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A podcast for book lovers, by book lovers.


Interview with Emily Levesque, author of The Last Stargazers
Aug 3 • 25 min
In today’s episode, Jill is joined by Emily Levesque to talk about her new book The Last Stargazers. Emily talks about her experiences working in the astronomy field, some of her favorite stories from her and her colleagues careers, and that incredible…
Big Library Read Special episode with Tim Mason
Aug 1 • 38 min
Playwright and novelist Tim Mason joins Jill and Adam to discuss The Darwin Affair, his historical fiction mystery novel set in London. They also discuss his life as a playwright, his inspirations, and working with Dr. Seuss. About the Big Library Read…
Previewing August’s biggest new books: Spooky recs, fantasies, memoirs, rom coms and so much!
Jul 30 • 39 min
Ep. #466 - On today’s episode, we’re diving into the new book releases we’re excited for in August! There are incredible titles coming in all genres and we had a blast breaking them all down. Books mentioned in this episode Clown in a Cornfield by Adam…
Interview with Alisson Wood, author of Being Lolita
Jul 27 • 46 min
Ep. #465 - In today’s episode, Jill is joined by author Alisson Wood to talk about her new memoir Being Lolita. Alisson’s book is the powerful and personal story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was groomed by an English teacher at her high school who…
A social justice conversation with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Jul 23 • 82 min
Ep. #464 - Last week, we held a special social justice event via Zoom with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, the New York Times bestselling co-authors of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight. We wanted to make sure as many people as possible could listen in so we…
Interview with Alexis Henderson, author of The Year of the Witching
Jul 20 • 43 min
Ep. #463 - On today’s episode, Adam interviews debut author Alexis Henderson about her buzzy new book The Year of the Witching. They discuss how horror novels and movies help her deal with her anxiety, portraying witches in various mediums, and the line…
Baby Sitters Club Super Special Episode with Kate and Lauryn from Generation BSC podcast
Jul 16 • 50 min
Ep. #462 - Jill is joined by her friends Kate and Lauryn from the Generation BSC podcast to talk all things Baby-Sitters Club! From the beloved books they all grew up reading to the recent Netflix television adaptation, the women discuss why the books are…
Interview with David Nicholls, author of Sweet Sorrow
Jul 13 • 27 min
Ep. #461 - On today’s episode, Adam sits down with bestselling author David Nicholls about his new novel Sweet Sorrow. They also discuss the difference between screen writing and writing novels, what he prefers, and his love for Shakespeare, and writing…
So you watched Hamilton… Now what? Musical and book recommendations for all!
Jul 9 • 47 min
Ep. #460 - On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share some of their favorite musicals and book recommendations based off those productions. Yes, it’s obviously based off of Hamilton being out last weekend. Register to join our Social Justice Zoom event with…
Interview with Kalynn Bayron, author of Cinderella is Dead
Jul 6 • 40 min
Ep: #459 - On today’s episode, Adam interview debut author Kalynn Bayron about her new young adult dark fantasy, Cinderella is Dead. Kalynn wrote this story because, as a BIPOC author, she never saw characters who looked like herself in the tales she…
Jack the Ripper recs, dog interruptions, and living in a library!
