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WBUR On Tap: Louie Cronin's Everyone Loves You Back

croninFormer Car Talk producer Louie Cronin, AKA Louie Cronin the Barbarian joined us for a live reading of her first novel, Everyone Loves You Back. Car Talk’s Ray Magliozzi introduced Louie, who also answered questions and signed books following the reading.

About Everyone Loves You Back

Sex. Wine. Jazz. Existential dread.

Meet Bob, a sarcastic radio technician who has enough on his plate trying to navigate his forties without his Cambridge neighborhood becoming overrun by urban treehuggers and uppity intellectuals in tracksuits. Between a love triangle, a rapidly shrinking job market, and the looming threat of finally growing up, Bob is forced to dig deep―man―and figure out not just what he wants, but who he is. Change hits hard when you live in the past.

Louie Cronin’s breakthrough novel is a coming-of-middle-age story that pays homage to the everyday.

WBUR On Tap Presents: Debate Night #WatchParty with Anthony Brooks

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This month’s On Tap was all about the debate!  WBUR’s senior political reporter Anthony Brooks was joined by Ken Rudin, journalist and host of the podcast Ken Rudin’s Political Junkieand Steve Koczela, President of The MassINC Polling Group to discuss the state of the election and to answer the burning questions.  Following the discussion, guests watched the final debate live!

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WBUR RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT FROM BARR FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTERY

barrWBUR, has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Barr Foundation, the largest private foundation in New England and a significant funder of arts and creative expression. The grant supports the enrichment of arts and culture vertical The ARTery over a three year period, enabling WBUR to bring The ARTery to scale with comprehensive coverage that reflects Boston’s diverse arts and culture community.

Under the leadership of editor and critic-at-large Ed Siegel, The ARTery has grown to become a destination for Boston arts and culture. The ARTery reaches hundreds of thousands of people each week on-air through regular reports and special series like “Arts Forward.” The ARTery online publishes 500 stories a year which generate 1.6 million page views. The grant from the Barr Foundation will ensure the ARTery can expand its coverage and reach by delivering on a variety of new platforms and formats.

“We are extremely grateful to the Barr Foundation for its support,” said WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “It is incredibly meaningful that Barr has chosen to support The ARTery and WBUR’s commitment to coverage of the arts, while other media outlets have reduced their coverage. This grant will enable us to expand and inspire a more diverse audience with the richness and character of the changing and evolving arts and culture scene.”

“WBUR and The ARTery have their finger on the pulse of the dynamic, diverse range of fresh and compelling art and creativity in Greater Boston and beyond,” said San San Wong, Barr Foundation Senior Program Officer for Arts and Creativity. “Combined with the intelligence of their journalism, commitment to next generation journalists, and embrace of new technological platforms, WBUR and The ARTery are poised to deepen how we understand and debate the potential of this vital sector.”

In 2015, The ARTery received the Commonwealth Award, given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for “expanding quality coverage of arts and culture.” The ARTery site features many of the top regional arts writers and its posts often attract a viral audience that reaches well beyond Boston.

With the support of the Barr Foundation, The ARTery will expand its contributions to the strength of our region’s creative economy by driving greater participation in and support for local artists, organizations and institutions. The ARTery will increase its presence on the radio while adapting to meet shifting media consumption habits that rely more heavily on mobile devices and on-demand audio, and it will innovate to deliver quality content in new ways.

The grant will support:

  • Increased and Deliberate Focus on Community Arts: The ARTery’s multiplatform coverage will regularly extend to the community level, providing an opportunity to both reflect the diversity of Boston’s neighborhoods and expand its current audience.
  • Increased Audience Diversity: The ARTery aims to reach a younger and more ethnically and racially diverse audience through the content it covers and the platforms it shares it.
  • Cultivating and Mentoring the Next Generation of Arts Journalists: The ARTery will create a fellowship for future arts and culture journalists to support efforts to further diversify content and contributors.
  • Expanded On-Air and Online Content: The ARTery plans to invest in a second full-time arts reporter and increase its contributors in order to cover more arts and culture stories on-air and online.
  • Podcast and Video Development: The ARTery will go beyond the text-based model of online journalism by increasing video content and developing podcasts on arts and culture.
  • Greater Social Media Presence and Audience Engagement: The ARTery will increasingly use social media to broaden our online presence and engage in a dialogue with people about everything from our coverage to contributors’ arts and culture picks.
  • More Events and Enhanced Civic Discourse: The ARTery will coordinate more public events to highlight arts and culture issues and increase the dialogue across Boston’s artistic landscape.
  • Explore a Collaboration with an Arts Calendar and Convener: The ARTery will integrate a mobile-first arts and events solution in order to serve as a one-stop shop for artistic and cultural events and convenings throughout the city.

