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#400 - Steve Potash, Rakuten OverDrive Founder and CEO (Part 1)
Dec 12 • 41 min
It is not an understatement to say that Steve Potash is the reason we are able to do this podcast. Steve is the founder and creator of Rakuten OverDrive as well as one of the main reasons digital library reading is such a prevalent part of our lives….
#399 - Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
Dec 9 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Maaza Mengiste about her new novel, The Shadow King. This book tells the story of Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia and how it changed lives forever on both sides. Maaza shares the incredible true story of…
#398 - Kate Racculia, author of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghost
Dec 5 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Kate Racculia, author of the award-winning Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts. They chat about Edgar Allan Poe, Kate’s many exceptional past jobs, her experience working in a library and so much more wonderful…
#397 - Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlow, authors of A Brave Face
Dec 2 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill sit down with local authors Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlowe. Their book, A Brave Face, tells the incredible true story of how two families from halfway around the world became forever connected, turning a tragedy…
December’s Biggest Books!
Nov 28 • 17 min
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…
#395 - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series
Nov 25 • 39 min
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…
#394 - Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing
Nov 20 • 37 min
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…
#393 - We’re basically just a Pagemaster fan podcast now
Nov 14 • 34 min
This episode is all about the books we’ve been reading lately but we also dive into some truly crazy true-life murder stories involving authors and embrace our final form… A Pagemaster Podcast. Books mentioned in this episode You Will Know Me by…
It’s a bonus Big Library Read episode with Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones!
Nov 12 • 63 min
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…
Ep, 392: Kacen Callender, Author of Queen of the Conquered
Nov 11 • 28 min
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…
#391 - Books for Aspiring Writers: Surviving and Thriving during #NaNoWriMo
Nov 7 • 38 min
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…
#390 - The book that reminded me why I love reading
Nov 4 • 15 min
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.
#389 - November’s biggest new book releases!
Nov 1 • 33 min
Halloween has come and gone and so now turn our gaze to the books we plan on reading all November long. Books mentioned in this episode The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern The Witches are Coming by Lindy West The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black …
#388 - Michael Connelly LIVE!
Oct 28 • 41 min
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…
#387 - Strange but True! Nonfiction picks you have to read to believe
Oct 24 • 29 min
Okay, nerds. We can’t tell you how many times people have requested more nonfiction book recs. Well, here are a whole bunch of crazy stories that are completely true. Enjoy! Books mentioned in this episode The Radium Girls by Kate Moore A False…
#386 - JoJo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars
Oct 21 • 56 min
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…
#385 - Sleep with a light on! The books the scared us as kids
Oct 17 • 30 min
Grab your blanket and a flashlight! We’re reliving the books that scared us as kids. Listener beware… Books mentioned in this episode Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury The Legend of…
#384 - Elvis Duran!
Oct 14 • 42 min
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…
#383 - #SpookySZN - A Jack-O-Lantern of Scary Book Selections
Oct 10 • 26 min
THESE ARE NOT HOBGOBLINS! Light yourself a black flame candle and gather ye round. We’re dishing out a grabbag of scary books perfect for any type of reader. Don’t worry about just grabbing one. You can take a handful! Books mentioned in this…
#382 - Daemons & Dust: The importance of His Dark Materials
Oct 7 • 25 min
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…
#381 - Murder Mermaids, astronauts and everything in between!
Oct 3 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Andrea and Rachel to dish out book recommendations spooky, serious, and otherwise! Whether you want to be scared, laugh, learn something new, or be reminded how awesome you are as a parent we’ve got…
#380 - What we’re reading and motherhood misconceptions with Nefertiti Austin
Sep 30 • 36 min
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…
#379 - October’s biggest new book releases!
Sep 26 • 37 min
Happy Spooky SZN y’all! We’re breaking down the books we’re most excited about that will be coming out in October. We’ve got horror books, memoirs, young adult, and yep more horror! There’s something for everyone though, whether you love scary books…
#378 - Sara Faring, It’s going to be dark but there’s always going to be humor
Sep 23 • 30 min
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…
#377 - Ben Folds!
Sep 19 • 30 min
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…
#376 - Alice Hoffman
Sep 16 • 27 min
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…
#375 - Brad Meltzer and the importance of children’s books
Sep 12 • 41 min
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…
#374 - Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, authors of The Star Shepherd
Sep 9 • 36 min
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…
#373 - TBT… You’ll Float TOO!
