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Books on the Nightstand

A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

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BOTNS #363: Favorite books of 2015?

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

33mins

23 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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BOTNS #361: Why we like the books we do

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

43mins

9 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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BOTNS #360: What Do We Call This?

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

31mins

2 Dec 2015

Rank #3

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BOTNS #374: Commercial vs. Literary Fiction

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

37mins

16 Mar 2016

Rank #4

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BOTNS #359: Cornucopia Redux

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

38mins

24 Nov 2015

Rank #5

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BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.   Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, died at age 70. Darwin Cooke, writer and artist of Michael’s favorite superhero graphic novel ever, DC The New Frontier, passed away at the age of 53.   Audiobook of the week (04:49):    Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   Women and girls in books and bookstores (09:49):   This week, we wanted to talk about three unrelated stories, and Michael realized that they all had women at the center. * Judy Blume opened an independent bookstore! She’s partnering with the fabulous Books and Books to open a location in Key West, Florida. I’m dying to visit. If you go, please let us know how it is. * The Nebula awards for 2015 were given out this past weekend, and of the six major awards, five were given to women. The winner of Best Novel, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, was an Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week in episode #337, chosen by Michael. Other winners: Best Novella: Nnedi Okorafor for Binti Best Novelette: Sarah Pinsker for “Our Lady of the Open Road,” featured in the June 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction Best Short Story: Alyssa Wong for “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” featured in the Oct. 2015 issue of Nightmare Magazine Winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fran Wilde for Updraft * After hearing a lot about a young adult graphic novel called a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21876672-lumberjanes-1?

29mins

18 May 2016

Rank #6

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BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   One-sit Wonders (07:30) This week’s episode was inspired by an article on Publishersweekly.com by Cynan Jones called “The Case for Very Short Novels.” Michael and I talk a bit about the terminology (“novella,” specifically), our relationship to short novels, and how we approach them. Titles discussed: * On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan * The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes * The Clothes They Stood Up In by Alan Bennett * Bartleby the Scrivener * Animal Farm by George Orwell * A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens * Coraline by Neil Gaiman * The Time Machine by HG Wells * Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton * Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote * The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad * The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway More titles are listed on the Wikipedia page for “Novella.” Please let us know your thoughts on novellas, and share some of your favorites.   Two books we can’t wait for you to read (22:55)         My pick this week is a novella, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift. Just 177 pages, it packs a punch that belies its small size. Most of the novel is set in just 5 hours in the spring of 1924, with the story of a young housemaid who spends her day off in an illicit assignation with the son of the wealthy neighbors. There, her life changes in an instant. Michael takes a different direction, telling us about the first book in a science fiction trilogy. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nouvel starts with a young girl, Rose, who falls off her bicycle into a hole in the ground that turns out to be a chamber that is actually a metal hand. Fast forward 20 years, and Rose is a physicist who is helping to investigate the origin of this hand and what it means.          

33mins

4 May 2016

Rank #7

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BOTNS #365: Well that makes browsing easier!

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

38mins

13 Jan 2016

Rank #8

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BOTNS #370: Reading While Distracted

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

32mins

17 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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BOTNS #376: Ten Books, a Whale, and a Library Farm

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

38mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #10

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BOTNS #377: When a friend discovers the joy of reading

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

31mins

5 Apr 2016

Rank #11

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BOTNS #380: A New Batch of Book Awards

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

26mins

27 Apr 2016

Rank #12

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BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler.    Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand!   Audiobook of the week (11:15)  The Assistants by Camille Perri, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, is Ann’s pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   The Beginning (16:22) Memorial Day weekend is days away which means the start of Books on the Nightstand Summer Book Bingo! Go to http://tinyurl.com/BOTNSBingo2016, and hit refresh to get a brand new card. As in the past, the “rules” are what you make them. However, we suggest you: * Interpret the categories as you see fit * Not use a book for more than one square * Use the Free Square for any book that you read that won’t fit in another category   Some of the categories and books Ann and I discuss in this episode: * With an alliterative title – The Wind in the Willows, Brazzaville Beach * Hated by someone you know – A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius * About books, bookstores or publishing – Be Frank With Me * With a flower in the title or on the cover – The Black Dahlia (which actually is fiction, not true crime as we said in the episode) * Written by two (or more) authors – Will Grayson, Will Grayson * Reread a book you hated in school – The Catcher in the Rye, The Last of the Mohicans, Giants in the Earth * That you think you will dislike – Me Before You * Mentioned on The Gilmore Girls – Here’s a list of all 339 titles mention...

40mins

24 May 2016

Rank #13

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BOTNS #372: We Need Diverse Books

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

40mins

2 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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BOTNS #369: For the love of brackets

A weekly conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

37mins

9 Feb 2016

Rank #15