Jul 2 • 40 min
Ep. #458 - On today’s episode, Andrea and Abbey return to join the nerds for a classic virtual book recommendation smorgasbord. The group dishes out a surprisingly amount of Jack the Ripper suggestions but also several thrillers, some historical fiction,…
Interview with Connie Shultz
Jun 29 • 45 min
Ep. #457 - On today’s episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz to talk about her debut novel, The Daughters of Erietown. They discuss Connie’s inspiration for the book, working class America in the 1960s and…
July’s biggest new books and the Black Lives Matter Community Read
Jun 25 • 35 min
Ep. #456 - On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share the books they’re most excited about reading that are coming out in July. They also talk about OverDrive’s new Black Lives Matter Community Read program. There are so many exceptional books coming our way…
A DC Comics panel on addressing racism, LGBT representation, and tough topics through storytelling
Jun 22 • 42 min
Ep. #455 - On today’s episode, Adam has a Zoom chat with Gene Luen Yang, Alex Sanchez, and Laurie Halse Anderson about their new comics and graphic novels from DC Comics. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez…
Camp Candlewick, a book club for students of all ages
Jun 18 • 43 min
Ep. #454 - Today’s episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press and all about their wonderful Camp Candlewick titles. These make a perfect reading list for students of all ages this summer. We open the podcast discussing some additional important collections…
Interview with Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of You Don’t Live Here
Jun 15 • 45 min
Ep. #453 - On today’s episode, Adam chats with Robyn Schneider about her life as a writer, the journey she took from writing to the medical field, and back to science, and so much more. They discuss writing stories in the aftermath of tragedy, how their…
Read and support Trans authors
Jun 11 • 26 min
Ep. #452- On today’s episode, Jill and Adam are celebrating #PRIDE Month by highlighting some wonderful books by Trans authors. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary identities are valid. These authors deserve your attention not just in…
Interview with Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
Jun 8 • 33 min
Ep. #451 - On today’s episode, Janet Skeslien Charles sits down with Adam to discuss her new book The Paris Library. This astonishing true story is set in World War II France and the American Library in Paris. Literature has long brought people together…
An Antiracist Reading List
Jun 4 • 37 min
Ep. #450 - On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share a list of antiracism books written by black authors. These books are meant to inform and educate readers about the ongoing experience of Black Americans including racial profiling, police brutality,…
Interview with Alex Aster, author of Emblem Island: Curse of the Night Witch
Jun 1 • 32 min
Episode #449 - Adam interviews Alex Aster, debut LatinX author of Emblem Island, Curse of the Night Witch. They discuss the joy she experiences of turning the stories she heard growing up into novels, her writing process, her experience as a debut author,…
June’s biggest new books and some thoughts on the Labyrinth Sequel
May 28 • 38 min
Episode #448 - We highlight the new books coming out in June that we are most excited about. We also share what we think about the news that a sequel to the Labyrinth is being released. Dance magic dance! Books mentioned in this episode: Burn by Patrick…
#447 - Mikel Jollett, author and lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event
May 25 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Mikel Jollett to discuss his debut novel, Hollywood Park. Mikel grew up in the infamous Synanon Cult and is now the lead singer of one of Adam’s all-time favorite bands The Airborne Toxic Event. They discuss how…
Ep #446 — What we’re reading and what we’re not reading (and what we’re watching instead!)
May 21 • 42 min
In today’s episode, Jill is joined by her friends Sydney and Tiffany! Along with talking about some of the books they have been reading, they also discuss how difficult it can be to read during the pandemic and what television shows and movies they are…
Interview with Emma Straub
May 18 • 27 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did at ALA Midwinter with bestselling author Emma Straub. Along with discussing her new book ALL ADULTS HERE, Jill and Emma talk Miss Piggy and Gilmore Girls.
#444 - Serious about Cereal (and book recommendations)
May 14 • 53 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Literati. Use https://literati.com/probooknerds to get 25% off your first two orders On today’s episode, we’re doing another round table of book recommendations with Maria and Regis. Before that, though, Maria tells us…
#443 - Brad Meltzer is Back!
May 11 • 45 min
PBN legend Brad Meltzer returns to chat with Adam about his latest book, The Lincoln Conspiracy. They get into how Brad and his family are handling the Stay At Home order, the creative ways they’ve been entertaining themselves, and a whole bunch of…
#442 - Creatively named quarantine book recommendations episode
May 7 • 45 min
We’re still here, in our respective homes, dishing out reading recommendations for all the fellow book nerds of the world. Join us as we bring it back to the beginning of the #SocialDistance reading odyssey by having Andrea and Abbey join us to discuss…
#441 - Francesca Serritella
May 4 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Francesca Serritella to discuss her first-ever solo novel The Ghost of Harvard! Francesca has been writing bestselling books for years with her mother, Lisa Scottoline, but this is quite the dark departure from…
#440: Previewing May’s Biggest Books (and Jill’s harrowing kitty tale!)
