The official podcast of the Des Moines Public Library. Featuring interviews with authors, special guests to the library, your favorite library staff, and more!
Greer Macallister, author of 'The Arctic Fury'
Author and Iowa native Greer Macallister is the guest on the latest episode of The DMPL Podcast. Her newest novel, The Arctic Fury, follows an all-female expedition to the north as they try to uncover what happened to the lost Franklin expedition.
Greer discusses why she wanted to set a book in this ice cold setting and how she assembled the Ocean's 13-esque crew of characters. She also lets us know what she's working on next - it's a big change!
Spoilers are discussed from about 13:20-29:50.
Show Notes The Arctic Fury at DMPL Other Greer Macallister books at DMPL Greer Macallister | website Greer Macallister | Facebook Greer Macallister | Twitter Greer Macallister | Instagram
7 Questions with Robert Kolker
AViD author Robert Kolker joins us on the DMPL Podcast! We talk about how he came to know the Galvin family, the subject of his newest, critically acclaimed book Hidden Valley Road. Kolker also discusses the challenges of structuring of narrative nonfiction books and reveals which classic novel he just completed and loved.
Show Notes Kolker's Books Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family (2020) Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery (2013) Books Mentioned by Kolker Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc These Truths, by Jill Lepore War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky Mike Nichols: A Life, by Mark Harris Kolker's Favorite Self-Authored Pieces "The World’s Smallest Ukulele," Bloomberg Businessweek, May 12, 2016 "Nine Blocks from Home," New York Magazine, July 7, 2006
Darcy Maulsby, author of 'Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes'
Iowa author Darcy Maulsby is the guest on the latest DMPL Podcast! Her newest book, Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes, is a culinary history of Des Moines restaurants During the podcast, Maulsby and host Aaron Gernes discuss restaurants of days' past, including Babe's, Johnny & Kay's, King Ying Low, and more. It's a must-read for anyone who want's to feel nostalgia as well as those who are interested in Des Moines history.
The Italian influences of Des Moines Famous Des Moines figures such as Babe Bisignano and Edna Griffin The fall and rise of downtown through the restaurants What Des Moines' culinary future holds and much more! Show Notes Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes on our shelves
Other Darcy Maulsby books on our shelves Darcy Maulsby | website Darcy Maulsby | Facebook Darcy Maulsby | Instagram Darcy Maulsby | Twitter
DMPL Podcast: Reading Challenge Book Picks
Theresa and Lynn join us today on the DMPL Podcast! The two Library Assistants love the DMPL Reading Challenge, and they've picked three books each to discuss - one in each of three different categories.
Show Notes Theresa's Books Educated, by Tara Westover - A book based on its cover My Antonia, by Willa Cather - A book she enjoyed in school One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson - A book about a significant historical event Lynn's Books Vesper Flights, by Helen Macdonald - A book of essays or short stories The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey - A book recommended by a Book Chat librarian Perestroika in Paris, by Jane Smiley - A book with a non-human main character(s) Other Related Links DMPL Reading Challenge DMPL Express Book Chat
DMPL Podcast: AViD Author Adam Higginbotham
Show Notes Adam Higginbotham | Website Adam Higginbotham | Twitter Midnight in Chernobyl
Books and stories discussed: M.R. James: Collected Ghost Stories and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary "Life at the Top," by Adam Higginbotham (The New Yorker, February 4, 2013) Naples '44, by Norman Lewis (GoodReads link) The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith
Book Chat's Favorite Books of 2020
Janeé and Rebecca, with the Book Chat team, join host Aaron to chat about their favorite books this year. What made them laugh? What made them cry? What made 2020 a great year for reading? Listen to the podcast to find out, and be sure to check out the show notes to see other books they loved that they didn't discuss.
Show Notes Book Chat Janeé's Books Picture Books
I Am Every Good Thing, by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kandi
We Will Rock Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins
Class Act, by Jerry Craft
Twins, by Varian Johnson
The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, and Truth, by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo
Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel, by Jason Reynolds
The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen
Rebecca's Books This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Are You Listening?, by Tillie Walden One to Watch, by Kate Stayman-London Frogcatchers, by Jeff Lemire Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas All My Mother’s Lovers, by Ilana Masad