20th & Vine - Backstage with Jacqueline Woodson

This month we're featuring Jacqueline Woodson, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia for the One Book, One Philadelphia finale. Laura Kovacs spoke to her backstage about the ideas that unify her work, and the beauty that lies on the other side of pain. 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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  • 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

  • Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

    • Recorded Mar 8, 2018  Explicit Content

    In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, reporter Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer . Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling Stone ). He… more

  • Introduced by Sonia Sanchez. Walter Mosley is best known for the Easy Rawlins mystery series featuring the hard-boiled detective and World War II vet living in L.A.’s Watts neighborhood. His diverse body of work includes science fiction, story… more

  • A staff writer for The New Yorker , Steve Coll is the author of  The Bin Ladens , a history of the eponymous clan and its most infamous member; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars ; and Private Empire , an examination of the notoriously secret… more

  • In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak. The anchorman for Noticiero Univision for more than 30 years, eight-time Emmy-winning broadcaster and columnist Jorge Ramos is one of America’s most popular and influential… more

  • “Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest to discover a unified field theory. His… more

  • Counting Fortune 500 CEOs, veterans with PTSD, Michael J. Fox, inner-city youth, and Oprah Winfrey among his eclectic student body, Bob Roth is one of the world’s most respected teachers of Transcendental Meditation. For more than 45 years he’s… more

  • Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in the Holy… more

  • Watch the video here . Focusing mostly on the urban South, Tayari Jones ‘s four novels include Silver Sparrow , The Untelling , and Leaving Atlanta , winner of the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction. “One of the best writers of her… more

  • Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, The Circle , the National Book Award-nominated A Hologram for the King , and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius , a Pulitzer Prize-nominated memoir of death and adoption. He is also founder of… more

  • Watch the video here . Lauded for his “ferocious moral vision and astute intellect” ( New York Times ), educator and philosopher Dr. Cornel West is the author of the National Book Award-winning  Race Matters , a sea change discourse on race,… more

  • Watch the video here . Referred to as one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, military historian and foreign-policy analyst Max Boot is the author of The Savage Wars of… more

  • Watch the video here . The most widely read female writer in Turkey, Elif Shafak has penned more than a dozen “vibrant, lush and lively” ( Washington Post ) books that have been translated into more than 40 languages. This work includes the… more

  • Matt de la Peña and Loren Long | Love

    • Recorded Jan 27, 2018

    Watch the video here . Matt de la Peña was awarded the Newbery Medal and a Caldecott Honor for Last Stop on Market Street , a children’s book that highlighted volunteerism, income inequality, and other topics not often addressed by the genre. The… more

  • Watch the video here . Dubbed the “anti-Tiger Mom,” contrarian economist Bryan Caplan is the author of the “wickedly subversive” ( Wall Street Journal ) parenting manifesto Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids , which argues that parenting has… more

  • Watch the video here . Pioneering physician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a longtime crusader for targeting care to vulnerable and traumatized children. Her prolific work on the link between toxic stress and chronic illnesses includes more than… more