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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.

    Nikki Giovanni | Make Me Rain

    Nikki Giovanni | Make Me Rain

    One of America's most celebrated poets, the ''outspoken, prolific, energetic'' (New York Times) Nikki Giovanni is the author of numerous collections of poetry including Acolytes; Black Feeling, Black Talk, Black Judgment; and Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea. Her recent nonfiction includes A Good Cry, a rumination on a life spent in the vanguard of social change. A standout activist and educator from the Civil Rights and Black Arts movements of the 1960s, she is the first winner of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, a seven-time winner of the NAACP Image Award, and one of Oprah Winfrey's 25 ''Living Legends.'' In Make Me Rain, Giovanni lifts up her loved ones, celebrates her black heritage, and illuminates the pervasive stains of American racial injustice and prejudice.

    Books available through the Joseph Fox Bookshop

     
    (recorded 10/27/2020)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Colin Quinn | Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States

    Colin Quinn | Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States

    Comedian, writer, and actor Colin Quinn's decades-long career includes stints as anchor of Saturday Night Live's ''Weekend Update,'' his own titular talk show, numerous standup specials, and appearances in multitudinous sitcoms, movies, and talk shows. He is referred to by the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Tina Fey as the essential New York comic's comic, and his acclaimed one-man Broadway shows-addressing everything from the fall of world empires to his family-include My Two Cents, The Coloring Book, and Red State, Blue State. In Overstated, Quinn infuses insight with comedy to lambaste the sacred cows and quirks of 50 very dissimilar states. 

    (recorded 10/23/2020)

    • 54 min
    Maria Hinojosa | Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

    Maria Hinojosa | Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America

    In conversation with: Helen Ubiñas, metro columnist at the The Philadelphia Inquirer

    In her nearly 30 years as a journalist, Maria Hinojosa has reported for PBS, CBS, and CNN, among other outlets, and is the longtime anchor and executive producer of NPR's Peabody Award–winning show Latino USA. A frequent guest on MSNBC and the founding co-anchor of the political podcast In the Thick, she is also the host of WGBH's talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Her work has earned four Emmy Awards, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. In Once I Was You, Hinojosa relates her experience of growing up Mexican American in Chicago to our current immigration crisis.

    Books may be purchased online in Spanish or in English through The Joseph Fox Bookshop.
    A limited number of signed bookplates will be available while supplies last.

     
    (recorded 10/21/2020)

    • 53 min
    Asha Lemmie | Fifty Words for Rain

    Asha Lemmie | Fifty Words for Rain

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

    Asha Lemmie's New York Times bestselling novel Fifty Words for Rain tells the decades and continents-spanning story of Nori, a child born to a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover. Concealed by her grandparents, Nori accepts a solitary life until she meets and forms a bond with her half-brother Akira-a bond that gives her the strength to claim her place in the world. The book was recently the Good Morning America Book Club pick for September. A classically trained musician from Washington D.C., Lemmie began writing Fifty Words for Rain when she was only 16 years old.

    Books may be purchased online through The Joseph Fox Bookshop.

     
    (recorded 10/20/2020)

    • 39 min
    B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain | The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years

    B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony Rostain | The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years

    In conversation wth Elizabeth Mosier

    A longtime faculty member at Drexel University, the Family Institute, and Widener University, B. Janet Hibbs is a renowned expert on family issues and partner relationships. A professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Anthony Rostain is one of America's leading authorities on ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, Tourette syndrome, and the learning disorders related to these conditions. He also treats patients at CHOP, where he is co-director of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Service. The Stressed Years of Their Lives is a guidebook for parents and college-age teens seeking a better understanding of mental health and the methods by which students can thrive.

    Elizabeth Mosier is the author, most recently, of Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home. Her thirty-year career in higher education includes teaching creative writing, directing a pre-college program, and directing admissions communications at Bryn Mawr College.   
    (recorded 6/25/2020)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Roddy Doyle | Love

    Roddy Doyle | Love

    In conversation with Liz Moore, best selling author of Long Bright River

    Lauded for his ''marvelous'' and ''bloody brilliant'' (Toronto Star) works of fiction, prolific novelist, dramatist, children's author, and screenwriter Roddy Doyle's work is rooted in the vibrant colloquialisms and tight relationships of the Irish working class. His novel Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha won the Man Booker Prize, and his Barrytown series-comprised of The Commitments, The Snapper, The Van, and The Guts-were critical darlings and adapted into successful movies. In Love, Doyle tells an elegiac tale of two old drinking buddies who revisit the Dublin pubs and poignant pains of their youth.
    (recorded 6/24/2020)

    • 1 hr 2 min

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