books

Political Criticism
4:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Noam Chomsky On Drone Attacks And The Decline Of US Power

Noam Chomsky and Andre Vltchek's book "On Western Terrorism."

Ross Reynolds interview author Noam Chomsky about his latest book co-written with Andre Vltchek called "On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Attacks."

Author Interview
3:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

40 Years To Combat Hunger

Howard G. Buffet's book "40 Chances."

Ross Reynolds talks with Howard G. Buffet, son of financier Warren Buffet, who has recently published a book titled "40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World," which is about his quest to help those who lack food security all over the world under a tough, self-imposed deadline: 40 years.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Why Haven't We Heard Of Ben Franklin's Sister?

Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages."

David Hyde talks with author Jill Lepore about "Book Of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," an account of Benjamin Franklin's younger sister.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Good Reads
5:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Recommendations For Foodies, Thrill-Seekers

Rick Yancey's "The Fifth Wave," and Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970."

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl to discuss her latest book recommendations that would make good gifts.

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Author Interview
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding Inspiration Among Tombstones

Author Jennifer Hotes and KUOW's Steve Scher at Lakeview Cemetery, the inspiration behind Hotes' book "Four Rubbings."
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher interviews local author Jennifer Hotes, who has written a fictionalized version of Seattle's famous Lakeview Cemetery called "Four Rubbings."

Author Interview
3:59 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bill Ayers: From Chicago Educator To "Public Enemy"

Bill Ayers' book "Public Enemy."

Marcie Sillman sits down with Bill Ayers who has written a memoir called "Public Enemy" about the time when the Chicago-based educator was accused of being a terrorist affiliated with then-Senator Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential primary debate.

Superheroes
11:26 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The Untold Story Of Marvel Comics With Sean Howe

Sean Howe's book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story."

Nearly half a century ago, a diverse group of characters began to capture children’s hearts: Spider-Man, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men. The epic Marvel Comics universe has been a massive force in pop culture; inspiring countless books, films and becoming a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

Sean Howe chronicles the rise of this phenomenon in “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.”  Howe spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on October 17, 2012.

Author Interview
5:08 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Family, Lots Of History

David Laskin's book "The Family."

Steve Scher talks with David Laskin about his book, “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of The Twentieth Century," in which he delves into his own family history to find stories of emigration, destruction and renewal.

Author Interview
5:02 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Speculative Fiction: Imagining What The World Will Be

Jonathan Porritt's book "The World We Made."

Ross Reynolds talks with fiction author Jonathan Porritt about his new book "The World We Made," in which a history professor describes how the world has changed – between 2014 and 2050.

Author Interview
4:31 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Why, In Fact, Is Grass Green And The Sky Blue?

Authors Joann and Arielle Eckstut at the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Marcie Sillman

Marcie Sillman speaks with authors Joann and Arielle Eckstut about their book "The Secret Language of Color," which explores the answers to colorful questions.

Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Good Reads
4:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Book Recommendations From Nancy Pearl, The Vigilante Librarian

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

Nancy Pearl talks to The Record’s Steve Scher about a whimsical story by Portland writer Kari Luna, “The Theory Of Everything.” She says it’s a great book for teens. She also recommends Sara Wheeler’s “O My America!: Second Acts in a New World.”

Author Interview
4:06 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sweet Thunder: Ivan Doig's Novel About Power And The Press

Ivan Doig's book "Sweet Thunder."

The clatter of the press churns through Ivan Doig's "Sweet Thunder." Doig's latest novel is the story of a pro-union newspaper in Butte, Montana that goes up against the powerful Anaconda Copper Mining Company. He talks with Steve Scher.

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Memoir
11:09 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Abduction And Escape In Somalia With Amanda Lindhout

Amanda Lindhout's memoir "A House in the Sky."

As a child, Amanda Lindhout dreamed about the exotic places she saw in National Geographic.

In her twenties, she traveled all over the world — usually alone, always on a shoestring budget with just a backpack. She trekked through more than 50 countries, and in 2008 she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, as a freelance journalist where she was abducted. For 15 months, she survived abuse by imagining herself elsewhere. 

After her release, Lindhout founded the Global Enrichment Foundation, a humanitarian organization dedicated to empowering women in developing countries.

Lindhout spoke about her recent memoir “A House in the Sky,” along with her co-author Sara Corbett at Town Hall on September 16.

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