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Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com

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Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com

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Love the book-and-movie show

By nbsp2 - May 19 2020
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These one-title shows have really grown on me. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe was the best! I could not rewatch/reread but remembered quite enough to play along. It must take some work to keep your light conversational style while packing in so much interesting info. This show really brightened my dark sleepless night. P.S.: Jeff, please find at least 2 more ways to say “writ large”. I’d like to get through one episode without hearing that expression.

Readers’ home away from home

By BJRobin - Dec 26 2019
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Informative, large-minded, and funny. Great podcast!

iTunes Ratings

683 Ratings
Average Ratings
518
66
34
30
35

Love the book-and-movie show

By nbsp2 - May 19 2020
Read more
These one-title shows have really grown on me. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe was the best! I could not rewatch/reread but remembered quite enough to play along. It must take some work to keep your light conversational style while packing in so much interesting info. This show really brightened my dark sleepless night. P.S.: Jeff, please find at least 2 more ways to say “writ large”. I’d like to get through one episode without hearing that expression.

Readers’ home away from home

By BJRobin - Dec 26 2019
Read more
Informative, large-minded, and funny. Great podcast!
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Book Riot - The Podcast

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Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com

Rank #1: #114: Happier Sausage-Making

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This week, Rebecca and Jeff talk about the book world getting ready for the new Harper Lee, summer reading stats, 2015 book sales are strong, bad publicity ideas, new books, and much more. This episode is sponsored by Harry's, TryAudiobooks.com, and Scribd.

Jul 13 2015

1hr 1min

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Rank #2: E372: Influential Sweaters

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Jeff and Rebecca follow-up about Sweaters of Consequence, scrutinize #booksareessential, lament the through-line of the most challenged books of 2019, but end on a good thing.

This episode is sponsored by:

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

Bombas

TBR

Links discussed in this episode:

Indie bookseller flowchart on how to spend your dollars for best impact

Case study on what libraries are doing right now

PRH donates 750,000 books to First Book

PW rallies behind indies with #booksareessential campaign

Amazon revealed as mystery donor of $250k to UK bookshops

ALA list of 2019’s most challenged books

Apr 26 2020

37mins

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Rank #3: E305: #304: Narrative Fissure

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk a major change to Amazon's pricing policy, an obvious but nonetheless interesting comment from George RR Martin, a library robot, the power and responsibility of tech platforms, and much more.


This episode is sponsored by:

Book Riot Insiders

Lola

Mem by Bethany Morrow

The Great Courses


Links discussed in this episode:

Amazon changing pricing policy

George RR Martin really wishes he finished the books already

Meet the BookBot!

WH Smith reports no gender pay gap for second consecutive year

...as opposed to the gaps that exist in US publishing

Arthur A. Levine leaves Scholastic to start an independent publishing venture

Amazon pulls promoting autism cures and vaccine misinformation

Mar 18 2019

58mins

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Rank #4: E371: Iceland's 2nd Most Famous Sweater

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca mark the official cancellation of BEA for 2020, puzzle over surprisingly good print sales numbers last week, give props to a creative New England bookseller, and more.

This episode is sponsored by:

This Boy by Lauren Myracle

We Didn’t Ask For This by Adi Alsaid

TBR

Book Riot Insiders

Links discussed in this episode:

Sales of print books went up last week

LSC, the country’s largest book printer, files for bankruptcy

South Carolina librarian sues over Drag Queen Story Hour firing Independent Bookstore Day holding online events Apr 25

Good idea: RJ Julia booksellers generate funds by selling books to be given away to students

Apr 20 2020

44mins

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Rank #5: #139: The Internet Illuminati

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This week, Rebecca and Amanda discuss an author catfishing bloggers to get reviews, Emma Watson's feminist book club, and more. This episode is sponsored by This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and Harry's.

Jan 11 2016

59mins

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Rank #6: #3: The Gandalf of Poetry

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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.

