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25 minutes | 8 days ago
DMPL Podcast: AViD Author Adam Higginbotham
Show Notes Adam Higginbotham | Website Adam Higginbotham | Twitter Midnight in Chernobyl Books and stories discussed: M.R. James: Collected Ghost Stories and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary "Life at the Top," by Adam Higginbotham (The New Yorker, February 4, 2013) Naples '44, by Norman Lewis (GoodReads link) The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, by Robert Caro How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith
44 minutes | a month ago
Book Chat's Favorite Books of 2020
Janeé and Rebecca, with the Book Chat team, join host Aaron to chat about their favorite books this year. What made them laugh? What made them cry? What made 2020 a great year for reading? Listen to the podcast to find out, and be sure to check out the show notes to see other books they loved that they didn't discuss. Show Notes Book Chat Janeé's Books Picture Books I Am Every Good Thing, by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James Anti-Racist Baby, by Ibram X. Kandi We Will Rock Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins Middle Grade Class Act, by Jerry Craft Twins, by Varian Johnson The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, and Truth, by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson Teen Fiction Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel, by Jason Reynolds The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen Rebecca's Books This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen The House in the Cerulean Sea, by T.J. Klune The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Are You Listening?, by Tillie Walden One to Watch, by Kate Stayman-London Frogcatchers, by Jeff Lemire Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas All My Mother’s Lovers, by Ilana Masad
28 minutes | 2 months ago
DMPL AViD Podcast: 7 Questions with Kate Quinn
It's the first episode in our latest AViD Podcast Series! Kate Quinn in answering seven questions about her books, what she reads, how she writes, and more. After you're done listening to the podcast, be sure to register for her AViD event next Wednesday, December 9, at 7:00 PM! You can do so at the AViD Page below. Show Notes AViD Page Kate's Info Kate Quinn | Website Kate Quinn | Facebook Kate Quinn | Instagram Kate Quinn | Twitter Kate's Books The Huntress (2019) Ribbons of Scarlet (2019) The Alice Network (2017) The Empress of Rome Saga Lady of the Eternal City (#4) (2015) Empress of the Seven Hills (#3) (2012) Mistress of Rome (#2) (2011) Daughters of Rome (#1) (2010) The Borgia Chronicles The Lion and the Rose (#2) (2014) The Serpent and the Pearl (#1) (2014) Kate's Recommendations Empire of Gold, by S.A. Chakraborty In This House of Brede, by Rumer Godden Conclave, by Robert Harris Munich, by Robert Harris Island Queen, by Vanessa Riley (to be released July 2021) Half Sick of Shadows, by Laura Sebastian
31 minutes | 2 months ago
DMPL Podcast: Scott Chantler, Author of 'Bix'
Eisner-nominated artist Scott Chantler joins us on the DMPL Podcast today to discuss his newest graphic novel Bix. It's a biography of Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke, a Davenport native and a revered member of the Golden Age of Jazz in the 1920s and 1930s. Chantler and host Aaron Gernes talk about Chatler's creative process in writing graphic novels and about the trials and tribulations of Bix's life that lead to his tragic death at an early age. Show Notes Bix on library shelves Other Scott Chantler books at DMPL Scott Chantler | Website Scott Chantler | Instagram Scott Chantler | Facebook Scott Chantler | YouTube
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Book Picks: All the Feels
Gen and Katie from the Book Chat team join the podcast today to talk about books that give them "all the feels." They both picked one "swoony" book, one "scary" book, and one "funny" book to share. Book Picks The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, by Abbi Waxman The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones The New One, by Mike Birbiglia A Duke in Shining Armor, by Loretta Chase Sequel: Ten Things I Hate About the Duke The Murders of Molly Southbourne, by Tade Thompson Sequel: The Survival of Molly Southbourne S***, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema, by Lindy West
27 minutes | 3 months ago
DMPL Podcast: Debra Landwehr Engle, author of 'Twenty'
