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1Q1A Such A Fun Age
January 02, 2020 08:51 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Kiley Reid, author of her debut novel Such A Fun Age, just published by Putnam.

Kiley graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop as have so many wonderful writers and where she had wonderful teachers like Paul Harding and Jess Walters. And I have been really happy to have interviewed both of them. (Tinkers, Beautiful Ruins) Such a Fun Age is her first novel.

This book is an uneasy one. It makes us think really hard about the way things are and maybe the way things are going. It also reminds us quite starkly of the way things were.

For me, an old white guy, it made me question my personality, my own truth and the way I think and the way I act.

It’s much easier for a black person to experience this book, because what our characters encounter is what black readers encounter every day.

That’s what makes this book so well written. The fact that it provides a perspective that we don’t often have a chance to experience. Like looking in a mirror and seeing who you really are. Generally there is who you think you are, who others think you are and who you are. But you don’t often get the chance to perceive yourself objectively.

And this couldn’t have happened in this book unless Kiley was able, as she is, to capture the feelings that toddlers have, that young black women have and that affluent white people have on a daily basis, in their own dialects. Not easy.

I loved it. But it made me nervous.

Long Bright River Liz Moore
January 02, 2020 08:44 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is our old friend Liz Moore whose fourth novel Long Bright River published by Riverhead is just arriving on our shelves and I should tell you that Liz will be appearing at The Hilton Garden Inn on January 9th at 7PM. The Hilton is right here in Exton, 720 Eagleview Blvd East (although I don’t know why they call it East, just confusing and a typical township move), just fifteen minutes from West Chester and just past the Downingtown interchange of the turnpike, across from Eagleview and my bookstore. In fact we have two hotel buses that can take you from the hotel to the bookshop either before or after the event. Liz knows how to get here since she has been here many times for signings and her writing workshops. You can go to Eventbrite or our website to get tickets.

Anyway as many of you know, this is Liz’ fourth novel (in 12 years). The first was The Words Of Every Song, Next came Heft, an amazing book that Liz wrote out of left field. I had never read anything like it. That was our first interview. She came and signed then and then set up her Palumbo fiction writing workshop here and at other local bookshops. And she still is. But not here! Her next novel was The Unseen World and we visited again with Liz after that and also a second interview. I know I’m kind of bragging here but it has been such a pleasure to get to know her and her family and her work.

Liz’ work has also appeared in Tin House (sadly no longer with us) the NYT and she is the winner of many prestigious prizes and awards.

Liz teaches at Temple.

So—-Long Bright River is another one of Liz’ shapeshifting, genre busting novels. This one a psychological thriller, with cops, murderers, dysfunctional families and anguished accounts of tragic opioid abuse, much of it enumerated in the book’s beginning and end. I’ll leave it there.

The difference as in all of Liz’ books is that there is something here, something that I have a hard time articulating for all of her books, that is different. Can’t put my finger on it but it kind of changes everything and I can’t say why.

1Q1A Long Bright River Liz Moore
January 02, 2020 08:42 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is our old friend Liz Moore whose fourth novel Long Bright River published by Riverhead is just arriving on our shelves and I should tell you that Liz will be appearing at The Hilton Garden Inn on January 9th at 7PM. The Hilton is right here in Exton, 720 Eagleview Blvd East (although I don’t know why they call it East, just confusing and a typical township move), just fifteen minutes from West Chester and just past the Downingtown interchange of the turnpike, across from Eagleview and my bookstore. In fact we have two hotel buses that can take you from the hotel to the bookshop either before or after the event. Liz knows how to get here since she has been here many times for signings and her writing workshops. You can go to Eventbrite or our website to get tickets.

Anyway as many of you know, this is Liz’ fourth novel (in 12 years). The first was The Words Of Every Song, Next came Heft, an amazing book that Liz wrote out of left field. I had never read anything like it. That was our first interview. She came and signed then and then set up her Palumbo fiction writing workshop here and at other local bookshops. And she still is. But not here! Her next novel was The Unseen World and we visited again with Liz after that and also a second interview. I know I’m kind of bragging here but it has been such a pleasure to get to know her and her family and her work.

Liz’ work has also appeared in Tin House (sadly no longer with us) the NYT and she is the winner of many prestigious prizes and awards.

Liz teaches at Temple.

So—-Long Bright River is another one of Liz’ shapeshifting, genre busting novels. This one a psychological thriller, with cops, murderers, dysfunctional families and anguished accounts of tragic opioid abuse, much of it enumerated in the book’s beginning and end. I’ll leave it there.

The difference as in all of Liz’ books is that there is something here, something that I have a hard time articulating for all of her books, that is different. Can’t put my finger on it but it kind of changes everything and I can’t say why.

Rethinking Consciousness Michael Graziano
January 02, 2020 08:08 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Michael Graziano, author of Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory Of Subjective Experience, Published in September by Norton.

Michael is professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton. He has written four other neuroscience books and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, NYT, Huffington Post and many other periodicals.

His lab at Princeton focuses on a theory, a theory labelled The Attention Schema.

