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Ari Shapiro with Davia Nelson – The Best Strangers in the World

Presented by Book Passage at Book Passage, Corte Madera, Corte Madera CA

Mar 31 2023
Ari Shapiro with Davia Nelson – The Best Strangers in the World

Ari Shapiro photo courtesy of the publisher

Beloved host NPR’s All Things Considered, a stirring memoir-in-essays…a love letter to journalism

In-person ticketed author event
* Friday, March 31, 7:00 pm 

The Best Strangers in the World is a witty, poignant book that captures Ari Shapiro’s love for the unusual, his pursuit of the unexpected, and his delight at connection against the odds.”—Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of Catch and Kill and War on Peace

From the beloved host of NPR’s All Things Considered, a stirring memoir-in-essays that is also a lover letter to journalism.

In his first book, broadcaster Ari Shapiro takes us around the globe to reveal the stories behind narratives that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, but always poignant. He details his time traveling on Air Force One with President Obama, or following the path of Syrian refugees fleeing war, or learning from those fighting for social justice both at home and abroad.

As the self-reinforcing bubbles we live in become more impenetrable, Ari Shapiro keeps seeking ways to help people listen to one another; to find connection and commonality with those who may seem different; to remind us that, before religion, or nationality, or politics, we are all human. The Best Strangers in the World is a testament to one journalist’s passion for Considering All Things—and sharing what he finds with the rest of us.

Ari Shapiro is the award-winning cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered, the most listened-to radio news program in the United States. In addition to his reporting, Shapiro makes frequent appearances as a guest singer with the “little orchestra” Pink Martini. He created the original one-man show, Homeward, in 2016, and since 2019, has performed and toured the stage show Och and Oy with Tony Award–winner Alan Cumming. He lives in Washington, DC.

Davia Nelson is half of The Kitchen Sisters, producers of the du-Pont Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series Hidden Kitchens heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their current radio and podcast series, The Keepers is about activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians —  keepers of the culture. The entire Kitchen Sisters Archive has just been acquired by The Library of Congress.

Their podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is part of the Radiotopia network from PRX.  The Kitchen Sisters are also the producers of The Hidden World of Girls heard on NPR and hosted by Tina Fey.  Their first book Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes & More From NPR’s Kitchen Sisters, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Davia is currently working on The Kitchen Sisters second book, Show the Girls the Snakes: The 12 Commandments of Storytelling. Davia also co-wrote and co-produced the feature film, Imaginary Crimes, starring Harvey Keitel and was a Casting Director for 15 years.


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