The First Fifty Pages is the Sioux City Public Library's podcast about books, library culture, and current reading trends. Each month, Kelsey Patterson and Jenn Delperdang discuss what they're reading, what's popular in our community, and what's happening at the Library! Who knows, they might even help you find your next great read! Highlighting the amazing work that libraries do, and why you should be using your library, this podcast is not to be missed! Produced by Siouxland Public Media .
Character-Driven: A Conversation With Allison Larkin
In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, internationally best-selling author Allison Larkin chats with Jenn and Kelsey about her compelling new book, The People We Keep. We explore the connection to authentic characters, dealing with rejection in the publishing business, and the 1990s as historical fiction (yes, you read that right!).
The art of storytelling: a conversation with the iconic Julia Whelan
Golden Voice audiobook narrator Julia Whelan joins Kelsey and Jenn in this episode of The First Fifty Pages to talk about her work as a storyteller, how she creates transformative moments for listeners, and how the audiobook industry is evolving. We get to talk about some of our favorite books that Julia has narrated, and we even get a tea recommendation! Music Credits Tri-Tachyon " Little Lily Swing " Kevin MacLeod " Backed Vibes Clean "
Finding Doors to Stranger Worlds: Redefining Fantasy Norms
Did you love The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue as much as we did? In this episode of The First Fifty Pages , Kelsey and Jenn chat with author Victoria “V.E.” Schwab about her bestselling novel, opening doors for readers, and what it’s like to hang out with Neil Gaiman.
Read for Joy!
Read for Joy! In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Kelsey and Jenn chat with New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center about her essay "READ FOR JOY." Katherine shares what this means to her and why it is important to trust yourself to find the stories that you most need to hear. To read the full READ FOR JOY essay by Katherine Center click here or subscribe to her newsletter Three Good Things .
Likeable characters: A cure for the pandemic blues
Are you craving ‘feel-good’ stories? Do you want characters to cheer for? Leave the bleak headlines behind as Kelsey and Jenn shine a light on likeable characters in fiction in this episode of The First Fifty Pages. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith One Day by David Nicholls Aurora Teagarden mysteries by Charlaine Harris
Great Escapes: reading in the time of Coronavirus
Reading for enjoyment can be difficult when you're feeling anxious. In this episode, Kelsey and Jenn discuss their go-to 'comfort' reads. They also share ideas for reading when you're feeling anxious and favorite literary escapes for your #stayathome. Want more? Subscribe to The First Fifty Pages, our podcast about books, library culture, and current reading trends, available on iTunes , Stitcher , and Google Play . Books featured in this episode: The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha Everything