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As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

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As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

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Great talks from authors

By bcs270 - May 05 2020
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Great way to hear what authors have to say about the world

Excited for this

By ttarco00 - Apr 06 2020
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Seems pretty cool so far - looking forward to seeing what authors join the show

iTunes Ratings

65 Ratings
Average Ratings
46
7
5
4
3

Great talks from authors

By bcs270 - May 05 2020
Read more
Great way to hear what authors have to say about the world

Excited for this

By ttarco00 - Apr 06 2020
Read more
Seems pretty cool so far - looking forward to seeing what authors join the show
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Books Connect Us

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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As we stay indoors during uncertain times, we’re staying connected with each other and the stories and authors who inspire us. BOOKS CONNECT US brings you brand new conversations with some of your favorite authors.

Rank #1: Erik Larson (THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE) on Winston Churchill, The Blitz, and society showing bravery in the face of great horrors | BOOKS CONNECT US Ep2

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Erik Larson— bestselling author of THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY and DEAD WAKE— discusses his latest, THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE. The book covers a year in the life of Winston Churchill at the height of World War 2. Erik talks about the leadership qualities of Churchill, how the citizens handled the threat of constant bombing, and whether bravery can be passed along. He also compares the situation we're currently facing with that of London during the bombings, and how the government leadership of that time differs from ours today.
Join Erik Larson in conversation with Abbe Wright (READ IT FORWARD's Senior Editor)

THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE by Erik Larson
The author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake delivers a fresh and compelling portrait of Winston Churchill and London during the Blitz.

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Apr 09 2020

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Rank #2: Frances Cha on her debut novel IF I HAD YOUR FACE and the impossible standards of beauty | Ep10 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Frances Cha's novel IF I HAD YOUR FACE is a riveting debut set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossible standards of beauty, after-hours room salons catering to wealthy men, ruthless social hierarchies, and K-pop mania. Here she is in conversation with Random House's Taylor Noel.

Praise for IF I HAD YOUR FACE:

"If I Had Your Face isn’t just a good book—it’s a book we need, badly. . . . The vivid characters at the novel’s core make for a compelling read, and in a time of such global division, hopefully a uniting one. . . . If you read one book this month, make it If I Had Your Face.”—InStyle

“Magnificent . . . With unblinking focus, [Cha] confronts some of the darkest consequences of contemporary gender inequity.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Searing . . . Essential reading in what Jia Tolentino memorably called the age of Instagram face.”—Vogue (UK)

May 07 2020

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Rank #3: Emma Straub on running a bookstore during a pandemic, plus her new novel ALL ADULTS HERE | Ep5 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Emma Straub is the author of the new novel ALL ADULTS HERE and proprietor of BOOKS ARE MAGIC in Brooklyn, NY. Today she discusses what it's like being an author and bookstore owner, and the unique challenges that both of those pose today. In conversation with our own Amy Brinker, Emma lets us know what she's reading, how she's preparing for the launch of her latest book, and which books are inspiring her right now.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In All Adults Here, Emma Straub’s unique alchemy of wisdom, humor, and insight come together in a deeply satisfying story about adult siblings, aging parents, high school boyfriends, middle school mean girls, the lifelong effects of birth order, and all the other things that follow us into adulthood, whether we like them to or not.

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For more information on our authors please visit PenguinRandomHouse.com

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Apr 20 2020

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Rank #4: comedic author John Kenney (LOVE POEMS FOR ANXIOUS PEOPLE) and the art of being "pants drunk" | Ep6 BOOKS CONNECT US

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The Thurber Prize-winning author John Kenney (the novel TALK TO ME and the collection LOVE POEMS FOR MARRIED PEOPLE) brings us the lighter side of being trapped inside for weeks on end. John and his editor Sally Kim discuss, among other things, what it means to be "pants drunk" during a pandemic in this fun conversation.

ABOUT LOVE POEMS FOR ANXIOUS PEOPLE
With the same brilliant wit and hilarious realism that made Love Poems for Married People and Love Poems for People with Children such hits, John Kenney is back with a brand new collection of poems, this time taking on one of the most common feelings in our day-and-age: anxiety. Kenney covers it all, from awkward social interactions and insomnia to nervous ticks and writing and rewriting that email.