Patti Smith in Conversation with Michael Patrick MacDonald

patti-smithIt was an evening of lively conversation and Rock & Roll as WBUR took over the Berklee Performance Center to proudly welcome Patti Smith and Michael Patrick MacDonald.  The pair will discussed Smith’s latest release, “M Train.”

About Patti Smith

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist. She gained recognition in the 1970s for her revolutionary merging of poetry and rock. She has released twelve albums, including “Horses,” which has been hailed as one of the top one hundred albums of all time by Rolling Stone. Her books include “Just Kids,” winner of the National Book Award in 2010, “Wītt,” “Babel,” “Woolgathering,” “The Coral Sea,” and “Auguries of Innocence.” In 2005, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Smith the title of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honor given to an artist by the French Republic. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

About Michael Patrick MacDonald 

Michael Patrick MacDonald grew up in South Boston’s Old Colony housing project. After losing four siblings and seeing his generation decimated by poverty, crime, and addiction, he became a leading Boston activist, helping launch many anti-violence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs. He continues to work for social change nationally, collaborating with survivor families and young people. MacDonald won the American Book Award in 2000. His national bestseller, “All Souls,” and his follow-up, “Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion” have been adopted by university curriculums across the country. MacDonald has written numerous essays for The Boston Globe Op-Ed page and has completed the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. He is currently author-in-residence at Northeastern University.

About “M Train”

M Train is an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the cafés and haunts Patti Smith has worked in around the world. It is a book Smith has described as “a roadmap to my life.”

M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village café where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, we travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico; to the fertile moon terrain of Iceland; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York’s Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; to the West 4th Street subway station, filled with the sounds of the Velvet Underground after the death of Lou Reed; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud, and Mishima.

Woven throughout are reflections on the writer’s craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith’s life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith.

The New York Times And WBUR Present: Modern Love Live!

mllThe New York Times and WBUR, will present the first-ever Modern Love Live, a live recording of the hit podcast on Thursday, October 20 at 8pm at the historic Town Hall in New York City.  Modern Love: The Podcast is based on The Time’s popular series of weekly reader-submitted essays.

Meghna Chakrabarti and Daniel Jones (editor of the “Modern Love” column) will be joined onstage by special guests for a night of readings, comedy, and music as the joys of tribulations of love come to life like never before.

Modern Love Live will be taped at Town hall and hosted by Ophira Eisenberg (NPR’s Ask Me Another). “Modern Love” essays will be read by Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal), David Harbour (Stranger Things,) and Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) with interviews with the writers.  Indie pop band Lucius will be performing their music.

Tickets are available for purchase here:

The Modern Love Podcast is made possible with support from Living Proof.

StoryCorps utilizes new app for “The Great Thanksgiving Listen”

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WBUR is proud to be the Boston media partner for The Great Thanksgiving Listen, StoryCorps’ groundbreaking oral history project and most ambitious initiative to date.

StoryCorps is working with high school teachers here in Massachusetts and across the country asking students to interview a grandparent or elder over Thanksgiving 2016 using the new free StoryCorps mobile app.  Participants will upload their recordings to the StoryCorps archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

In one holiday weekend, StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews than it has in the twelve years since its founding, and to capture an entire generation of American lives and experiences.

StoryCorps hopes to make the Great Thanksgiving Listen a national tradition, and to continue to foster meaningful connections within families, communities, and the classroom while also creating a singular and priceless archive of American history and wisdom.

And be sure to listen to StoryCorps every Friday during Morning Edition.

Raise a glass to WBUR at the Boston Wine Expo

pic-of-expoWBUR is proud to support The Boston Wine Expo- returning to the Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel this February, with hundreds of wines from around the world.  Foodies and friends will gather to sample from Boston’s best chefs and restaurants.  Participants can also enjoy informative and educational wine seminars.

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WBUR DEBUTS FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MOBILE LISTENING APP

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90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, debuted an all-new listening app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It is a first-of-its-kind “listening app” that revolutionizes the live stream experience, delivering flawless audio anytime, anywhere.

The new app, WBUR Listen, features nearly 40 WBUR and NPR programs and podcasts, plus news stories on-demand, all of which can be saved and shared. Just like your DVR, the app remembers exactly where you were listening at any time, and iOS users can even rewind to the beginning of the live audio stream with just one tap, as well as scrub to a specific section.

