books

Critical Mass
3:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Vanity Fair Writer James Wolcott Has Front Row Seat For American Culture

James Wolcott's book "Critical Mass."

Marcie Sillman talks with Vanity Fair contributing writer James Wolcott about his new book of essays and reviews, "Critical Mass."

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How Willpower Is Like A Muscle

Roy Baumeister and John Tierney's book "Willpower."

Ross Reynolds speaks with psychologist Roy Baumeister and science writer John Tierney about their book “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.”

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Author Interview
3:58 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Michelle Alexander On How Incarceration Is "The New Jim Crow"

Michelle Alexander's book "The New Jim Crow."

Ross Reynolds talks with Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness", about the US criminal justice system and racial control.

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Author Interview
4:11 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fox News And Rupert Murdoch's Other Legacies

David Folkenflik's book "Murdoch's World."

David Hyde speaks with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik about his book “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires.”

Author Interview
3:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sherman Alexie Returns To His Base: 'White, Liberal Women Of Independent Bookstores'

Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Poet Sherman Alexie knows who to credit for his success as a writer.

“Independent bookstores are the reason why I have a career,” he told Steve Scher on KUOW’s The Record. “When this started out, a book of poems and stories by a Spokane Indian would have never fit anybody’s algorithm. This was a very specific case of a very specific group of people: The white liberal women of independent bookstores promoting my career."

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Author Interview
2:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

An Inside Look At The Bush-Cheney Years In The White House

Peter Baker's book "Days of Fire."

Marcie Sillman interviews New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker about his chronicle of the Bush/Cheney administration called "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House."

Author Interview
3:38 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How The United States Became United

Simon Winchester's book "The Men Who United the States."

David Hyde speaks with writer Simon Winchester about his new book, "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible."

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

How We Can Be More Creative According To The Kelley Brothers

David and Tom Kelley's book "Creative Confidence."

Ross Reynolds talks with brothers David and Tom Kelley about the importance of creativity. The brothers run the design firm IDEO and wrote a book titled: "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us."

Good Reads
2:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks: Poetry And Football

"The Art of Losing" and "The System"

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl for her book recommendations of the week including the collection “The Art Of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” edited by Kevin Young, and “The System: The Glory And Scandal Of Big Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyain.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

An Unflinching Portrayal Of Foibles And Follies

Ann Patchett's essay collection "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Steve Scher talks with author Ann Patchett about her newest collection of essays "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Teaching And Cooking In The French Kitchen

Patricia Well's book "The French Kitchen Cookbook."

Steve Scher talks with cookbook author Patricia Wells about teaching cooking in Paris and Provence and her new book “The French Kitchen Cookbook.”

History
1:25 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

50th Anniversary Of JFK’s Assassination With Author Dean R. Owen

Dean R. Owen's book "November 22, 1963"

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Journalist Dean R. Owen collected interviews from notable civil rights leaders, White House staff, and others connected to Kennedy for his book, “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy.”

Owen spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on September 14. He was joined by Patricia Baillargeon, a contributor to his book who served as assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Women In Politics Are Always Running

Rebecca Sive's book "Every Day Is Election Day."

Steve Scher talks to Rebecca Sive, author of “Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide To Winning Any Office, From The PTA To The White House."

Author Interview
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Why Does Morality Sometimes Trump Our Biological Imperatives?

Joshua Greene's book "Moral Tribes."

Marcie Sillman interviews author, philosopher and scientist Joshua Greene about the neuroscience behind morality.

Good Reads
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks: Small Presses And Historical Fiction

Compilation "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII" and James McBride's "Good Lord Bird."

Steve Scher gets the latest book recommendations from Nancy Pearl: "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition” edited by Bill Henderson, and “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride.

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