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Rank #1: #156: Elon Musk Take the Wheel.
This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about Google AI reading romance novels, algorithms picking books, Ian McKellan's Shakespeare apps, and much more. This episode is sponsored by Audible, Book of the Month, and The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church.
Rank #2: #3: The Gandalf of Poetry.
Jeff and Rebecca talk about finishing Dan Brown's Inferno, along with discussions Stephen King's new print-only novel, Amazon's foray into fan-fiction, turning unproduced movies into books, a hypothetical app to see what the people around you are reading, and the vagaries of airplane reading. This week's episode is sponsored by Nolet's Silver Dry Gin and Start Here, Volume 2.
Recommended is a podcast featuring interesting people talking about their favorite books.
Rank #1: S1E2: Recommended Ep. #2: Celeste Ng and Tara Clancy.
In this episode, Celeste Ng recommends The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas and Tara Clancy recommends The Wanderers by Richard Price. This episode of Recommended is sponsored by: You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins To enter the giveaway of all twelve of the books sponsoring this season of Recommended, go to FierceReadsRecommended.com.
Rank #2: S4E12: #12: Nicky Drayden and Helen Ellis.
In this episode, Nicky Drayden and Helen Ellis talk about books that captured their attention in big ways.This episode is sponsored by William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future! and William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher.You can subscribe to Recommended in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.A transcript of this episode is available here.Books Discussed:Temper by Nicky DraydenNigerians in Space by Deji Bryce OlukotunAfter the Flare by Deji Bryce OlukotunSouthern Lady Code by Helen EllisWifey by Judy BlumeAre You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy BlumeForever by Judy BlumeLace by Shirley ConranThe Other Side of Midnight by Sidney SheldonHollywood Wives by Jackie CollinsThe Lord Won’t Mind by Gordon Merrick
Read or Dead is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the worlds of mystery and thriller literature.
Rank #1: Read or Dead Ep. #2: A Modern, Slightly Less Hairy, Sexy Hagrid.
Rincey and Katie talk about the difference between mysteries, thrillers, and suspense books and provide some recommendations for each genre and sub-genre. This episode is sponsored by The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight and The Pierre Hotel Affair by Daniel Simone with Nick Sacco.
Rank #2: 48: #48: Couples That Slay Together, Stay Together.
This episode, Katie and Rincey pick up mystery books featuring disabled protagonists.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and The Perfect Girlfriendby Karen Hamilton. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.To get even more mystery/thriller recs and news, sign up for our Unusual Suspectsnewsletter!Show NotesHot Series Package: Steve Zaillian Meets Patricia Highsmith’s Sociopath Tom RipleyComing soon: Winter Countsby David Heska Wanbli Weiden to your lists: an #ownvoices Native American thriller!Dan Mallory, Author Who Once Faked Being British, Nominated for British Book AwardDamien Power Tapped To Direct ‘No Exit’ Thriller For 20th Century FoxCrime Fiction Book List: Disabled isn’t UnableBooks MentionedBlood Harvest by S.J. BoltonBlackman’s Coffinby Mark De Castrique My Lovely Wifeby Samantha DowningMurder Lo Meinby Vivien ChienMurder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire HarmanThe Spectatorsby Jennifer DuBoisAsk Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery by Shelley NobleFrangipani Tree Mystery by Olvidia YuThe Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
An audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
Rank #1: 2: #2: How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?.
In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop...and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue? This episode is sponsored by: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley Less by Andrew Sean Greer You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance from Sharifah Williams, Blair Anderson and Rita Meade. Our thanks to Josh Christie of Print: A Bookstore in Portland, Maine, Oren Teicher of the American Booksellers Association, Prof Ryan Rafaelli of Harvard’s Business School and Noelle Santos of The Lit Bar, coming soon to The Bronx.Follow Annotated on Instagram!
Rank #2: 3: #3: The World's Most Glamorous Librarian.