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Apr 23 2020

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Rank #5: The Office: The Untold Story with Andy Greene and Rob Sheffield | Ep4 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Go behind the scenes of TV's The Office with Andy Greene, author of THE OFFICE: THE UNTOLD STORY. In conversation with fellow author Rob Sheffield (LOVE IS A MIX TAPE), Andy discusses his extensive oral history of the most popular sitcom of the 2000s. They share inside information about the show's development, how Bob Odenkirk almost won the role of Michael Scott, and why The Office still endures as one of the most watched shows today.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In his brand-new oral history, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, Greene will take readers behind the scenes of their favorite moments and characters. Greene gives us the true inside story behind the entire show, from its origins on the BBC through its impressive nine-season run in America, with in-depth research and exclusive interviews.

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Apr 16 2020

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Rank #6: Kwana Jackson on her romance novel REAL MEN KNIT | Ep11 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is USA Today bestselling author and native New Yorker Kwana Jackson. Aside from her career as an author, Kwana is also a longtime advocate of diversity and equality in the romance genre, and a successful clothing designer who spent a decade creating women's sportswear for various fashion houses. Her novel REAL MEN KNIT is a heartfelt romance that takes place in a beloved Harlem knitting shop, and Booklist raved that "“Jackson crafts a cute friends-to-lovers romance with a diverse cast of characters that emphasizes the importance of community and found family." So here's Erin Leafe (of the romance podcast LEARNING THE TROPES) in conversation with author Kwana Jackson.

Praise for REAL MEN KNIT:

“If you’re looking for an easy charmer, this is the novel for you.”—Shondaland

"A big-hearted, warm, funny story of community, family and unexpected romance, Real Men Knit is an absolute winner. Kwana Jackson never fails to give me exactly what I want in a book: a messy family, characters who fight for what they want, believable and delicious romance, and a setting that’s as much a part of the story as the people in it.”—Kristan Higgins, New York Times bestselling author

“Such a fantastic read, complete with an emotion-filled romance, and a cast of characters I’m so looking forward to seeing again.”—Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

“I loved every word of Real Men Knit. It’s a sweet and satisfying slow-burn of a romance about what knits us together as family, friends, and lovers. I can’t wait for the next installment of the Old Knitting Gang!”—Lyssa Kay Adams

May 11 2020

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Rank #7: Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN and DEAR JUSTYCE | Ep12 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Nic Stone, the critically acclaimed and New York Times bestselling author of titles such as DEAR MARTIN, JACKPOT, CLEAN GETAWAY and her latest DEAR JUSTYCE. Angie Thomas, author of THE HATE U GIVE, called Dear Martin "a must-read", while THE FAULT IN OUR STARS author John Green described it as "Powerful and wrenching." Here's Nic Stone in conversation with her friend, Random House Digital Director Elizabeth Ward.

About DEAR JUSTYCE:
The stunning sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas.

Praise for DEAR MARTIN:
“Vivid and powerful.” -Booklist, Starred Review

“A visceral portrait of a young man reckoning with the ugly, persistent violence of social injustice.” -Publishers Weekly

“Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

“Raw and gripping.” –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

May 14 2020

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Rank #8: Adam Resnick, author of WILL NOT ATTEND, writer for David Letterman, HBO's Divorce, and the cult classic Get a Life | Ep8 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Adam Resnick, an Emmy Award winner who has written on Late Night with David Letterman, The Larry Sanders Show, HBO's Divorce, and who co-created the cult favorites CABIN BOY and GET A LIFE. As an author Resnick penned the darkly comedic essay collection WILL NOT ATTEND, which Rolling Stone called "An anti-social work of art" and the Chicago Tribune praised as "A biting, darkly hilarious collection of personal essays that begs to be read aloud." Here's Adam Resnick in conversation with Penguin Random House Video Director Pat Stango.

