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Author: Ryan Drinkard and Jigisha Patel

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The Kirkwood Public Library Podcast highlights programs and events that are happening at the library every month from meditation workshop, tech programs, to book clubs.
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This week on the KPL Podcast our special guest is #1 New York Times bestseller novelist Lisa Garner. We discuss her most recent standalone title "Before She Disappeared." Also, Jigisha answers frequently asked questions about DNA as we dive into our first science segment .It's a thriller of a science filled week on the KPL Podcast!  Have a topic you'd like us to explore? Comments? Please write to us at podcast@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.orgRecommendations1. Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz2. Survive the Night by Riley Sager (June 2021)3. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue4. Confessions On The 7:45 by Lisa Unger5. The Silent Wife by Karin Slaughter6. The Duke and I by Julie Quinn
This week on the KPL Podcast our special guest is best seller novelist Nancy Jooyoun Kim. Nancy, Ryan, and Jigisha discuss her debut title and Reese's Book Club Pick, The Last Story of Mina Lee. The conversation continues as Jigisha and Ryan share their must read recommendations about the American immigrant experience. It is a fantastic episode that's not to be missed!  Have a topic you'd like us to explore? Comments? Please write to us at podcast@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.orgRecommendations1. The Name of All the Flowers by Melissa Valentine2. The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea3. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan4. The We Could Do by Thi Bui5. This Land is Our Land by Suketu Mehta6. The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America7. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua8. Bridget Quinn Podcast Episode
Prepare your funny bone to be tickled as your KPL Podcast guest this week is former head writer of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Elliott Kalan! We will be chatting about his latest book "Sharko and Hippo," word play, the film CATS, and so much more! Laugh along as Elliott gifts the library a theme song! Jigisha and Ryan also discuss their favorite bad movie recommendation. It's a week of goofs and yucks on the KPL Podcast! Books and Movies:1. Horse meets Dog by Elliott Kalan2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak 4. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett 5. Power Broker by Robert Caro6. Signs7. Manos the hands of fate8. Golden Compass9. Avatar the Last Air Bender10. A Talking Cat11. The Room12. Birdemic13. Fateful FindingsYou can enjoy the KPL Podcast at or wherever you download your podcasts.Have a topic you'd like us to explore? Comments? Please write us at
   Your KPL Podcast greets 2021 the only way it knows how. With fantastic author guests! This week we are joined by best-selling author of "The Gown" Jennifer Robson! She discusses her latest title "Our Darkest Night," Italy, family, and much more. Jigisha and Ryan also take a look into the human history of New Year's Resolutions. It's a brand new year but the same great podcast! Happy New Year!You can enjoy the KPL Podcast at or wherever you download your podcasts. Have a topic you'd like us to explore? Comments? Please write us at podcast@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.orgBook Recommendations1. Courage My Love by Kristen Beck (release date: April 13, 2021)2. Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan Henry (release date: March 9 , 2021)3. Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan Henry4. The Rose Code by Kate Quinn (release date March 21, 2021)5. The Huntress by Kate Quinn6. The Library of Legends by Janie Chang7. The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff  (release date May 4, 2021)8. The Prize by Irving Wallace
Welcome back to another episode of the KPL podcast.  This week is going to be a little different.  Ryan and Jigisha created and original piece of writing that is narrated by them along with several colleagues.  The Library Carol is based on the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  StatistaKirkwood Public LibraryMusic and sound effects from Epidemic Sound
Listeners we are in store for a holiday treat. Jigisha and Ryan are joined by one of America's greatest storytellers. Perhaps best known for both the novel and the Tony award winning musical Wicked!, Best Selling Novelist Gregory Maguire joins us today to talk about his latest haunting and magical tale, A Wild Winter Swan.Some of Jigisha and Ryan's favorite episodesClint McElroyEric CerviniAlexander McCall SmithEileen Moskowitz-PalmaAnthony Daniels  Elizabeth AcevedoKevin Kwan
