Thursday, November 29, 2012
At the Miami Book Fair International, five authors of memoirs gathered to discuss their brushes with death. One of them, Benjamin Busch, author of "Dust to Dust," recounted facing death in Iraq — and then returning home from war to his own parents' deaths.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Legendary singer, artist, and performer Tony Bennett discusses his life, his six-decade career in music, and his new memoir, Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett. He’s won 17 Grammys, sung for 10 presidents, and performed for royalty, never compromising his vision or values. His memoir is a collection of reflections and philosophies from his life and career, stories of friends and family and the essential lessons they’ve taught him.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Tony Danza talks about his experience teaching tenth-grade English for a year at Philadelphia’s largest high school. I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High includes portraits of students and teachers, and reveals how hard he found it to keep students engaged, how committed he found most teachers to be, and the role of teacher as counselor.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak shares stories of working with film legends and of landing the coveted position of being a recurring guest on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. He tells how he achieved his success, and the mistakes he made along the way, in How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
John Schwartz, a national correspondent with the New York Times, discusses his memoir, Oddly Normal. Three years ago, Schwartz’s 13-year-old son, came out to his classmates and despite the support of his parents, he attempted suicide. Schwartz’s writes of his family’s own struggles within a culture that is changing fast, but not fast enough to help gay kids like Joe.
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
David Rothenberg talks about his varied life, which has included Broadway's bright lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war. He’ll talks about his memoir Fortune in My Eyes: A Memoir of Broadway Glamour, Social Justice, and Political Passion.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Opera singer Laurie Rubin explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life. In her memoir Do You Dream in Color: Insights from a Girl Without Sight she tells the story of her life and the amazing experiences that led her to a career as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano, and encourages us to celebrate our differences.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Greg Smith, whose Op-Ed titled "Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs," published in the New York Times in March, hit a nerve and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, tells his story. His new book Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story, picks up where his Op-Ed left off. He describes his career at Goldman, detailing how the most storied investment bank on Wall Street went from taking iconic companies like Ford, Sears, and Microsoft public to becoming a "vampire squid."
Friday, October 19, 2012
A.E. Hotchner, a friend of Ernest Hemingway during the last 14 years of the writer's life, reminisces about their relationship in this Books and Authors Luncheon appearance promoting his memoir, Papa Hemingway (1966).
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Kenny Rogers talks about making of his career in country music and his most memorable songs, including "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." His new memoir Luck of Something Like It details growing up in Depression-era Texas, surviving in poverty, and he recounts his early years as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the folk group the New Christy Minstrels.
Monday, October 01, 2012
Luisa Weiss tells what happens when she broke off her engagement to a handsome New Yorker, quit her dream job, and found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in Berlin—one recipe at a time. In My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) she shares stories of mending her broken heart through cooking.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The New Wave icon and Queens native stops by the Soundcheck studio to dish on her new memoir and upcoming musical, "Kinky Boots."
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
In 1993, teenagers Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—known as the West Memphis Three—were convicted of the murders of three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas after a trial marked by tampered evidence, false testimony, and public hysteria. Baldwin and Misskelley were sentenced to life in prison, and Echols was sentenced to death. Over the next two decades, thousands of supporters called for a new trial, and in a shocking turn of events, all three men were released in August 2011. Echols shares his story in his book Life After Death.
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger was on the show in October 2011 discussing his three documentaries on the West Memphis Three. Listen to that interview.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Wyclef Jean recounts his path from his impoverished childhood in "Baby Doc" Duvalier's Haiti and the projects of Brooklyn to Newark to the stage. In Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, he writes of his upbringing and family, his time in the Fugees and his solo career, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and his efforts to help rebuild his homeland, including the controversy surrounding Yéle, his aid organization, and his exploratory bid for president of Haiti.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Penny Marshall, the director of "Big" and "A League of Their Own" and Laverne from "Laverne & Shirley," talks about her life and her career. Her memoir My Mother Was Nuts covers her life from her Bronx childhood to her breakout role on "The Odd Couple," her exploits in Hollywood, her friendships, and marriages.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Julia Child is widely credited with single handedly teaching America about the pleasures of good cooking with her groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef. She would have turned 100 years old on August 15, and to celebrate her contributions to cooking and culture, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection for August-September is her memoir, My Life in France, written with her grand-nephew Alex Prud’homme. He joins us to talk about her life, how she learned to cook in France, and how she became a brilliant teacher and writer. When she passed away in 2004, she and Alex were working on the book, about what Julia Child described as the best years of her life, and Alex finished it and published it in 2006.
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