20th & Vine - Backstage with Barbara Kingsolver

This month we're featuring the writer Barbara Kingsolver who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss her new novel Unsheltered. Ms. Kingsolver spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the ways in which fiction is better suited to take on serious issues than non-fiction, and the influence of literature on her life. 20th & Vine features 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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  • Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic Virgil… more

  • Lynsey Addario | Of Love & War

    • Recorded Oct 30, 2018

    Often focusing on armed conflict, human rights issues, and women’s roles in traditional societies, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario’s work regularly appears in The New York Times , National Geographic , and Time . She is also… more

  • “One of America's foremost practitioners of narrative nonfiction” ( The Wall Street Journal ), Nathaniel Philbrick is the author of the National Book Award-winning In The Heart of the Sea , an account of the nearly mythic 19th-century maritime… more

  • René Redzepi is chef and co-owner of Copenhagen’s Michelin two-star restaurant Noma, recognized an astounding four times as the best in the world. He is one of Time ’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and the subject of two full-length… more

  • In conversation with Sam Sifton Acclaimed for “cooking that bursts with freshly ground spices and complex flavors” ( New York Times ), Michael Solomonov brought Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences to bear… more

  • In conversation with award-winning broadcaster and journalist Tracey Matisak Former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during President Obama’s second term, Julián Castro burst onto the national political stage as… more

  • “A writer with soul” (Los Angeles Times) who captures the delicacies of the human condition, author, journalist, screenwriter, and nationally syndicated columnist Mitch Albom is best known for the phenomenon that is  Tuesdays with Morrie , the… more

  • Barbara Kingsolver | Unsheltered

    • Recorded Oct 19, 2018

    With a “special gift for the vivid evocation of landscape and of her characters' state of mind” ( New York Times Book Review ), Barbara Kingsolver is the author of The Poisonwood Bible , a finalist for both the Pulitzer and the Orange prizes. Her… more

  • Praised for his “elegant, jaunty, and very British high style” ( New York Times ), Ben Macintyre is the bestselling author of A Spy Among Friends , Agent Zigzag , Operation Mincemeat , and Double Cross , among other books. He has adapted several… more

  • In conversation with Hannah Gadsby The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning creator of the Amazon series Transparent , Jill Soloway is the director of the feature film Afternoon Delight , creator of the series I Love Dick , and was a writer and… more

  • In conversation with Jason Freeman, author events producer and editor A “sure-handed and entertaining guide through the thickets of argument, personality and ideology out of which the American nation emerged” ( The Economist ), historian Joseph… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, national political columnist at WHYY News and contributor to The Atlantic Ben Fountain is the author of The New York Times bestseller Billy Lynn’s Long… more

  • Fly Eagles fly! Five-time Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year Ray Didinger updated his and late co-writer Robert S. Lyons’s bestselling The Eagles Encyclopedia —“the definitive book for any Eagles fan” ( Philadelphia Daily News )—to reflect the… more

  • In conversation with Sabrina Vourvoulias, journalist, short story author and novelist Introduced by Henry Cisneros A 1972 Temple University Law School graduate, Nelson Díaz was the first Puerto Rican lawyer admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar… more

  • John Kerry | Every Day Is Extra

    • Recorded Oct 5, 2018

    In conversation with Michael Smerconish John Kerry is a decorated combat veteran thrice wounded in the line of duty, a five-term United States senator from Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, and four-year Secretary of State.… more

  • In conversation with Tamala Edwards, anchor, 6ABC Action News morning edition Rebecca Traister is the author of All the Single Ladies , The New York Times bestselling book about the intersection of sex, economics, and emotions related to the… more

  • Sandeep Jauhar | Heart: A History

    • Recorded Oct 2, 2018

    Exploring little-known, behind-the-scenes work in hospitals and the all-too-human lives of doctors, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a practicing cardiologist and author of two bestselling medical memoirs, Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation and the… more

  • Deborah Harkness | Time's Convert

    • Recorded Oct 1, 2018

    Working “her own form of literary alchemy by deftly blending fantasy, romance, history, and horror” (Chicago Tribune), Deborah Harkness is the no. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the witches-meet-vampires All Souls book trilogy. Acclaim… more

  • Chris Hedges | America: The Farewell Tour

    • Recorded Sep 27, 2018

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges is the author of a dozen books, including the bestsellers  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ,  Empire of Illusion , Wages of Rebellion , and  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt . For nearly two… more

  • Professor emeritus of history at New York University, David Levering Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 and 2001 for his “superb” ( The Nation ) two-volume biography of W.E.B. Du Bois, the polymath founder of the NAACP and a principal shaper of… more