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Elizabeth Wein Talks About Her Writing
January 15, 2013 10:27 AM PST
A Conversation with Elizabeth Wein
Introduction. Elizabeth Wein talks about her writing, and especially her latest book, "Code Name Verity, with librarians Deirdre, from Mount Kisco, and Mary, from Armonk.
Chapter 1. 00:00:47.969 Fingal's Cave, by Felix Mendelssohn. An excerpt from a performance by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado
Chapter 2. 00:02:19.344 Introducing Elizabeth Wein
Chapter 3. 00:03:17.500 "The Winter Prince" : Creating characters and motivations.
Chapter 4. 00:03:40.000 The early roots of "Code Name Verity" : Dani's story. Drawing by E. Wein, age 12
Chapter 5. 00:04:11.531 The early roots of "Code Name Verity. The Interrogation scene.
Chapter 6. 00:05:29.969 The Research Process: "Code Name Verity." Learning about the ATA while writing "Something Worth Doing."
Chapter 7. 00:06:50.500 Research for the Ethiopain Novels: Stuart Munro-Hay's "Aksum"
Chapter 8. 00:07:21.469 "Code Name Verity," Lettice Curtis and the History of the ATA
Chapter 9. 00:07:52.062 "Code Name Verity," history of the Special Operations Executive. "The Women Who Lived for Danger" by Marcus Binney.
Chapter 10. 00:08:09.937 Accidental discoveries, and how the internet can help fill in details. Example: The Jewish prescription form.
Chapter 11. 00:09:16.469 "Did you always want to be a writer?"
Chapter 12. 00:10:46.531 Early inspirations: "Ellen Tebbits," by Beverly Cleary
Chapter 13. 00:11:22.437 Early Inspirations: "The Hardy Boys."
Chapter 14. 00:11:41.062 Elizabeth Wein's personal experiences piloting planes.
Chapter 15. 00:13:25.000 Chasing the green flash (and other atmospheric phenomena)
Chapter 16. 00:14:20.083 "Fly, the plane, Maddie." Creating inspirational characters.
Chapter 17. 00:19:52.000 Elizabeth Wein's current reading
Chapter 18. 00:21:08.833 Naming the characters. Photo: Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret put on a pantomime as young girls early in WWII. From flickr's Creative Commons.
Chapter 19. 00:24:34.833 Literary influences and inspirations
Chapter 20. 00:26:00.000 Change ringing: puzzles, patterns and complicated plots
Chapter 21. 00:28:12.000 Real life inspirations for "Code Name Verity. Photo of ATA pilot courtesy of the British Imperial War Museum. Rights obtained by Elizabeth Wein for use in this podcast
Chapter 22. 00:29:55.625 The sinking of the "Bismarck," and more actual history.
Chapter 23. 00:31:42.000 Meeting the real women of the ATA. Photo courtesy of the British Imperial War Museum. Rights to use in this podcast obtained by Elizabeth Wein.
Chapter 24. 00:32:25.437 Art and engagement. "The opposite of fear is love."
Chapter 25. 00:36:43.250 Character development: engagement, complexity and ambiguity in "The Winter Prince."
Chapter 26. 00:37:28.000 "Code Name Verity." Will there be a sequel or companion volume?
Chapter 27. 00:38:21.625 Elizabeth Wien's thoughts about young writers, artists, bloggers. Advice and encouragement, with discussion of Malala Yousafzai.
Chapter 28. 00:39:20.846 Elizabeth Wein's thoughts about young writers, part 2. Martha Payne. Plus thoughts on developing as a writer.
Chapter 29. 00:41:45.750 The Real Pauline Gower. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum and Elizabeth Wein.
Chapter 30. 00:44:07.000 Conclusion. Credits and closing remarks.Bitterblue: Kristin Cashore talks about her latest novel.
July 20, 2012 06:11 AM PDT
Kristin Cashore talks about "Bitterblue" with librarians Deirdre, from Mount Kisco, and Mary, from Armonk. The discussion covers:
1. Why Kristin wanted to revisit the character of Bitterblue, and whether she will write more books set in the Seven Kingdoms. She hopes to revisit the world of Bitterblue in future, and may write a book featuring a character not only without superpowers, but also without wealth and influence.
