S4 E30: Ann Bausum, Matt McCarthy, and Sister Helen Prejean

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Ann Bausum, author of VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America; Matt McCarthy, author of Superbugs; and Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking. From potentially life-threatening illnesses to the death penalty as a part of our criminal justice system, the often-overlooked and complicated topics explored by each of these authors will educate and inspire listeners. Plus, discover which author’s family would schedule road trips around each release of the Harry Potter audiobooks.

Learn more about their audiobooks:

VIRAL: The Fight Against AIDS in America
Author: Ann Bausum
Read By: Ann Bausum and Vikas Adam

This narrative nonfiction for teens tells the story of the AIDS crisis in America. It presents the history of the AIDS crisis through the lens of the brave victims and activists who demanded action and literally fought for their lives.

“A rousing, sympathetic account of a community’s pain, fear, rage, and resiliency…Well-researched and expertly paced…” —School Library Journal (starred review)

Superbugs

Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy shares the exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs.

“An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future.” —Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies

Dead Man Walking

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. She also came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing. Here Sister Helen confronts both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the fears of a society shattered by violence and the Christian imperative of love.

“An intimate meditation on crime and punishment, life and death, justice and mercy and—above all—Christian love in its most all-embracing sense.” —Los Angeles Times

Also coming soon from Sister Helen Prejean:

River of Fire
In this revelatory, intimate memoir from the author of Dead Man Walking, the nation’s foremost leader in efforts to abolish the death penalty shares the story of her growth as a spiritual leader, speaks out about the challenges of the Catholic ...
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