By Johnson County Public Library-Indiana
Back StoriesAug 16, 2023
Bonus Episode: Behind the Page - Summer 2023
On this special “Behind the Page” bonus episode of “Back Stories,” Elyssa and her guest Erin dig deep into new and upcoming books. Plus, they dive into Library services, including digital sources, ways to find your next great read and tease an upcoming Authors at JCPL visit.
Resources mentioned in this podcast:
- Find Your Next Read
- ABC Mouse
- Digital Services – to Stream & Download
- Authors at JCPL
- Snuggle Up with a Book Ball
Harjo & Phillips - S2.7
How can a woman balance societal expectations, responsibilities, and art? Host Elyssa Everling reveals the background of US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first female, Native American to achieve the title and honor from her highly acclaimed memoirs and poetry collections like "An American Sunrise."
Guest Tiffany Phillips of local bookseller Wild Geese Bookshop considers the struggle of female artists and motherhood represented in Julie Phillips' "The Baby on the Fire Escape." Listen to learn about the ultimate success of renowned female authors and artists.
Back Stories is a production of the Johnson County Public Library-Indiana.
Vonnegut & Bradbury S2.6
You may know of writer Kurt Vonnegut, but I promise you don’t as much about him as Elyssa’s guest Chris Lafave, Curator of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in downtown Indianapolis. Elyssa looks at the life of Ray Bradbury another midwestern author who wrote unique and entertaining stories. Are there a few connections between the two? Listen to find out.
Tolkien, Led Zeppelin & Lev Grossman
Guest Amy Hamilton takes a look at the connections between Led Zeppelin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Yes, there are Lord of the Rings things in Led Zeppelin songs. She also reveals the only video you can’t find on YouTube.
They may tell tales of mystery and magic but Lev Grossman, Elyssa’s focus, may be best known for writing The Magicians Trilogy: The Magicians(2009), The Magician King (2011), and The Magician's Land (2014). She digs into his back stories and finds connections with Amy’s topic.
When you are done listening come back here and play this game that lets you guess if the word is the name of an antidepressant or a Tolkien character. Play here.
Memoirs: Westover & Smarsh
Elyssa is joined by Elizabeth Moffett, a Jobs for America’s Graduates teacher at Whiteland Community High School. Elizabeth provides context on “Educated” by Tara Westover. A memoir of what happens when a girl grows up in a survivalist community in Idaho and doesn’t start formal education until college.
Up next, Elyssa continues the memoir theme of the show by looking at “Heartland: a Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” by Sarah Smarsh who asks us to look at modern-day America differently.
Plus, Elyssa and Elizabeth find a way to include Dolly Parton in the conversation.
Emily Post, Julian Fellowes and Etiquette Through the Ages
How do you connect Emily Post, Julian Fellowes, “Downton Abby,” Pierce Brosnan, the House of Lords and the HBO series “The Gilded Age”? Elyssa, and Back Stories guest host Nicole, of JCPL’s Trafalgar Branch, accomplish that and provide a few laughs along the way.
Nancy Drew & Lucifer
For a teenage detective, Nancy Drew has been around a long time. Erin Cataldi from the JCPL Clark Pleasant Branch Library provides a look at the history of this literary character and how she has changed over the years. Season 2 host Elyssa Everling tells the tale of the DC Comics character Lucifer created by Neil Gaiman which was turned into a TV series for ABC.
The Devil and the Competent Witness
Erik Larson’s “The Devil in the White City,” tells the story of America’s first serial killer H.H. Holmes. Season 2 host Elyssa Everling covers his story. David Pfeiffer of the Johnson County Museum of History-Indiana gives the backstory on Franklin, IN native Georgiana Yoke, told in the book “A Competent Witness,” as the only woman to survive being married to Holmes.
Fairy Tales: Amish and Other Telling of the Tales
Fairy Tales: Beasts and Mermaids
When you mention Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid many people think of Disney movies. But these tales are nearly as old as time. Amy and her guest Erin take a look at the origins of these stories and touch on their impact on society and how we view traditional relationships.