Praise for Will Not Attend

“Writing a collection of short stories is a very difficult thing to do. These Adam Resnick stories are great. You read one and think, that was so well done maybe I’ll read another. You think, the next one can’t be as good, and it’s even better. I hope you read this book. It’s funny, smart and thoughtful; and it’s funny, smart and thoughtful. I loved it. I think you will as well. Did I mention I loved it? Happy reading.”—Dave Letterman

“Having worked with Adam Resnick many years ago, I can easily recall he was a little nuts, but I completely forgot he was this talented and funny. Damn, this book is good.”—Jon Stewart

“Adam Resnick is one of the funniest writers I’ve ever known, and he proves it big-time in this acid-swaddled memoir. You will laugh reading this book, I swear to Christ Almighty. Adam comes by his misanthropy honestly and bravely—and his continued existence is a tribute to the soul-nourishing qualities of an unrelenting, unforgiving, and hilarious outlook. I will be reading this again and again for the rest of my life like it’s the goddamn bible.”—Bob Odenkirk

“In the ideal film adaptation of Will Not Attend, second-grader Adam Resnick would be played by a four-foot-tall, fully adult homunculus Resnick, animated by a precocious despair, disdainful of cultural idiocy, and wearing the ever-present scowl of the perpetually put-upon. Undoubtedly, the child Resnick is father of the man Resnick. This is a very funny book, and I would pay decent money to see the movie version, or even to play it in the form of an extremely sad video game.”—Charlie Kaufman

Apr 30 2020

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Rank #9: Celeste Headlee (author of DO NOTHING) on how to manage the work-life balance in this era of work-from-home | Ep3 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist and the author of DO NOTHING. In this conversation with her book editor Michele Eniclerico, Celeste gives practical advice on how we can manage our work-life balances while working from home, and how to keep social media from overtaking our lives. She also discusses her book DO NOTHING, which illuminates a new path ahead, seeking to institute a global shift in our thinking so we can stop sabotaging our well-being, put work aside, and start living instead of doing.

DO NOTHING by Celeste Headlee
Pulling together threads from history, neuroscience, social science, and even paleontology, Headlee examines long-held assumptions about time use, idleness, hard work, and even our ultimate goals. Her research reveals that the habits we cling to are doing us harm; they developed recently in human history, which means they are habits that can, and must, be broken. It’s time to reverse the trend that’s making us all sadder, sicker, and less productive, and return to a way of life that allows us to thrive.

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Apr 13 2020

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Rank #10: R. Eric Thomas (Elle.com, HERE FOR IT) on pop culture in the age of quarantine | Ep7 BOOKS CONNECT US

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On today's show we have the acerbic R. Eric Thomas, a senior staff writer at Elle.com and author of the funny and touching essay collection HERE FOR IT: HOW TO SAVE YOUR SOUL IN AMERICA, which none other than Lin Manuel-Miranda called "Sedaris-level, laugh-out-loud funny." Among many other topics, Eric discusses the ridiculous nature of pop culture in the age of quarantine. Here's R. Eric Thomas in conversation with Read It Forward senior editor Abbe Wright.

About HERE FOR IT
In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Thomas reexamines what it means to be an “other” through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents’ house was an anomalous bright spot, and the Eden-like school they sent him to in white suburbia. Here for It will resonate deeply and joyfully with everyone who has ever felt pushed to the margins, struggled with self-acceptance, or wished to shine more brightly in a dark world. Stay here for it—the future may surprise you.

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Apr 27 2020

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Diksha Basu, author of THE WINDFALL and her latest novel DESTINATION WEDDING | Ep 38 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Diksha Basu is the author of THE WINDFALL and her latest novel DESTINATION WEDDING. Infused with warmth and charm, DESTINATION WEDDING grapples with the nuances of family, careers, belonging, and how we find the people who make a place feel like home. Terry McMillan raves that DESTINATION WEDDING is "A witty and romantic novel perfect for all readers." Now let's join Random House's Taylor Noel in conversation with author Diksha Basu.

Aug 06 2020

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Kathleen Rooney, author of the novels LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK and her latest CHER AMI AND MAJOR WHITTLESEY | Ep37 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Kathleen Rooney is the author of the novel LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK, and is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her latest novel CHER AMI AND MAJOR WHITTLESEY, which Booklist raves is "Imaginative and audacious. A celebration of animal intelligence, and tribute to altruism and courage." Let's join Penguin editor Margaux Weisman in conversation with author Kathleen Rooney.

