Author Events Introduces New Video Interview Series 20th & Vine

By Author Events RSS Wed, February 22, 2017

The Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events program is pleased to announce the debut of 20th & Vine, a new behind-the-scenes interview series featuring backstage conversations with authors from its season lineup. Created as an answer to those questioning what an author is "really like," these short videos distil the essence of the Free Library’s renowned Author Events program in a unique new format.

While in the green room getting ready for their main conversation in Parkway Central Library’s Montgomery Auditorium, visiting authors respond to questions, in conversation with Author Events Associate Producer and Director Laura Kovacs. The web series features conversations with George Saunders, Alain de Botton, Angela Duckworth, Emma Donoghue, Ian McEwan, Jeffrey Toobin, Jonathan Safran Foer, Juan Williams, Lesley Stahl, Louise Erdrich, Mary Roach, Moby, and Terry McMillan, as well as with the Free Library’s own President and Director Siobhan A. Reardon.

"This show is such a lovely complement to our robust Author Events program," says Reardon. "The series will draw attention and visitors to the Free Library and promote a lifetime love of reading by creating a personal connection between author and reader."

The hope is that this shorter, unique format will enable the Author Events program to connect with an even larger audience. Since its inception in 1993, the Author Events program has grown from hosting just a handful of authors to now presenting more than 125 authors each year, in addition to the Field Family Teen Author Series.

Funding for 20th & Vine comes from the Library’s Strategic Initiatives Hatching Innovation funding pool, which supports new and exciting staff-led projects, professional development opportunities, and material needs for programming and public services. Funding is awarded throughout the year to creative and forward-leaning initiatives that meet the objectives of the Free Library’s strategic plan. Staff are encouraged to think of novel, experimental ideas that can serve the public in new ways. Laura Kovacs submitted her proposal in summer 2016 and was awarded funding for a camera, tripod, and film editing software.

To view the first episodes of the new series, view the following playlist and don't forget to subscribe to the channel!

For more information about the Author Event Series, visit, call 215-567- 4341, or email

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Hi Laura! I love this 20th & Vine!
Kimatha - Philadelphia
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sweet & a little too short for my taste. I had heard a full presentation from a visit to the main branch with Alain de Botton before. Just a little more time would have been nice. ... Excited about this. Good luck.
L - Philadelphia
Saturday, March 4, 2017