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March 8, 2011                                         Sara Pillet, 562/628-2441


            LONG BEACH READS ONE BOOK 2011
                   Celebrating TEN years of “Book Week”


                 Listening is an Act of Love
                   A celebration of American life
                              from the
                        StoryCorps project
                            Edited by Dave Isay

BACKGROUNDER ON STORYCORPS AND DAVE ISAY

      Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous
broadcasting honors, including five Peabody Awards and a MacArthur “Genius”
Fellowship. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio
documentary work, including two StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007)
and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010)—both New York Times
bestsellers.

StoryCorps mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the
opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003,
StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than
60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is
preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one
of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to StoryCorps
broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on StoryCorps Listen pages.
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      StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of
 all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the
 stories of our lives. The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people
 who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an
 immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their
 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the
 questions that matter, the StoryCorps experience is powerful and sometimes even
 life-changing.


StoryCorps goal is to make that experience accessible to all, and find new ways to
inspire people to record and preserve the stories of someone important to them. Just as
powerful is the experience of listening. Whenever people listen to these stories, they
hear the courage, humor, trials and triumphs of an incredible range of voices.
“By listening closely to one another, we can help illuminate the true character of this
nation reminding us all just how precious each day can be and how truly great it is to be
alive. “ Dave Isay, Founder, StoryCorps



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