Rethinking Conscious explores the world in which we live and how that world is represented in our mind. It is not only the perception of reality but our perception of that perception that drives the experience which we call consciousness. Neurons fire, the ones that fire like warriors drive our attention and thus give rise to the idea that we exist and that we are paying attention to something or other.

1Q1A Rethinking Consciousness Michael Graziano
January 02, 2020 08:06 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Michael Graziano, author of Rethinking Consciousness: A Scientific Theory Of Subjective Experience, Published in September by Norton.

Michael is professor of psychology and neuroscience at Princeton. He has written four other neuroscience books and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, NYT, Huffington Post and many other periodicals.

His lab at Princeton focuses on a theory, a theory labelled The Attention Schema.

Rethinking Conscious explores the world in which we live and how that world is represented in our mind. It is not only the perception of reality but our perception of that perception that drives the experience which we call consciousness. Neurons fire, the ones that fire like warriors drive our attention and thus give rise to the idea that we exist and that we are paying attention to something or other.

Beverly Right Here
November 16, 2019 11:21 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Kate DiCamillo, author of her latest, Beverly Right Here, published in September by Candlewick.

As almost all of you know, Beverly is the recipient of two Newberry Awards, a National Book Award Finalist, has more than 12 NYT best sellers.

She has been named the National Ambassador for Young People’s literature.

And as most of you already know from Winn Dixie to Despereaux and so many others, Kate has a special place in children’s and young adult literature.

Now, her Three Rancheros trilogy, Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home and Beverly Right Here has occupied my and my guest host’s attention for some time.

1Q1A Beverly right Here Kate DiCamillo
November 16, 2019 11:20 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Kate DiCamillo, author of her latest, Beverly Right Here, published in September by Candlewick.

As almost all of you know, Beverly is the recipient of two Newberry Awards, a National Book Award Finalist, has more than 12 NYT best sellers.

She has been named the National Ambassador for Young People’s literature.

And as most of you already know from Winn Dixie to Despereaux and so many others, Kate has a special place in children’s and young adult literature.

Now, her Three Rancheros trilogy, Raymie Nightingale, Louisiana’s Way Home and Beverly Right Here has occupied my and my guest host’s attention for some time.

The Education of Brett Kavanaugh Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly
November 16, 2019 11:18 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader.

Today our guests are Robin POGrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of The Education Of Brett Kavanaugh, published in September by Portfolio.

Robin is a reporter on the Culture Desk of the NYT. She covers art, auction and architecture. She has also covered the Media industry for the Business desk and city news for the Metro desk.

Kate has worked for Time and The New York Observer. She has also worked at the WSJ as an investigative journalist and is now the Business Reporter for the NYT.

I believe this is their first collaboration and first book.

Kavanaugh is a book about a special time and place in our nation’s history. It explores, yes, the education of a man, but also his character, his friends and acquaintances and his confirmation. And does so evenhandedly and with copious research. I learned a lot about a person I had previously formed a very strong opinion about and then after reading this book, changed a lot. Not so much that I sincerely regret the fact that he will, for the next 30 years be taking away the rights of Americans and helping to destroy our country and its values.

And with that somewhat convoluted introduction welcome and thanks for joining us.

1Q1A The Education of Brett Kavanaugh Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly
November 16, 2019 11:13 AM PST
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader.

Today our guests are Robin POGrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of The Education Of Brett Kavanaugh, published in September by Portfolio.

Robin is a reporter on the Culture Desk of the NYT. She covers art, auction and architecture. She has also covered the Media industry for the Business desk and city news for the Metro desk.

Kate has worked for Time and The New York Observer. She has also worked at the WSJ as an investigative journalist and is now the Business Reporter for the NYT.

I believe this is their first collaboration and first book.

Kavanaugh is a book about a special time and place in our nation’s history. It explores, yes, the education of a man, but also his character, his friends and acquaintances and his confirmation. And does so evenhandedly and with copious research. I learned a lot about a person I had previously formed a very strong opinion about and then after reading this book, changed a lot. Not so much that I sincerely regret the fact that he will, for the next 30 years be taking away the rights of Americans and helping to destroy our country and its values.

And with that somewhat convoluted introduction welcome and thanks for joining us.

The Winter Army Maurice Isserman
October 28, 2019 08:33 AM PDT
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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to another edition of The Avid Reader. Today our guest is Maurice Isserman author of the book The Winter Army: The World War II Odyssey Of The 10th Mountain Division, America’s Elite Alpine Warriors. publish earlier this month by Houghton (Howton) Mifflin.

Dr. Isserman is a prolific author, penning about two scholarly works a year since the early eighties.

They all concern fascinating aspects of American History with regard to some of the nooks and crannies of our past about which we many have never otherwise known

His work regularly appears in the NYT, The Nation and other renowned periodicals.

The Winter Army is a fascinating tale of pioneering, convincing and fighting, all related to how the US and the work of just a few men, primarily one led to the story of the 10th. The first and only American Ski Regiment. This led to a military force that scaled peaks, literally and figuratively, which before then no fighting force has every done
In addition to helping in the culmination of our victory over the Axis powers, the Regiment went on to fight for us in the 80s and 90s!

Parenthetically, it also helped to create the organization of one of America’s favorite past-times.

Welcome Maurice and thanks so much for joining us today.

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