In this episode: the life of Belle da Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that would have ended her career. This episode is sponsored by: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott Blame by Jeff Abbott You can keep up with Annotated between episodes with photos, facts, and trivia on Instagram (@annotatedfm) and Twitter (@annotatedfm). Special thanks to: Andrea Mays, author of The Millonaire & The Bard Heidi Ardizzone, author of An Illuminated Life This episode was written and produced by Jeff O’Neal and directed by Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design by Kyle O’Neal. Special production assistance by Rita Meade. ___________________________ You can subscribe to Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or in your podcast player of choice. Follow Annotated on Instagram!
The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.
Rank #1: Bonus Episode - Frankenstein: Our Dark Mirror.
Over 200 years ago, a teenage girl started a literary legacy that continues to haunt us today. Why do we still keep telling this story and how does it reflect our darkest fears? The New York Public Library's curators join monster theory scholars and best-selling authors to trace the history of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s classic. This special podcast episode unpacks the genius of Shelley’s novel, its origins and evolution—from the British Romantics to Black Lives Matter—to uncover how it’s helped us better understand ourselves, our humanity, and our future.
Rank #2: Lots of Good Fun That Is Funny.
Children's librarian Louise Lareau joins Frank and Gwen to talk about NYPL's annual Best Books for Kids list and why you should say "underpants" during first-grade storytime. Plus: Eve Babitz, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, joy, suffering, existentialism, etc., etc.
From great new books to favorite classic reads, from news to the latest in on-screen adaptations, Hey YA is here to elevate the exciting world of young adult lit.
Rank #1: Ep. #2: Whatever Happened To Tookie De La Creme?.
Eric and Kelly discuss YA authors who’ve successfully jumped genres, celebrity YA books, and dramatically read from Tyra Banks’s unfinished trilogy “Modelland.” Sponsored by Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis from Wednesday Books, A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess from Random House, and Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust from Flatiron Books.
Rank #2: 17: #17: The YA Reading Sandwich.
Eric and Kelly talk about indie bookstores that do YA lit really well, explore the growth of YA thrillers over the last few years, and finally, highlight a bunch of great books to read in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Sponsored by Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny from KCP Loft and Bookish Boyfriends: A Date With Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt from Amulet. Hey YA is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, and right here on Book Riot. Show notes:Honor Code by Kiersi BurkhartDown and Across by Arvin AhmadiAmal Unbound by Aisha SaeedWritten In The Stars by Aisha SaeedThe Red Balloon BookshopThe Girl With The Red Balloon by Katherine LockeFountain BookstoreRead Between The LynesWomen and Children FirstBBGB BooksAnderson's BookshopWild Rumpus BooksDefining Thriller vs. Mystery"Mourn The Fall of the Mall" by Sarah KendziorGone Girl by Gillian FlynnWe Were Liars by E. LockhartPasadena by Sherri L. SmithA Line In The Dark by Malinda LoStephanie Kuehn's booksFake ID by Lamar GilesEndangered by Lamar GilesLois Duncan's unsolved mysteryWindow by Amelia BrunskillSadie by Courtney SummersDamage Done by Amanda PanitchAs Red as Blood by Salla Simukka The Fever by Megan AbbottConversion by Katherine HoweThe Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene GooControl by Lydia KangUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey LeeWant by Cindy PonThe Girl From The Well by Rin ChupecoAmerican Panda by Gloria ChaoNorth Of Beautiful by Justina ChenForest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie DaoThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen WangIn Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen WangPicture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented women writers whose work we’ve loved.
Rank #1: Interview with Miriam Toews.
Autumn and Kendra talk with Miriam Toews about her new novel Women Talking, which is out now from Bloomsbury. You can find the complete show notes and transcript of this episode over on our website.This episode is sponsored by Novellic. Learn more about Novellic over on their website.Books MentionedWomen Talking by Miriam ToewsMiriam Recommends Margaret Atwood Nicole Brossard Joan Thomas Marina Endicott Lynn Coady Miriam Toews: Buy the BookBe sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be sure you don’t miss the latest news, reviews, and furchild photos. Support us on Patreon and get insider goodies!CONTACTQuestions? Comments? Email us firstname.lastname@example.org. SOCIAL MEDIAReading WomenTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | WebsiteMusic by Isaac Greene Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Ep. 68.5 | Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 Pt.2.