Aug 03 2020

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Karen Dionne, bestselling author of THE WICKED SISTER and THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER | Ep36 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER. Her latest is THE WICKED SISTER, a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil. On today's episode, Putnam's Executive Editor Mark Tavani converses with author Karen Dionne about her latest book and her writing process.

Jul 30 2020

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Kim Johnson, author of THIS IS MY AMERICA | Ep35 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Kim Johnson held leadership positions in social justice organizations as a teen. She’s now a college administrator who maintains civic engagement throughout the community while also mentoring Black student activists and leaders. Her debut novel THIS IS MY AMERICA explores racial injustice against innocent Black men who are criminally sentenced, and the families left behind to pick up the pieces. Nic Stone, bestselling author of DEAR MARTIN, raves that THIS IS MY AMERICA is "incredible and searing." Now let's join our own Caitlin Whalen in conversation with author Kim Johnson.

Jul 27 2020

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Lindsey Daly, author of WOULD YOU RATHER? | Ep 34

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Lindsey Daly is a middle school social studies teacher and the author of WOULD YOU RATHER?, which is a book that allows children to confront philosophical questions such as "Would you rather kiss a fish swimming in a radioactive pond, or roll down a hill hugging a porcupine?" On today's very special episode, our producer Pat Stango talks to Lindsey about how she created the book, and together they play through some of the most intriguing WOULD YOU RATHER scenarios. This one gets very weird. Enjoy!

Jul 23 2020

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Christine Feehan, author of the Carpathian and Ghostwalker series, and her latest DESOLATION ROAD and DARK SONG | Ep33

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Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series. Her latest book DESOLATION ROAD is a thrilling romance novel set within a motorcycle club, and in her upcoming passionate novel DARK SONG two Carpathians find hope in the bond that ties their souls. Let's join Berkley's Editorial Director Cindy Hwang in conversation with author Christine Feehan.

Jul 20 2020

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Wes Moore, the author of FIVE DAYS and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation | Ep32 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Wes Moore is the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest antipoverty organizations in the country. He is the author of the bestsellers THE OTHER WES MOORE and THE WORK, and his latest book FIVE DAYS is an illuminating portrait of Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. This account of five days in the life of a city on the edge is told through eight characters on the front lines of the uprising that overtook Baltimore and riveted the world. Now let's join Chris Jackson, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of One World, in conversation with author Wes Moore.

Jul 16 2020

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Kate Stayman-London, author of ONE TO WATCH | Ep31 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Kate Stayman-London is a novelist, screenwriter, and political strategist. She served as lead digital writer for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has written for notable figures ranging from President Obama to Cher. In her delightful, razor-sharp debut novel ONE TO WATCH, a plus-size bachelorette brings a fresh look to a reality dating show. Let's join editor Emma Caruso in conversation with author Kate Stayman-London.

Jul 13 2020

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Josh Malerman, author of BIRDBOX and the sequel MALORIE | Ep30 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and one of two singer/ songwriters for the rock band The High Strung. His debut novel, BIRDBOX, is the inspiration for the hit Netflix film starring Sandra Bullock. His latest MALORIE is a thrilling sequel to BIRDBOX, in which our hero has a harrowing choice to make: to live by the rules of survival that have served her so well, or to venture into the darkness and reach for hope once more. Now let's join editor Tricia Narwani in conversation with author Josh Malerman.

This interview appears courtesy of our sister podcast DEL REYDIO. If you're a fan of sci-fi/fantasy, please check out DEL REYDIO.

Jul 09 2020

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Poetry with authors Fatimah Asghar, Olivia Gatwood, Billy Collins, Nate Marshall, Jana Prikryl, and Jenny Zhang | Ep29 BOOKS CONNECT US

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On this special episode we're celebrating poetry with an all-star panel. Enjoy readings from Fatimah Asghar (author of IF THEY COME FOR US), Billy Collins (author of WHALE DAY), Olivia Gatwood (author of LIFE OF THE PARTY), Nate Marshall (author of FINNA), Jana Prikryl (author of NO MATTER), Jenny Zhang (author of SOUR HEART), and moderator Samantha Leach, who is the Culture Editor at Bustle. This event was produced by Random House and Bustle for National Poetry Month. And now please enjoy an episode filled with some of our favorite poets.