This innovative mobile app, which is free, demonstrates WBUR’s commitment to make public radio more accessible to tech-savvy audiences, as well as to deliver WBUR’s content to radio listeners on-demand at their fingertips. The app also features “one-touch” donation capabilities, so users can tap the screen to pledge financial support, demonstrating they like what they hear.

“We wanted to create a new kind of app that’s like no other listening experience,” said WBUR general manager Charlie Kravetz. “The app combines the great content produced at WBUR with the highest quality streaming technology in the world with easy, intuitive controls and simple ways to stop, start, save, share and even support WBUR programming.”

To bring the app to market, WBUR worked with Intrepid, a Cambridge-based mobile products firm. In addition to honing the mobile strategy around audio rather than text, they built the app with a modern, modular look that matches the station’s website. Other features are a “history” section that archives the user’s time spent listening and a “saved” section for users to keep track of favorite episodes and save them for offline listening.

“WBUR is delivering a best-in-class listening experience, and we’re thrilled to be part of it,” said Matt Bridges, CTO of Intrepid. “We’re confident it will delight WBUR fans, and be a gateway product that attracts new listeners who’ll discover amazing content as they explore all the app’s offerings.” Users can discover stories from WBUR’s Boston newsroom and podcasts like Modern Love and Dear Sugar, plus international stories and programs from NPR like Fresh Air and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. Listeners can stream WBUR live programming and listen on demand to hours of favorite programs such as On Point, Here & Now, Radio Boston and Only A Game.

“This has been an amazing year for WBUR’s digital team,” said WBUR managing director of digital John Davidow. “With our recently rebuilt website at wbur.org and now the release of this new listening application, we are able to provide our listeners with mobile-first products that allow us to serve our diverse audience on devices that are almost always at their fingertips. We also developed WBUR Listen with the intention of sharing the back-end technology with other public radio stations.”

WBUR and Intrepid will co-host an App Release launch party at Somerville’s Aeronaut Brewing Co. on October 14. Complimentary food and drink starts at 6 p.m., with live music performances by post-rock group I/O and soul-rock act Gretchen and the Pickpockets presented by local music site Sound of Boston. Guests can register to get in free by showing the WBUR App at the door.

Download the WBUR App for iOS and Android, and watch the demo on the WBUR FAQ page.

 

The Magic Pill Kick-off

MagicPillWBUR1000x1000WBUR’s newest podcast The Magic Pill kicked off with a great night focusing on fitness, health and wellness.

Motivational experts and health coaches gathered at WBUR to give their guidance — and demonstrate their techniques.

The pilot episode of The Magic Pill  has already debuted! It’s 10 punchy minutes of new science, big ideas, human stories, quick tips and a grand finale of some gotta-move music you might never have heard otherwise. The full treatment — a 21-day podcast challenge — begins September 1.

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WBUR Launching New Education Vertical, Edify

Get Ready for Back to School with WBUR and Edify: Cutting-edge, Multi-Media Education Coverage from WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station

tile-edifyWBUR, has launched an innovative new education vertical named Edify. It is the multi-platform, multimedia home for all of WBUR’s coverage of education and learning at every stage of life, from preschool to grad school, in Boston and beyond. Edify’s audio, video and text coverage appears on the air as part of special reporting for Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Radio Boston, as well as on WBUR’s website, across social media channels and through live events.

The Edify coverage includes compelling narratives, in-depth analysis and rich data-driven reporting, as well as inviting audience engagement both online and at live events. Edify is focused on human stories, not abstractions, and strives to tell local stories of national interest. As a leader in public education, a center for education schools and research and a hub of world-class universities, Boston is one of the best places in the country to examine education. And with a local team of two reporters and an editor, plus collaboration with NPR Ed, WBUR Newsroom journalists and other contributors, Edify seeks to advance the conversation both in Boston and on the national stage.

“With Boston’s great academic history and culture, we are thrilled to be bringing a new, cutting-edge approach to education reporting to our listeners,” said WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz. “We hope to advance the discourse on education both locally and nationally with Edify’s multimedia platform, which includes audio, video and written storytelling. Our goal is to provide our listeners with the latest news, topics and trends in education and to give them a roadmap to navigating academic life from preschool through postgraduate degrees.”

Edify is led by Senior Editor Louise Kennedy and Senior Reporter Tonya Mosley. A third Edify journalist, a full-time multi-media reporter focused on digital production, will be announced shortly. Kennedy is a longtime Boston journalist who has served as an editor, arts reporter and critic at The Boston Globe and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Emerson College. She is the co-author, with Linda K. Rath, Ed.D., of “The ‘Between the Lions’ Book for Parents: Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Child Learn to Read.”