Kendra and Autumn, with special guest Lupita of @Lupita.Reads, talk about their most anticipated reads for the second half of 2019!Books MentionedThe Book of X by Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio, July 16th)I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying by Bassey Ikpi (Harper Perennial, Aug 20th)Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis (Knopf, Sept 3rd)The Not Wives by Carley Moore (Feminist Press, Sept 10th)Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke (Mulholland Books, Sept 17th)Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead Books, Sept 17th)Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson (Grove Press, Oct 1st)In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press, Nov 5th)The Revisioners by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counterpoint, Nov 5th)Lupita: Instagram | TwitterCONTACTQuestions? Comments? Email us email@example.com. SOCIAL MEDIAReading WomenTwitter | Facebook | Instagram | WebsiteMusic by Isaac Greene Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Christopher (@cdhermelin) and Drew (@drewsof) talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through their never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in their hands.Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY. For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, visit somanydamnbooks.com
Rank #1: 91: Stephanie Danler (SWEETBITTER on Starz) & Lorrie Moore's ANAGRAMS.
Stephanie Danler drops by the Damn Library for a second go around, this time to talk the Sweetbitter television adaptation she created, now on Starz. We discuss the Disneyland of production, why writers' rooms are great, and how she doesn't really live in Los Angeles like her house would imply. Plus we got into Lorrie Moore's Anagrams, and its satellite stories, and the forgotten voids of the 80s. Christopher and Drew also overpromise on tote bags. contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com music: Disaster Magic - Get Raining (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: 93: Top 5 of 2018 (so far) + Summer Reading.
Christopher and Drew hang in the Damn Library and talk about the books they've liked so far this year, the books they are going to read next, and some of the books they are excited about that are soon to be in the world. The book titles come fast and furious, TBR piles climbing as high as the temperatures. contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com music: Disaster Magic - Easy Life (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.
Rank #1: 65: Under (Or On) The Sea.
Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Kingkiller Chronices TV adaptation, a documentary about Margaret Atwood, ocean-themed science fiction and fantasy, and more.This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a Book, Penguin Random House Audio, and Wednesday Books.Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here.The show can also be found on Stitcher here.To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!NEWSFollow-up: Tiptree Award renamedKingkiller Chronicles TV adaptation is up for grabsMargaret Atwood documentary out in NovemberMagicians comic, including Lev Grossman, also out in NovemberHarry Potter Subscription ServiceBOOKS DISCUSSEDThe Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes (Nov 5 2019)The Deep – clipping.The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth DurstRolling in the Deep by Mira GrantThe Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Rank #2: SFF Yeah Ep. #18: More Evil Than Crabbe and Goyle.
Sharifah and Jenn discuss Ursula K. Le Guin and lots of adaptation news, and recommend weird westerns. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh. News: Ursula K. Le Guin Has Died The Voldemort fan-made movie Hogwarts Mystery game trailer Bidding War for MaddAddam trilogy adaptation Bryan Fuller is working on an Anne Rice TV series Books Discussed: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin The Earthsea Cycle River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Titles discussed are available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
Rank #1: Ep. #331 - May's Biggest new books! .
~It's gonna be MAYYYY~ Sorry, Justin. Today we're talking about the books we're most excited about that are coming out in May (oh my god, it's May)... You know the drill. Books Mentioned in this episode The Farm by Joanne Ramos The Bride Test by Helen Hoang The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla & Chimene Suleyman Cari Mora by Thomas Harris Middlegame by Seanan McGuire The Tubman Command by Elizabeth Cobbs Kingsbane by Claire LeGrand Biloxi by Mary Miller Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones Anna of Cleve by Alison Weir We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell The Obsoletes by Simeon Mills The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane Again, but Better by Christine Riccio Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
Rank #2: Ep. #322 - April's Biggest Books!.
April is around the corner, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! Books Mentioned In this Episode: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold The Invited by Jennifer McMahon Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan No Country for Old Gnomes by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis Odd Partners edited by Anne Perry Trust Exercise by Susan Choi Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston Miracle Creek by Angie Kim Little Darlings by Melanie Golding The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell White by Bret Easton Ellis The Better Sister by Alafair Burke The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth King of Fools by Amanda Foody Other April Picks: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, ed. by Michele Filgate Mentors by Russell Brand Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter. Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com
Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong. https://www.literarydisco.com
Rank #1: Episode 78: Nancy Drew.
