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Creation Date May 24th, 2019
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Episodes from podcasts centered on books and libraries
  1. *Explicit language warning* Controversial American author James Frey doesn't care if he enrages you or breaks your heart, as long as his writing makes you feel something. James speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about using his book, Katerina, to examine his past and what could have been.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  2. The solitary life of a writer. Actor Parker Posey chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about how her dog, Gracie, got her through the tough times when she was writing her memoir, ‘You’re on an Airplane,’ and the similarities between researching an acting role and writing.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
  3. Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, and At Last: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels, recently adapted into a five-episode limited series on Showtime. Edward St. Aubyn speaks about its successful adaptation, and discusses the story of Patrick Melrose. This is a portrayal of a character assembled by the horrors of his life, with his terrors unstitched when things he didn’t believe in, such as rehabilitation and consolation, become true, bit by bit. Photos by Christopher Ho.  
  4. The author explains how he reimagined Shakespeare’s thundering patriarch as a modern media baron in Dunbar, and we consider the plight of literary novelists
  5. Listen to an exceptional interview by co-host Erika as she talks to Sarah Bird a great American novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. Sarah was born in 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her father was an officer in the US Air Force, and her family (a “Catholic family of eight”[1]), including her mother, Colista Bird, travelled with him around the US and the world during her childhood. This is the subject of the novel that Erika talks about with Sarah, The Yokota Officers Club the mother recognized signs of her daughter’s creative storytelling talent as young as kindergarten. Sarah attended the University of New Mexico, earning a BA there in 1973. Moving to the University of Texas at Austin, she went on to receive an MA in journalism there in 1976.[2] She is married to George Jones, and has one son, Gabriel Bird-Jones, born in 1989. The family lives in Austin, Texas. Bird was named Austin’s best author in 2001 by the Austin Chronicle, the year she also published The Yokata Officers Club that draws on her experiences as military brat. She has also written screenplays for the National Geographic Channel and Hallmark, as well as the CBS movie Yesterday’s Children. Another novel, The Flamenco Academy, came out in 2006. A new novel, How Perfect Is That, was published by Knopf in June 2008.
  6. How does Sarah Bird keep her characters from sounding typical? What is her association with offbeat rodeos? What was she pushing away? What’s her latest book about? Where can you see an almost life size hologram of her? What symbiotic and once in a lifetime event occurs at the end of her interview? Join Sarah Bird in this upbeat romp through her life... and more.
  7. Ma'ayan Plaut is the podcast librarian at RadioPublic. But she’s not like the typical master of the Dewey Decimal System you know from your local public library. And she just so happens to be the only podcast librarian on the planet. In her three years at the company, Ma’ayan’s role has evolved from recommending individual podcasts to solving the larger discoverability issues with podcasting. Sign up for Giftogram with the code: weirdwork --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/weird-work/support

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