleagues in Congress to approach policy from a parent’s perspective and resolve tough issues for future generations. 

Introduced by Governor Ed Rendell

Edward Hirsch | A Poet's Glossary Edward Hirsch | A Poet’s Glossary
Recorded 4/10/2014
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Over the course of eight collections of poetry, four books of criticism, and the long-running “Poet’s Choice” column in the Washington Post, Edward Hirsch has cemented his reputation as an attentive reader and an elegant poet, capturing what the Romantic poets called “the true voice of feeling.” His many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, a MacArthur prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His new book is a compilation of thoughtful definitions for important poetic vocabulary, imbued with his contagious love for the art and a lifetime of scholarship.

Max Brooks | The Harlem Hellfighters | Illustrated by Caanan White Max Brooks | The Harlem Hellfighters | Illustrated by Caanan White
Recorded 4/1/2014
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One of history’s least celebrated—and most successful—military units, the 369th Infantry, nicknamed “The Harlem Hellfighters” by their enemies, was the first African American regiment to fight in World War I. Simultaneously surviving prolonged attacks from the enemy—the Hellfighters endured an incredible 191 consecutive days of combat, more than any other unit—while suffering constant barrages of extreme discrimination from their own government, the nearly mythic 369th never lost a trench under its defense. Max Brooks tells their heroic story in his “intensely furious” and “painful, memorable” (Publisher’s Weekly) new graphic novel. A former Saturday Night Live staff writer, Brooks is also the author of the New York Times bestseller World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, a Studs-Terkel-meets-George-Romero verite take on the legions of the undead that was adapted into a film starring Brad Pitt; The Zombie Survival Guide; and The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

Pat and Gina Neely | Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours Pat and Gina Neely | Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours
Recorded 4/14/2014
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Food Network stars and owners of popular barbecue joints in Memphis, Nashville, and New York, Pat and Gina Neely have charmed fans across the country with their “down-home, food-and-booty jubilance” (Ebony). Down Home with the Neelys debuted in 2008 with the highest ratings in the five-year history of the In the Kitchen weekend block and continues to be one of Food Network’s most popular shows. The Neely’s have also parlayed their culinary and media savvy into a successful line of kitchen products, and their New York Times bestselling cookbook Down Home with the Neelys brims with “down-home personality” and dishes that are “simple, stylish, and not too fussy” (Publishers Weekly). In their new cookbook, Back Home with the Neelys: Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours, Pat and Gina return to their roots with recipes framed by family history. 

In conversation with Michael Klein, editor/producer of and a Philadelphia Inquirer Table Talk columnist.

Bob Mankoff | How About Never-Is Never Good For You?: A Life in Cartoons

Bob Mankoff | How About Never—Is Never Good For You?: A Life in Cartoons
Recorded 4/8/2014
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As longtime cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Bob Mankoff is a prominent commentator on the role of humor in American business, politics, and life, charged with selecting the less than 20 cartoons that will actually make it to print from the 1,000 submissions the magazine receives each week. In his new memoir—illustrated with his funniest, most beloved cartoons—Mankoff traces his love of the craft from his childhood all the way to the hallowed halls of the revered weekly magazine. A self-proclaimed “humor analyst” and an accomplished cartoonist himself, Mankoff is the author of The Naked Cartoonist, a book on cartooning and creativity, and editor of numerous cartoon collections. He also founded the online Cartoon Bank, which contains every cartoon since the magazine’s launch.

Pine Tree Foundation Endowed Lecture

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