This year saw the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment! To celebrate this historic occasion the KPL Podcast is joined by author Bridget Quinn! We will be discussing her book "She Votes: How U.S. Women Won Suffrage, and What Happened Next" This week's episode is a can't miss!   Recommendations:1. Georgia O' Keefe by Roxana Robinson2. Self Portrait by Celia Paul3. Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui4. Vera by Carol Edgarian5. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua 
This week's episode of the KPL Podcast is sure to strike a chord with history buffs and fans of WW2 espionage alike. We speak with author Sonia Purnell about her best-seller "A Woman of No Importance" and the courageous life of Virginia Hall. All this and much more on this can't miss episode of the KPL Podcast! Links and RecommendationsA Woman of No Importance by Sonia PurnellThe Spy Princess by Shrabani BasuThese 5 Women of World War II Who Should Be Household Names
Welcome back.  You are in for a treat because Ryan and Jigisha interview author and illustrator Jerry Craft.  His book, "New Kid" has won both the Newberry Medal and the Coretta Scott King award for 2020.  New Kid is also the first graphic novel to win the Newberry Medal.  Enjoy the interview.New Kid by Jerry CraftClass Act by Jerry CraftTwins by Varian JohnsonClap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo Octopus Stew by Eric ValasquezTristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame MbaliaBecoming Muhammed Ali by Kwame Alexander and James PattersonNewberry Medal websiteCoretta Scott King Award website
Throughout 2020 Jigisha and Ryan have enjoyed the privilege of discussing a wealth of titles that are special to them with creators that brought them to life. This week is no exception. We are joined by Alexander McCall Smith, author of the much beloved The No# 1 Ladies Detective Agency series amongst many others. We discuss his latest novel, Elephants, Botswana, and much much more.How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall SmithThe Rain in Portugal by Billy CollinsWhale Day and other Poems by Billy CollinsAgent Sonya by Ben MacIntyre
It's time for another amazing episode of the KPL Podcast. This week we speak with author and cartoonist John Allison about his multi-eisner winning series and library favorite, Giant Days. Also Ryan along with guest host Mel chat about a listener requested topic, adult and nonfiction graphic novels recommendations. It's a long box full of myler bagged memories and brilliant books on this week's KPL Podcast! www.scaryground.comGiant Days by John AllisonCalifornia Dreamin by Penelope BagieuThe Banks by Roxane GayMarch by John LewisDaytripper by Fabio MoonMy Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil FerrisPersepolis by Marjane StrapiSpidermanArchie
Strap in dear listeners for the galaxy spanning 50th episode of the KPL Podcast! For decades our special guest has brought to life the beloved protocol droid C-3PO and has written a memoir detailing those experiences. This week Anthony Daniels visits the show to chat about "I am C-3PO: The Inside Story" recently released in paperback! Bless my circuits, there is more! Jigisha investigates the broad appeal of Star Wars with some of the library's most dedicated super fans. All this and much more on a very Star Wars themed episode of the KPL Podcast! We'd love to hear from you! Comment below or write to us at podcast@kirkwoodpubliclibrary.orgRecommendationsStar wars RebelsClone WarsThe Thrawn TrilogyVector Prime by RA SalvatoreLost Stars by Claudia GrayBloodline by Claudia Gray
Terrifying tidings to all you boys and ghouls! Join your horror hosts Ryan and Jigisha as they close our Halloween celebrations with a truly frightening KPL Podcast episode. This week we are joined by author Matthew Lyons, who scares us with the tale from his debut title "The Night Will Find Us" from there we journey further into cosmic strangeness with Sean Branney of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society as we take a look at the work of Howard Phillip Lovecraft. Time to hide behind the sofa as the most scary KPL Podcast is here! Join us won't you?  Recommendations:The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining movieDr Sleep by Stephen KingDr. Sleep movieHereditaryThe Call of Cthulhu
