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Professional Book Nerds

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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Now displaying: June, 2016
Jun 30, 2016

Episode Overview

In our 30th episode, Adam talks with author Gene Gant, a strong advocate for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, especially those that feature LGBT characters. Gant's latest book, Bender, was realized in June and he's also an author of young adult literature including Lucky Linus. He and Adam discuss his writing process, the importance of diverse characters, and his experience with libraries growing up.

June was Pride Month for the LGBT community but these are books that should be available to patrons year round. Given the sensitive nature of the topics, providing these titles via OverDrive gives patrons an extra level of privacy when they check them out. 

 

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Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

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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

Jun 23, 2016

Episode Overview

Today, June 23, 2016, marks the start of the American Library Association's Annual Conference, which is being held in Orlando this year. Since so many librarians and library fans will be taking advantage of the nearby Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park while there, we decided to do another Harry Potter themed episode! 

Jill is joined by Sheila, Andrea, and Christina as they discuss how they got into the books, Hybrid Hogwarts Houses, the differences between the books and the movies, favorite secondary characters, and their thoughts on the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is due to be published on July 31st and is currently available for pre-order for our library partners.

 

Featured OverDrive Staff

Jill, Sheila, Andrea, Christina

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

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

Jun 16, 2016

Episode Overview

James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series is our guest on the podcast today! Patterson, who is a big supporter of libraries, has recently launched his new BookShots line of books: these are fast paced, shorter reads that are offered in a wide range of genres but also feature some of his iconic characters like Alex Cross.

Our episode features Adam's interview with James Patterson which is followed by the press conference announcing/explaining more about the BookShots program. In the interview, Patterson discusses his book creation process and the importance of libraries and his own experiences in libraries growing up.

 

Intro (0:00-3:53)

Adam's Interview with James Patterson (3:54-11:32)

BookShots Press Conference (11:33-End)

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

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

Jun 14, 2016

Episode Overview

Today's podcast is a special episode related to the second Big Library Read pick of 2016. A couple of times a year, OverDrive offers users an opportunity to take part in a global book club through their library. Readers vote on the title and the winner for this round is A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain a mystery that involves an FBI agent sent back in time 200 years where she has to solve a murder.

Big Library Read officially kicks off June 23rd and in anticipation of the event, Adam sat down with Julie McElwain to talk about her debut novel A Murder in Time. When not writing fiction she works as the West Coast Editor for Soaps in Depth, a national soap opera magazine. 

For more information about Big Library Read visit www.BigLibraryRead.com 

 

 Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

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

Jun 10, 2016

Episode Overview

For today's episode, Adam sits down with New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer. His latest book House of Secrets, which traces a conspiracy theory related to Benedict Arnold, was a collaborative effort with Tod Goldberg. In this interview, Brad shares the experience of creating their strong woman character Hazel and the positive opportunity of writing with someone else. Along with his well-known thriller, Brad is the author behind the I Am.../Ordinary People Change the World juvenile collection and comics for younger audiences.

 

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

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

Jun 7, 2016

Episode Overview

Happy Tuesday! In today's episode, Adam sits down and talks with Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author whose newest book Ink and Bone is released today, June 7, 2016. Ink and Bone returns to The Hollows, the setting of several of her previous novels. she gives our listeners a glimpse into her writing process and how she disconnects when not writing. 

 

Books written by Lisa Unger:

Beautiful Lies

Black Out

Crazy Love You

Die For You

The Darkness Gathers

Darkness, My Old Friend

Fragile

Heartbroken

In the Blood

Ink and Bone

Sliver of Truth

Smoke

The Whispers

The Whispering Hollows

  

Say Hello!

Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com

 

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

Jun 2, 2016

Episode Overview:

In this week's episode, Jill is back and she talks with Adam and Kristin about fairy tales! We discuss what we think makes a fairy tale a fairy tale (which turns out to be a much harder question to answer than we originally thought!) and offer some of our favorite fairy tales, both long-standing original ones and modern retellings. As usual, we also offer some of our recent reads and forthcoming books we're looking forward to reading.

If you have a favorite fairy tale or have your own definition for what makes a fairy tale a fairy tale, please feel free to let us know at feedback@overdrive.com 

 

Featured OverDrive Staff:

Jill, Adam, and Kristin

 

Intro (0:00-1:53)

 

Favorite Fairy Tales (1:54-9:16)

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Rumplestiltskin 

Hansel and Gretel 

Little Red Riding Hood

The Little Mermaid

 

Recent Reads: (9:17-15:44)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio

If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

 

What Is a Fairy Tale? (15:45-35:14)

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Transformations by Anne Sexton

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me edited by Kate Bernheimer

The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison by Maggie Smith

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieska

Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieska

Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieska

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Snow White in New York by Fiona French

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

 

Favorite Retellings (35:15-42:06)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Beauty by Robin McKinley

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy

 

Forthcoming Titles and Other Books (42:07-End)

The Hundred Lies of Lindsey Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich 

Spinning Straw Into Gold by Joan Gould

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

The Trespasser by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana French

 

Music

"Buddy" provided royalty free from www.bensound.com 

 

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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