We finally take on the young detective Nancy Drew with her first adventure, The Secret of the Old ClockMuch like our Hardy Boys episode, there is some confusion about the setting (less wig shops this time), the criminals, and the overall feeling that the “mystery” ain’t that mysterious. (Hint: there’s a secret in the old clock.)And who knew that this much discussion of probate law would launch one of the most beloved and imitated characters of all time?But up first: should you ever be ashamed of what you read? We read and discuss the side-by-side essays that asked this question in The New York Times Book Review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Episode 134: The Books We Loved in 2018.
The last book club you’ll ever need. This week, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss the best books they read in 2018, including Tara Westover’s Educated, Arthur Krystal’s This Thing We Call Literature, and Jonathan Weisman’s (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Book Based Banter
Rank #1: Ep 169; BookTube & Daphne Du Maurier (With Two Special Guests).
After Thomas forgets that he and Simon were recording, Simon managed to find two fabulous guests to discuss BookTube and Daphne Du Maurier with. Who on earth could they be?Don’t forget you can find us on Twitter, Good Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereadersBookTube () Simon is joined by two of his lovely friends and fellow booktubers Mercedes, from MercysBookishMusings and Lauren from Lauren and the Books, who also spookily have their own book podcast too, Books and Blankets. In the first part of the show they talk about the world of booktube, how they got involved with it and how it has changed their lives.Daphne Du Maurier () In the second part of the show Simon, Mercedes and Lauren talk about one of their other mutual loves, the wonderful Daphne Du Maurier. They discuss how they came to read her, why they love her and have a natter about some of her books including Rebecca, My Cousin Rachel, The Birds and Other Stories and Jamaica Inn.Next time on the Readers () Simon and Thomas will be reunited in two weeks when they will be back with more book based banter.Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here.You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here.You can also support The Readers if you feel like it viawww.patreon.com/thereaders
Rank #2: Ep 182; The Readers Retreat 2018 & Reading Relationships.
Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode Simon and Thomas are back after another spell of bad technical issues to chat about reading relationships and most excitingly to discuss The Readers Retreat 2018. Don’t forget you can find us on Twitter, Good Reads and Facebook now as well as subscribing to us on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders The Readers Retreat () Simon and Thomas have an exciting announcement to make that they hinted at in the last show. They are finally going to organise a Readers Retreat, have a listen to their potential plans and how excited they sound. Reading Relationships () Simon and Thomas ponder the question… as a reader do you have to have a partner that reads too? What could be the pluses and what could be the downsides? Books Discussed on the Show () To follow. Get the RSS link for the podcast by clicking here. You can subscribe to our weekly podcast on iTunes here. You can also support The Readers if you feel like it via www.patreon.com/thereaders
Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and note-worthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.
Rank #1: 46 Books That Will Make Your Holiday Wish List!.
If you’re trying to fill your holiday wish list with amazing titles, look no further! Roxanne recently hosted a live event with Penguin Random House publishing powerhouses Michael Kindness, Jennifer Black and author, Matthew Dicks.The event, which took place at the Mandell JCC in Hartford, Connecticut, was titled “Buzz About Books” and we were there every step of the way! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Ep 2: James Patterson Tells Us Why We Should "Give Please a Chance".
James Patterson may hold the Guinness world record for the most #1 New York Times best-sellers, but it's his latest passion project that has him buzzing. The New York native came straight to Just the Right Book to tell Roxanne all about the latest books on his children's imprint Jimmy Patterson. Also in this episode, another installment of "What's on the Front Table" with RJ Julia's Head Book Buyer, Andrew Brennan. Give Please a Chance By Bill O’Reilly and James PattersonWord of Mouse By James PattersonForever Words: The Unknown Poems By Johnny CashAt Home in the World: Stories and Essential Teachings from a Monk's Life By Thich Nhat HahnThe Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter WohllebenGoing Once: 250 Years of Culture, Taste and Collecting at Christie'sThe Secret History of Twin Peaks By Mark Frost Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's like a book club, but we actually read the book. Join hosts Becca and Corinne as they recreate their days working and hanging out at their local independent book store.