"We're all mad here." Mad for the next episode of the KPL Podcast! This week we speak with L.L. McKinney, author of the Nightmare-Verse series. They are a thrill ride twist on the beloved Alice in Wonderland. Don't miss this episode crammed with pop culture, own voices, and awesome novels!   Nightmare VerseA Blade so BlackA Dream so DarkA Crown So Cursed (releases April 2021)Alice in Wonderland movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer
More Halloween.  This week Ryan and Jigisha are sticking with tradition and bringing your their Halloween recommendation episode.  The theme this year is Halloween monsters. Listen to the episode to find out more about zombies, werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and witches. Find out Ryan and Jigisha's favorite monster movies and books.Links:History ChannelZombiesWorld War Z by Max BrooksWorld War ZI Am Legend by Richard MathesonI Am Legend movieTrain to Busan28 days laterThe Reapers are the Angel by Alden BelliZombie by Chris RobersoniZombie TV SeriesWerewolvesUnderworldAn American Werewolf in LondonGhostsGhostbustersThe  ConjuringHaunting of Hill House by Shirley JacksonEvilThe Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining movieVampiresSalem's Lot by Stephen KingSalem's Lot movieDracula by Bram StokerWhat we do in the ShadowWitchesCrucible by Arthur MillerWitchThe WitchesA Discovery of Witches by Deborah HarknessA Discovery of Witches
We are continuing with our suspense and spooky theme for this week's episode.  Today we are speaking with bestselling author Vanessa Lillie about her new book," For the Best",  The novel was released at the beginning of September and instantly became a "must read" for both Popsugar and Crimereads.  For another civics segment, Ryan and Jigisha discuss the steps involved in becoming a US citizen and much more. Links:Blacktop Wasteland by SA CosbyUS Citizen and Immigration ServicesNaturalization Test
The most frightfully fun season is here and the KPL Podcast is kicking off October with a "Nevermore!" Jigisha chats with Enrica Jang of the Poe House & Museum about the life of Edgar Allan Poe and this weekend's Poe International Festival. We speak with bestselling author Wendy Walker about her latest thriller "Don't Look For Me!" and much more! Don't miss this jampacked episode.  LinksDon't Look for me by Wendy WalkerThe Bright Lands by John FramPoe International Festival
Banned Books Week runs from Sept 27th to Oct 3rd and the KPL Podcast is celebrating the event  with a visit from Professor Lisa Hoppenjans of the First Amendment Clinic. She will be discussing some of the history and practice of banning books and censorship. Jigisha and Ryan will also be discussing frequently challenged classics that have had lasting impact. Don't ban this episode because it's sure to be a good one! American Library AssociationCatcher in the Rye by JD SalingerLord of the Flies by William GoldingTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Color Purple by Alice WalkerSlaughterhouse Five by Kurt VonnegutLolita by Vladimir NabokovOne Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The KPL Podcast is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with another wonderful episode! Award winning author and poet Elizabeth Acevedo joins us to talk about her latest book "Clap When You Land" and treats us to a reading! Fellow librarian Maggie Miller also drops by with some of her favorite recommendations from amazing Hispanic authors. All this and much more can be enjoyed wherever you get your podcasts. Happy listening!  RecommendationsOn Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean VuongGrown by Tiffany JacksonHome Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo (out in March 2021)Shadow Shaper by Daniel Jose OlderPoet X by Elizabeth AcevedoZorro by Isabel AllendeChildren of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez CastilloCronos
 Another exciting episode of the KPL Podcast is coming right atcha! We are joined by local author Laura Miller with her most recent title "The Dream." Additionally 2020 Census enumerator Dan Brower stops by to answer our question "Why is the census so vital?" along with many others. Plus Ryan learns about the wonder that is Jane Austen. All this and more! The KPL Podcast is available wherever you enjoy your podcast. Happy listening. 2020 CensusBooks mentioned during the episodeLove in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Marquez GarciaThe Jesus I Never Knew Philip YanceyBorn a Crime by Trevor NoahPrincess by Jean SassonWhite Oleander by Janet FitchColor of Water by James McBride 
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Cynthia Filiberto

This makes me so happy, I absolutely adore Clint! Thank you for sharing this.

Jul 30th
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