Sep 5 • 29 min
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……
#372 - Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket!
Sep 3 • 47 min
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…
#371 - September’s Biggest Books
Aug 29 • 33 min
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 …
#370 - Julia Whelan, author and audiobook narrator extraordinaire!
Aug 26 • 33 min
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…
#369 - A Big Heckin’ Grab bag of Book Recs!
Aug 22 • 48 min
On today’s episode… we had no plan! Therefore, we brought on Emma and Kristin and did a roundtable of book recommendations. There is, quite literally, something for everyone in this list. Book Mentioned in this episode Again but Better by…
#368 - Philippa Gregory
Aug 19 • 32 min
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! On today’s episode, Adam has the honor of sitting down with Philippa…
#367 - Together We Read with Julie Evelyn Joyce
Aug 15 • 40 min
Today’s episode features Julie Evelyn Joyce, author of the award-winning Steeped in Love. This book was selected as the Together We Read Canadian digital book club. Hear Adam and Julie chat about RomComs, Hallmark movies, and her undying…
#366 - I said, now I’ve got my Magic Bus
Aug 15 • 35 min
Working with libraries and schools, we think about back to school time every year around our office. To shake it up, we’re talking a bit about some of our favorite MAGIC schools in literature! Book mentioned in this episode The Summoner Series…
#365: Sarah Gailey, Author of Magic for Liars
Aug 12 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Sarah Gailey to discuss their debut noir novel Magic for Liars. They break down the structure of the magical rules in the book, the problematic issues with magic in Harry Potter, and the importance of…
#364 - Remembering Toni Morrison
Aug 8 • 20 min
Adam and Jill share some brief thoughts on Toni Morrison who was, truly, one of a kind. Her books, speeches, and commentary gave a voice to African Americans who felt underrepresented all their lives. She gave a voice to many who felt voiceless. There…
#362 - Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, authors of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight
Aug 5 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with debut authors Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones about their heartwrenching novel I’m Not Dying with You Tonight. In our opinion, this is the most important Young Adult novel to come out since The Hate U Give…
#361 - Holly Throsby, Singer/Songwriter and author of Cedar Valley
Aug 3 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Adam has a chat with Holly Throsby all the way from Australia. She is the author of Cedar Valley, which was selected as the next Together We Read book club pick for Australia and New Zealand. They discuss the difference between…
#360 - PBN Reading Challenge Check-in!
Aug 1 • 26 min
We are more than halfway through the year (omg) and Adam and Jill are going through the PBN Reading Challenge to see what books they have read so far. Visit professionalbooknerds.com to get your own Reading Challenge template to fill in! After…
#359 - Elizabeth Eulberg
Jul 29 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam nerds out with Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Past Perfect Life and the Shelby Holmes books! We discuss the difference between writing for middle grade and young adult, why she hated Sherlock Holmes growing up, and the creation…
#358 - Previewing exciting new books coming out in August!
Jul 25 • 33 min
It’s that time once again! We’re talking about the books we’re most excited to read in August! Also, in case you missed it, we were profiled by Authority Magazine for being a binge-able podcast. You can check that article right…
#357 - Kat Cho, Author of Wicked Fox
Jul 22 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Kat Cho, debut YA author of the splendid and fantastical Wicked Fox! They discuss how Kat realized her story and heritage were interesting to others, how K-Dramas relate to Young Adult literature, and the…
#356 - Interview with Daniel Silva
Jul 18 • 21 min
Today on the podcast, Jill has an interview with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva. His new book The New Girl is out now. Daniel shares the real-life kidnapping that inspired the book and why he decided to get rid of the first 200 pages…
#355 - Linda Holmes! Author of Evvie Drake Starts Over
Jul 15 • 31 min
You know her from her podcast and writing for NPR. Now getting to discover Linda Holmes as one of the best debut writers of 2019. Evvie Drake Starts Over will make you laugh and move you to tears. Her writing is so powerful and real and the…
#354 - Food and Stories with Lizzy Saxe
Jul 11 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill welcome Lizzy Saxe to the show to nerd out about the connection between food and stories. We get into the power of food in fantasy novels, their favorite fictional meals from books, wonderful food memoirs of the past,…
#353 - Lisa Taddeo author of THREE WOMEN
Jul 8 • 29 min
Today on the podcast, Jill talks with Lisa Taddeo about her new book THREE WOMEN. This discuss what made Lisa want to write the book and what her process was. Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast…
#352 - Danika Stone, author of Switchback
Jul 4 • 35 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To get a free month of access to their incredible online courses just visit: https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds On this episode, Adam sits down in New York with…
#351 - Jill Has A New Book Out!