Apr 30 • 51 min
On today’s episode we’re diving into the books coming out in May we can’t wait to read! But first, Jill shares an incredible story about her newly adopted kitties. It’s must-listen content! Books mentioned on today’s episode (recommendations start at…
#439 - Deborah Wiles
Apr 27 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Deborah Wiles about her powerful new book Kent State. This quick read looks at the horrific events of May 4th, 1970 on Kent State’s campus when the National Guard opened fire on student protestors, killing four and…
#438 - A (virtual) round table of recommendations!
Apr 23 • 49 min
What has quickly become our new Thursday tradition is back as two new coworkers join us (Katie and Regis!) to do a round table of recommendations! Donate and help us find a cure for Blood Cancer: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/noh/cle20/pbooknerds Buy some…
#437 - Lauren Myracle
Apr 20 • 53 min
On today’s episode, we Zoom chat with #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle! Her new book This Boy is out now and must-read contemporary young adult book. We discuss the strange life we’re all living in quarantine, writing teenage characters…
#436 -Dishing out book recs while social distancing
Apr 16 • 46 min
On today’s episode, we bring in some coworkers, their kiddos, and a kitty to offer up book recommendations perfect for cozying up in your favorite reading nook. Let’s keep staying safe at home and do some reading, y’all, Books mentioned in this episode…
#435 - Louisa Morgan
Apr 13 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam Zoom chats with Louisa Morgan about her new book The Age of Witches. They talk about being a novelist during this time of quarantine, how her career as an opera singer helped her in her character building, Guilded Age New York,…
#434 - Nontraditionally formatted books #PBNread2020
Apr 9 • 45 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Emma and Maria to share some book picks for another Professional Book Nerds Reading Challenge task. We’re sharing some books with unique formats including oral histories, mixed format, unique narrators,…
#433 - Joe Pulizzi
Apr 6 • 45 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit https://literati.com/probooknerds for 25% off your first two orders. On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Joe Pulizzi to discuss his debut novel The Will To Die. Joe is an icon in the world of Marketing…
#432: Book Recs in the Time of Corona
Apr 2 • 42 min
Hey Nerds! Hope you’re doing okay and continuing to practice social distancing. In case you need some book recommendations in our new world of quarantining at home… We’re here to help. We bring great friend of the pod Andrea and newcomer Abbey onboard to…
#431 - Rachel Harrison
Mar 30 • 41 min
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.…
#430 - Previewing April’s biggest books (and practicing social distancing)
Mar 26 • 31 min
On today’s episode, we’re looking at the books we can’t wait to read in April while our respective homes. We hope you’re self quarantining as well and staying safe. These books are a great way to pass the time during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Help us raise…
#429 - Emily St. John Mandel
Mar 23 • 25 min
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…
Big Library Read interview with Michael McCreary, author of Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic
Mar 21 • 21 min
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…
#428 - Interview with Sharon Cameron, author of The Light in Hidden Places
Mar 19 • 33 min
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,…
#427 - Stephanie Wrobel
Mar 16 • 28 min
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…
#426 - Stay home and read one of these books
Mar 12 • 38 min
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…
#425 - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds
Mar 9 • 43 min
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…
Bonus Episode! Colum McCann, National Book Award-winning author of Apeirogon
Mar 7 • 56 min
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…
#424: Breaking down the Audie Award Winners with Robin Whitten of AudioFile Magazine
Mar 5 • 39 min
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…
#423 - Cassandra Clare
Mar 2 • 50 min
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…
#422 - March’s Biggest Books
Feb 27 • 35 min
Spring has… just kidding, it’s dark and dreary here in Nerd land but thankfully March is jampacked with a ton of amazing new books to keep us company while we wait for the sun to come out. Listen in to hear the new books coming out this month that we’re…
#421 - Elizabeth Little
Feb 24 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews mystery author Elizabeth Little in Philadelphia about her new novel Pretty as a Picture. They breakdown the storytelling aspects of writing a murder mystery, surprising herself as a writer, and they have a lengthy…
#420 - The Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge: Microhistories
Feb 20 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam dish out some recommendations for the first of the Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge… Microhistories! Books mentioned in this episode: Timekeepers by Simon Garfield The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck Tree by…
#419 - Layla F. Saad, bestselling author of Me and White Supremacy
Feb 17 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Layla Saad, bestselling author, podcaster, and influencer in the world of social change, race, identity, and leadership. Layla’s Instagram challenge #MeAndWhiteSupremacy became a global phenomenon and then a workbook…
#418 - Together We Read U.S. with Pat Simmons
Feb 13 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Pat Simmons, the Together We Read digital book club selected author about her latest novel, Lean on Me. Pat has written 30+ novels and her latest is available to U.S. library cardholders with no waitlists or holds on…
#417 - Phil Stamper
Feb 10 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Phil Stamper! They discuss his brand new novel, The Gravity of Us, writing aspects of himself into his characters, his Twitter friendship with other YA authors, working in publishing, and much more.
