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Now displaying: June, 2019
Jun 27, 2019

It's almost July, which means it's time for Jill and Adam to discuss the books coming out next month they can't wait to read!

Books mentioned in today's episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Dark Age by Pierce Brown

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Beneath the Tamarind Tree by Isha Sesay

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Semicolon by Cecaelia Watson

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisle

 

Other books coming out in July

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Need by Helen Phillips

Jun 24, 2019

Adam sat down with Christine Riccio, debut author of Again, but Better and created of the immensely popular PolandBananasBooks YouTube channel. They discuss her travels abroad, writing as catharsis, and how Christine realized her feelings of isolation and loneliness are shared by countless other people around the world. 

Jun 17, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Cadwell Turnbull about his novel The Lesson, which comes out June 18th. This story about an advanced race of aliens coming to The U.S. Virgin Islands explore colonialism and the history of an oft-overlooked part of the world. 

Today's episode is sponsored by Blackstone Publishing. In addition to The Lesson, here are two more great books to check out from Blackstone:

-ANOTHER LIFE by Robert Haller (June 4, 2019)

Description: Set during one summer in a small town in upstate New York, Robert Haller’s debut novel, Another Life, is a modern comedy with a dark edge, centered around an evangelical church. Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, praised the novel, saying: “A fresh voice meets an old soul in Robert Haller, whose Another Life won me over completely with its dark humor, refined earnestness, and uncommon wisdom.” Another Life releases from Blackstone Publishing, on June 4th in hardcover, e-book, and audio.

 

-BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE by Sonia Velton (May 7, 2019)

Description: In eighteenth-century London, a household of Huguenot silk weavers pursue the perfect silk design, while unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, in Sonia Velton’s Blackberry and Wild Rose, an historical fiction debut, now available. Booklist raves “fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives.”

Jun 17, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with debut author Cadwell Turnbull about his new science fiction novel, The Lesson. They discuss colonialism, playing with expectations and creating tension, and authors they both love and respect. 

 

Today's episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks. 

In addition to checking out The Lesson, here are two other great novels available now from their collection:

 

-ANOTHER LIFE by Robert Haller (June 4, 2019)

Description: Set during one summer in a small town in upstate New York, Robert Haller’s debut novel, Another Life, is a modern comedy with a dark edge, centered around an evangelical church. Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men, praised the novel, saying: “A fresh voice meets an old soul in Robert Haller, whose Another Life won me over completely with its dark humor, refined earnestness, and uncommon wisdom.” Another Life releases from Blackstone Publishing, on June 4th in hardcover, e-book, and audio.

 

-BLACKBERRY AND WILD ROSE by Sonia Velton (May 7, 2019)

Description: In eighteenth-century London, a household of Huguenot silk weavers pursue the perfect silk design, while unrest among the journeyman silk weavers boils over into riot and rebellion, in Sonia Velton’s Blackberry and Wild Rose, an historical fiction debut, now available. Booklist raves “fans of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist will thoroughly enjoy this engrossing, atmospheric tale of two women struggling for control of their own lives.”

Jun 15, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness, which was selected as the latest Big Library Read global ebook club title. They discuss her upbringing as a child with two parents who fought in WWII, how her childhood and her local libraries inspired this historical fiction, and not judging individuals for the acts of the many. 

 

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 of 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.

Jun 10, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Blake Crouch about his new book Recursion. They discuss false memories, the reality of time, and even the Berenstain Bears. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019. 

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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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Jun 6, 2019

On today's episode, Adam interviews Sarah Enni in New York City about her debut novel Tell Me Everything! Sarah also hosts the wonderful First Draft podcast where she interview authors and they discuss how this experience has affected her writing and her publishing life. They also get into their shared appreciation for creating stories through human connections.

Jun 3, 2019

Today's interview is one Jill did with the immensely popular author, Jennifer Weiner about her new book MRS EVERYTHING. The book covers multiple decades and the pair discuss Jennifer's research process, the idea of "chick lit" and how Jennifer's mom inspired this book. 

Music:

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.

 

We are proud to be an Evergreen Podcast Signature Program. For more information visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

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