Jul 07 2020

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Megha Majumdar author of A BURNING | Ep28 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Megha Majumdar was born and raised in Kolkata, India, and moved to the United States to attend college at Harvard University, where she was a Traub Scholar. In her debut novel A BURNING she writes with dazzling assurance at a breakneck pace on complex themes such as class, fate, corruption, justice, and what it feels like to face profound obstacles and yet nurture big dreams in a country spinning toward extremism. Let's join Megha Majumdar in conversation with her editor Jordan Pavlin.

Jul 06 2020

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Simran Jeet Singh, author of FAUJA SINGH KEEPS GOING | Ep27 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Simran Jeet Singh, author of FAUJA SINGH KEEPS GOING. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon. The book shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community. Now let's join Namrata Tripathi, the VP and Publisher of Kokila, in conversation with author Simran Jeet Singh.

Jul 02 2020

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Andrea Bartz, author of the suspense thrillers THE LOST NIGHT and THE HERD | Ep26 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Andrea Bartz, a Brooklyn-based journalist and author of the suspense thrillers THE LOST NIGHT and THE HERD. Oprah Magazine raves that “Andrea Bartz breathes new life into the psychological thriller by setting her novels in bitingly modern settings. Her first book, THE LOST NIGHT, is set in Williamsburg’s party scene. THE HERD is a biting satire of a women’s workspace like the Wing, and the darkness that may lurk behind that perfectly coiffed sitting room.” Let's join Random House's Taylor Noel in conversation with author Andrea Bartz.

Jun 29 2020

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Ruth Reichl, the bestselling author of MY KITCHEN YEAR, DELICIOUS, and her latest memoir SAVE ME THE PLUMS | Ep25 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Ruth Reichl, the bestselling author of MY KITCHEN YEAR, DELICIOUS, and her latest memoir SAVE ME THE PLUMS which chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet. Complete with recipes, SAVE ME THE PLUMS is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams—even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.
Now let's join Random House's Taylor Noel in conversation with author Ruth Reichl.

SAVE ME THE PLUMS:
“Poignant and hilarious . . . simply delicious . . . Each serving of magazine folklore is worth savoring. In fact, Reichl’s story is juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse. Dig in.”—The New York Times Book Review

“In this smart, touching, and dishy memoir . . . Ruth Reichl recalls her years at the helm of Gourmet magazine with clear eyes, a sense of humor, and some very appealing recipes.”—Town & Country

“If you haven’t picked up food writing queen Ruth Reichl’s new book, Save Me the Plums, I highly recommend you fix that problem. . . . Reichl is in top form and ready to dish, with every chapter seeming like a dedicated behind-the-scenes documentary on its own.”—Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle

Jun 25 2020

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Lauren Ho, author of LAST TANG STANDING | Ep24 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Lauren Ho, author of the debut novel LAST TANG STANDING. This funny romance has been described as CRAZY RICH ASIANS meets BRIDGET JONES' DIARY, and is about the pursuit of happiness, surviving one’s thirties intact, and opening oneself up to love. This story asks the question: In the endless tug-of-war between pleasing others and pleasing herself, is there room for everyone to win? In this interview which also aired on the romance novel podcast LEARNING THE TROPES, Erin Leafe talks to Lauren Ho about her life, her writing, and everything romance.

Jun 22 2020

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J. Kelly Hoey (BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK) and Maxie McCoy (YOU'RE NOT LOST) | Ep23 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today we have a conversation between authors J. Kelly Hoey and Maxie McCoy. J. KELLY HOEY is a writer, investor, connector, networking expert, and author of the book BUILD YOUR DREAM NETWORK. In both the book and her podcast of the same name, Hoey presents innovative strategies for forming strong relationships—the genuine, mutually beneficial, long-lasting kind—using all of the social tools at your disposal.

Maxie McCoy is a writer and speaker obsessed with giving women the tools they need to believe in themselves. Her book YOU'RE NOT LOST is the manifesto for a generation of women who don’t have the self-confidence to trust their instincts and go for it.

