biographers

Podcast Episode #61 – Martha Ackmann

In this week’s episode, we interview Martha Ackmann, author of These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson, published Feb 25, 2021, by W. W. Norton & Company. Ackmann’s award-winning books include The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, and Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, First Woman to Play Profession Baseball in the Negro League. Ackmann was interviewed in her home in western Massachusetts on March 10, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.

Podcast Episode #60 – Stephen Heyman

In this week’s episode, we interview Stephen Heyman, author of The Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution, published April 14, 2020, by W.W. Norton & Company. Heyman, a former features editor for The New York Times Style Magazine, also has written for The Times, Slate, Vogue, and many other publications. He was interviewed in his home in Pittsburgh on March 10, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.

Podcast Episode #59 – Hilary Holladay

In this week’s episode, we interview Hilary Holladay, author of The Power of Adrienne Rich: A Biographypublished November 17, 2020, by Nan A. Talese. Holladay was interviewed in her home in Orange Country, Virginia, on March 8, 2021, via Zoom by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.

Podcast Episode #58 – David Michaelis

In this week’s episode, we interview three-time biographer David Michaelis, author of Eleanor, a new single-volume biography of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt released by Simon and Schuster in October 2020. Michaelis was interviewed in his home in Westchester County, New York, on February 11, 2021, via Zoom, by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.

Podcast Episode #58 – Leslie Brody

In this week’s episode, we interview Leslie Brody, author of Sometimes You Have to Lie: The Life and Times of Louise Fitzhugh, Renegade Author of Harriet the Spy, published in December, 2020 by Seal Press. Brody was interviewed in her home in southern California via Zoom on December 23, 2020, by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli.

Podcast Episode #57 – Philip Clark

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In this week’s episode, we interview Philip Clark, author of Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, a biography of jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck. Clark was interviewed by writer and BIO member Lisa Napoli via Zoom on December 10th, 2020.

Podcast Episode #56 – David Levering Lewis

This week we feature an archived presentation from the City University of New York’s Leon Levy Center for Biography. In October 2013, distinguished historian and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Levering Lewis delivered the sixth annual Leon Levy Biography Lecture. Levering Lewis is the author of critically acclaimed biographies of W.E.B. DuBois and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Podcast Episode #55 – Silvana Paternostro

This week we feature an archived interview from the City University of New York’s Leon Levy Center for Biography. Author Silvana Paternostro was interviewed by editor Cristobal Pena about her book, Solitude & Company: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez Told with Help From His Friends, Family, Fans, Arguers, Pranksters, Drunks and a Few Respectable Souls. Published by Seven Stories Press in 2019, Paternostro’s biography explores the life and relationships of Garcia Marquez, author of the landmark novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. This interviewed was recorded in the Levy Center in February 2019.

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