On today's podcast, host Aaron Gernes talks with Iowa author Debra Landwehr Engle, whose novel Twenty came out this past spring. It follows an Iowa woman who makes an important decision about her life after grieving the losses of her daughter, mother, and marriage. Show Notes Twenty in the catalog Other books by Debra Landwehr Engle Debra Landwehr Engle | Website | Facebook | Twitter
35 minutes | 3 months ago
DMPL Podcast: Scary Stories with Janeé
On today's DMPL Podcast, Janeé with the Book Chat team is here to discuss her favorite genre, horror. She's picked out six books - two children's, two YA/Teen, and two adult titles - to chat with us about today. Show Notes Book Chat DMPL Express Janeé's Picks Clown in a Cornfield, by Adam Ceasar Harrow Lake, by Kat Ellis Hide and Seeker, by Daka Hermon The Puppet's Payback and Other Chilling Tales, by Mary Downing Hahn The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix Killadelphia Vol. 1: Sins of the Father, written by Rodney Barnes
28 minutes | 4 months ago
S.C. Sherman, author of 'Beer Money: A Tale of the Iowa City Beer Mafia'
On today's podcast, host Aaron Gernes is joined by Iowa author S.C. Sherman. Earlier this year Sherman released Beer Money: A Tale of the Iowa City Beer Mafia, a historical fiction novel about the events that led up to the real-life Iowa City Beer Riots. Show Notes Borrow Beer Money from the library S.C. Sherman's Website S.C. Sherman | Facebook S.C. Sherman | Twitter
31 minutes | 4 months ago
Book Picks: Latinx Heritage Month
On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with some great books by Latinx authors. Janeé is up first to talk about kid's books, and then we're joined by Elizabeth, who gives us some adult book selections: Show Notes Book Links Vamos! Let's Go Eat, by Raul the Third; illustrations by Elaine Bay We Are Not From Here, by Jenny Torres Sanchez Merci Suárez Changes Gears, by Meg Medina Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Elizabeth's Other Book Picks: The Last Great Road Bum: A Novel by Héctor Tobar #ownvoices Fiction The Taste of Sugar by Marisel Vera Afterlife by Julia Alvarez A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia #ownvoices Nonfiction Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America by Maria Hinojosa More Than Ready: Be Strong and Be You... and Other Lessons for Women of Color on the Rise by Cecilia Muñoz Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas by Roberto Lovato Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land by Noe Alvarez Upcoming Programs Calle Sur: Music and Bilingual Virtual Storytime/Calle Sur: Música, y Cuentos y Canciones Bilingües | September 24 | 4:00 PM Voting Rights in Iowa: Don't Be Intimidated, Vote | September 24 | 7:00 PM Flu Shot Clinic with Polk County Health | September 28 | 5:00 PM Teen Chefs: Homemade Tortillas with Marianela Blanco | September 30 | 5:30 PM Fall Book Bites | October 1 | 6:30 PM
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Book Picks: Non-Traditional Formats
Today on the podcast, Carrie recommends some books that are in non-traditional formats. This is one of the twelve categories in this year's ongoing DMPL Reading Challenge. Don't forget - it's not too late to sign up and take part in the Reading Challenge! Carrie's Picks Loving Vs. Virginia, by Patricia Hruby Powell They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacker The Boy Next Door, by Meg Cabot Belonging, by Nora Krug The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo Events and Programs Mentioned: 2020 DMPL Reading Challenge Library Learning Bag Upcoming Program: Don't Be Intimidated, Vote
39 minutes | 5 months ago
DMPL Podcast: Kali White, author of 'The Monsters We Make'
Iowa author Kali White joins us on the newest edition of the DMPL Podcast. White's newest novel, The Monsters We Make, was released last month. It is set in Des Moines in the mid 1980s and is partially based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy disappearances of that time. You may know her from her previous works The Space Between and The Good Divide, which she wrote under the name Kali VanBaale. White and host Aaron Gernes talk about the intense research White did for the novel to ensure its accuracy, as well as why she decided to write under a new pen name. NOTE: Spoilers for The Monsters We Make are discussed from 9:45-25:30. Show Notes Kali's Books The Monsters We Make (2020) - Borrow from the library The Good Divide (2016) - Borrow from the library The Space Between (2006) - Borrow from the library Kali Online Website Facebook Instagram Twitter Upcoming Events Upcoming Book Discussions Reid Forgrave Virtual Q & A
