BookWise: Sarah Kim and José Olivarez discuss books, poetry, and minority authors.
September 13, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, Hinsdale Central High School student Sarah Kim and Young Chicago Authors teaching artist José Olivarez discuss the recent publication of "Citizen Illegal", inspiring poets that motivate writing, and literature written by minority authors.

John and Michael Gachich Discuss the Meaning of “1984” in Mid-20th Century Society and Today

John Gachich and his son, Michael Gachich, probe into the reasons behind Orwell's writing of the famous novel, "1984," and the intricacies of certain book events in comparison to the world we live in. Various symbols are discussed, and theories...

Novel Wisdom: Nora Wood and Libby Wood discuss To Kill a Mockingbird
December 10, 2017 App Interview

In this recording, Nora Wood and her mom talk about the themes, characters, and final thoughts of To Kill a Mockingbird.

“Use your grey cells, figure it out!” Novel Wisdom: Leah Vaikutis and Judy Sidrys analyze a crime novel that was recommended to Leah.

In this interview, Leah Vaikutis interviews her aunt, Judy Sidrys, about "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd". They debrief the characters, underlying themes, and connections to modern day society as they reminisce through this brilliant crime novel. The very interesting Hercule...

Tina Rivera interviewing her aunt, Vesna Gajic, about the book The Great Gatsby.

In this interview, my aunt and I talk about the book The Great Gatsby and all the characters and symbols that the book has to offer. We mainly focus on why she wanted me to read the book.

Tina Rivera and Her Mother, Biljana Rivera Book Talk
September 13, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, Tina talks about how her mothers background has shaped her reading life today. Also, Tina asks about a must read book that her mom recommends for her before she graduated high school.

Switching gears: Lynn Matar and Mr. Didominico talk about fictional books and what makes them interesting
September 12, 2018 App Interview

Lynn Matar and her Ap lang teacher, Mr. Didominico, try to steer away from non fiction reading and discuss fictional books and talk about what makes them thought provoking

Grace Kennedy and her mom, Sue Kennedy, discuss the Great Gatsby, literary merit, and the impact of reading in our daily lives.

In this recording, mother and daughter Grace and Sue Kennedy discuss the Great Gatsby and why Sue recommended the book to Grace. The two also discuss how a book attains literary merit, and what impact reading has on our daily...

Silence: “A twist on a typical martyr story” Part 1

High school student Elisabeth Bieber interviews a fellow parishioner and mentor on the spirituality and religious teachings of the Catholic Church in Silence by Shusaku Endo. In this interview, we discuss whether Fr. Rodrigues's final decision was correct in the...

The Alchemist Discussion

We briefly discussed the valuable lessons present in the story as well as the important characters.

The Secret Life of Bees:Alexis Hamdan and Rita Lacher discuss the story

In this recording, Alexis Hamdan discussed the book The Secret Life of Bees with her grandma, Rita Lacher.

Camille and Lisa Lubic have a literary conversation about the novel, Pride and Prejudice.

In this interview, Camille and Lisa Lubic discuss the pivotal parts and messages of Pride and Prejudice. Pivotal discussion at moment 10.

Before Graduation: Kayla Byrne and her mother Armita Bijari discuss the importance of reading the book Jane Eyre.

In this recording, student Kayla Byrne and her mother and neurologist Dr. Armita Bijari do a follow up interview after reading the book Jane Eyre to discuss why it was such a valuable read.

David Thormodsgard talks with Mrs. Kathy Berkemeyer about books, learning and a love of life.

From old books that still apply today to poetry that brings you back in time, literature and other forms of art still convey the same basic emotions that humans have felt and will feel, which is why so much of...

Silence: “A twist on a typical martyr story” Part 2

High school student Elisabeth Bieber interviews a fellow parishioner and mentor on the spirituality and religious teachings of the Catholic Church in Silence by Shusaku Endo. Part 2 of my interview! Part 1 got cut short because of technical difficulties,...

The Importance of Reading: Caroline and Amy Lyman discuss Amy’s reading life and most influential novels
September 14, 2018 App Interview

In this recording, student Caroline Lyman interviews her mother, an occupational therapist, Amy Lyman, and they discuss the Amy’s early love for reading, most influential novels, and the lessons learned from them. Interesting take on the importance of reading today...

Aunt Jessica SC Interview

In this interview, my aunt and I sat down and talked over a book we both read. We talk about a book called Their Eyes were Watching God.

Book Talk: Ian Drury & Allegra Dugan discuss literature, benefits of reading, and timeless novels.

Drury and Dugan discuss the challenges of finding one’s path in the world, blooming in the face of darkness, and influencial people and events. Also mentioning various books that have stuck with them and hopes for the future.

Novel Recommendations: Ensuring a Complete Education. Mark and Annie Huetteman talk book recommendations and the impact of literary merits.
September 14, 2018 App Interview

In this recording Annie Huetteman interviews her father, Mark Huetteman, about how literature has played a role in his life. He recommends to her a literary merit to complete her high school education.