May 24 2013

48mins

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Rank #7: #100: Tattoos and Toni Morrison

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This week, Jeff, Rebecca, and Amanda celebrate 100 episodes by taking listener questions. This episode is sponsored by Audible, Scribd, The Wicked Deceptions by Joanna Shupe, and The West Wing Changed Me.

Apr 06 2015

1hr 35mins

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Rank #8: #9: Bad Job, Old Dudes

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about which countries read the most, Jonathan Franzen's letter to The New York Times, lit snobs, film adaptations of The Grapes of Wrath and The Giver, E.B. White's candy getaway, and new books worth looking into. This episode is sponsored by Fire Knife Dancing by John Enright and Audible.com.

Jul 06 2013

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: #102: Informercial in the Sky

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This week, Rebecca and Amanda discuss the 10 most-challenged books of 2014, an airline's plan to host in-flight literary readings, imaginary boxing matches between authors, and more. This episode is sponsored by Scribd, Random House Audiobooks, and The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl.

Apr 19 2015

1hr 13mins

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Rank #10: #143: Hop in the Delorean

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about best selling genre books of 2015, rumors of a huge rollout of Amazon bookstores, follow up on romance reviewing, new wizarding schools, and much more. 
This episode is sponsored by Exposure by Chauntelle Tibbals and Casper.

Feb 08 2016

56mins

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Rank #11: E370: Deals, Deals, Deals

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Jeff presents Rebecca with 16 recently announced book deals and then....well that's it. That's the schtick.

This episode is sponsored by:

Kim Jiyoung by Cho Nam-Joo

Libro.fm

TBR

Book Riot Insiders

Apr 15 2020

51mins

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Rank #12: #7: You're in the Danger Zone

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about a fashion shoot depicting the suicides of some famous women writers, most hated books, new German DRM, new books, and George Orwell the prankster. This week's episode is sponsored by The Diabolist by Layton Green and Audible.com.

Jun 22 2013

1hr

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Rank #13: #145: Pot Committed

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about not talking about "rediscovered" literary works, Kobo in trouble, War & Peace on bestseller lists, the remarkable self-publishing Hausa women of Nigeria, and much more.
Sponsors:
What's Up in YA: Our new twice monthly newsletter about the world of YA.
Book Riot on Instagram

Feb 22 2016

58mins

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Rank #14: E341: 2019 Holiday Recommendation Show, Part 1

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Jeff and Rebecca tackle the first batch of listener recommendation requests for the 2020 holiday season.


This episode is sponsored by:

Opus X One - Obsidian Detective by Michael Anderle

Bibliostyle by Nina Freudenberger

Feminist Book Club Box + Podcast

The Great Courses Plus


She Said

So You Want to Talk About Race

Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Dear Madam President

Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

Power of Meaning

Bored & Brilliant

The Adventurer’s Son

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

The Master Plan by Chris Wilson

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom by David Blight

Hourglass by Dani Shapiro

How to Be Married

Mating in Captivity

Marriageology by Belinda Luscombe

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

Hammerhead by Nina Maclaughlin

Buttermilk Graffiti by Edward Lee

Best American Food Writing 2019

Taste of Country Cooking

Notes of a Young Black Chef by Kuame Onuawachi

Burn the Place by Iliana Ragan

Storied Life of AJ Fikry

84 Charing Cross Road

Shadow of the Wind

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Jasmine Guillory

Alyssa Cole

Helen Hoang

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Most Fun We Ever Had

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Beyond the Bedroom Wall by Larry Woiwode

Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Perfect Little World

Celeste Ng

Daisy Jones & The Six

Go Like Hell by AJ Baimie

How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey

What It Is Like to Go To War by Karl Marlantes

Dec 01 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: E342: 2019 Holiday Recommendation Show, Part 2

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Jeff and Rebecca wrap up their annual Holiday Recommendation show.


