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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. Every title discussed is available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!
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Apr 6, 2020

Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit https://literati.com/probooknerds for 25% off your first two orders.

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Joe Pulizzi to discuss his debut novel The Will To Die. Joe is an icon in the world of Marketing and someone we've long known about as the creator of the Content Marketing Institute and Content Marketing World and so getting to sit down with him was an honor. Adam and Joe discuss they're Northeast Ohio roots, connecting content marketing to writing, and his unique background working in funeral homes. This was such a blast to record. 

Recording Note: This was recorded back in February before Covid-19 created a need for social distancing.

Mar 30, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews debut author Rachel Harrison about her new book The Return. They talk about her writing horror despite being very afraid of everything. They also break down how relationships and friendships change as we grow older. This chat was so much fun and extremely introspective. 

Help us raise money to find a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/noh/cle20/pbooknerds

Mar 23, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews Emily St. John Mandel about her new book The Glass Hotel. The briefly discuss Station Eleven, her massively popular title based around a pandemic but, as this interview was recorded in January, the current Covid-19 pandemic isn't discussed. They get into why she was fascinated by Ponzi schemes a bunch more. 

Mar 21, 2020

On today's episode, Adam and Jill interview Michael McCreary, comedian and author of Funny, You Don't Look Autistic. Michael's book was chosen as the next Big Library Read title. From March 30th through April 13th you can borrow it on the reading app Libby without any wait lists or holds. 

Be sure to join the global discussion at biglibraryread.com 

Mar 19, 2020

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Sharon Cameron about her new book The Light in Hidden Places. This historical fiction novel tells the remarkable story of Stefania Podgórska, who hid several Jews in her Nazi-occupied home. For the interview, Sharon and Jill were joined by Stefania's son, Ed. 

To learn more about the Stefi Foundation visit https://thestefifoundation.org/

Interview was recorded in person at 2020 PLA in Nashville, TN, in February 2020.

Mar 16, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews Stephanie Wrobel, debut author of Darling Rose Gold, a thrilling family mystery about Munchausen By Proxy that is equal parts dark and haunting. Adam and Stephanie talk about why this subject interested her, the psychology of the illness, and playing with timelines in writing. 

Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit https://literati.com/probooknerds/ to get 20% off your first two orders. 

Mar 12, 2020

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 9, 2020

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 7, 2020

Surprise! We have a Saturday episode for you because we just had to share this conversation with Colum McCann. Adam sat down with Colum for a live event at Cuyahoga County Public Library where they discussed his new book Apeirogon, cultural appropriation vs. cultural celebration, his nonprofit Narrative 4, and why sharing stories is so important. His book is a masterpiece and you'll love this conversation.  

Mar 5, 2020

On today's episode, Robin Whitten from AudioFIle joins Adam to dive into all the major Audie Award winners for the best audiobooks of 2019! They talk about the Audie Award gala and how the awards are selected before breaking down some of the biggest categories.

Audie Award winners mentioned in this episode

Audiobook of the year - The Only Plane in the Sky by Garrett M. Graff

Audio Drama - Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Female Narrator -Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Male Narrator - Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Fantasy - The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Fiction - City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Nonfiction - Grace Will Lead Us Home by Jennifer Berry Hawes

History/Biography - American Moonshot by Douglas Brinkley

Mystery - The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

Short Story Collection -Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Thriller - The Institute by Stephen King

 

Other audiobooks discussed:

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Becoming by Michelle Obama

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Mar 2, 2020

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

Feb 24, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews mystery author Elizabeth Little in Philadelphia about her new novel Pretty as a PictureThey breakdown the storytelling aspects of writing a murder mystery, surprising herself as a writer, and they have a lengthy discussion about their favorite films. 

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Feb 17, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews Layla Saad, bestselling author, podcaster, and influencer in the world of social change, race, identity, and leadership. Layla's Instagram challenge #MeAndWhiteSupremacy became a global phenomenon and then a workbook before becoming an instant New York Times bestseller. They dive into how this novel came to be, communicating about race and so much more.

Books mentioned in this episode

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Highfire by Eoin Colfer 

Followers by Megan Angelo

 

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 13, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews Pat Simmons, the Together We Read digital book club selected author about her latest novel, Lean on Me. Pat has written 30+ novels and her latest is available to U.S. library cardholders with no waitlists or holds on Libby.  Adam and Pat talk about the life of a caregiver, trying to care for parents who are sick, and take a deep dive into genealogy!

Feb 10, 2020

On today's episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Phil Stamper! They discuss his brand new novel, The Gravity of Us, writing aspects of himself into his characters, his Twitter friendship with other YA authors, working in publishing, and much more.

Feb 6, 2020

"Without Clementine Churchill the history of Winston Churchill and the history of the world would have been a very different story." We've lost count of how many times we've nerded out with Marie Benedict but it doesn't matter because each time is something new and amazing. Today, we're discussing her latest work, Lady Clementine! 

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

Link to the tweet of favorite January books from our listeners: https://twitter.com/ProBookNerds/status/1223360321580040193

Feb 3, 2020

On today's episode, Adam interviews debut author Adalyn Grace! They discuss her amazing young adult fantasy, All the Stars and Teeth, how she wrote this story so quickly, her internship at Nickelodeon, and so much more. Before the interview, Adam is joined by Andrea to offer up some additional reading recommendations. 

Books mentioned in this episode

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Save the Date by Morgen Matson

Long Bright River by Liz Moore

The God Game by Danny Tobey

A Letter to Jo by Joseph Sieracki & Kelly Williams

The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

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

Jan 30, 2020

February is almost here, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to share the books they are most looking forward to this month. (BONUS it's a Leap Year which means you have an entire extra day to read!)

Books mentioned in this episode:

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah

The Resisters by Gish Jen

Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel Mallory Ortberg

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin

Real Life by Brandon Taylor

Weather by Jenny Offill

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

18 Tiny Deaths by Bruce Goldfarb

Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga

Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller

The King at the Edge of the World by Arthur Phillips

A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

A Delayed Life by Dita Kraus

Greenwood by Michael Christie

Music:

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Podcast Overview:

We're not just book nerds: we're professional book nerds and the staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks available through public libraries and schools. Hear about the best books we've read, get personalized recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. For more great reads, find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jan 27, 2020

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Ryan La Sala in Philadelphia to discuss his sprawling fantasy novel Reverie, the vividness of his dreams, and how Ryan became the best person on Twitter. This was a BLAST.

Today's episode is sponsored by INDEED.COM. Post your job today at Indeed.com slash BOOKNERDS and get a free sponsored job upgrade on your first posting.

Jan 23, 2020

Have you ever had a moment in time that felt like a dream even while it was happening? That's how we felt getting to interview Lois Lowry for a full hour. We chat AT LENGTH about the stories behind The Giver, Number the Stars, and her stunning upcoming book On the Horizon as well as several of her favorite stories from a lifetime of literature. I don't know what else to say... she's a living legend. 

Jan 20, 2020

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. 

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