#416 - Marie Benedict, PBN All-Star
Feb 6 • 45 min
“Without Clementine Churchill the history of Winston Churchill and the history of the world would have been a very different story.” We’ve lost count of how many times we’ve nerded out with Marie Benedict but it doesn’t matter because each time is…
#415 - Adalyn Grace
Feb 3 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews debut author Adalyn Grace! They discuss her amazing young adult fantasy, All the Stars and Teeth, how she wrote this story so quickly, her internship at Nickelodeon, and so much more. Before the interview, Adam is…
#414 - February’s Biggest Books
Jan 30 • 36 min
February is almost here, which means it’s time for Jill and Adam to share the books they are most looking forward to this month. (BONUS it’s a Leap Year which means you have an entire extra day to read!) Books mentioned in this episode: Perfect Little…
#413: Ryan La Sala
Jan 27 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Ryan La Sala in Philadelphia to discuss his sprawling fantasy novel Reverie, the vividness of his dreams, and how Ryan became the best person on Twitter. This was a BLAST. Today’s episode is sponsored by INDEED.COM.…
#412: LOIS LOWRY!
Jan 23 • 55 min
Have you ever had a moment in time that felt like a dream even while it was happening? That’s how we felt getting to interview Lois Lowry for a full hour. We chat AT LENGTH about the stories behind The Giver, Number the Stars, and her stunning upcoming…
#411 - Scott Simon, author of Sunnyside Plaza and host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday
Jan 20 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews legendary journalist and author Scott Simon about his new books Sunnyside Plaza. The book is all about his time working with people who had developmental disabilities and how seeing the world through a different lens.…
#410 - Joseph Sieracki and how graphic novels are made
Jan 16 • 43 min
On today’s episode, we’re joined by author Joseph Sieracki (and his wife Andrea whose voice you may recognize!) Joseph has written a stunning graphic novel titled A Letter to Jo based on his grandfather’s experience in World War II. The story itself is…
#409 - Andrea Barber aka Kimmy Gibbler!
Jan 13 • 41 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview Andrea Barber, who is best known for her iconic character Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and Fuller House. Andrea has written a memoir titled Full Circle all about her life in between her time in Hollywood. She…
#408 - All that Jazz - Books set in the 1920s
Jan 9 • 29 min
We’ve entered the 2020s so we thought it’d be fun to take a look at some wonderful books set a hundred years ago in the famed Roaring 20s. We’re talking flapper girls, prohibition New York, Old Hollywood, lost libraries, and so much more! Books mentioned…
#407 - Penny Reid Returns!
Jan 6 • 51 min
Hey Nerds! On today’s wide-ranging episode, Penny Reid returns to tell us what she’s been up to and it turns out… it’s a lot! We discuss the multiple books she released in 2019, the exciting new projects she has coming in 2020, and her experiences making…
#406 - January’s Biggest Books to kick of your 2020 reading!