This episode is sponsored by:

The Great Courses Plus

The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Book Riot's Read Harder 2020 Challenge


Books and authors recommended in this episode:

Marge Piercy

Mary Oliver

Elizabeth Bishop 

Top Gun by Dan Pedersen

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isbell Wilkerson

Building Stories, Salt Fat Acid Heat, 

Saga Compendium 1

Monstress

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

All You Can Ever Know

2am at the Cats Pajamas

The Little Bookstore at Big Stone Gap

Different Seasons

Last Woman Standing

My Sister the Serial Killer

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz,

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Dan Brown!?!

Nature Fix,

Braiding Sweetgrass

On Trails

Preparing the Ghost

One Giant Leap by Charles Fishman

The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner

I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Vegan for Everybody

Oh She Glows

Afro-Vegan

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo

CITY OF BRASS by SA Chakraboty

Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

City of Girls

Rich & Pretty

HOW TO BAKE EVERYTHING by Mark Bittman

 Sister Pie

Small Victories

Dining In

HOW TO and WHAT IF by Randall Munroe

 The $64 Tomato by Bill Alexander

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Heritage by Sean Brock,

Best Cook in the World,

Buttermilk Graffiti

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

Dec 09 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #16: #16: Climax at the Climax

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about Elmore Leonard and Albert Murray, Barnes and Noble's Nook reversal, the largest publishers in the world, high school reading lists through the years, and new ways to experience...well you'll just have to listen. This week's episode is sponsored by Panorama City by Antoine Wilson.

Aug 24 2013

1hr 3mins

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Rank #17: #99: Sweating to the Classics

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In this episode, Jeff and Rebecca talk READY PLAYER ONE move news, authors opening side businesses, more on libraries as community centers, new books, and much more. This episode is sponsored by Scribd, TryAudiobooks, and The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkowski.

Mar 30 2015

1hr 2mins

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Rank #18: #30: The Nerdiest of Elves (Our Holiday Book-Giving Guide)

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca take a break from the news to talk about what books to give as gifts this holiday season. They answer listener recommendation requests, give general recommendations, and even give recommendations for each other. This episode is sponsored by Random House's 2013 Holiday Guide.

Nov 27 2013

1hr 40mins

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Rank #19: #148: I Just Assume Japan Beats Us

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This week, Amanda and Jeff talk about JK Rowling's new wizarding story, Lionel Shriver's comments, the most literate countries in the world, and much more. 
This episode is sponsored by Audible, Harry's, and Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina.

Mar 14 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #20: #29: Back on the Meat

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca talk about the National Book Awards, Italian literary TV competitions, ebook sales statistics, DRM-free audiobooks, new books, non-fiction backsliding, and more. This week's episode is sponsored by Swoon Reads and TryAudiobooks.com.

Nov 24 2013

1hr 6mins

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E378: 2020 Moms, Dads, and Grad Recommendation Show

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Jeff and Rebecca field listener recommendation requests.

This episode is sponsored by:

TBR

Libro.fm

Book Riot Insiders

Devoted by Dean Koontz

May 20 2020

1hr 19mins

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E377: Worse Than a Promise

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Rebecca and Jeff talk about the passing of Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, the rumblings of re-openings in the world of books, care very little about a couple of adaptation announcements, and welcome a Spanish-language version of Publisher’s Weekly.

This episode is sponsored by:

Lit Stitch

Book Riot Insiders

BookCon 2020

Links discussed in this episode:

A moment for Carolyn Reidy

San Diego libraries exploring curbside pickup

Why it’s so hard to read right now

PW to launch Spanish-language trade publication

Netflix adapting new Ferrante book

AMC Networks acquires rights to Anne Rice vampire chronicles

May 18 2020

43mins

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E376: Fried Green Tomatoes (at the Whistle Stop Cafe)

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the book and movie, Fried Green Tomatoes (at the Whistle Stop Cafe).

