20th & Vine - Backstage with Alec Baldwin

This month we're featuring Alec Baldwin who joins Laura Kovacs while on tour in Philadelphia for his memoir Nevertheless to talk about sleeplessness, the bookmobile, and the beauty of finding a quiet place to read. 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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  • Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me

    • Recorded Jun 22, 2017  Explicit Content

    Sherman Alexie is acclaimed for prose that “startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves” ( The Boston Globe ). His books include The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , winner of the National Book Award; the… more

  • Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for his novel Empire Falls , Richard Russo is acclaimed for capturing the “foolishness of this lonely world, but also the humor, friendship and love that abide” ( San Francisco Chronicle ). His many other novels… more

  • As NPR’s science correspondent, David Baron received awards from the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many other organizations. He is the author of… more

  • Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir

    • Recorded Jun 13, 2017

    Patricia Lockwood, “The Poet Laureate of Twitter” (unofficial), is the author of 2014’s groundbreaking Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals , a book of obscene, angry, funny verse that “is unforgettable, literally: once read, it cannot be… more

  • Yaa Gyasi’s breakout debut novel Homegoing , a multigenerational tale that “brims with compassion” ( NPR Books ), follows two half-sisters on opposite sides of the 18th-century Ghanaian slave trade and their descendants. It was a New York Times… more

  • Janet Benton | Lilli de Jong

    • Recorded Jun 5, 2017

    In conversation with Sam Katz, civic entrepreneur and executive producer of History Making Productions. Janet Benton’s writing has appeared in some of America’s most prestigious periodicals and literary journals, including The New York Times, The… more

  • Military historian and journalist Thomas E. Ricks won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his Wall Street Journal series on U.S. defense spending in the post-Cold War era. His books include The Generals, The Gamble , and the Pulitzer… more

  • Then We Came to the End , Joshua Ferris ’s “truly affecting novel about work, trust, love, and loneliness” (Seattle Times), won the 2008 PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His other works… more

  • Blending dramatic historical narrative with critical interpretation in order to make surprising connections to contemporary political and cultural struggles, William Hogeland's three books on founding American history include The Whiskey… more

  • Dennis Lehane | Since We Fell

    • Recorded May 18, 2017

    Dennis Lehane’s “raw, harrowing, and unsentimental” ( Washington Post Book World ) bestselling crime novels include Mystic River; Shutter Island; Gone, Baby, Gone ; and Live by Night , all of which have been adapted into critically acclaimed… more

  • Colm Tóibín | House of Names

    • Recorded May 17, 2017

    “His generation’s most gifted writer of love’s complicated, contradictory power” ( Los Angeles Times ), Colm Tóibín is the author of an impressive list of novels, short stories, essays, plays, poetry, and criticism. His novels  The Master  (2004)… more

  • In conversation with Joel Nichols, Data Strategy & Evaluation Administrator, Strategic Initiatives Acclaimed for his “unparalleled inventiveness” ( Chicago Tribune ), China Miéville is the author of a score of fantasy novels, comics, novellas,… more

  • Paula Poundstone’s decades-long stand-up comedy career has included multiple HBO specials, an Emmy Award, two comedy albums, and an American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Renowned for her self-effacing wit and cheeky observations, she is… more

  • Starring a hard-bitten and self-destructive maverick Oslo police detective, Jo Nesbø’s “maddeningly addictive” ( Vanity Fair ) Harry Hole novels have sold more than 23 million copies and have been translated into more than 50 languages. A… more

  • After more than 20 years of bringing attention to progressive issues underreported by the mainstream media, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! program now airs simultaneously on satellite and cable television, more than 1,400 radio stations throughout… more

  • In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak Gabourey Sidibe received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her debut role in the 2009 film Precious , based on the novel Push by Sapphire. Sidibe won instant fame… more

  • In conversation with Andy Kahan, Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams director of author events. “A talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer" ( The New York Review of Books ), Richard Ford won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and… more

  • Elizabeth Strout | Anything Is Possible*

    • Recorded May 1, 2017

    In conversation with Laura Kovacs Possessed of “a magnificent gift for humanizing characters,” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Elizabeth Strout won the Pulitzer Prize for the 2008 bestseller  Olive Kitteridge , a linked collection of narratives… more

  • John Waters | Make Trouble

    • Recorded Apr 29, 2017  Explicit Content

    In conversation with Jason Freeman “A greater National Treasure than 90 percent of the people who are given ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ ( The Washington Post ), filmmaker, actor, and writer John Waters was also lovingly described as “The Pope of… more

  • Caitlyn Jenner | The Secrets of My Life

    • Recorded Apr 28, 2017

    In conversation with Buzz Bissinger , Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of four books, including The New York Times bestsellers 3 Nights in August and Friday Night Lights . Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an Olympic… more