Let's join J. Kelly Hoey and Maxie McCoy as they discuss networking, business, and just how to maximize your own potential.

Jun 18 2020

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Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, authors of WE ARE EVERYWHERE: PROTEST, POWER, AND PRIDE IN THE HISTORY OF QUEER LIBERATION | Ep22 BOOKS CONNECT US

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On today's show we have a conversation between Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, authors of WE ARE EVERYWHERE: PROTEST, POWER, AND PRIDE IN THE HISTORY OF QUEER LIBERATION. This book is a a rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement from the creators and curators of the massively popular Instagram account @lgbt_history, and traces queer activism from its roots in late-nineteenth-century Europe–long before the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969–to the gender warriors leading the charge today. The New York Times calls WE ARE EVERYWHERE “An impassioned photographic tour of an ever-changing, increasingly vocal and insistently resilient LGBTQ community and culture, from nineteenth century ideology to contemporary conversations around intersectionality.”

Please join Matthew and Leighton for a fascinating conversation about LGBTQ history, intersectionality, and activism.

Jun 15 2020

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Max Brooks, author of WORLD WAR Z and DEVOLUTION | Ep21 BOOKS CONNECT US

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On today's show Max Brooks, the author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, and Minecraft: The Island, talks with his editor Sarah Peed about his writing process, survival, and his newest book, DEVOLUTION. Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, and part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, DEVOLUTION is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it.

This interview originally premiered on Del Reydio---that's D-E-L R-E-Y-D-I-O, the dedicated podcast for Random House's Del Rey imprint. Del Rey is one of the world's foremost publishers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as media and pop culture titles. And now, here's our conversation with Max Brooks.

Jun 11 2020

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Chanel Cleeton, author of NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST | Ep20 BOOKS CONNECT US

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On today's show we have author Chanel Cleeton, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA. Her latest book LAST TRAIN TO KEY WEST is about three women in 1925 whose lives are forever changed when one of the most powerful hurricanes in history barrels toward the Florida Keys. OprahMag.com says "Cleeton’s beach reads are often lit by the sun of places like Florida and Cuba, and her latest doesn’t disappoint." Now let's join internationally renowned book blogger Vilma Iris Gonzalez in conversation with Chanel Cleeton.

Jun 08 2020

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Dustin Lance Black, author of MAMA'S BOY and Academy Award winning screenwriter of MILK | Ep19 BOOKS CONNECT US

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Today's guest is Dustin Lance Black: an author, filmmaker and social activist known for writing the Academy Award–winning screenplay of the Harvey Milk biopic MILK, and for his part in overturning California’s discriminatory Proposition 8. His heartfelt, deeply personal memoir MAMA'S BOY explores how a mother and son built bridges across great cultural divides—and how our stories hold the power to heal. Now please join book editor Anna Kaufman in conversation with Dustin Lance Black.

Praise for MAMA'S BOY:
Mama’s Boy is a beautifully written, utterly compelling account of growing up poor and gay with a thrice married, physically disabled, deeply religious Mormon mother, and the imprint this irrepressible woman made on the character of Dustin Lance Black. Their extraordinary bond left me exhilarated—it actually gave me hope for the future of the republic, which is no mean feat, given the dark mood of our current moment.”
—Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula and Under the Banner of Heaven

“A fast read with witty observations, and all the emotions to go along. . . . [A] testament to the powerful impact a good parent has on children. . . . Black and Mama’s Boy show just how far the unlikeliest of children can go with pure, unabashed grit.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“A fascinating and poignant combination of memoir and family history. . . . Both personal and universal. . . . The most emotional moments come as Black finds himself in personal encounters with those who might be considered obviously antagonistic to his world, including leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and more conservative members of his own family. . . . Finding common ground is indeed the powerful throughline in Mama’s Boy.”
—Salt Lake City Weekly

Jun 04 2020

29mins

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Great talks from authors

By bcs270 - May 05 2020
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Great way to hear what authors have to say about the world

Excited for this

By ttarco00 - Apr 06 2020
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Seems pretty cool so far - looking forward to seeing what authors join the show