Jan 2 • 25 min
It’s a new month, a new year, and a new decade! The passage of time doesn’t stop and so neither will our book recommendations. Check out the books we’re most excited about that are coming out in January. Books mentioned in this episode American Dirt by…
#405 - Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg, creators of ASTRONUTS
Dec 30, 2019 • 43 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Jon Scieszka and Steven-Weinberg about their new children’s book series ASTRONUTS! They chat about creating this unique and incredible story together while Adam asks about working with family (Jon is Steven’s…
#404 - The 10 best books of 2019 AND The 10 best books of the decade
Dec 26, 2019 • 46 min
The end of the year means it’s time to look back on the best books of 2019! As a bonus, we also share our selections for the best books of the entire decade! Books mentioned in this episode: The 10 Best Books of 2019 The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern…
#403- The Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge
Dec 23, 2019 • 25 min
We’re excited to share our brand new 2020 reading challenge! In this episode, we explain each of the following challenges in depth. Be sure to subscribe to hear upcoming episodes loaded with recommendations. You can find the form to fill out at…
#402: The Best Audiobooks of 2019
Dec 19, 2019 • 44 min
We brought our good friend Robin Whitten from Audiofile Magazine on to run through their (and our) selections for the best audiobooks of 2019. Take a listen! The Best Audiobooks of 2019 Akin by Emma Donoghue, narrated by Jason Culp Full Throttle by Joe…
#401 - Katharine McGee, author of American Royals
Dec 16, 2019 • 45 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by bestselling author Katharine McGee! They chat about her transitioning from Science Fiction to writing romantic comedies with her new, phenomenal book American Royals. They also discuss Katharine’s love of intricate…
#400 - Steve Potash, Rakuten OverDrive Founder and CEO (Part 1)
Dec 12, 2019 • 42 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. Each…
#399 - Maaza Mengiste, author of The Shadow King
Dec 9, 2019 • 38 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 her…
#398 - Kate Racculia, author of Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghost
Dec 5, 2019 • 41 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 nerdery. Take…
#397 - Barbara and Teeba Furat Marlow, authors of A Brave Face
Dec 2, 2019 • 36 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 into a…
December’s Biggest Books!
Nov 28, 2019 • 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 Land by…
#395 - Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series
Nov 25, 2019 • 40 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 by…
#394 - Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing
Nov 20, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 35 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 Megan…
It’s a bonus Big Library Read episode with Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones!
Nov 12, 2019 • 64 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 importance of I’m…
Ep, 392: Kacen Callender, Author of Queen of the Conquered
Nov 11, 2019 • 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 sponsored by…
#391 - Books for Aspiring Writers: Surviving and Thriving during #NaNoWriMo
Nov 7, 2019 • 39 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 mentioned…
#390 - The book that reminded me why I love reading
Nov 4, 2019 • 16 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, 2019 • 34 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 The…
#388 - Michael Connelly LIVE!
Oct 28, 2019 • 42 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 guessing…
#387 - Strange but True! Nonfiction picks you have to read to believe
Oct 24, 2019 • 30 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 Report by…
#386 - JoJo Moyes, author of The Giver of Stars
Oct 21, 2019 • 57 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 people she…
#385 - Sleep with a light on! The books the scared us as kids
Oct 17, 2019 • 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 Sleepy Hollow The Witch of…
#384 - Elvis Duran!
Oct 14, 2019 • 43 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 love this…
#383 - #SpookySZN - A Jack-O-Lantern of Scary Book Selections
Oct 10, 2019 • 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 episode:…
#382 - Daemons & Dust: The importance of His Dark Materials
Oct 7, 2019 • 26 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 latest book in the…
#381 - Murder Mermaids, astronauts and everything in between!
Oct 3, 2019 • 45 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, 2019 • 37 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 and being a single…
#379 - October’s biggest new book releases!
Sep 26, 2019 • 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 or…
#378 - Sara Faring, It’s going to be dark but there’s always going to be humor
Sep 23, 2019 • 31 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 banking…
#377 - Ben Folds!
Sep 19, 2019 • 31 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, 2019 • 28 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 inspiring and…
#375 - Brad Meltzer and the importance of children’s books
Sep 12, 2019 • 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 daydreaming in Walt’s life, why it’s…
#374 - Dan Haring and MarcyKate Connolly, authors of The Star Shepherd
Sep 9, 2019 • 37 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, 2019 • 30 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… we’ll…
#372 - Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket!
Sep 3, 2019 • 48 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 story behind…
#371 - September’s Biggest Books
Aug 29, 2019 • 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 Ten…
#370 - Julia Whelan, author and audiobook narrator extraordinaire!
