Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special: Meet StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay on Tour


StoryCorps founder Dave Isay is embarking on a 10-stop national tour starting in Brooklyn, New York, on October 21, 2013, and ending in New York City on November 11, 2013.

Isay's new book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (Penguin, Oct. 17, 2013), honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project's rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

The stories shared in Ties That Bind reveal our need to reach out, to support, and to share life's burdens and joys. We meet two brothers, separately cast out by their parents, who reconnect and rebuild a new family around each other. We encounter unexpected joy: A gay woman reveals to her beloved granddaughter that she grew up believing that family was a happiness she would never be able to experience. We witness life-changing friendship: An Iraq war veteran recalls his wartime bond with two local children and how his relationship with his wife helped him overcome the trauma of losing them.

Against unspeakable odds, at their most desperate moments, the individuals we meet in Ties That Bind find their way to one another, discovering hope and healing. Commemorating ten years of StoryCorps, the conversations collected in Ties That Bind are testament to the transformational power of listening.

For a complete event schedule, see below.

October 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore
Ties That Bind reading and signing
St. Joseph's College
245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

October 22, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Brookline Booksmith
Ties That Bind interview and signing
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446

October 23, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Ties That Bind reading and signing
603 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78703

October 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Atlanta History Center - The Center for Southern Literature
Ties That Bind reading and signing
Woodruff Auditorium (McElreath Hall), 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30305

October 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Ties That Bind reading and signing
Chicago Cultural Center
Preston Bradley Hall, 78-98 E Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

November 4, 2013 at 6:00 PM
Book Passage
Ties That Bind reading and signing
San Francisco Ferry Building Store
1 Ferry Building, #42, San Francisco, CA 94111

November 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Ties That Bind reading and signing
Santa Monica #2575, Third Street Promenade
1201 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

November 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Ties That Bind conversation and signing
Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

November 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Powell's Books
Ties That Bind conversation and signing
1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97210

November 11, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Ties That Bind reading and signing
2289 Broadway (at 82nd St.), New York, NY 10024


Dave Isay, Founder of StoryCorps



Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six 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 three StoryCorps books: Listening Is an Act of Love (2007) and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps (2010), and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps--all New York Times best sellers. Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps, is set to be published by The Penguin Press on October 21, 2013.