Goldbergs & Stewart
It’s an all Amy episode. Amy provides the backstory on author Amy Stewarts’ series of Kopp Sisters. For well over a decade, in the early 1900s, their exploits as crime-fighters and detectives made newspapers nationwide–but they’d been entirely forgotten. You can find more on the Kopp Sisters mentioned in this episode here.
Amy’s guest, Amy H. takes a look at the 1980s set sitcom The Goldbergs. The show is loosely based on the real-life experiences of the show’s creator’s childhood, during which he regularly videotaped events. There is no one named Amy in the family. But the discussion is interesting nonetheless.
Bridgerton & Gardner
Amy digs into the backstory of regency romances and Netflix’s Bridgerton series. Her guest Jody, the Library’s marketing and communications manager examines how real-life experiences shaped author Erle Stanley Gardner’s fiction writing, including the long-running series Perry Mason.
This episode was first presented live via Zoom.
White & Brown
If the names Elwyn Brooks White, or EB White, and Margaret Wise Brown sound unfamiliar, then you may recognize them better by the titles of their works. White’s repertoire includes novels such as Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web, the first-place winner in a 2012 survey of the top one hundred children’s novels. In addition to his works of fiction, White contributed to The New Yorker magazine and co-authored the English language style guide, The Elements of Style. Brown, who was also a children’s author, wrote Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, which earned her the epithet “the laureate of the nursery” for her literary achievements.
Amy and Darcy unravel the writing careers of these renowned authors, and ultimately, discover a common thread: the influence of Anne Carroll Moore, educator, writer and advocate for children’s libraries.
Episode VI: Ryan & Fisher
In this episode of Back Stories Amy and her guest dig into books and authors who face challenges. Amy gives the backstory on Australian author Madeleine Ryan’s book “A Room Called Earth.” Amy’s guest, Katie, looks at the life and challenges of Carrie Fisher.
Butler & Elgar
In this episode, Amy and Elyssa look at you two female writers.
If one of your accomplishments is being an award-winning science fiction writer that is impressive. What if you were raised by a widowed mom, Black and female? There is even more to Octavia Butler’s backstory.
After university, Emily Elgar worked for a non-profit organization providing support services to sex workers in the UK, her first novel “Grace is Gone” has been called “Chilling and compassionate.” Where did the idea come from? Find out this episode of Back Stories from your Indiana Johnson County Public Library.
Austen & Golding
William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” was not an instant hit. A lot of publishers turned it down and when first published, it did no sell well. Jane Austen is known for her six major novels and frequently examines women depending on marriage for social standing and economic security. However, the film industry has gained some economic security from film adaptations of Austen’s novels. Join librarian Amy Dalton and JCPL’s Director, Lisa Lintner as they explore the backstories of Austen and Golding!
Zelda & Salem's Lot
In “Back Stories” we discuss the people behind the books, movies, and yes even video games, you can borrow from the library. In this episode, Amy and Keeley share the stories behind the “Legend of Zelda” first released in 1986 and Stephen King’s 1975 second horror novel “Salem’s Lot.”
Tartt & Prince
Author Donna Tartt has won the WH Smith Literary Award for “The Little Friend” in 2003 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for “The Goldfinch” in 2014. What inspired her? Sure, the musician Prince is famous, but it wasn’t always that way. You will also be surprised by the other music he is behind.
Join us we look at the “Back Stories” behind Tartt & Prince. JCPL Librarian Amy Dalton is your host and this week's guest is fellow Johnson County Public Library (Indiana) librarian Davin Kolderup.
If you have questions comments or suggestions you can reach Amy at BackStories@JPCLIN.org.
Stevenson & Fleming
Robert Louis Stevenson is a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, most noted for "Treasure Island" and "Kidnapped." What fueled his ideas for stories? Ian Fleming is best known for his James Bond stories. What other book turned into a movie did he write? You will be surprised by what you learn about each author in the first episode of "Back Stories."
Librarian Amy Dalton is your host and this week's guest is fellow Johnson County Public Library librarian Erin Cataldi.
If you have questions comments or suggestions you can reach Amy at BackStories@JPCLIN.org.