20th & Vine - Backstage with Elizabeth George

This month we're featuring New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote her newest book, The Punishment She Deserves. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about high-risk writing and finding the heart of the story. 20th & Vine is behind-the-scenes conversations from the Free Library of Philadelphia's award-winning Author Events series. Subscribe now for more videos with your favorite authors.
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  • In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY Leslie Jamison is the author of the bestselling essay collection The Empathy Exams , a personal and probing look at pain and how we understand others’ suffering, praised for “its… more

  • Robert Kuttner is the cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect , one of the country’s most popular progressive political and public-policy quarterlies. His many books include Everything for Sale , The Squandering of America , Obama’s… more

  • Journalist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich, “who for more than 40 years has been one of our most accomplished and outspoken advocacy journalists and activists” ( Los Angeles Times ), is the bestselling author of 16 books, including the… more

  • David Grossman | A Horse Walks into a Bar

    • Recorded Apr 13, 2018

    In conversation with Carlin Romano , Critic-at-Large, The Chronicle of Higher Education , former literary critic The Philadelphia Inquirer and author of America the Philosophical . David Grossman won the 2017 Man Booker International Prize for… more

  • A “genuine artist … who can render the intricate dazzle of it all and at the same time plumb its philosophical implications” ( Esquire ), Richard Powers explores a remarkable range of subject matters in his novels. Among them are The Echo Maker ,… more

  • Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning

    • Recorded Apr 11, 2018

    In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s venerable career in public service includes positions on the… more

  • In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” ( The New York Times Book Review… more

  • Perhaps America’s most esteemed Central and Eastern European historian and academic, Timothy Snyder is the author of the no. 1 bestseller On Tyranny , Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning , Wall Around the West , and an impressive… more

  • Junot Díaz | Islandborn

    • Recorded Apr 7, 2018

    Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the author of the… more

  • The United States Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Life on Mars , a “strange and beautiful” book of verse that “pulses with America’s adolescent crush on the impossible, on what waits beyond the edge of… more

  • Charles Frazier | Varina

    • Recorded Apr 4, 2018

    In conversation with Jason Freeman Cold Mountain , Charles Frazier’s “rare and extraordinary” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) Whitman-esque Civil War odyssey of love, separation, and desertion, won the National Book Award, was adapted by Anthony… more

  • “A superstar of the crime-fiction world” ( Seattle Times ), Elizabeth George is the author of 20 character-driven suspense novels featuring Scotland Yard’s intrepid Inspector Thomas Lynley and idiosyncratic Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. Her… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made waves in 2017 with a “stunningly eloquent” speech about race in America (CNN) in which he explained his decision to remove four… more

  • In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since then, he has… more

  • A writer who “luxuriates in language” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Peter Carey is the author of 15 quirky and daring novels, including Parrot and Olivier in America , Bliss , Oscar and Lucinda , and The True History of the Kelly Gang , the latter… more

  • With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science Monitor ). Her… more

  • The Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mary Frances Berry is one of America’s most respected legal historians and human-rights advocates. Her many books include Power in Words, Five… more

  • Ian Buruma | A Tokyo Romance: A Memoir

    • Recorded Mar 15, 2018

    “One of those rare historian-humanists who bridge East and West” ( Wall Street Journal ), Ian Buruma is the author of  The Missionary and the Libertine; Murder in Amsterdam ;  Year Zero: A History of 1945 ; Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the… more

  • The One Book  Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of   original… more

  • “Rapidly acquiring international guru status” ( Financial Times ) as an authority on the ever-evolving world of work, Daniel Pink is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Drive , A Whole New Mind , and To Sell is Human , a… more