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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!

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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!

iTunes Ratings

201 Ratings
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Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
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I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
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BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!

iTunes Ratings

201 Ratings
Average Ratings
154
26
11
6
4

Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
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I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
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BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!
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Professional Book Nerds

Latest release on Aug 06, 2020

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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. #390 - The book that reminded me why I love reading

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On today's quick episode, Adam discusses why Erin Morgenstern's The Starless Sea affected him so much and why he hopes everyone reads this book about magical hidden worlds and the importance of stories. 

Nov 04 2019

16mins

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Rank #4: Ep. #444 - Serious about Cereal (and book recommendations)

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Today’s episode is sponsored by Literati. Use https://literati.com/probooknerds to get 25% off your first two orders

On today's episode, we're doing another round table of book recommendations with Maria and Regis. Before that, though, Maria tells us about her amazing cereal bracket she's doing with her fiance. Maria's Instagram to follow the Golden Bowl: @feszml

Books mentioned in this episode (Recommendations start at 9:00 mark)

Family Meal by Penguin Random House

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

Blindness by Jose Saramago

The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

The Chris Farley Show Tom Farley, Jr. & Tanner Colby

The Tradition by Jericho Brown

Killing November by Adriana Mather

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

The Ruins by Scott Smith

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne & Delilah S. Dawson

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

May 14 2020

53mins

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Rank #6: Ep. #393 - We're basically just a Pagemaster fan podcast now

Nov 14 2019

35mins

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Rank #7: December's Biggest Books!

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Jill is here with the biggest books of December the Professional Book Nerds can't wait to read!

Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Disney's Land by Richard Snow

The Dead Girl's Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally

The Sacrament by Olaf Olaffson

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison

Nov 28 2019

17mins

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Rank #8: Ep. #425 - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds

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On today's episode, we have National Book Award-winning author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Dr. Kendi and Jason have collaborated on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, & You a remixed version of Dr. Kendio's NBA-winning Stamped from the Beginning.

This book is perfect for young adults, students and readers of all ages to better understand the history of racism in America. Adam interviews Dr. Kendi first about his original work and then Jason at about the 25-minute mark. These are both exceptional conversations. Special Thanks to Clark-Pleasant Middle School for hosting the chat with Jason.

Mar 09 2020

43mins

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Rank #9: Ep. #432: Book Recs in the Time of Corona

Apr 02 2020

42mins

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Rank #10: Ep. #423 - Cassandra Clare

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On today's episode, Adam interviews YA Queen Cassandra Clare! They discuss her new Shadowhunter novel Chain of Gold, her research into Edwardian England, and they have a long conversation about tattoos. Her friend (and previous PBN guest) Holly Black naturally comes up as well.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Grove Collaborative. Visit grove.co/pbn to get a free five piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer and Grove as part of your first order

Mar 02 2020

50mins

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Rank #11: Ep. #409 - Andrea Barber aka Kimmy Gibbler!

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On today's episode, Jill and Adam interview Andrea Barber, who is best known for her iconic character Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and Fuller House. Andrea has written a memoir titled Full Circle all about her life in between her time in Hollywood. She discusses her struggle to keep her mental health balanced, how running helped, and shares some wonderful insight into the shows we've literally grown up with. This was surreal and amazing. 

Jan 13 2020

41mins

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Rank #13: Ep. #420 - The Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge: Microhistories

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On today's episode, Jill and Adam dish out some recommendations for the first of the Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge... Microhistories!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

Tree by David Suzuki & Wayne Grady

Bourbon Empire by Reid Mitenbuler

Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

Drink by Iain Gately

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

The Way We Never Were by Stephanie Coontz

Semicolon by Cecelia Watson

Milk! by Mark Kurlansky

Donate to our Leukemia & Lymphoma Society pages and help us find a cure for blood cancer!

Jill – https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/noh/cle20/jgrunenwal

Adam – https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/noh/cle20/adamico

Feb 20 2020

29mins

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Rank #14: Ep. #411 - Scott Simon, author of Sunnyside Plaza and host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday

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On today's episode, Adam interviews legendary journalist and author Scott Simon about his new books Sunnyside Plaza. The book is all about his time working with people who had developmental disabilities and how seeing the world through a different lens. They also discuss baseball, writing for children, and much more. 