This episode is sponsored by:

Always Human, Volume 1 by Ari North

Libro.fm

Book Riot Insiders

TBR

May 13 2020

1hr 30mins

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E375: We're Coming For You, Columbus

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca rank order literary awards by prestige, talk about Becoming on Netflix, digest BEA and BookCon going online, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by:

The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne

Book Riot Insiders

TBR

The Paris Hours by Alex George

Links discussed in this episode:

Simon & Schuster buoyed by digital sales

BEA and BookCon go online

May 11 2020

44mins

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E374: The 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

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Jeff and Rebecca react to the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes. At least the ones they had reactions to.

This episode is sponsored by:

Summer Darlings by Brooke Lea Foster

Book Riot Insiders

TBR, Book Riot’s subscription service offering Tailored Book Recommendations for readers of all stripes.

Link discussed in this episode:

The 2020 Pulitzer Prizes

May 06 2020

50mins

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E373: The Other Side of Vocational Awe

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about PW publishing and argument against #booksareessential, a particularly dunder-headed reading list banning, how months turn into other months, and more.

Email us your recommendation requests! podcast@bookriot.com

This episode is sponsored by:

The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale

Fight Club 3 by Chuck Palahniuk

The Hermione Granger for President 2020 campaign!

Libro.fm

Links discussed in this episode:

Follow-up: two agents on why books are not essential

Alaska school board bans 5 classics, residents respond by offering students $100 to read them all

Federal appeals court declares literacy a constitutional right

Michelle Obama’s BECOMING to be Netflix documentary

We Need Diverse Books launches emergency fund

May 04 2020

1hr 1min

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E372: Influential Sweaters

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Jeff and Rebecca follow-up about Sweaters of Consequence, scrutinize #booksareessential, lament the through-line of the most challenged books of 2019, but end on a good thing.

This episode is sponsored by:

Sigh, Gone by Phuc Tran

Bombas

TBR

Links discussed in this episode:

Indie bookseller flowchart on how to spend your dollars for best impact

Case study on what libraries are doing right now

PRH donates 750,000 books to First Book

PW rallies behind indies with #booksareessential campaign

Amazon revealed as mystery donor of $250k to UK bookshops

ALA list of 2019’s most challenged books

Apr 26 2020

37mins

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E371: Iceland's 2nd Most Famous Sweater

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This week, Jeff and Rebecca mark the official cancellation of BEA for 2020, puzzle over surprisingly good print sales numbers last week, give props to a creative New England bookseller, and more.

This episode is sponsored by:

This Boy by Lauren Myracle

We Didn’t Ask For This by Adi Alsaid

TBR

Book Riot Insiders

Links discussed in this episode:

Sales of print books went up last week

LSC, the country’s largest book printer, files for bankruptcy

South Carolina librarian sues over Drag Queen Story Hour firing Independent Bookstore Day holding online events Apr 25

Good idea: RJ Julia booksellers generate funds by selling books to be given away to students

Apr 20 2020

44mins

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E370: Deals, Deals, Deals

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Jeff presents Rebecca with 16 recently announced book deals and then....well that's it. That's the schtick.

This episode is sponsored by:

Kim Jiyoung by Cho Nam-Joo

Libro.fm

TBR

Book Riot Insiders

Apr 15 2020

51mins

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Welcome to the Book Riot Podcast!

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The Book Riot Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of Book Riot. Each Monday, Jeff O'Neal and Rebecca Schinsky break down industry news, and bonus episodes air regularly digging into everything from adaptations to book clubs to interviews and more.

Apr 11 2020

1min

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E368: Help Us Pick the Next Book Nerd Movie Club Episode

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about five candidates for the next installment of Book Nerd Movie Club and ask readers to vote for a winner.