Aug 26, 2019 • 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 voice is. Julia has…
#369 - A Big Heckin’ Grab bag of Book Recs!
Aug 22, 2019 • 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 Christine Riccio…
#368 - Philippa Gregory
Aug 19, 2019 • 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! On today’s episode, Adam has the honor of sitting down with Philippa Gregory, well known for…
#367 - Together We Read with Julie Evelyn Joyce
Aug 15, 2019 • 41 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 love for Canada.
#366 - I said, now I’ve got my Magic Bus
Aug 15, 2019 • 36 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 by Taran…
#365: Sarah Gailey, Author of Magic for Liars
Aug 12, 2019 • 34 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 secondary…
#364 - Remembering Toni Morrison
Aug 8, 2019 • 21 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, 2019 • 40 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 and should be…
#361 - Holly Throsby, Singer/Songwriter and author of Cedar Valley
Aug 3, 2019 • 31 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 writing…
#360 - PBN Reading Challenge Check-in!
Aug 1, 2019 • 27 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 you…
#359 - Elizabeth Eulberg
Jul 29, 2019 • 36 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 of…
#358 - Previewing exciting new books coming out in August!
Jul 25, 2019 • 34 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 here:…
#357 - Kat Cho, Author of Wicked Fox
Jul 22, 2019 • 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 power of…
#356 - Interview with Daniel Silva
Jul 18, 2019 • 22 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 and…
#355 - Linda Holmes! Author of Evvie Drake Starts Over
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 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 characters…
#354 - Food and Stories with Lizzy Saxe
Jul 11, 2019 • 41 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, and…
#353 - Lisa Taddeo author of THREE WOMEN
Jul 8, 2019 • 30 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 Overview: We’re not just book nerds:…
#352 - Danika Stone, author of Switchback
Jul 4, 2019 • 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 Danika Stone, author of…
#351 - Jill Has A New Book Out!
Jul 1, 2019 • 32 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. Music: Provided…
#350 - July’s Biggest Books
Jun 27, 2019 • 33 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 by…
#349 - Christine Riccio, author of Again, But Better
Jun 24, 2019 • 29 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 isolation and…
#348 - All about audiobooks!
Jun 20, 2019 • 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 Get your headphones ready because today Jill and I are offering up a big…
#347 - Cadwell Turnbull, author of THE LESSON
Jun 17, 2019 • 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 part of the…
#346 - Big Library Read is back with author LP Fergusson
Jun 15, 2019 • 31 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 her…
#345 - PRIDE Month Picks!
Jun 13, 2019 • 21 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 a Love Story by…
#344 - Interview with Blake Crouch
Jun 10, 2019 • 26 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. Music: Provided…
#343 - Sarah Enni!
Jun 6, 2019 • 45 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 writing and her…
#342 - Interview with bestselling author Jennifer Weiner!
Jun 3, 2019 • 46 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, 2019 • 22 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 Last…
#340 - Ali Benjamin, National Book Award finalist and International bestselling author
May 27, 2019 • 40 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 finding…
#339 - Brian Jay Jones!
May 23, 2019 • 48 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 Dr. Seuss.…
#338 - Recent Reads and Game of Thrones Finale Thoughts
May 20, 2019 • 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 Plus. Visit…
#337 - Books Behind Bars: Titles Set In Prison
May 16, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 31 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 recorded at…
#335: Recent Reads and how books helped me fight depression
May 9, 2019 • 28 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, 2019 • 22 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, 2019 • 35 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 it’s like getting…
#332 - Fiona Barton
Apr 29, 2019 • 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 royalty…
#331 - May’s Biggest new books!
Apr 25, 2019 • 32 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 by Helen Hoang…
#330 - Helen Ellis, author of Southern Lady Code
Apr 22, 2019 • 32 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 Midwinter.…
#329 - Chill with the return of our Summer Reading Program
Apr 18, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 22 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 ALA…
#327 - There Were Never Such Devoted Sister Books
Apr 11, 2019 • 58 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 little…
#326 - Emily Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints
Apr 8, 2019 • 30 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 just book nerds:…
#325 - True Crime
Apr 4, 2019 • 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 Killer’s…
#324: Harlan Coben!!!