Jan 20 2020

27mins

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Rank #15: Ep. #426 - Stay home and read one of these books

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Hey nerds. It's a scary time right now We're all feeling it. If you're looking for some books to read in the next week, try one of today's recommendations from our co-workers Emma and Kristin.

Books mentioned in today's episode

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Love Walked in by Marisa de los Santos

The Institute by Stephen King

Go To sleep (I miss You) by Lucy Knisley

The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp

Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald

Cribsheet by Emily Oster

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani

Hound Won't Go by Lisa Jean Rogers

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid

Mar 12 2020

38mins

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Rank #16: Ep. #443 - Brad Meltzer is Back!

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PBN legend Brad Meltzer returns to chat with Adam about his latest book, The Lincoln Conspiracy. They get into how Brad and his family are handling the Stay At Home order, the creative ways they've been entertaining themselves, and a whole bunch of interesting stuff about Abraham Lincoln. There's nothing better than catching up with Brad and the new book is wonderful. 

May 11 2020

45mins

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Rank #17: Ep. #395 - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series

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Today's episode is a splendidly fun conversation with Ben Aaronovitch, author of the wildly popular Rivers of London series! We nerd out about writing, London, Mythology, police procedurals and so much more.

This episode is sponsored by https://literatibooks.com/. Use our promo code PROBOOKNERDS for $20 off your first box of teacher-curated books and beautiful artwork for kids!

Nov 25 2019

40mins

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Rank #18: Ep. #442 - Creatively named quarantine book recommendations episode

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We're still here, in our respective homes, dishing out reading recommendations for all the fellow book nerds of the world. Join us as we bring it back to the beginning of the #SocialDistance reading odyssey by having Andrea and Abbey join us to discuss what they've been reading these some 7 odd weeks. 

Books mentioned in this episode

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker

The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick

I Must Say by Martin Short

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki

One by One by Ruth Ware

Point B by Drew Magary

Dear Girls by Ali Wong

May 07 2020

45mins

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Rank #20: Ep. #438 - A (virtual) round table of recommendations!

Apr 23 2020

49mins

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Interview with Emily Levesque, author of The Last Stargazers

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In today's episode, Jill is joined by Emily Levesque to talk about her new book The Last Stargazers. Emily talks about her experiences working in the astronomy field, some of her favorite stories from her and her colleagues careers, and that incredible photo of a black hole.


Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit http://www.literati.com/probooknerds to save 25% on your first two orders.

Aug 03 2020

25mins

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Big Library Read Special episode with Tim Mason

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Playwright and novelist Tim Mason joins Jill and Adam to discuss The Darwin Affair, his historical fiction mystery novel set in London. They also discuss his life as a playwright, his inspirations, and working with Dr. Seuss.


About the Big Library Read

Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any wait lists or holds. It’s a worldwide digital version of a local book club, the program is free through your local library or school library and all you need to get started reading is a library card or student ID.

Aug 01 2020

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Interview with Alisson Wood, author of Being Lolita

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Ep. #465 - In today's episode, Jill is joined by author Alisson Wood to talk about her new memoir Being Lolita. Alisson's book is the powerful and personal story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was groomed by an English teacher at her high school who used the book Lolita to transform Alisson from student to lover to victim. But Alisson's book is also a memoir of survival that looks at the ways she rewrote her own story.

Today's episode is sponsored by Lord Jones. Visit http://www.lordjones.com/pbn to save 25% off your first order.

Jul 27 2020

46mins

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A social justice conversation with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

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Ep. #464 - Last week, we held a special social justice event via Zoom with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, the New York Times bestselling co-authors of I'm Not Dying With You Tonight. We wanted to make sure as many people as possible could listen in so we decided to release the full conversation and Q&A here as well. We discuss what's going on in the world related to the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19, having difficult conversations with those you're close with and those you aren't, performative brand management, white fragility and much more. We end with a bit of book recommendation fun.

Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit literati.com/PROBOOKNERDS for 25% of your first two orders.


Get your PBN and Libby swag at http://shop.overdrive.com/


Books recommended during the social justice conversation

Odd One Out By Nic Stone

Fresh Ink - Anthology edited by Lamar Giles

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

The Brave by James Bird

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

SLAY by Brittney Morris

I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Jul 23 2020

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Interview with Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching

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Ep. #463 - On today's episode, Adam interviews debut author Alexis Henderson about her buzzy new book The Year of the Witching. They discuss how horror novels and movies help her deal with her anxiety, portraying witches in various mediums, and the line between extreme religions and cults.