Mosley is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist. In 2015, she was named a 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, where she created a curriculum for journalists on the impact of implicit bias. Previously, Mosley was a regular broadcast contributor to Al Jazeera America and created the nationally acclaimed public radio series “Black in Seattle.”

“For Edify, we look for human stories – stories about the real people whose lives are touched by education,” said Edify Senior Editor Louise Kennedy. “We aim to go deeper, with fresh perspectives on where, how and why we learn. We won’t just look at what’s happening in education – we’ll try to figure out why. We hope to help create a conversation about learning and to fuel it with great journalism.”

Edify is made possible with major funding from Bob Hildreth, founder of Inversant (formerly known as FUEL Education). Hildreth is a social entrepreneur and economist with a passion for financial empowerment and higher education who serves on the WBUR Board of Overseers. Edify represents an expansion to the WBUR Newsroom’s ongoing education coverage.

Edify officially launched on Aug. 10, 2016, with a report on chronic absenteeism among students in Boston’s public schools. The platform grew out of an earlier WBUR project, Learning Lab, and will continue to build on the education coverage started there. Upcoming stories will look at how schools are teaching racial history and talking about race, what parents should know about financing their children’s education and what teachers must do today to prepare the next generation of adults. Edify also welcomes proposals for guest commentaries on current topics in education.

Click here for more on Edify

Literary Pub Trivia at Trident Booksellers and Cafe

Pub QuizLovers of trivia and the written word gathered for the Boston Book Festival’s 5th annual literary pub trivia night at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston! WBUR Reporter and anchor Jack Lepiarz was the emcee for the night.

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3rd Annual Love Yoga Fest on the Cape

IMG_0437WBUR was proud to be the media sponsor of the  3rd Annual Love Yoga Fest Cape Cod, two transformative days of yoga, wellness, music and fun in gorgeous Hyannis Port.

IMG_0446Set along Hyannis Harbor in the heart of the Cape, Love Yoga Fest featured more than two dozen regional and national presenters and over 40 classes of 90 minutes to two hours each.  Participants enjoyed workshops in meditation, vinyasa, aerial, nutrition, acro, kundalini and everything in between.

"Don't Think Twice" Boston Premiere

dont-think-twiceFans of film and comedy were out at Kendall Square Cinema for the Boston premiere of “Don’t Think Twice.”

From Mike Birbiglia, the director of “Sleepwalk With Me,” and Ira Glass, the creator of  NPR’s This American Life, comes Don’t Think Twice, a critically acclaimed comedy packed with comic stars Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard and Tami Sagher that presents a hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.

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Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Midnight Release Party

IMG_0393Hogwarts re-opened its doors with the debut of the new novel Harry Potter And The Cursed Child this last weekend. To celebrate, WBUR and Porter Square Books hosted a midnight release party!

The festivities included a fan fiction open mic, Harry Potter trivia contest, a Harry Potter photo booth, a costume competition and more.  Fun was had by all- wizards and muggles alike!

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Woods Hole Film Festival 2016

IMG_1533WBUR proudly sponsored the Woods Hole Film Festival, the oldest Festival on Cape Cod and the Islands now celebrating its 25th year!  WBUR’s own Lisa Mullins interviewed one of the directors of  “Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You” following its premiere at the festival.

The Woods Hole Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the best independent film from emerging filmmakers.  Each summer over 8 days, the Festival will present over 130 films from around the world in the quaint village of Woods Hole and Falmouth.  Filmmakers and patrons alike come to Woods Hole from around the world to see great films, meet interesting filmmakers, support the festival’s sponsors and bask in the best of summertime on Cape Cod.

Modern Love Live Presented By 90.9 Wbur & The New York Times

Modern Love ThumbnailModern Love Live! is a live recording of the hit podcast, Modern Love, based on the popular New York Times column by the same name.  The show will take place on Thursday, October 20th at the historic Town Hall in New York City.

This very special evening will include live music, comedy, Modern Love essay readings by noted actors, and interviews with the writers. Meghna Chakrabarti (host of Modern Love: The Podcast at 90.9 WBUR) and Daniel Jones (editor of Modern Love at The New York Times) will be joined onstage by various special guests.

Tickets are available here

Modern Love: The Podcast is a new audio experience produced by 90.9 WBUR (Boston’s NPR Station) in collaboration with The New York Times. Among the notables who’ve participated in the podcast are Sarah Silverman, Connie Britton, Colin Farrell, Emmy Rossum, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Judd Apatow, America Ferrera, and Sarah Paulson. Visit the Modern Love Podcast for more information. This live show is produced by Pretty Good Friends, in collaboration with 90.9 WBUR and The New York Times.