Jul 1 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Sydney to talk all about her new prison librarian memoir Reading Behind Bars. Thanks to all of the listeners who sent in questions. The pair discuss some of Jill’s experiences and her writing process. …
#350 - July’s Biggest Books
Jun 27 • 32 min
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…
#349 - Christine Riccio, author of Again, But Better
Jun 24 • 28 min
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…
#348 - All about audiobooks!
Jun 20 • 34 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by The Great Courses Plus. To get a free month of access to their incredible online courses just visit: https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/probooknerds Get your headphones ready because today Jill and I…
#347 - Cadwell Turnbull, author of THE LESSON
Jun 17 • 47 min
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…
#346 - Big Library Read is back with author LP Fergusson
Jun 15 • 30 min
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…
#345 - PRIDE Month Picks!
Jun 13 • 20 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill are back in the same room finally and are handing out some wonderful LGBTQIA book recommendations for PRIDE month and beyond! Books mentioned in this episode Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston Like…
#344 - Interview with Blake Crouch
Jun 10 • 25 min
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. …
#343 - Sarah Enni!
Jun 6 • 44 min
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…
#342 - Interview with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner!
Jun 3 • 45 min
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…
#341 - June’s Biggest Books
May 30 • 21 min
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…
#340 - Ali Benjamin, National Book Award finalist and International bestselling author
May 27 • 39 min
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…
#339 - Brian Jay Jones!
May 23 • 47 min
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…
#338 - Recent Reads and Game of Thrones Finale Thoughts
May 20 • 41 min
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…
#337 - Books Behind Bars: Titles Set In Prison
May 16 • 29 min
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…
#336 - Interview with Karen Russell
May 13 • 30 min
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…
#335: Recent Reads and how books helped me fight depression
May 9 • 27 min
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.
#334 - Kim Michele Richardson
May 6 • 21 min
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…
#333 - Alafair Burke
May 2 • 34 min
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…
#332 - Fiona Barton
Apr 29 • 22 min
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: Provided…
#331 - May’s Biggest new books!
Apr 25 • 31 min
~It’s gonna be MAYYYY~ Sorry, Justin. Today we’re talking about the books we’re most excited about that are coming out in May (oh my god, it’s May)… You know the drill. Books Mentioned in this episode The Farm by Joanne Ramos The Bride Test…
#330 - Helen Ellis, author of Southern Lady Code
Apr 22 • 31 min
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…
#329 - Chill with the return of our Summer Reading Program
Apr 18 • 27 min
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…
#328 - Rachel Howzell Hall
Apr 15 • 21 min
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…
#327 - There Were Never Such Devoted Sister Books
Apr 11 • 57 min
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…
#326 - Emily Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints
Apr 8 • 29 min
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…
#325 - True Crime
Apr 4 • 25 min
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…
#324: Harlan Coben!!!
Apr 1 • 48 min
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…
#323 - Big Library Read is Back!
Mar 30 • 18 min
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…
#322 - April’s Biggest Books!
Mar 28 • 40 min
April is around the corner, which means it’s time for Jill and Adam to return with their picks of books being published next month! Books Mentioned In this Episode: The Five by Hallie Rubenhold The Invited by Jennifer McMahon Wicked Saints by…
#321 - Interview with Jasper Fforde
Mar 25 • 32 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with New York Times Bestselling author Jasper Fforde. His latest book Early Riser is out now. Music: Provided royalty free from www.bensound.com Podcast Overview: We’re not just book nerds: we’re professional…
#320 -#MarchSadness 2019
Mar 21 • 53 min
Get your tissues ready, folks! No buzzer beaters. No brackets. Just a bunch of books that will absolutely make you cry. Adam and Jill are joined by Christina and Rickie to take a deep dive into some emotional reads. We also break the tension A LOT…
#319 - Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King
Mar 18 • 23 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, which was a Sarah Jessica Parker Book Club Central Pick. Wayétu shares the impact of storytelling in Liberia’s cultural history and the importance of…
#318 - Gretchen Rubin and The Books that Spark Joy
Mar 14 • 35 min
On today’s episode Adam and Jill chat with Gretchen Rubin about her new book OUTER ORDER INNER CALM and offer tips about how decluttering our lives can help bring us happiness. Before that, Jill and Adam share the books that spark joy within them…
#317 - Victoria “V.E.” Schwab!