June 27, 2012 10:04 AM PDT
Maria and Deirdre interview YA author Mike Mullin, whose novel, Ashfall, paints a vivid picture of life after a major volcanic disaster. Mike discusses Tae Kwon Do, writing and the creative process, and the scientific, psychological, literary and historical bases for his story with his inimitable wit and charm.
To see pictures of Mike's visit to the Mount Kisco Library, go here
And to view a video of Mike's visit to the nearby North Castle library, go here
Mike's next book, Ashen Winter, will be published in October 2012.
We would like to thank Mike very much for speaking with us.
Our opening song is "Are You A Librarian?," by The Illiad
Our closing song is "Library," by Cursor Miner.Minicast: The Mount Kisco Public Library Chickens
May 30, 2012 12:48 PM PDT
Deirdre and Maria tell the story of the baby chicks that hatched in the Children's Room this spring. Photos show the development of the chicks from eggs in the library incubator to two week old chicks at Stone Barns farm. All pictures were taken by Deirdre and Maria. The opening song is "Chicken," by Bobby McFerrin and the closing song is "Library," by Cursor Miner.A Conversation With Jon Skovron
May 23, 2012 03:55 PM PDT
In this 46 minute episode, Jon Skovron, author of "Struts and Frets" and "Misfit," talks about his writing. Topics discussed include inspiration for his characters and plots, how real life figures in fiction, and how art can help people suffering from alzheimer's disease or other mental illnesses. We also touch on "real life" musicians that Jon's fictional characters would enjoy. Many thanks to the musicians who generously contributed work to this episode, especially The Illiad, Tom Waites, Gogol Bordello, and Cursor Miner. And many thanks to Jon Skovron! Please check out his web site, jonskovron.com, and check his novels out of the library!A Conversation with Neesha Meminger
March 01, 2010 03:36 PM PST
In this 37 minute episode, Deirdre and Maria of the Mount Kisco Public Library interview debutante author Neesha Meminger about her book "Shine, Coconut Moon." Topics discussed include autobiographical writing and fiction, as well as how Neesha invents her wonderfully charismatic characters and where she got the inspirations for her novel. Neesha concludes with some great advice for listeners who may want to follow their own creative path. Please stay tuned for future episodes, featuring more of your favorite authors, such as Pam Bachorz, Sarah Rees Brennan and Erin Dionne. And if you like our podcast, please vote for us on Podcast Alley! Many thanks to Neesha Meminger for talking to us, and to The Illiad and Cursor Miner for our opening and closing songs.A Conversation with Carrie Ryan
January 21, 2010 11:15 PM PST
Carrie Ryan's debut novel, "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," has become an instant hit, and will be made into a movie next year, possibly starring Kristen Stewart. In this 35 minute episode of the Mount Kisco Library podcast, Deirdre and Maria talk to Carrie about her book, her inspirations, and her writing process. We then discuss reader reception of her heroine, Mary, and the other characters in Carrie has created. Carrie also tells us about giving up her career as a lawyer in order to become a full time writer. Carrie ends her talk with us by expressing the hope that she can help inspire young people to read, to write, and to create.An Interview With Megan Whalen Turner, Part 2
December 30, 2009 10:44 AM PST
In this episode, Megan talks to us about animals and pets, food, the political and religious structures in her novels, and whether she bases any of her characters on real-life people. We also discuss how people choose their careers, and how Megan became a writer. We digress, briefly, on the topic of libraries and librarianship -- especially Reader's Advisory and Cataloging. We also talk about geography, maps, and making maps for novels.A Conversation with Megan Whalen Turner, Part 1
December 22, 2009 11:22 PM PST
Deirdre and Maria of the Mount Kisco Library, and Mary of the North Castle Library, speak with acclaimed author Megan Whalen Turner. Megan talks about her creative process, how she names her characters, how she constructs her plots, and why she will not answer questions about her books. She reveals why her characters never take her by surprise -- she expects them to be inconsistent, like real people, and does not assume that she knows everything about them. WARNING this interview does contain some spoilers for Megan's first three "Queen's Thief" books.
December 09, 2009 10:44 PM PST
In this 33.5 minute episode, Maria and Deirdre interview 2009 debutante author, Saundra Mitchell. We discuss her book, "Shadowed Summer," her writing process, regional literature and language, ghosts and ghost hunting. Saundra also provides fascinating insights into publishing and marketing. Finally, she tells us about two more suspense /mystery novels she has written that will be published soon.
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