Archive for the ‘Interviews & Profiles’ Category

Reading for Life: A Profile of Oprah Winfrey

By Leonard Kniffel “I don’t believe in failure,” Oprah Winfrey has said, and when you talk about celebrities who influence reading, who among them has had more of an impact on American reading habits than this extraordinary television talk-show host? The ways Oprah Winfrey has supported the programs, the mission, and the success of libraries [...]

New Consul General in Chicago
Wants to Showcase the New Poland

Piotr Janicki interviewed by Leonard Kniffel, August 1, 2016 Encouraging trade and tourism is high on the priority list of Piotr Janicki, new Consul General at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. Before his appointment in July, Janicki worked for commercial banks in New York and New Jersey. He also served as [...]

Disaster Relief…with Books:
Libraries without Borders

By Leonard Kniffel | July 16, 2013 When a disaster occurs, aid workers, organizations, and governments naturally focus on emergency assistance to victims. They set up medical outposts in conflict zones, drop food supplies from helicopters, and hand out shoes and clothing in disaster areas. The activists behind Libraries Without Borders (Bibliothèques Sans Frontières) understand [...]

An American in Paris:
 A Profile of Photographer Jeanne Hilary

Jeanne Hilary

PARIS 1995 — Before she served supper one night earlier this year, photographer Jeanne Hilary constructed the table on which it would be served: a sawhorse and plywood affair, covered with a cotton dropcloth that descended all the way to the floor. In the center she placed a precarious platform made of an iron pipe [...]

My Interview with Musician, Teacher Rudy Render 1929-2014

Earlier this year, as a friend of his family, I had the opportunity to meet musician and teacher Rudy Render, who died September 11, 2014, in West Hollywood, California, at the age of 85. I wanted to meet the man whose career in show business included a stint as musical director for film legend Debbie [...]