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The Free Library Podcast is an easy way to participate in the author events and lectures that take place at the Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

Recent Episodes

  • In conversation with Tracey Matisak The first African American principal dancer in the 75-year history of the elite American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland is one of the world’s most accomplished and recognizable artists. A recipient of the… more

  • In conversation with Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. MSNBC Contributor An outspoken Christian reproductive justice advocate, Dr. Willie Parker is a board-certified… more

  • Anthony Doerr won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for All the Light We Cannot See , “a beautiful, daring, heartbreaking, oddly joyous novel” ( Seattle Times ) about a blind French girl and a German boy navigating the carnage of World War II. Also the… more

  • “Consistently engaging, sly, witty, understated…and written with simple elegance” ( The New York Observer ), Wendy Lesser’s many essay collections, works of fiction, and edited volumes include The Pagoda in the Garden, Room for Doubt , and Why I… more

  • Employing “agile prose and clever observations” ( New York Times Book Review ), Lauren Grodstein  is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The… more

  • In conversation with Jason Freeman Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s death-defying feats. His other novels include Song Dogs, This Side of… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman, "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY's Newsworks.org The President and CEO of the non-partisan public policy think tank New America, Anne-Marie… more

  • In conversation with longtime broadcaster and journalist, Tracey Matisak The Vice President of Business Innovation Google’s [X], Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur who has founded more than 20 businesses, started almost half of Google’s… more

  • A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume’s popular “Ask the Editor” video series. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the Chicago… more

  • Roxane Gay | Difficult Women

    • Recorded Mar 24, 2017

    Roxane Gay’s “commanding debut” ( The New Yorker ) novel An Untamed State , the tale of a willful Haitian kidnap victim, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Prize for Fiction. She is also the author of the acclaimed essay collection Bad… more

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