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Book Picks Podcast: Magical Realism
On the latest episode of the DMPL Podcast, Book Chat's Alissa joins us to discuss Magical Realism books. As Alissa says in the podcast, magical realism is "a realist fiction that blends magic into the everyday world," with deep roots Latin American literary traditions. Books Discussed on the Podcast The Astonishing Color of After, by Emily X.R. Pan When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna-Marie McLemore American Street, by Ibi Aanu Zoboi Alissa's Other Recommendations The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern Don't Date Rosa Santos, by Nina Moreno With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo The Night Tiger, by Yangsze Choo Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie Summer of Salt, by Katrina Leno The Weight of Feathers, by Anna-Marie McLemore The Murmur of Bees, by Sofia Segovia
30 minutes | 6 months ago
DMPL Podcast: Dr. Richard Deming and 'Above and Beyond Cancer'
Dr. Richard Deming joins the DMPL Podcast today to discuss his new book, Above and Beyond Cancer. Dr. Deming is the director at the MercyOne Cancer Center in Des Moines and the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer, an organization dedicated to elevating the lives of those impacted by cancer. During the podcast, Dr. Deming and host Aaron Gernes chat about the journey cancer patients and their loved ones take, what it's like being an oncologist during a pandemic, and the fun writing process that Dr. Deming embarked on for this book, with assistance and support from Drake Community Press. Links Drake Community Press Order Above and Beyond Cancer Above and Beyond Cancer links Website Facebook Twitter Instagram
23 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Cheryl Mullenbach
Today on the podcast, we welcome Iowa author Cheryl Mullenbach. Cheryl has penned several books, including her newest, Stagecoach Women, which comes out next month. The book encompasses the expansive history of women in the old west, including drivers, bandits, gunslingers, and more. During the podcast, Cheryl talks about how old newspapers inspired her love of history. She also brings up similarities between the world today and the world of the old west in terms of the challenges women face, and she reads a bit from her new book. Cheryl will be hosting a program about Stagecoach Women at the South Side Library on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:00 PM. Show Notes: Cheryl Mullenbach's website Cheryl Mullenbach's books at the library
27 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: Iowa Author Nicole Baart
Iowa author Nicole Baart joins us on the DMPL Podcast today. She is the author of nine books, including her latest, You Were Always Mine. You Were Always Mine is a domestic suspense novel centered on a widow, her late husband's suspicious death, and the family she must hold together through her grief. "A good book has to have a little bit of romance and a dead body or two," says Baart. During the podcast, she discusses how she balances being a mother of five children with being an author. She also talks about adoption (which plays a key role in You Were Always Mine) and being an adoptive parent, and she provides some insight on how anyone can write a novel in a year. Show Notes and Links You Were Always Mine Other Nicole Baart Books Nicole Baart | website Nicole Baart | Facebook Nicole Baart | Instagram Nicole Baart | Twitter
25 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: A History of Modern Art with Natalie Benson
The DMPL Podcast welcomes Natalie Benson to the show today. She will be hosting a five-week program at the Franklin Avenue Library titled A History of Modern Art. During the podcast, Benson discusses what exactly the nebulous that is modern art encompasses. She talks about well-known modern artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso, as well as famous paintings from the time, including A Burial at Ornans, one of the first pieces that depicted the life of ordinary people and, in a sense, began the era of Modern Art. A History of Modern Art begins on Monday, February 10, at 6:30 PM at the Franklin Avenue Library. It will continue on successive Mondays - February 17 & 24 and March 2 & 9 - at the same time. Each session will delve into a different topic or movement of modern art, such as surrealism, cubisim, and impressionism. Each session will also be self-contained, so guests should feel to attend as they are able without feeling like they missed out if they miss a week.