Mar 11 • 42 min
Oh my we have a superb episode for you fellow nerds! Adam chatted with Victoria (V.E.) Schwab about her all of her new upcoming projects including The Steel Prince (graphic novel), the re-release of The Near Witch (Fantasy), and her new Cassidy Blake…
#316 - No Boys Allowed for Women’s History Month
Mar 7 • 39 min
For today’s episode, Jill is joined by Tiffany and Sydney for a “No Boys Allowed” episode celebrating Women’s History Month. Books by women, books about women, and all things awesome. Books mentioned in this episode: Emergency Contact by Mary H….
#315 - Mallory O’Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon
Mar 4 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews friend of the show, Mallory O’Meara about her new book Lady from the Black Lagoon! In this story Mallory tells the life story of the woman behind the design of the Creature from the Black Lagoon while also…
#314 - March’s Biggest Books
Feb 28 • 35 min
Jill and Adam are back with their monthly picks episode! This week they are diving into upcoming March books they can’t wait to read. Books Mentioned In This Episode The Lady from the Black Lagoon by Mallory O’Meara The F*ck it Diet by…
#313 - Samantha Shannon, Author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
Feb 25 • 43 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with Samantha Shannon, internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season series to discuss her new high fantasy standalone novel The Priory of the Orange Tree. This sweeping saga tells epic stories of four…
312 - Caterrific Books
Feb 21 • 21 min
A few weeks ago, Adam talked about dog books and now Jill is back with books featuring and about cats! Books Mentioned In This Episode: Dewey by Vicki Myron Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats by TS…
#311 — NYT Bestselling author Alexandra Robbins
Feb 18 • 28 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Alexandra Robbins, author of The Overachievers, The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Pledged. Her latest book Fraternity is out now. Music Music provided royalty free from www.bensound.com…
#310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!
Feb 14 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Emma and Kristin to dish out oodles of recommendations for the Professional Book Nerds 2019 Reading Challenge! Also they make lots of good, good jokes. Books mentioned in this episode (broken out by…
#309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart
Feb 11 • 32 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Australian author Leife Shallcross about her new book The Beast’s Heart. This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but through the beasts eyes. It’s equal parts moving and funny and entirely…
#308 - Jill’s ALA Adventures and what we’ve been reading
Feb 7 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Jill makes her glorious return from Seattle where she was interviewing authors during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. We discuss the wonderful people she met and the fun she had before getting into some good…
#307 - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights
Feb 4 • 34 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Lincoln Peirce, best known for his long running comic and novels in the Big Nate universe. He is back with a new book called Max and the Midknights, his first story outside of the the Big Nate world. They discuss…
#306 - February’s biggest books and some great literary ensemble casts
Jan 31 • 48 min
On today’s episode, Christina is back! She helps Adam break down February’s biggest books before providing a few of her favorite books with big casts of characters. February’s Biggest Books Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James …
#305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland
Jan 28 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Sarah Smarsh, journalist and author of the New York Times best selling memoir Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth. They discuss today’s political…
#304 - DOG BOOKS!
Jan 24 • 23 min
Last week we got a message on Twitter suggesting we do an episode all about dog books. Well, Jill is on the road for some interviews so Adam took full advantage. Enjoy these wonderful adventures of very good pups and the bork through ruff times and…
#303 - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This
Jan 21 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Kristen Roupenian about her new collection of short stories You Know You Want This featuring the widely read and hotly debated Cat Person. They discuss how she avoided the craze that Cat Person…
#302 -Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room
Jan 17 • 23 min
Our incredible friend Marie Benedict stopped by the office on her way to Indianapolis so we just had to record a quick chat about her new book The Only Woman in the Room. In keeping with her style of telling stories about underappreciated woman…