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First Fifty Pages

The First Fifty Pages is the Sioux City Public Library's podcast about books, library culture, and current reading trends. Each month, Kelsey Patterson and Jenn Delperdang chat with authors, discuss what they're reading, what's popular in our community, and what's happening at the Library! Who knows, they might even help you find your next great read! Highlighting the transformative power of stories and the amazing work that libraries do, this podcast is not to be missed!

Produced by Siouxland Public Media.

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  • In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn and Kelsey are joined by author Erik Larson, a perennial favorite among nonfiction readers. They discuss his latest book The Demon of Unrest, how his curiosity drives his work, and the way history can inform our present.
  • In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn and Kelsey have a thrilling chat with bestselling author and #booktok darling Jeneva Rose about her latest book, Home is Where the Bodies Are, a grilling and chilling take on grief, sibling rivalry, and the (sometimes literal) skeletons in the family closet.
  • Jenn and Kelsey talk with master storyteller Kristin Hannah about her blockbuster, best-selling book The Women, and the power that stories have to expand history and create space for remembrance, gratitude and shared experiences.
  • In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Kelsey and Jenn discuss the author's latest literary feminist boarding school mystery, I Have Some Questions for You— a book that explores the importance of our memories and the impact of time on our own individual stories. If your present self could reckon with the past, what would you try to resolve?
  • In this episode of The First Fifty Pages, Jenn and Kelsey have a lively chat with Australian author Benjamin Stevenson about his latest book, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone. We dig into why fair play mysteries are seeing a resurgence in popularity and why Aussie crime writers are so good. Can you solve this one before the detective does?
  • Kelsey and Jenn talk with best-selling author Ali Hazelwood about her fan fiction roots, favorite romance tropes, background in academia, and the power of STEMinist love stories—where the heroines break barriers just as easily as they break hearts.
  • Kelsey and Jenn talk with award-winning author Kate Manning about finding threads to the past to uncover women's stories, the courage and resilience of the women in her novels, and her new book Gilded Mountain. Romance, drama, history, and fierce women—we're all in!
  • Textual Complexity: a conversation with E. Lockhart on heartbreak, reaching young readers, and our postmodern condition.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff joins Jenn and Kelsey in this episode of The First Fifty Pages to discuss her revelatory new biography about one of our nation's least known but arguably most essential Founding Father, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams.
  • Listen for a discussion about how war trauma becomes part of the tapestry of the immigrant experience across generations. And--some fun insight into Korean zombie movies--you won't be disappointed!