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Author Talk: Angeline Boulley and Trang Thanh Tran

45m 15s

Angeline Boulley, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Boulley discusses her newest release, “Warrior Girl Unearthed." Thanh Tran is a Vietnamese-American author who writes emotional, speculative stories that highlight food, belonging and the Vietnamese diaspora. Tran’s discusses their debut novel, “She Is a Haunting".

Episodes

  • Author Talk: Angeline Boulley and Trang Thanh Tran: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Angeline Boulley and Trang Thanh Tran

    S8 E10 - 45m 15s

    Angeline Boulley, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Boulley discusses her newest release, “Warrior Girl Unearthed." Thanh Tran is a Vietnamese-American author who writes emotional, speculative stories that highlight food, belonging and the Vietnamese diaspora. Tran’s discusses their debut novel, “She Is a Haunting".

  • Author Talk: Héctor Tobar: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Héctor Tobar

    S8 E9 - 47m 42s

    Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and novelist. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed bestseller “Deep Down Dark” as well as “The Barbarian Nurseries,” “Translation Nation” and “The Tattooed Soldier.” His newest release, “Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of 'Latino'," decodes the meaning of “Latino” as a racial and ethnic identity in the USA.

  • Author Talk: Matthew Desmond: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Matthew Desmond

    S8 E8 - 48m 48s

    PBS Books hosts Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology at Princeton University to discuss his latest release “Poverty, by America.” Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty.

  • Author Talk: TJ Klune: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: TJ Klune

    S8 E7 - 47m 15s

    TJ Klune is the bestselling author of “The House in the Cerulean Sea,” “Into This River I Drown” and “Under the Whispering Door.” He is also the author of multiple fantasy series, including Green Creek and Tales from Verania, and the young adult series The Extraordinaries. In his new work “In the Lives of Puppets”, Klune explores the found family and the sacrifices we make for those we love.

  • Author Talk: Beverly Gage: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Beverly Gage

    S8 E6 - 49m 37s

    PBS Books, in collaboration with WETA in Washington D.C., interviews Beverly Gage, professor of 20th-century American history at Yale University and author of “The Day Wall Street Exploded.” Her new biography, “G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century,” explores Hoover’s life and career, from his birth in 1895 to a modest Washington civil-service family to his death in 1972.

  • Author Talk: Luis Alberto Urrea: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Luis Alberto Urrea

    S8 E5 - 50m 50s

    PBS Books, in collaboration with MPT in Maryland, hosts Luis Alberto Urrea, bestselling author of works of nonfiction, poetry and fiction, including “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” and “The House of Broken Angels.” His latest work "Goodnight Irene", Urrea takes inspiration from his mother’s own Red Cross service to deliver an overlooked story of women’s heroism in World War II.

  • Author Talk: SA Cosby: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: SA Cosby

    S8 E4 - 43m 59s

    PBS Books, in collaboration with WHRO in Virginia, presents S.A. Cosby, an Anthony, Barry, and Macavity Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. His newest work "All the Sinners Bleed" explores the experiences of Titus Crowne, the first Black sheriff in the history of Charon County, and what it means to be a Black man wearing a police uniform in the American South.

  • Author Talk: Tananarive Due: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Tananarive Due

    S8 E3 - 48m 54s

    PBS Books presents an exclusive conversation with award-winning author Tananarive Due, a leading innovator in Black horror and Afrofuturism. Her new collection, “The Wishing Pool and Other Stories,” showcases her mastery of the genre. Join us as Due shares her creative process and discusses the power of storytelling.

  • Author Talk: Shelby Van Pelt: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Shelby Van Pelt

    S8 E2 - 58m 50s

    PBS Books hosts Shelby Van Pelt, to discuss her debut novel REMARKABLY BRIGHT. Pelt's debut work is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

  • Author Talk: Claribel A. Ortega: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Author Talk: Claribel A. Ortega

    S8 E1 - 46m 34s

    PBS Books, in collaboration with WNET in New York, hosts Claribel A. Ortega, a New York Times bestselling and award-winning author who writes middle grade and young adult fantasy novels inspired by her Dominican heritage. She talks about her book, Witchlings, an action-packed adventure.

Extras + Features

  • Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Humanizing and Empowering | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 1m 5s

    The film "The Public" premieres Friday, April 5th, and Estevez, who wrote and directed the film, said that librarians assured him that he effectively captured the experience of life inside of a library, while O'Dowd, who is executive director of a large homeless shelter, avowed the same response from those he surveyed.

  • Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Libraries Role in Society | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 41s

    Emilio Estevez creative process for his new film 'The Public,' exposed him to several writers and researchers like Anne Lamott, who further illuminated, for him and for all of us, the vital role that libraries continue to play in serving and enriching their communities.

  • The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Inspiration | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 1m 52s

    Actor, writer and director Emilio Estevez talks about his inspiration for making 'The Public,' a film dramatizing as a peaceful sit-in by the homeless inside a public library that escalates into a standoff with the police and attracts attention from the media.

  • Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Libraries offer a Respite | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 36s

    Ryan O'Dowd, speaking from his experience as the executive director of a large homeless shelter, describes libraries as a place offering more than shelter, but a respite for the homeless population of a community, which is at the crux of the events dramatized by writer, director, and actor Emilio Estevez in his new film, 'The Public.'

  • Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Favorite Character | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 2m 10s

    Emilio Estevez' new film, 'The Public,' has an ensemble cast, with actors like Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Jeffrey Wright, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams and Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Here, Estevez talks about who he would choose as his favorite character from the script he wrote.

  • Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Birth of Collaboration | Ryan O'Dowd

    S6 E1 - 40s

    Ryan O'Dowd is Executive Director of Hesed House, the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois, and the author of the Librarian's Guide to Homelessness, and when PBS Books interviewed him at the Miami Dade Public Library, he talked about how he wound up having a sustained collaborative role in discussing the issues addressed by Emilio Estevez' new film, 'The Public.'

  • Film Development | Emilio Estevez: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Film Development | Emilio Estevez

    S6 E1 - 45s

    Emilio Estevez initially wanted to get started on his new film, 'The Public,' back in 2008. In this interview, filmed at the Miami Dade Public Library, Estevez talks about how the 2008 Recession stalled production, and wound up allowing him to rework the story, improving it and augmenting its relevance.

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