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    Banned Books

    Panelists talked about books that have been challenged because of the race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual preference of their characters. Panelists included Charles Brownstein of Comic Book…

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    Astoria

    Peter Stark, correspondent for Outside magazine, talked about his book, Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire - A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, in which he…

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    In Order to Live

    Yeonmi Park talked about her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, about what is was like growing up in North Korea. She also spoke about her escape at age 13,…

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    Bad Days in History

    Michael Farquhar talked about his book, Bad Days in History: A Gleefully Grim Chronicle of Misfortune, Mayhem, and Misery for Every Day of the Year, about the most disastrous or outrageous…

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    How We Got to Now

    Steven Johnson talked about his book, How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World, about the impact of six innovations - refrigeration, clocks, lenses, water purification,…

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    William Clark and the Shaping of the West

    Landon Jones talked about his book William Clark and the Shaping of the West, published by Hill and Wang. The biography follows Clark’s career after his expedition with Meriwether Lewis.…

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    November 22, 1963 and Kennedy and Reagan

    Dean Owen, author of November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy and Scott Farris, author of Kennedy and Reagan: Why Their Legacies Endure, talked…

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    The Philadelphia Chromosome

    Jessica Wapner talked about her book, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level, in which she discusses the 1959 discovery of a mutant…

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    Southern League

    Larry Colton talked about his book, Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South’s Most Compelling Pennant Race, in which he recounts the story of the Birmingham…

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    Game Over

    Dave Zirin, sports columnist for The Nation, spoke about the intersection of politics and sports. His essays ranged from soccer riots in Egypt and the 2012 NFL lockout, to the inner-workings of…

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    Walkable City

    Jeff Speck, a city planner and former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about his book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, in which…

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    Death of the Liberal Class

    Chris Hedges, fellow at the Nation Institute, argues that America’s liberal class has collapsed and with it the citizenry’s protection against what the author deems, the “corporate state.” Mr.…

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    Where Good Ideas Come From

    Steven Johnson maps out the patterns behind genuine innovation. Mr. Johnson says that while technology changes over time, the process that leads to innovative ideas has remained relatively…

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    Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 1

    Ms. Cook talked about her book Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 1, 1884-1933, published by Viking Press. The book examines the life of Roosevelt during her first six years as first lady. After her…

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    The Indifferent Stars Above

    Daniel James Brown talked about the ill-fated Donner Party. This group of emigrants led by George Donner attempted passage of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1846. Enduring heavy snows and…

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    Tis: A Memoir

    Mr. McCourt talks about his book, Tis: A Memoir, published by Scribner. The book is a sequel to Angela’s Ashes, and picks up as Mr. McCourt emigrates to America from Ireland.

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    Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer

    Peter Howe discussed his book Shooting Under Fire: The World of the War Photographer, published by Artisan. The book features the work of ten war photographers, including Philip Jones…

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    Black Glasses Like Clark Kent

    Terese Svoboda talked about her book Black Glasses Like Clark Kent: A GI’s Secret From Postwar Japan, published by Graywolf Press. In the book she documents the life and death of her uncle, Don…

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    Starbucked

    Taylor Clark talked about his book Starbucked: A Double Tall Tale of Caffeine, Commerce, and Culture, published by Little, Brown and Company. In the book he explores the rise of the Starbucks…

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    The Life and Death of Planet Earth

    Donald Brownlee discusses his book The Life and Death of Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate of Our World, published by Times Books. Professor…

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