 

NPR’S ‘BEST OF CAR TALK’ TO END PRODUCTION IN 2017

Atile-car-talk-200x200July 27, 2016; Washington, D.C. – After September 30, 2017, weekly broadcast production of the Best of Car Talk programs will end. NPR and Car Talk came to this decision after consultation with key station personnel, programmers, researchers, listeners and Car Talk’s own staff. 

“We will make the 2016-2017 season of Car Talk the best of the best. We will edit, enhance and program the very best of the 30 year series,” said Doug Berman, Executive Producer of Car Talk. “In many ways, the Best of Car Talk is the best of public radio — honest, authentic, original, warm, interactive, broadly welcoming and unforgettable.” 

Car Talk has been an enormous part of public radio’s past and present. There is no other program quite like it. Thanks to Doug Berman and his team for their partnership, the research and deep thought they have put into choosing this path forward,” said Anya Grundmann, Vice President of Programing at NPR. “We are in a moment of transition for weekend programming across the public radio system. This coming year, one of the top priorities of the programming team at NPR will be to focus on creating new weekend programming to extend value of Only A Game, Weekend EditionWait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and Ask Me Another – all foundational to a strong weekend schedule.” 

Car Talk began as a local program on WBUR, its longtime home base in Boston, in 1977.  After developing an early loyal following among WBUR listeners, the show made its national debut with NPR in 1987.  Remarkably, Car Talk has been produced at WBUR for all of its 39 years, along the way becoming one of the icons that defines public radio.

Car Talk remains a favorite among more than 2.6 million loyal listeners every week. Research shows Car Talk is still a gateway for new listeners and it will continue to be programmed that way for the next 14 months. Stations interested in continuing to broadcast more traditional repeats of Car Talk after September 2017 will have the option to do so. Listeners will also be able to enjoy weekly podcasts of the 30-year series after September 30, 2017.  

The Car Talk web site, Facebook page, Twitter and other social media will continue, both to serve their existing audiences and to provide opportunities for engagement for all listeners, on podcast or radio. Car Talk will also continue its highly successful vehicle donation program that has donated millions of dollars to NPR Member stations.  

About Car Talk

Car Talk is a hilarious, fast paced call-in show (tangentially) about cars, featuring Tom and Ray Magliozzi, two MIT educated brothers who began as owners of a repair shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The program was originally developed at Boston’s WBUR beginning in 1977.  After being nurtured there as a local program for ten years, Car Talk went national on NPR in 1987.  The uninhibited Boston brothers were an instant nationwide hit, dispensing automotive first aid and roadside philosophy to millions of listeners on more than 600 public radio stations.  Winner of the Peabody Award, Car Talk has been lauded by the media since its national premiere in 1987.  In addition to NPR, it’s heard all over the globe via satellite, on commercial stations, and via the stations of Armed Forces Radio. Car Talk’s podcast consistently ranks as one of iTunes’ most popular, with over 2,300,000 downloads a month. Car Talk is produced for NPR by Dewey, Cheetham & Howe and WBUR in Boston.  

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WBUR/BBF Summer Book Club

Shrill picLast night WBUR kicked off the WBUR/BBF Summer Book Club series with Lindy West’s Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman on the WBUR patio. A great discussion and evening was had by all.

WBUR and the Boston Book Festival will host three book discussions leading up to the 8th Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 15. All three authors will be participating in the festival.

About Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman: Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm.

Next up in the BBF Summer Book Club discussion series:

9/8 – The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

the book that matters mostAn enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.

Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

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Martha's Vineyard Author Series

mvas-300x300WBUR proudly sponsors the Martha’s Vineyard Author Series, which features nationally acclaimed authors speaking about their newly published books.  Focusing on leading authors and the important issues of the day, the series brings some of the country’s biggest thought leaders to the island.

This weekend the series welcomed Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and MacArthur “Genius”.  His most recent work Evicted is a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in America.  EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a brilliant, heartbreaking book. Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge.  He moved into a trailer park and then to a rooming house and diligently took notes on the lives of people who pay 70 to 80 percent of their incomes for homes that, objectively speaking, are unfit for human habitation. It is an astonishing book.  A special thanks to Bob Vila for providing the introduction.

Click here for more information on the Martha’s Vineyard Author Series & Book Festival

 

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Beer and Ballots: A Special Edition Of WBUR's On Tap Series

UntitledIt was a night of convention fever as WBUR welcomed Mark Singer, author of Trump and Me, and Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency for a discussion.  The conversation and Q & A was moderated by WBUR Executive Director of News Content Richard Chacón.  Drinks were served and fun was had as guests gathered to discuss the convention, the candidates and the state of our union. Book sale and signing followed the discussion.

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