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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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Nov 28, 2019

Jill is here with the biggest books of December the Professional Book Nerds can't wait to read!

Children of Virtue and Vengence by Tomi Adeyemi

Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra

Disney's Land by Richard Snow

The Dead Girl's Club by Damien Angelica Walters

The Book of Science and Antiquities by Thomas Keneally

The Sacrament by Olaf Olaffson

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The Measure of our Lives by Toni Morrison

 

 

Nov 25, 2019

Today's episode is a splendidly fun conversation with Ben Aaronovitch, author of the wildly popular Rivers of London series! We nerd out about writing, London, Mythology, police procedurals and so much more.

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

Nov 20, 2019

Who is ready to return to Elfhame? This week, the final book in Holly Black's wildly popular "Folk of the Air" series, The Queen of Nothing, came out and Holly stopped by to chat! Adam and Holly get into the creation of the world of Elfhame, the relationship between Jude and Cardan, and so much more. This is a must listen!

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!

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