Rank #1: 57 - Trick Mirror.
This is a long one, but it's only because we could not shut up about Trick Mirror and Jia Tolentino. We opine, we contradict ourselves, then we contradict our contradictions. But it's all just being self-reflective of our own self-delusions. You may not believe you need another thinkpiece on the internet and social media, but trust us, you need this book. Millennials, this episode is dedicated especially to you. Our next book discussion will be on Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin. You can find it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Rank #2: 42 - My Year of Rest and Relaxation.
This one might be a little divisive. We read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh and talk about loving books with characters who are gross and mean. This discussion will include topics related to sexual assault and drug addiction. Our next book discussion will be Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Get it at your local bookstore or library and read along with us.
Professional Booksellers. Casual Drinkers.
Rank #1: Ep11: Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, Books on the Nightstand & Penguin Random House.
Epigraph We are fucking thrilled to have Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman on Episode 11. Michael and Ann are the hosts of the late, great Books on the Nightstand podcast and sales reps for Penguin Random House. This episode is sponsored by Books & Whatnot, the newsletter dedicated to books, bookselling, and bookish folk. We were too excited about hosting Books on the Nightstand to mention Books & Whatnot on air, but you should definitely check out the newsletter archive here. Follow Books & Whatnot on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Introduction In Which Ann Doesn’t Let Us Set Anything on Fire, Emma Makes Coworkers Awkward, Michael Activates Host Mode, and Kim Finds a Book Too Relevant We’re drinking Cider House Drools (local hard cider, shot of rum, dash of bitters). The alternate drink is the Out-cider (sub bourbon for rum). Or, if you’re Michael and rockin’ the cold medicine, tea. Ann had originally planned to have us drink Charles Dickens’s punch, which involves a shit ton of alcohol and, uh, fire. If you’re braver than we are, here’s the recipe: https://food52.com/blog/18626-the-punch-you-add-a-spoonful-of-fire-to-literally What We’re Reading: Emma is reading: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson and Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson (Bonus reading! Check out The New Yorker article about the new Shirley Jackson bio: The Haunted Mind of Shirley Jackson) Michael is reading: Shadow Man by Alan Drew (pubs 23 May 2017... also mentioned: Gardens of Water) Ann is reading: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve (pubs 2 May 2017) Kim is reading: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear... and Why by Sady Doyle Emma and Kim just read Vicious by V E Schwab (shout out to book club!) Chapter I [11:00] In Which We Discuss the Noble Role of the Bookseller to Booksellers and How To Be an Introvert in a Socially-Focused Industry Ann and Michael work for this little publishing house you’ve probably never heard of named Penguin Random House. Yeah, we think they should have called themselves the Random Penguin House, too. Be among your people at BookRiot Live. They have designated reading rooms, for all y’all introverted book nerds. We see you. Chapter II [19:20] In Which We Unveil the Creation Story of Books on the Nightstand, Michael Issues a Mea Culpa for not Reading Ann’s Recs Sooner, and Kim Wonders About Knitting Podcasts Books on the Nightstand readers voted on what Michael should read over the summer. The results: So, due to popular demand, Michael finally read Ann’s recommendations from yeeeeeeears ago: Stoner by John Williams and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. He also recently discovered how great Stephen King is and treated himself to Salem’s Lot for Halloween. Ann recently reread The Secret History by Donna Tartt. She also loved The Nix by Nathan Hill and Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard Check out the last eight years of Books on the Nightstand episodes at their website: http://booksonthenightstand.com/podcasts. BTW, Booktopia is still alive via Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT. Field trip? Michael’s Recent Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels/Graphica: The Vision by Tom King DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan Emma follows up with a rec for Joyride by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, then we all nerd out about Lumberjanes. (Seriously, y’all. it’s awesome.) Chapter III [35:10] In Which Ann Wants to Read The Road Set at a Boarding School, Kim is Uncomfortable with Magical Realism, and We Crush on Bookstores Ann’s book description guaranteed to get her reading: A dark and disturbing apocalyptic story collection of thrillers set in boarding schools. The Unfinished World: And Other Stories by Amber Sparks The Secret History by Donna Tartt The Secret Place by Tana French Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel The Road by Cormac McCarthy Favorite Short Story Collections Strange Pilgrims: Twelve Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Emma has to name drop Kelly Link (obvi) and everybody flips out. Ann: Tenth of December by George Saunders. She also loves the individual stories “Anything Helps” by Jess Walter (from We Live in Water) and “Governor’s Ball” by Ron Carlson (expanded upon in Ron Carlson Writes a Story) Desert Island/Station Eleven/Wild Books Michael used to say The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, but he doesn’t actually... like reading Shakespeare, so maybe not. So then he thought he’d pick 100 Skills You'll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) by Ana Maria Spagna, illustrated by Brian Cronin. But, naw, nevermind. He’d bring DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke. Ann would take The Complete Essays by Michel De Montaigne, because she got a crush on him due to How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell. Go-To Handsell Michael: Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Stoner by John Williams Ann - The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (IT’S ABOUT JESUITS IN SPACE, GUYS) Bookseller Confessions Michael still hasn’t read Great Expectations. But, I mean, he read A Christmas Carol, so he’s read Dicken’s okay? Also, he hasn’t read Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Neither has Emma. Or Kim. But we’ve read Alan Moore’s Watchmen, so that balances out, right? Right?? Ann convinced hundreds of people to read War and Peace with her, but only got to page 75. At least she’s inspiring. Bookstore Crushes Ann: Green Apple in San Francisco, CA (featured in Ep 8 with Pete Mulvihill) Michael: Powell’s Books in Portland, OR (featured in Ep 3 with Kevin Sampsell) Favorite literary podcasts The Readers Literary Disco What Should I Read Next Chapter IV [52:45] In Which Michael and Ann Tell Us About Two Three Books They Can’t Wait for Us to Read Michael: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Gilded Cage by Vic James (pubs 14 Feb 2017) The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti (pubs 28 March 2017) Ann: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel (pubs 7 March 2017) American War by Omar El Akkad (pubs 4 April 2017) Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny (pubs 23 May 2017) Epilogue [1:05:50] You can follow Ann and Michael on Twitter at: Ann: @annkingman Michael: @mkindness They’re also on Instagram, Litsy, and Goodreads, so look them up there. You can find us on Twitter at @drunkbookseller and everywhere else as DrunkBooksellers (plural). Aaaaaaand, we’re about to launch an Instagram account, so you should probably start following that @DrunkBooksellers. Our dear friend and fellow bookseller is in charge of it, and it’s gonna be weird and wonderful. Here’s a teaser: Emma tweets @thebibliot and writes bookish things for Book Riot. Kim tweets occasionally from @finaleofseem, but don’t expect too much.
Rank #2: Ep 9: Benjamin Rybeck, Brazos Bookstore.
