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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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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.


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

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. 

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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.

 

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

May 30, 2019

It's almost June which means it's time for Adam and Jill's monthly roundup of books to read this month.

Books Mentioned In This Episode:


Mrs Everything by Jennifer Weiner

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Girl In Red by Christina Henry

Her Daughter's Mother by Daniele Petrova

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

The Van Apfel Girls are Gone by Felicity McLean

The Last Pirate of New York by Rich Cohen

 

 

 

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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.

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

May 27, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Ali Benjamin about her latest novel, The Next Great Paulie Fink. The book is all about how storytelling can shape an individual, how we experience stories, and how we relate them to others. Adam and Ali discuss finding oneself in stories, and the various forms of storytelling throughout history. 


Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit https://thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn!

May 23, 2019

On today's episode, Adam sits down with Brian Jay Jones, the award-winning biographer whose latest book Becoming Dr. Seuss is now available. They discuss the life of Theodore Geisel both before and after becoming the cultural phenomenon that is Dr. Seuss. They also discuss Jim Henson, George Lucas, and the monumental content they've created for generations of fans. 

May 20, 2019

On today's episode, Adam and Jill share the books they've enjoyed recently before getting into their big thoughts after watching the Game of Thrones finale. What they think might surprise you!

 

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

Believe Me by JP Delaney

Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry

Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry

Remembering by Wendell Berry

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel

Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

May 16, 2019

Jill has a new memoir coming out on July 2 called Reading Behind Bars which is all about her experiences as a prison librarian. In today's episode, along with talking about her book she also discusses some other books set in prison. Her list includes fiction, nonfiction, and titles written from prison.

To get a sneak peek of Jill's book Reading Behind Bars, visit her website at https://www.jillgrunenwald.com/sneak-peek

 

Books Mentioned In This Episode:

Reading Behind Bars by Jill Grunenwald

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters

Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

American Prison by Shane Bauer

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult

Affinity by Sarah Waters

Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

Green Mile by Stephen King

Cherry by Nico Walker

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

 

Music:

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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.

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

May 13, 2019

In today's episode, Jill interviews author Karen Russell about her new short story collection Orange World and Other Stories. They discuss the differences in writing short fiction v. a novel and how she organized the collection.

Interview was recorded at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, WA.

Today's episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. Visit thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds to unlock a free month of unlimited access to their entire library of lectures from professors and experts! No matter your interest, they have something incredible for you to discover and learn! 

 

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 visitwww.evergreenpodcasts.com

May 9, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats about his recent book festival travels before discussing the books he's enjoyed recently. Then, he gets into how he overcame depression last year by focusing on stories in the books he was reading.  

May 6, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Kim Michele Richardson about her new book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Inspired by the true story of the Blue People of Kentucky, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek looks at the fierce pack horse librarians and the impact they had on a isolated community. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle.

 

May 2, 2019

On today's episode, Adam chats with Alafair Burke who was in town for a library event! They discuss her latest thriller The Better Sister, how she uses tension from the criminal justice system to up the stakes for family dramas, and what it's like getting to work with Mary Higgins Clark. 

Apr 29, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with bestselling author Fiona Barton about her latest book The Suspect. They discuss Fiona's writing process, along with her decision to make a journalist the investigator in her novels. 

Music:

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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.

 

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

Apr 22, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Helen Ellis about her new book Southern Lady Code. Helen shares what it was like writing essays based on her real life and why she loves the Libby app so much! 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter.

Music:
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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.

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

Apr 18, 2019

On today's episode, Adam returns from LA to chat with Christina about the upcoming OverDrive Summer Reading Program! She breaks down the awesome collection available to our school and library partners and then dives into the titles she's most excited about.

You can find the Summer Reading Program page with complete information here: https://resources.overdrive.com/summer-read/

 

Books mentioned in this episode

 

Niko Draws a Feeling by Robert Raczka

Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids by Alain M. Bergeron

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? By Chris Ferrie

The Flight of the Swans by Sarah McGuire

The Vast Wonder of the World Extraordinary by Mélina Mangal

A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. (Terry) Nelson

Rules of the Ruff by Heidi Lang

Apr 15, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with suspense writer Rachel Howzell Hall, author of the new book They All Fall Down. Jill and Rachel discuss Agatha Christie, seven deadly sins, and locked room mysteries. 

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019

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

Apr 11, 2019

Christina and Rickie are back, this time joining Jill to discuss books featuring sisters! From going into hell to save your sister's soul to helping your sister cover up multiple murders to fighting your sister over the King of England, there's a little something for everyone in this list. 

Books mentioned in this episode

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Lucky by Alice Sebold

The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory

City Infernal by Edward Lee

Sisters by David McPhail

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

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

Apr 8, 2019

Today's episode is an interview Jill did with Emily Duncan, author of the new young adult book Wicked Saints

Interview was recorded live at ALA Midwinter 2019

 

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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 4, 2019

Adam's out this week in Jury Duty, so Jill is on her own and decided to stay on brand and talk about some True Crime books!

 

Books mentioned in this episode

I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

American Fire by Monica Hesse

A Serial Killer's Daughter by Kerri Rawson

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman

The Lazarus Files by Matthew McGough

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

Burned by Edward Humes

The Castle on Sunset by Shawn Levy

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Lucky by Ann Sebold

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

 

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.

Professional Book Nerds is an Evergreen Podcasts signature program. To learn more, visit www.evergreenpodcasts.com

Apr 1, 2019

On today's episode, Jill and Adam sit down with Harlan Coben for a live interview in front of a sold out crowd of 400 readers at their home away from home, Cuyahoga County Public Library. Speaking of homes, his new book RUN AWAY, deals with tracking down someone who ran away from theirs...

They also discuss his work with Netflix, his ability to write anywhere, and using the things he sees in his daily life and the question, "What if" as catalysts for his writing. 

Mar 30, 2019

On today's very special episode, Jill and Adam speak with Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung, co-creators of Homes: A Refugee Story. Abu Bakr is an ESL student of Winnie's, who helped him tell his family's story of leaving the Middle East to start a new life in Canada and how the challenges they overcame, all while maintaining a beautiful outlook on life. Hear how they put the book together using frequent interviews, Google Translate, and the stories of Abu Bakr's family. 

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