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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 Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

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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 Parkway Central Library. Visit Author Events to find upcoming events.

    Brontez Purnell | 100 Boyfriends

    Brontez Purnell | 100 Boyfriends

    In conversation with Kaitlyn Greenidge

    Brontez Purnell is the author of Since I Laid My Burden Down, a debut novel about growing up gay in 1980s Alabama that ''not only holds its own as queer literature, but also expands upon it'' (San Francisco Chronicle). The winner of a 2018 Whiting Award for Fiction, he is also the author of a graphic novel, a children's book, and a novella. The multi-talented Purnell is also the creator of a cult zine, the frontman for a punk band, the founder of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, and the director of an array of short films, documentaries, and music videos. One of Vulture's ''46 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2021,'' 100 Boyfriends is a funny, foulmouthed, and sensitive look into the messy lives of queer men navigating the pitfalls of modern dating. 

    Kaitlyn Greenidge is the author of We Love You, Charlie Freeman, a finalist for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize and one of the New York Times ''Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016.'' A contributing writer for the Times, Greenidge has earned fellowships from the Whiting Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Books may be purchased through the Joseph Fox Bookshop
    (recorded 2/24/2021)

    • 45 Min.
    Amelia Pang | Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

    Amelia Pang | Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods

    In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist

    In 2017, Amelia Pang earned the first place award in investigative journalism from the LA Press Club for her undercover exposé on the exploitation of immigrants smuggled into America to work in Chinese restaurants. Covering topics such as sexual violence on Native American reservations, economic hardships for immigrant Americans, and organic import fraud, her writing has appeared in publications such as The New Republic and Mother Jones. Her debut book tells the true story of a Chinese political prisoner and forced laborer's desperate missive and the larger story of how a vast array of products come from brutal slave labor camps.

    Books may be purchased through the Joseph Fox Bookshop
    (recorded 2/23/2021)

    • 52 Min.
    Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

    Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

    In conversation with Jon Meacham

    Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture

    Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop, an ''eloquent, righteous, and inspired'' (Philadelphia Inquirer) call for racial change that was named one of the best books of 2017 by multitudes of publications. His many books address Barack Obama's presidency, Hurricane Katrina, Jay-Z, and the effects of MLK's assassination, among other wide-ranging topics. A frequent New York Times opinion writer, MSNBC political analyst, and a professor at Vanderbilt University, his many honors include an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards. In Long Time Coming, Dyson employs the lives and legacies of five contemporary Black martyrs as catalysts for America's long-needed voyage toward a racial reckoning and redemption.

    An expert on history, politics, and religion in America, Jon Meacham won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. His other bestselling nonfiction includes American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation and The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels.

    Signed books may be purchased through the Joseph Fox Bookshop
    (recorded 2/18/2021)

    • 1 Std. 2 Min.
    Maria Kefalas | Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

    Maria Kefalas | Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

    In conversation with Ashley Fox, Writer. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Athlete. Mom. ESPN alumna.

    In 2012, Maria Kefalas's daughter, Calliope, was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative, and incurable genetic disease called metachromatic leukodystrophy. Rather than succumbing to grief, Kefalas and her husband harnessed this powerful emotion in order to save other children and, ultimately, themselves. What followed was an incredible odyssey that included a fundraising bake sale of more than 50,000 cupcakes, a blog that blossomed into articles published in the likes of Slate and the Huffington Post, two groundbreaking charitable foundations, and advocacy in America's loftiest halls of power. Harnessing Grief maps this journey and how it affected 13 other families with similarly afflicted children. A sociology professor at Saint Joseph's University, Kefalas is also the author of the books Hollowing Out the Middle, Working-Class Heroes, and Promises I Can Keep.

    Books may be purchased through the Joseph Fox Bookshop
    (recorded 2/16/2021)

    • 1 Std.
    Melissa Broder | Milk Fed

    Melissa Broder | Milk Fed

    In conversation with Nomi Eve, author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, Director of the Creative Writing MFA program, Drexel University.

    Melissa Broder is the author of The Pisces, a darkly erotic yet tender tale of academia, break-ups, and compulsive merman love. She is also the author of an essay collection, So Sad Today, and four collections of poetry. Her poems have appeared in a multitude of publications, including Tin House and Guernica, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. Following a calorie-obsessed lapsed Jew who falls under the spell of a zaftig Orthodox frozen yogurt store employee, Broder's new novel is a ''sensuous and delightfully delirious tale'' (O, The Oprah Magazine) of variously forbidden appetites.

    Books with signed book plates may be purchased through the Joseph Fox Bookshop (recorded 2/11/2021)

    • 57 Min.
    Elizabeth Kolbert | Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

    Elizabeth Kolbert | Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

    Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture

    In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist

    ''An astute observer, excellent explainer, and superb synthesizer'' (Seattle Times), Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. An amalgam of field reporting, scientific discovery, and natural history, it follows the ongoing legacy of the manmade global cataclysm that threatens the very existence of life on earth. A longtime staff writer at the New Yorker and a member of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board, she has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Magazine Awards, and a Heinz Award, among other honors. In Under a White Sky, Kolbert returns to her study of humanity's impact on the world to examine how we might change nature in order to save it.

    For Book-with-Ticket purchases please allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery
    Books with signed book plates will ship after the event
    (recorded 2/10/2021)

    • 57 Min.

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