The candidates are:
The English Patient
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Devil Wears Prada
Field of Dreams
The Remains of the Day

This episode is sponsored by:
The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed

Apr 09 2020

21mins

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E367: But What Day Is It

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Barnes & Noble closing hundreds of stores, James Patterson riding for indies once again (though also being wrong about some important stuff), heroes of the week, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by:

Libro.fm

TBR

Book Riot Insiders

My Way to You by Catherine Bybee

Links discussed in this episode:

Barnes & Noble temporarily closes 400 stores

Indigo Closes all 199 Stores

Powell’s hires back some staff to handle online orders

James Patterson spearheads fundraiser for indie bookstores

PubWest’s open letter to Amazon

Dolly Parton reading bedtime stories

And LeVar Burton reading to everyone

Apr 06 2020

37mins

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E366: Traveling Without Moving

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Jeff and Rebecca run-down some of their favorite books about being...not where you are.

This episode is sponsored by:

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Libro.fm

The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

Dog Diaries: Mission Impawsible by James Patterson and Steven Butler

Apr 02 2020

1hr 4mins

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E364: Confidence Index: Spring & Summer Movie Adaptations

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Jeff and Rebecca rate their confidence in this spring and summer's slate of movie adaptations.

This episode is sponsored by:

Book of the Month

TBR

Bookmarks

Movies discussed in this episode:

Emma (March 6)

Wendy (Feb 28)

The Invisible Man (Feb 28)

The Secret Garden (April 17) 

The Personal History of David Copperfield (May 8)

The Woman in the Window (May 15)

Artemis Fowl (May 29)

The Green Knight (May 29)

Greyhound (May 8)

Mar 26 2020

58mins

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E363: COVID-19 Flips The Book World (and the Rest of the World) Upside Down

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Jeff and Rebecca try to wrap their heads around how Covid-19 is affecting the world of books and reading.

This episode is sponsored by:

Sisters in Crime by Eleanor Taylor Bland

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations

Links discussed in this episode:

Book Riot's on-going Covid-19 Coverage

Barnes & Noble implies layoffs inevitable

McNally Jackson & Powell’s layoffs

Print: A Bookstore in Portland, Maine

Mar 23 2020

1hr 5mins

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E362: Big Book of 2020 Discussion: WEATHER by Jenny Offill

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Jeff and Rebecca go deep on Jenny Offill’s masterful new novel, Weather.

This episode is sponsored by:

TBR

Spalding University

Libro.fm

Cross Her Heart by Melinda Leigh

Mar 18 2020

1hr 2mins

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E361: The Right Place From a Weird Place

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about how coronavirus is affecting the works of books, Hachette dropping Woody Allen’s memoir, Macmillan floating new library licensing terms, and more.

This episode is sponsored by:

TBR

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Links discussed in this episode:

Follow-up: Hachette cancels Woody Allen memoir after massive staff walk-out

Macmillan seeking librarian input on ebook embargo policy

NYC dept of education releases new K-12 book list that is more diverse

Mar 16 2020

41mins

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E360: Discussing Libraries and Publishing with Guy Gonzalez, lead for The Panorama Project

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Jeff talks with Guy LeCharles Gonzalez of The Panorama Project about what we do (and mostly don’t) know about the role of libraries in the wider publishing world, Macmillan’s embargo strategy, questions that could use answering, data we don’t have, and much more.

This episode is sponsored by:

Book Riot Insiders

Libro.fm

Relevant Links:

The Panorama Project

Guy’s article in Publisher’s Weekly

Is Macmillan Re-Considering Its E-Book Embargo?

Mar 11 2020

55mins

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iTunes Ratings

683 Ratings
Average Ratings
518
66
34
30
35

Love the book-and-movie show

By nbsp2 - May 19 2020
Read more
These one-title shows have really grown on me. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe was the best! I could not rewatch/reread but remembered quite enough to play along. It must take some work to keep your light conversational style while packing in so much interesting info. This show really brightened my dark sleepless night. P.S.: Jeff, please find at least 2 more ways to say “writ large”. I’d like to get through one episode without hearing that expression.

Readers’ home away from home

By BJRobin - Dec 26 2019
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Informative, large-minded, and funny. Great podcast!