Today's episode is sponsored by Freshly. Visit http://freshly.com/probooknerds to get $40 off your first two orders.

Jul 20 2020

43mins

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Baby Sitters Club Super Special Episode with Kate and Lauryn from Generation BSC podcast

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Ep. #462 - Jill is joined by her friends Kate and Lauryn from the Generation BSC podcast to talk all things Baby-Sitters Club! From the beloved books they all grew up reading to the recent Netflix television adaptation, the women discuss why the books are still cherished so many years later, which of the BSC members they most identify with, and more.


Follow Generation BSC on Twitter and Instagram @generationbsc and find them on all podcast platforms.


Today’s episode is sponsored by Literati. Use https://literati.com/probooknerds to get 25% off your first two orders


Buy PBN or Libby swag and help support libraries: http://shop.overdrive.com/

Jul 16 2020

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Interview with David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow

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Ep. #461 - On today's episode, Adam sits down with bestselling author David Nicholls about his new novel Sweet Sorrow. They also discuss the difference between screen writing and writing novels, what he prefers, and his love for Shakespeare, and writing about nostalgia.

Register to join our Social Justice online event with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal: https://company.overdrive.com/2020/07/09/register-for-our-virtual-social-justice-conversation-with-kimberly-jones-and-gilly-segal/


Buy PBN or Libby swag and help support libraries: http://shop.overdrive.com/

Jul 13 2020

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So you watched Hamilton... Now what? Musical and book recommendations for all!

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Ep. #460 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share some of their favorite musicals and book recommendations based off those productions. Yes, it's obviously based off of Hamilton being out last weekend.


Register to join our Social Justice Zoom event with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal - https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GAPg11U0SMq6kz9iKqOgkA

Buy a PBN t-shirt and support libraries - https://stores.inksoft.com/the_overdrive_store/shop/home


Books mentioned in this episode (by show)


Hamilton recommendations

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin

Mean Girls recommendations

Queen Bees and Wannabees

Cabaret recommendations

The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Jagged Little Pill recommendations

Little Fires Everywhere

Dopesick

A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder recommendations

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Beautiful recommendations

Girls Like Us

A Natural Woman

Kinky Boots recommendations

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Asylum by Simon Doonan

Hadestown recommendations

A Little Life

What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson

The Producers recommendations

My Anecdotal Life by Carl Reiner

Enter Laughing by Carl Reiner

Jul 09 2020

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Interview with Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella is Dead

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Ep: #459 - On today's episode, Adam interview debut author Kalynn Bayron about her new young adult dark fantasy, Cinderella is Dead. Kalynn wrote this story because, as a BIPOC author, she never saw characters who looked like herself in the tales she adored growing up and wrote a new narrative. They also discuss how music and theater inspire her, living life in a military family, and Hamilton, obviously.

Jul 06 2020

40mins

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Jack the Ripper recs, dog interruptions, and living in a library!

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Ep. #458 - On today's episode, Andrea and Abbey return to join the nerds for a classic virtual book recommendation smorgasbord. The group dishes out a surprisingly amount of Jack the Ripper suggestions but also several thrillers, some historical fiction, and a few apocalypse-y books.

Want a Professional Book Nerds t-shirt or some Libby apparel? Check out shop.overdrive.com!

Books mentioned in this episode

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood

Burn by Patrick Ness

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

The Kiss of Deception by by Mary E. Pearson

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Jul 02 2020

40mins

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Interview with Connie Shultz

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Ep. #457 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz to talk about her debut novel, The Daughters of Erietown. They discuss Connie's inspiration for the book, working class America in the 1960s and now, and the state of journalism in 2020.

Jun 29 2020

45mins

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July's biggest new books and the Black Lives Matter Community Read

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Ep. #456 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share the books they're most excited about reading that are coming out in July. They also talk about OverDrive's new Black Lives Matter Community Read program. There are so many exceptional books coming our way in July.


Keep supporting diverse voices and BIPOC authors, and keep lending your voice to those in your community that need it.

