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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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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 
Hello, We have another jammed packed KPL Podcast episode ready just for you! Join author Jasmine Warga as she discusses her latest title "Other Words for Home". Also Nancy Price of the League of Women Voters visits to answer our questions about mail-in voting. Lastly, for National Wildlife Day, Jigisha and I share some furry friend recommendations. Happy ListeningVote 411Missouri Secretary of StateSt. Louis County Board of ElectionsSt Louis Area Voter Protector CoalitionBooks Mentioned in the PodcastMy Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine WargaHere We are Now by Jasmine WargaTrick Mirror by Jia TolentinoVanishing Half by Brit BennettWriters and Lovers by Lily KingThe List of Things that Will Not Change by Rebecca SteadWe Dream of Space by Erin Entrada KellyOur Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo
Welcome back Kirkwood. As we are bidding adieu to August and the 2020 election season is in full swing, Jigisha and Ryan dive into another civic segment, particularly citizen engagement with Podcaster Gabe Fleisher. Additionally, they have another exciting special guest!  Kim Johnson will be dropping by to discuss her debut title "This Is My America" Wake up to PoliticsPunching the Air by Ibi Zooboi and Yusef SalaamRaybearer by Jordan IfuekoLegendborn by Tracy DeonnCaste by Isabel WilkersonAuthor in Chief by Craig Fehrman
Welcome back.  This week Ryan and Jigisha visit the children's library.  The first place winner of the "I Survived" Short Story Contest will read her story for us.  Please visit the KPL Digital Archives to read entries from all the talented young writers.  Next we speak with author Eileen Moskowitz-Palma regarding her latest book "Camp Clique" .  This is a fun episode that will take you back to your summer camp days.Books mentioned in podcastSave the Cat Writes by Jessica BrodyBecoming by Michelle ObamaUntamed by Glennon DoyleGuest List by Lucy FoleyThe Dutch House by Ann PatchettYear of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
This episode of the KPL Podcast takes a look at two of our favorite topics. Books and Lifelong Learning. So we are joined by "Crazy Rich Asians" author, Kevin Kwan to discuss his latest novel "Sex and Vanity. " Then stick around for the next offering in our ongoing civics segment as we discuss elections with Missouri Secretary of State, Jay Ashcroft. Enjoy this episode that is equal parts entertaining and educational! Books mentioned in the Podcast1. A Room with a View by E.M. Forester2. The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman3. A Beautiful Crime by Christopher Bollen4. Orient by Christopher Bollen5. Destroyer by Christopher Bollen6. For the Glory by Ducan Hamilton
Welcome to the paranormal romance themed episode of the KPL Podcast! This week we are joined by national bestselling and local author Laurell K. Hamilton, we will be discussing the newest title in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series, Sucker Punch! Jigisha and Ryan will also recommend some of their favorite supernatural romance titles and discuss future programming. This episode of the KPL Podcast is one to sink your fangs into!Recommendations:1. Pitbull by Bronwen Dickey2. Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp3. Disc World by Terry Prachett4. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs5. Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon6. Pushing Daisies7. What We Do In the Shadows 
Welcome back. It's the library episode, Ryan and Jigisha interview MLA president Cindy Dudenhoffer. She discusses the importance of libraries in our communities and how libraries are adaptable and evolve to continue to provide access to resources.  For the virtual conference visit  Next we interview bestselling author Fiona Davis about her new book, The Lions of 5th Ave.  A historical fiction and mystery set in the New York Public Library.  Please visit her website to learn about the launch event mentioned in the podcast,  Lastly go on short world tour of libraries around the world.  The 10 Weirdest and Most Wonderful Libraries in the WorldRecommended booksTeach Boldly: Use Edtech for Social Good by Jennifer WilliamsA Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank GreenThe Plaza by Julie SatowThe Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eva ChaseThe Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare 
It's time for another exciting adventure of the KPL Podcast. This week we speak with author and podcaster Clint McElroy of the Adventure Zone. We discuss his most recent title Adventure Zone Vol 3: Petals to the Metal. Jigisha and Ryan also provide fantasy themed recommendations, upcoming program information, and much more. Even everyone's favorite cleric Merle Highchurch makes a visit. This laughter filled episode is ready for you to enjoy! Website: Books mentioned in the podcast:The Witchwood CrownMagic for Liars by Sara GaileyCritical Roll Vox Machina by Matthew ColvilleThe Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine HarrisWheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 
Welcome to another episode of the KPL podcast. Ryan and Jigisha will also provide their #ownvoices recommendations this week. The Library has a great collection of ownvoices titles. This week we speak to One Author One Kirkwood Lisa See. She'll discuss her most recent book, Island of Sea Women". Please listen and learn more about the amazing female divers of the Island of Jeju. Please visit her website: , Instagram: lisasee_writer, Facebook: lisaseebooksRecommendations1. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri2. The Marriage Game by Sara Desai3. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo4. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan5. A Burning by Megha Majumdar 
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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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