You don't have to know much about San Francisco to be a fan of Armistead Maupin's long-running series, "Tales of the City." Maupin first created his quirky "family" of friends for the San Francisco Chronicle in the mid-1970s.
Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about two books that explores the relationship between writers and alcohol.
"The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" by Olivia Laing explores the role that alcohol played in the lives of six great American male writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.
She also recommends an older book, "Drinking, A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp, which helps a reader understand addiction.
Ross Reynolds speaks with novelist Richard Powers about his new book "Orfeo." It's a story of a 70-year-old retired music teacher who finds himself being pursued by the Department of Homeland Security as the "Biohacker Bach."
Ross Reynolds speaks with author Wendy Lesser bout her latest book “Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books." Lesser is the founder and editor of the literary magazine the Three Penny Review and the author of eight books of non-fiction and a novel.
Marcie Sillman talks with Bryce Andrews about his new memoir "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West." It's the story of how a Seattle-raised liberal became a Montana rancher and the ethical and cultural transformations he had to make.
This year marks the centennial of the birth of William Stafford, a much beloved poet and lifelong pacifist who taught at Lewis and Clark College in Portland for nearly 40 years. To celebrate the occasion, Graywolf Press has released a collection of his poems titled, "Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems."
Ross Reynolds talks with Dr. Deborah Cohen about her new book, “A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind The Obesity Epidemic – And How We Can End It."
She says there are two reasons for the obesity epidemic. First, we’re hardwired to eat and no matter how many diets we try, we can’t overcome the limits of self control. Second, in the modern food environment, corporations aggressively market cheap, unhealthy food.
One of the most popular characters in literature, stage, film and television started with a struggling doctor trying to put food on the table.
In 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, selling stories to magazines and papers as a side profession, introduced a detective and doctor duo in “The Mystery of Uncle Jeremy’s Household” – a prototype that would later become the ubiquitous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in “A Study in Scarlet” and an entire canon that followed.
Marcie Sillman hears some great book recommendations from librarian Nancy Pearl. This week's list includes "In The Last Analysis" by Amanda Cross and "The Summer House: A Trilogy" by Alice Thomas Ellis.
Ten years ago, Dave Isay began StoryCorps by building a soundproof booth in Grand Central Terminal. People arrived in pairs to interview each other about their lives.
Today, StoryCorps airs stories weekly on NPR, and more than 30,000 interviews have been recorded and archived in the Library of Congress. Isay has also compiled some of the stories into books. His most recent is called “Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.”
He spoke at the Elliott Bay Book Company on December 17, 2013.