20th & Vine - Backstage with Bill McKibben

This month we're featuring Bill McKibben, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia to discuss his new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out. McKibben spoke to Laura Kovacs backstage about the differences regarding climate change since he wrote The End of Nature in 1989, and potential solutions to address the problem. 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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  • In conversation with Nikil Saval, an editor of n+1 and author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace A professor of geography and urban studies at Temple University, Jacob Shell is the author of Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules,… more

  • Nicole Dennis-Benn | Patsy with Rebecca Makkai | The Great Believers

    • Recorded Jun 6, 2019  Explicit Content

    Here Comes the Sun , Nicole Dennis-Benn ’s debut novel about a young Jamaican struggling to protect her sister and village as she experiences feelings for another woman, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York… more

  • James Ellroy | This Storm

    • Recorded Jun 4, 2019  Explicit Content

    In his bestselling L.A. Quartet mysteries and the Underworld USA trilogy, James Ellroy “has vigorously redefined the well-shadowed turf of contemporary crime fiction” ( Atlanta Journal Constitution ). He is also the author of the Lloyd Hopkins… more

  • In conversation with nos. 1 bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand James Patterson holds the Guinness World Record for the most number-one New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide. A tireless… more

  • Rick Atkinson won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for  An Army at Dawn , the first volume in his Liberation trilogy, a “densely researched but supremely readable” ( New York Times Book Review ) history of the Allied victory in World War II. His other… more

  • John Waters | Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder

    • Recorded May 23, 2019  Explicit Content

    In conversation with Jason Freeman, producer and editor of author events John Waters’s transgressive movies include  Pink Flamingos ,  Hairspray ,  Cry-Baby ,  Serial Mom , and  Cecil B. Demented . He is also the author of  Shock Value , … more

  • Eve Ensler | The Apology

    • Recorded May 22, 2019

    One of  Newsweek ’s “150 Women Who Shake the World” and the Guardian ’s “Top 100 Women,” Tony Award–winning playwright Eve Ensler is a performer, activist, and author. Her phenomenon  The Vagina Monologues  has been published in nearly 50… more

  • A staff writer at The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon , The Table Comes First , and At the Strangers’ Gate , an “elegant” memoir of his 1980s move to a peculiar New York that “effortlessly… more

  • David Brooks | The Second Mountain

    • Recorded May 16, 2019

    A “clever and insightful inspector of the American scene” ( Wall Street Journal ), David Brooks has written an op-ed column for The New York Times since 2003. A former editor and columnist at The Weekly Standard , The Washington Times , The Wall… more

  • “Masterful. . . . A devastating debut novel” ( The Washington Post ), Tommy Orange ’s There There has been lauded as a new American treasure by some of the country’s greatest writers and esteemed publications. A New York Times bestseller and one… more

  • George Packer won the 2013 National Book Award for The Unwinding , a biographical examination of the seismic shifts in economics and politics over the past three decades that have brought the United States to the brink. A longtime New Yorker… more

  • In conversation with Anusha Balasubramanian. Anusha spends her days as an executive assistant at a Philadelphia investment firm, but her greatest passions are books, cooking, and her mother's idli. Lauded as the “queen of Indian cooking” ( Saveur… more

  • The first woman and the first life scientist to head the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Susan Hockfield now serves as the esteemed institution’s President Emerita. A pioneering neuroscientist whose work included the discovery of a… more

  • “A powerful storyteller, frankly sensual [and] mortally funny" ( New York Times ), Lorene Cary is the author of the novels Pride , The Price of a Child , If Sons, Then Heirs , and the memoir Black Ice . A senior lecturer in creative writing at… more

  • Excavating the hidden corners of the human heart and acclaimed for their “nuance, psychological acuity, and pitch-perfect writing” ( Los Angeles Times ), Susan Choi ’s novels include the Asian American Literary Award-winning The Foreign Student ;… more

  • In conversation with Annette John-Hall, cohost and producer of The Why on WHYY A 14-year veteran crime reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News , Nicole Weisensee Egan was the first journalist to delve into Andrea Constand’s 2005 sexual assault… more

  • The national baseball writer for the New York Times  since 2010, Tyler Kepner began his career as a teenager, interviewing players for a homemade magazine that garnered him national attention. His first book,  The Phillies Experience: A… more

  • Ranked by  Forbes  as the third most powerful woman in the world, Melinda Gates has been on a 20-year mission to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through her work as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—the world’s… more

  • In conversation with Catherine M. Recker. “One of the most intense, visceral” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) writers of our time, Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times… more

  • In conversation with Concepción de León , the digital staff writer for the Books desk at The New York Times . She also writes "El Espace," a news and culture column for Latino . A “one-woman cultural collision” ( Los Angeles Times Book Review ),… more