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Now displaying: March, 2020
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. 

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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

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