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Connections: Rochester and Western New York's favorite books of 2019, part 1

We continue an annual Connections tradition by talking to community leaders about their favorite books of the year. We also get insight into how they think, what they read, and why.

Our guests:

  • Jeff Spevak, arts and living editor at WXXI News (“Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” by Walter Isaacson)
  • Krystle Ellis, director of communications at the Ronald McDonald House, influencer, and culture shifter (“The Power of One Thing: How to Intentionally Change Your Life” by Dr. Randy Carlson)
  • Pablo Miguel Sierra Silva, author and assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester (“The Book of Chameleons: A Novel” by Jose Eduardo Agualusa)
  • Reverend Dr. Stephen Cady, senior minister at Asbury First United Methodist Church (“Marley: A Novel” by Jon Clinch)
  • Adam Frank, author and professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester (“The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century” by Clay Risen)
  • Allison O’Malley, chief executive officer of RESOLVE (“Work is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World's Greatest Thought Leaders” by Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith, and Sarah McArthur)
  • Reverend Shari Halliday-Quan, senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester (“The Leavers” by Lisa Ko)
  • Samiha Islam, senior at Brighton High School (“The Traitor Prince” by C. J. Redwine)
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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