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Summer is winding down with Fall just around the corner, and with it a full schedule of Free Library Author Events!

In the meantime, you can checkout the Top 10 Author Event Podcasts Downloaded in July 2013.

Gary Greenberg | The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Recorded 7/11/2013
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A practicing psychotherapist and science writer, Gary Greenberg probes the intersection of science, politics, and ethics. His book Manufacturing Depression, called “probably the most thoughtful book on depression ever written” (Psychology Today), is an investigation into ideas about suffering, its source, and its relief. Greenberg’s other books include The Self on the Shelf: Recovery Books and the Good Life and The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reason. His articles appear in many academic and popular publications, including Wired, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones. His new book is an exposé of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—the psychiatric profession’s bible—and the flawed process by which mental disorders are invented. 

In conversation with Julia M. Klein, contributing editor at Columbia Journalism Review.
David Allen | Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life
Recorded 1/8/2009
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David Allen’s smash bestseller Getting Things Done revolutionized the way people, from CEOs to soccer moms, organize their lives. He is the chairman and founder of the David Allen Company, a global management and consulting firm that is a leading authority in the business of developing production capacity for individuals and organizations. Building on the strategies set forth in Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything, Making It All Work provides an instantly usable, success-building tool kit for dealing with daily commitments, unexpected events, and modern information overload.
Chuck Klosterman | I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)
Recorded 7/25/2013
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“One of America’s top cultural critics” (Entertainment Weekly), and “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman scrutinizes pop culture, rock music, and sports, blending his analysis with self-interrogation and unbounded imagination. His New York Times bestselling books include Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa PuffsEating the Dinosaur; and The Visible Man. His debut book, Fargo Rock City, a heavy metal memoir, received the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for GQ, EsquireThe Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, A.V. Club, and many other publications, and he currently writes about sports and pop culture for Grantland.com. In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman observes the complexity of the antihero and questions the nature of the culture of villainy.
Daniel James Brown | The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Recorded 7/18/2013
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In his meticulously researched books, Daniel James Brown outlines the courage and bravery of unfamiliar characters in the most harrowing sagas of American history. Under a Flaming Sky tells the dramatic story of the 2,000 people trapped in the Great Hinckley fire storm of 1894. The Indifferent Stars Above—a New York Times Editor’s Pick—retraces the footsteps of Sarah Graves, a young newlywed who joined the ill-fated Donner Party of California-bound pioneers. Set against the grim backdrop of the Great Depression, The Boys in the Boat celebrates the working class boys of the American rowing team at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics who transformed the sport and inspired a desperate nation in their pursuit of Olympic gold.

Introduced by U.S. national team rower and national championship coach, Fred Duling.
Oliver Sacks | Hallucinations
Recorded 7/22/2013
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Known for his ability to describe the intricacies of the medical world using accessible and engaging prose, renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks is the author of numerous bestselling books that detail the inner workings of the brain, including Musicophilia, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars, and The Mind’s Eye. Called “the greatest living ethnographer of those fascinating tribes who live on the outer and still largely uncharted shores of the land of Mind-and-Brain” (Guardian), Dr. Sacks illuminates what hallucinations reveal about the organization of the brain and why the potential for hallucination is a vital part of the human condition in his new book. 

In conversation with Anna Dhody, curator Mütter Museum.
Christopher Hitchens | Hitch-22
Recorded 6/15/2010
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Christopher Hitchens is a prolific and controversial writer, as well as a popular radio and TV commentator. A self-styled radicalist, Hitchens is notorious for his strong opinions and conflicting views: he was against the Vietnam War and for the Iraq invasion. He has written books excoriating Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Henry Kissinger, as well as biographies elevating Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and George Orwell. His polemic against organized religion, God Is Not Great, was a no. 1 New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. Providing new insight into his life and beliefs, Hitch-22 sheds light on the formative experiences and personal relationships with famous writers and political figures that helped make him the intellectual he is today.

In conversation with Marty Moss-Coane, host of WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.
Daniel Bergner | What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
Recorded 7/23/2013
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“An eloquent witness” with “a journalist's eye for the telling moment” (The New Yorker), Daniel Bergner is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His works of nonfiction include The Other Side of Desire, which probed the nature of ecstasy and sexual identity; In the Land of Magic Soldiers, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year, which portrayed a world of beauty, horror, and redemption in war-ravaged Sierra Leone and received an Overseas Press Club Award; and God of the Rodeo, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year about an annual convict rodeo at a maximum-security penitentiary in Louisiana. Bergner’s new book What Do Women Want? debunks popularized myths about female lust, painting an unprecedented—possibly anarchic—portrait of “the fairer sex.”
Raymond Sokolov | Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food
Recorded 6/27/2013
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Distinguished restaurant critic and columnist Raymond Sokolov began his career as a foreign correspondent at Newsweek in 1965, where he thoughtfully rendered his first French meal in writing. He became restaurant critic of the New York Times in 1973, paying careful attention to restaurant lore, décor, and politics. Sokolov was a founding editor of the daily Leisure and Arts page at the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Saucier's Apprentice and numerous other food books, as well as the novel Native Intelligence and Wayward Reporter, a biography of A.J. Liebling. In his new book, he traces the American food scene from Julia Child’s opus Mastering the Art of French Cooking through today's flourishing and diverse culinary world. 

Julie Dannenbaum Memorial Culinary Arts Lecture.
  Colum McCann | TransAtlantic
Recorded 7/24/2013
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Recipient of the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, a book which has been compared to Joyce’s Ulysses and described by John Lester in the New York Times as “one of the most electric, profound novels I have read in years…”, Colum McCann joins us to present his new novel TransAtlantic—a book that spans centuries, oceans and continents while interlacing fact and fiction though the lives of abolitionist Frederick Douglas, Senator George Mitchell, and aviation pioneers  John Alcock and Arthur Brown. McCann’s previous novels include Song Dogs, This Side of Brightness, Dancer, and Zoli.
Anchee Min | The Cooked Seed: A Memoir
Recorded 6/25/2013
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"A wild, passionate and fearless American writer" (New York Times), Anchee Min is the author of Red Azalea, a memoir of growing up during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution, where Min spent time in a labor camp and was chosen for a lead role in a propagandist movie before the Mao communist regime collapsed. The book exists as “a powerful political as well as literary statement” (The New York Times Book Review). Min has since written six other works of historical fiction, including Becoming Madame Mao and Empress Orchid. Twenty years after the publication of Red Azalea, Min returns with the next chapter of her life story in The Cooked Seed, moving from the appalling deprivations of her birthplace to the sudden bounty of America, without language, money, or a clear path.

*Anchee Min gave a moving and impassioned multimedia presentation that included readings, film clips and music. Because some of the clips were without dialogue we have edited them from the presentation. Also note that the sound clarity is variable. We have left intact the music from the final clip because the music is so beautiful. View the final clip.

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