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  • In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events “Powerful” and “full of magic” ( Los Angeles Times ), Amy Tan is the author of the beloved novels  The Joy Luck Club , a finalist for the National Book Award and the National… more

  • A CNN political contributor and host of a popular recurring primetime special bearing his name, Van Jones was a green-jobs advisor to the Obama administration, overseeing billions in environmental recovery spending. His two bestselling books are… more

  • James McBride | Five-Carat Soul

    • Recorded Oct 11, 2017

    “Absorbing and darkly funny” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner  The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s doomed mission. His nonfiction… more

  • In conversation with Dick Polman , "Writer in Residence" at the University of Pennsylvania, and national political columnist at WHYY News E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in  The Washington Post  and nearly 100… more

  • “Lyrical and portentous” ( The New York Times ), Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel  Middlesex; The Virgin Suicides , which was adapted into a feature film by Sofia Coppola; and The Marriage Plot , a National Book… more

  • The governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013, Lord Mervyn King steered the U.K.’s central banking institution through the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing recession. Currently a… more

  • Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel A Visit from the Goon Squad . Her other books of fiction include the National Book Award Finalist Look at Me , the bestselling The Keep , and The… more

  • “A master of perpetual storytelling” ( The New Yorker ), Salman Rushdie is the author of a dozen novels, including Shame, The Satanic Verses , and Midnight’s Children , winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 and the “Booker of Bookers” Prize in 1993.… more

  • William Taubman won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era , a portrait of the Soviet leader “unlikely to be surpassed any time soon in either richness or complexity” ( New York Times… more

  • Lauded for bringing the Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, and Eastern European influences from Solomonov’s titular Philadelphia restaurant to readers’ home kitchens, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook’s Zahav: A World of Israeli… more

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20th & Vine - Backstage with Loudon Wainwright III and Eileen Myles

This month we're featuring Loudon Wainwright III and Eileen Myles, who recently visited the Free Library of Philadelphia while on tour for their memoirs, Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things and Afterglow (a dog memoir), respectively. Laura Kovacs spoke to them backstage about books, music, and creating a Cabinet of Culture. 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.

Top 10 Podcast Episodes September 2017

Top 10 Livestream Videos September 2017

  1. Edward Snowden
  2. Nicole Krauss with Nathan Englander
  3. William Taubman with Yuri Slezkine
  4. Camille Paglia
  5. Cheech Marin
  6. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  7. Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook
  8. Tom Perrotta
  9. Salman Rushdie with Claire Messud
  10. Stephen Greenblatt