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On The Same Page is a new podcast from the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to keep you in the loop and on the same page about what’s happening at your library.
In this episode we interview four of the mystery authors who took part in the Authors in Your Backyard panel at Gordon Avenue Library on September 30. We also we talk to Lydia Witman, Manager of UVA’s Patient and Family Library, about upcoming grant-funded community health literacy initiatives in which JMRL is taking part. As always we talk about books.
Titles from Book Chat:
- Alan Bradley’s great Flavia de Luce mystery series (which begins with the book The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie)
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward (while discussing what Abby is reading)
Abby talks about:
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Abby mentioned that Ward’s earlier book Salvage the Bones won the 2011 National Book Award, but shortly after recording Sing, Unburied, Sing was announced as a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. And then Ward was awarded the 2017 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Swing Time by Zadie Smith
During our talk with the mystery authors we learned:
About Sisters in Crime and Sisters in Crime Central Va. Well-known national members include: Laurie King, Louise Penny, Dana Stabenow, G.M. Malliet, and Anne Hillerman.
Authors of the Central VA chapter (including Meredith Cole and Rosemary Shomaker) contributed to the Virginia Is For Mysteries anthology.
Rosemary Shomaker recommends:
- Dana Stabenow’s PI Kate Shugak series
Meredith Cole recommends:
- Plainsong by Kent Haruf
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
Jenna Harte talks about:
- The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack, which reminded her of The Bookman’s Tale/First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Mollie Cox Bryan recommends:
- The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick
- Fiona Griffiths series by Harry Bingham
Bryan mentions that her first book, Scrapbook of Secrets, was written during NaNoWriMo. She has also written the Cumberland Creek series (set in the Shenandoah Valley)
Meredith mentions meeting a librarian at the Festival of the Book.
We talk about NaNoWriMo and how it provided inspiration for their writing. Find more JMRL NaNoWriMo resources on our Wiki.
Lydia Witman is the Library Manager at UVA’s Patient and Family Library. We talked about how October is Health Literacy Month and upcoming health literacy programming at JMRL provided by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Other agencies that will be involved with the grant are Jefferson Area CHIP, Ronald McDonald House, and Charlottesville Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition. We also discussed JMRL’s current health information database Magill’s Medical Guide Online (accessible with a library card).
The book Lydia mentioned reading recently was Coyote Wisdom by Lewis Mehl-Madrona
This podcast is made possible with generous support from the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Find out more about the Friends, what they do, and how to support them at the following link.