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Nov 12, 2019

Surprise! Adam went down to Atlanta for a day to record a bonus episode with Big Library Read authors Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal! They chat with a bunch of incredible students from DeKalb Early College Academy about the creation and importance of I'm Not Dying With You Tonight.

Visit https://biglibraryread.com/ to join our global discussion of this incredible book!

 
Nov 11, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Kacen Callender to discuss their new adult fantasy novel Queen of the Conquered. They also discuss writing for marginalized readers and helping people see themselves in stories.

 

This episode is sponsored by https://scandigital.com/. Use our promo code BOOKNERDS for 50% off your order!

Nov 7, 2019

On today's episode, Jill and Adam dive into National Novel Writing Month, how they're approaching this monumental task, and offer up loads of books to help you get through #NaNoWriMo. Need help? We've got your back. 

Below you'll find the books mentioned in this episode broken out by what you might need help with for your writing journey.

 

General guides for writing

Writing Radar by Jack Gantos

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

On Writing by Stephen King

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson

 

On setting and changing expectations through your narrator

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

 

-Figuring out your pacing-

 

If you're novel takes place in a short amount of time

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

 

If your novel is a sweeping saga

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

 

If your novel has multiple timelines

The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 

If you need help with how you're using language

The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

 

If you need help with character development

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Devil in White City by Erik Larson

Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn

The First Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer

 

Nov 4, 2019

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. 

Oct 28, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down for a live interview with Michael Connelly, creator of the legendary and wildly popular Harry Bosch series of books. His latest book, The Night Fire is out now and reconnects Bosch and Ballard and will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Thank you, as always, to our home away from home, Cuyahoga County Public Library, for hosting this event in front of a sold-out crowd of 500 people!

Oct 21, 2019

On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with JoJo Moyes to discuss her brand new book, The Giver of Stars. In this live interview in front of a few hundred fellow nerds, they chat all about her research visiting Kentucky, the fascinating people she met, the intense research holes she falls down, and Jojo shares a harrowing story about a dog she rescued. 

Oct 14, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Jill sit down with Elvis Duran in front of a soldout audience to discuss his new memoir Where Do I Begin?, the future of radio, and life in general. This was such a wonderful event to be a part of and you're going to love this conversation. 

Special thanks to 9.65 Kiss FM and I Heart Radio, Cleveland for access to the audio for this episode. 

Oct 7, 2019

On today's episode, Adam breaks down why His Dark Materials his essential in society for readers of all ages. He discusses the connection to spiritualism and religion and how the origins of the story can be traced to Paradise Lost. 

The latest book in the Book Of Dust series The Secret Commonwealth is out this week. In this series, Philip Pullman expands on the universe and stories he created as we continue Lyra's journey. 

Sep 30, 2019

On today's episode, Adam & Jill discuss the books they've been enjoying recently before Adam sits down with Nefertiti Austin to talk about her book Motherhood So White. Nefertiti's book breaks down all the misconceptions about adoption and being a single parent as an African American.

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

Sep 23, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with debut author Sara Faring about her new book The Tenth Girl. They discuss the setting "at the end of the world" in Patagonia, her love of dark stories with uplifting endings, and how she went from investment banking to writing a groundbreaking novel. Sara fought through a complete loss of her voice and was as charming as you could possibly imagine. 

Sep 19, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with musical icon Ben Folds to discuss his new memoir A Dream About Lightning Bugs. They discuss how Ben views creativity and how it is essential to foster it, his take on storytelling through his songs, and his experience creating a music video with The Fraggles. This is a must-listen for music fans everywhere and his book is a must-read!

Sep 16, 2019

On today's episode, the great Alice Hoffman sits down with Adam to discuss her new book The World That We Knew, writing a fairy tale in the time of World War II, Jewish folklore, and creating the world of Practical Magic. This chat was inspiring and delightful and you're going to love it. 

Sep 12, 2019

On today's episode, our good buddy Brad Meltzer returns to chat about the latest installments in his Ordinary People Change the World series, I am Walt Disney and I am Marie Curie. We breakdown the essential nature of daydreaming in Walt's life, why it's important to create real-life role models for childrenand how Brad shows his own kids that each day can be magical. 

Sep 9, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly to discuss their wonderful middle-grade novel, The Star Shepherd. This action-packed book is loaded with wonder, falling stars, pirates, and flying robots, and incredible illustrations by Dan. They discuss is day job in visual effects and how they collaborated to bring this story to life. 

Sep 5, 2019

Longtime listeners of the podcast will know that we adored IT Chapter One so much that we did a bonus episode all about that epic movie. With Chapter II coming out this week we thought we'd re-share our thoughts. Sorry for the PBN Classic episode... we'll have tons of new content for you next week! Hi-ya Georgie!

Sep 3, 2019

Adam interviews Daniel Handler about his latest novel, Bottle Grove. Daniel is best known for creating the iconic Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and he's also an award-winning author of adult books as well! We dive into the story behind Bottle Grove, how he approaches the craft of writing, and why children's literature creates lasting effects on all of our lives. 

Aug 29, 2019

It's a new month, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to share their favorite books coming out in September!

Books mentioned in this episode:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Witches are Coming by Lindy West
Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Our Dogs, Ourselves by Alexandra Horowitz
The Institute by Stephen King
Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco
The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
The Hotel Neversink by Adam O'Fallon Price
A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

 

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Aug 26, 2019

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

 

Even if Julia's name isn't familiar believe us when we tell you that her voice is. Julia has over 300 narrator credits to her name and is THE go-to person for audiobooks. Adam and Julia chat about the prep that goes into her narration, what types of books she stays away from and her other passion... being a Tea sommelier! 

Be sure to check out her debut novel My Oxford Year

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