31 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: John Peragine
Today on the podcast, we welcome John Peragine to the podcast. Peragine is a writer that lives in Davenport. He's the author of 14 books, including A History of Iowa Wines: Vines on the Prairie, which was published last year. During the podcast, Peragine tells us how German immigrants and a New York lawyer were intregral in ramping up the Iowa wine scene in the 19th century. He describes how Iowa, which was sixth in the nation in grape production in 1919, found itself bottoming out in the middle of the 20th century due to politics, agriculture, and weather, before blossoming again as a state known for hearty, sweet grapes. Finally, Peragine discusses what it's like to be a ghostwriter. Peragine has been the pen behind more than 100 books in addition to his own published materials. He talks about the challenges he faces trying to find someone else's voice. Borrow A History of Iowa Wines John Peragine's Website
22 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: Favorite Podcast of 2019
Librarians Carrie Anderson and Sarah Lane join the podcast today to discuss their favorite books of 2019. Carrie's Books Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep Carrie's review: Harper Lee fans will love how it delves into her psyche and the history of her writing life. There's a lot of interesting history here too, such as politics of the time in Alabama, and the history of life insurance. Cep tells all of this in a very engaging way. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, by H.G. Parry Carrie's review: This novel takes place in a world a lot like ours, except for one thing - certain people can bring characters out from books out into the real world. The result is a wonderful book that I recommend for bibliophiles of all types. It's full of wit and swashbuckling adventure, and it has real heart. Twenty-One Truths about Love, by Matthew Dicks Carrie's review: This book follows Daniel and Jill Mayrock. Daniel has just quit his job to open up a bookshop when they find out his wife Jill is pregnant. The book has a unique format - it's written from Dan's perspective through his lists. I loved this book. Books written in unusual formats can be gimmicky, but this one is not. It works really well for the story and it holds its own. Sarah's Books Bromance Book Club, by Lyssa Kay Adams Sarah's review: This was my favorite romance book of the year. It turns the romance genre on its head without talking away any of the heartfelt sentiment you want in a romance book. This book hits you in all the feels while still being realistic and down to earth. I loved hearing men talk about wooing one's wife through communication and emotional depth. Circe, by Madeline Miller Sarah's review: Technically this book was published in 2018, but Madeline Miller came to Des Moines as part of AViD in 2019, so I'm counting it. I listened to the audiobook; it is riveting and beautifully narrated. Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts Sarah's review: This book tells of the story of Maude Gage Baum, the real-life wife of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum. Though the book is fiction, Letts weaves nonfiction elements into her writing, creating a truly unique narrative. Finding Dorothy is an engrossing narrative about a little-known woman in history.
19 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: Claire Sedovic
Illustrator Claire Sedovic, of Des Moines, joins us on the podcast to talk about her journey to becoming a published illustrator. Odd Animal ABCs, was published earlier this year (the book was written by June Smalls, of Virginia). During the podcast, Sedovic talks about: On becoming a published illustrator: "It may sound kind of archaic, but one way illustrators get themselves known is that we send out postcards." The "odd animals" she had to research and draw: "The one that immediately comes to mind, because 'X' is obviously such a hard letter to think of things for, is xenops. It's a bird from South America, and it kind of looks like a sparrow... My favorite had to be the tree kangaroo though. It sounds like it's made up, but it looks like a teddy bear." On her decision to quit her full-time job to focus on her illustrating: "This was something I had been passionate about for awhile, and it came to the point where there just was never going to be the 'right time' to leave that job and leap into this career. I just had to make the decision to do it, and I've never regretted that.
26 minutes | a year ago
DMPL Podcast: Thaddeus Russell
Today, we welcome Thaddeus Russell on the DMPL Podcast. Russell is the author of A Renegade History of the United States, a counter-history of the United States. The book examines groups of people that Russell says shaped the country without being etched into history books, including "drunkards, laggards, prostitutes, and pirates." This provocative perspective claims the country's personality has been influenced by "the Puritan work ethic" and its opposite - those that have lived on the fringes of society, ignoring that work ethic. Russell will be at Peace Tree Brewing Company in Des Moines next Tuesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm to discuss his book and answer questions. See the podcast links below for ticket information. Content Advisory: The conversation does involve adult topics, including sex work. Podcast Links: Thaddeus Russell at Peace Tree Brewing Company Thaddeus Russell Website A Renegade History of the United States in DMPL's catalog
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