Epigraph Episode nine has finally dropped! We speak with the lovely and talented Benjamin Rybeck, Marketing Director and Events Coordinator at Brazos Bookstore and author of The Sadness. Introduction [0:30] In Which Emma and Kim Have a Sponsor and Make Terrible Puns, Plus Ben Invents the Phrase “Page Turner” Currently drinking: screwdirvers with Stolichnaya, inspired by Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth This episode is actually brought to you by a sponsor! Books & Whatnot is an excellent and informative newsletter for booksellers; it’s quick to read and filled with tips! Brought to you by Beth Golay. Check out the newsletter archive here. Follow on Twitter at @booksandwhatnot. Ben is reading: Nick Flynn’s memoirs, Maggie Nelson, The Other Side by Lacy Johnson, and Madeline E. by Gabriel Blackwell Shout-out to cool indie publisher: Outpost 19! Emma is reading: … spreadsheets? No, but seriously, she finally started Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel—but also the apocalypse causes her some anxiety, so she might have put it down. Kim is reading: Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Shrill by Lindy West When Kim started reading Uprooted, Emma was like Kim recalls possibly the best customer interaction ever, in which a male teacher from an all-girls school requests recs for a primer on feminism; Shrill by Lindy West, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozie Adiche, and Rad American Women A-Z by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl (illus.) are among her recs. New & Forthcoming Books We’re Excited About Underground Airlines by Ben Winters (pubs July 5 2016) The Well-Stocked and Gilded Cage by Lawrence Lenhart (pubs Aug 2 2016) Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (pubs July 19 2016) The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (pubs July 19 2016) Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty by Ramona Ausubel The Crimson Skew by S.E. Grove (pubs July 12 2016) Collections: Birds Bones and Butterflies by Leah Sobsey (pubs July 12 2016) What do you do when a customer asks for a happy read? Emma tries to make them into a romance reader and, if that fails, recommends Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Kim recommends graphica (though Emma’s first three thoughts when she says graphica are Watchmen, Persepolis, and Fun Home—not the happiest of reads…) Chapter I [21:21] In Which Ben Walks Into a Bookstore and Receives a Job, Coins the term “litizen,” and Says the Word Smartypants a Lot. Plus Emma Freaks Out About Events Coordinators/Drunk Booksellers’ Guests Not Reading Harry Potter Longfellow Books of Portland, Maine was Ben’s childhood bookstore. We discuss the joy of bookstores, record stores, and video stores—half-retail and half-cultural places where you go to meet friends and discover gems. Ben’s advice for getting a job at a bookstore? Walk into said bookstore with no intention of getting a job (it worked for him!) Learn more about Brazos Bookstore here. They do “down and dirty highbrow” bookselling. In Houston this summer? Here are a couple fun things going on: Houston Shakespeare Festival Summer of Kubrick Have you heard about this new Harry Potter book coming out? Kim imagines that it will be mostly about ennui of adulthood, and compares it to Ben’s book The Sadness. Chapter II [37:46] In Which Ben Pitches His Book Succinctly—It’s a Book About Film and Failure— and We Discuss Adulting “Booksellers as adults is a strange thing; you’re asking people to become adults and go out into the world where their primary relationship to anything in their lives has been sitting alone in a room…that’s not going to end well.” Chapter III [44:34] In Which We Speculate Alice Munroe’s Drinking Habits, Declare Adult Connect-the-Dots as The Next Big Thing, And Bring Up the Fact That Ben Hasn’t Read Harry Potter Again Ben wants to drink with John Updike to see if he’s as insufferable a person as Ben finds him as a writer. Kim mocks his reasoning. His second choice is Alice Munroe (who may or may not listen to this podcast? We’re pretty sure she doesn’t. But we can dream.) Ben’s bookseller confession is he doesn’t keep up with trends—but it’s ok, Emma and Kim haven’t read Knausgaard or Ferrante either. Ben’s Station Eleven/Wild/Desert Island Books 2666 by Roberto Bolaño Collected Stories of Joy Williams How to Read a Film by James Monaco Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace ALL the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling Go-to Handsells Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson Faces in the Crowd, The Story of My Teeth, and Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli Impossible Handsells Thrown by Kerry Howley (shout-out to the awesome small press,Sarabande Books) Don’t Suck, Don’t Die by Kristin Hersh Chapter IV [1:01:12] In Which We Talk About Where We Can Be Found On the Internets & Remind You of Our Awesome Sponsor (Books & Whatnot) Shout out to Kramer Books in Washington, DC Hey, remember Books & Whatnot? Ben subscribes, we subscribe, and you should subscribe too! Check out Ben on twitter at @BenjaminRybeck or give him a shout firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to read his book, The Sadness, which has been compared to the new Harry Potter book (by Kim, on this episode). Did you know you can enjoy our wit and charm on Twitter? Follow us at @drunkbookseller. Kim also occasionally tweets from @finaleofseem. Emma can be found at @thebibliot and also on Book Riot, where she writes articles which are both nerdy and informative! If you know a bookseller who would love to spend a few hours drinking and chatting with us, have them shoot us an email at email@example.com. Finally, if you like the show, you can rate/review us on iTunes & subscribe using your favorite podcatcher.