Read about the BLM Community Read program: https://company.overdrive.com/2020/06/22/now-available-free-to-libraries-without-waitlists-or-holds-black-lives-matter-titles-to-read-listen-learn-and-grow/


Get your own Professional Book Nerds tshirt and support library charities: https://stores.inksoft.com/the_overdrive_store/shop/home


Books mentioned in this episode:

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green

Axiom's End by Lindsay Ellis

The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase

The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Survivor Song by Paul Tremblay

His & Hers by Alice Feeney

Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Intimations by Zadie Smith

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Wonderland by Zoje Stage

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Jun 25 2020

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A DC Comics panel on addressing racism, LGBT representation, and tough topics through storytelling

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Ep. #455 - On today's episode, Adam has a Zoom chat with Gene Luen Yang, Alex Sanchez, and Laurie Halse Anderson about their new comics and graphic novels from DC Comics.

Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang

You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez

Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson

Each of these stories focuses on important topics like racism, child trafficking, and American idealism, as well as a coming out story.

This conversation is full of behind the scenes information about how these comics are put together, why it's so important to use this medium to discuss societal issues, and fun anecdotes about these authors' respective storytelling experiences. Comics are a great way to not only get children into reading but they're also a perfect medium to highlight these topics that they need to learn about. Readers of all ages will adore these books.

Jun 22 2020

42mins

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Camp Candlewick, a book club for students of all ages

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Ep. #454 - Today's episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press and all about their wonderful Camp Candlewick titles. These make a perfect reading list for students of all ages this summer. We open the podcast discussing some additional important collections being made available by OverDrive see the link below:

OverDrive Blog to learn more about the COVID response collections and the new Black Lives Matter Community Read program: https://company.overdrive.com/blogs/library-blog/

Get your very own Professional Book Nerds t-shirt! All proceeds are donated to library charities: https://stores.inksoft.com/the_overdrive_store/shop/products/new_products?page=1

Camp Candlewick homepage: https://camp.candlewick.com/

Judy Moody Declares Independence

The Infamous Ratsos

Malamander

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

A Wish in the Dark

Ghetto Cowboy

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Small as an Elephant

X: A Novel

Hearts Unbroken

Fat Angie

Juana and Lucas 

Jun 18 2020

43mins

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Interview with Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of You Don't Live Here

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Ep. #453 - On today's episode, Adam chats with Robyn Schneider about her life as a writer, the journey she took from writing to the medical field, and back to science, and so much more. They discuss writing stories in the aftermath of tragedy, how their college experiences shaped their adulthood, writing sexually diverse stories, and so much more. Her new book, You Don't Live Here, is beyond moving and a must-read. 

We're excited to share that you can now buy a fancy Professional Book Nerds t-shirt and support libraries by visiting shop.overdrive.com! All proceeds go to library charities. 

Jun 15 2020

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Read and support Trans authors

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Ep. #452- On today's episode, Jill and Adam are celebrating #PRIDE Month by highlighting some wonderful books by Trans authors. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary identities are valid. These authors deserve your attention not just in June but all year long. 

For more information about how you can support LGBTQ members of your community and beyond visit The Trevor Project.

Books mentioned on today's podcast:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

Amateur by Thomas Page McBee

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Little Fish by Casey Plett

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Dreadnought by April Daniels

The Pants Project by Cat Clarke

The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kierna

Jun 11 2020

26mins

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Interview with Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library

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Ep. #451 - On today's episode, Janet Skeslien Charles sits down with Adam to discuss her new book The Paris Library. This astonishing true story is set in World War II France and the American Library in Paris. Literature has long brought people together and this book shows how words on pages are so much more than just stories to entertain and inform. Sometimes, they also help save us. 

Jun 08 2020

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An Antiracist Reading List

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Ep. #450 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share a list of antiracism books written by black authors. These books are meant to inform and educate readers about the ongoing experience of Black Americans including racial profiling, police brutality, abuse, and more. 

*Note: The titles selected lean more in the adult and young adult levels. If you're looking for titles more appropriate for young children, email us at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com and we'll provide you additional suggestions.

Books mentioned in this episode:

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria by Beverly Daniel Tatum

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Blackballed by Darryl Pickney

How to be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

The Fire This Time collected and edited by Jesmyn Ward

When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele

Jun 04 2020

37mins

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iTunes Ratings

201 Ratings
Average Ratings
154
26
11
6
4

Great podcast

By JenLeeB - Dec 05 2019
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I look forward to both episodes every week!

Great Podcast!

By Wardrey - Nov 22 2019
Read more
BookNerds rejoice! This podcast is a great way to get new book recommendations!