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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Globe West leads the way in multimedia

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Here at Globe West, we're not just about local news; we're striving to be the leaders in presenting it in as many formats as possible: print, online text and photos, audio, photo galleries, audio slideshows, podcasts, and (coming soon) video.

One of our most exciting recent developments was the launch last month of the Boston Globe-Newtonville Books Great Writers Podcast, where the best local and national literary talent come to read from their latest bestsellers-to-be.

Featured this week: author, Globe Magazine columnist and NPR personality Charlie Pierce discusses and reads from his new book, "Moving the Chairs: Tom Brady and the Pursuit of Everything."

Since Brady's magic is in the intangibles -- his almost supernatural poise and confidence, his ability to come through in the clutch, his ability to lead the Patriots -- Pierces goes deep to figure out what influences helped mold the future Hall of Fame quarterback and what makes him tick.

Charlie's reading can be found as the featured Great Writers podcast on the Boston.com Podcasts page. The Books page in the A&E section of Boston.com also has Charlie's reading, as well as an archive of other recent Great Writers events at Newtonville Books with authors like Nell Freudenberger, Katherine Weber and Heidi Julavits. You can even subscribe to the series through iTunes and get a new event every week.

-- Ralph Ranalli, Globe West Web Producer

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