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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

  • 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

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Top 10 Podcast Episodes May 2017

Top 10 Livestream Videos May 2017

  1. Colm Toibin
  2. Richard Ford
  3. Jo Nesbø
  4. Two of a Kind
  5. Amy Goodman
  6. Joshua Ferris
  7. Caitlyn Jenner
  8. Papo Gely
  9. Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
  10. April Mae & the June Bugs