Apr 1, 2019 • 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 down…
#323 - Big Library Read is Back!
Mar 30, 2019 • 19 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 to start a new…
#322 - April’s Biggest Books!
Mar 28, 2019 • 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 Emily Duncan…
#321 - Interview with Jasper Fforde
Mar 25, 2019 • 33 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 book…
#320 -#MarchSadness 2019
Mar 21, 2019 • 54 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 with…
#319 - Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King
Mar 18, 2019 • 24 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 African voices…
#318 - Gretchen Rubin and The Books that Spark Joy
Mar 14, 2019 • 36 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 as well…
#317 - Victoria “V.E.” Schwab!
Mar 11, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 40 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. K. Choi…
#315 - Mallory O’Meara, author of Lady from the Black Lagoon
Mar 4, 2019 • 33 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 sharing her…
#314 - March’s Biggest Books
Feb 28, 2019 • 36 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 Caroline Dooner The…
#313 - Samantha Shannon, Author of The Priory of the Orange Tree
Feb 25, 2019 • 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 main…
312 - Caterrific Books
Feb 21, 2019 • 22 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 Eliot The Cat Who……
#311 — NYT Bestselling author Alexandra Robbins
Feb 18, 2019 • 29 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 About the podcast…
#310 - #PBNRead2019 recommendations!
Feb 14, 2019 • 48 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 category)…
#309 - Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart
Feb 11, 2019 • 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 whimsical. We also…
#308 - Jill’s ALA Adventures and what we’ve been reading
Feb 7, 2019 • 36 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 ole…
#307 - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate and Max and the Midknights
Feb 4, 2019 • 35 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 the…
#306 - February’s biggest books and some great literary ensemble casts
Jan 31, 2019 • 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 Finding Dorothy by…
#305 - Sarah Smarsh, National Book Award finalist and author of Heartland
Jan 28, 2019 • 36 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 climate, the struggle of…
#304 - DOG BOOKS!
Jan 24, 2019 • 24 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 good…
#303 - Kristen Roupenian, author of You Know You Want This
Jan 21, 2019 • 42 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 created, why she loves…
#302 -Marie Benedict on The Only Woman in the Room
Jan 17, 2019 • 24 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 of…
#301 - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Jan 14, 2019 • 32 min
On today’s interview, Adam interviews bestselling authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen about their new thrillers An Anonymous Girl. They talk about the ethical decisions we all make every day and the psychology involved with morality. They also…
#300 - Madeline Miller on the magic of Shakespeare and Theatre
Jan 10, 2019 • 49 min
On today’s extraordinarily round numbered episode, Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE, returns to talk more mythology, Shakespeare and theatre. We kick off the episode by discussing a very special giveaway Adam and Jill are doing to celebrate 300 episodes…
#299 - Brad Meltzer returns!
Jan 7, 2019 • 42 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Brad Meltzer rekindle their Muppet-fueled friendship after nearly 2 1/2 years apart. They discuss his new book The First Conspiracy which he co-wrote with Josh Mensch about the time George Washington was nearly assassinated…
#298 - January’s Biggest Books
Jan 3, 2019 • 35 min
It’s 2019! New year, new month, new books from Jill and Adam. This time, they are sharing their books for January. Books Mentioned In This Episode An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen The Paragon Hotel by Lindsay Faye We Cast a Shadow by…
#297 - Rebecca Hanover, Author of The Similars
Dec 31, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with debut YA author Rebecca Hanover about her debut novel The Similars. She tells a wonderful story about high school, clones, acceptance and mystery. You’re absolutely going to love it!
#296 - Best Books of 2018
Dec 27, 2018 • 25 min
It’s the last Thursday of 2018 and Adam and Jill are here with their roundup of the best books they read in 2018. Both books published this year but also books they read that were published other years. The Professional Book Nerds Best Books of 2018…
#295 - Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
Dec 24, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview NYT bestselling author Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing. They discuss her fascinating life studying wildlife in Africa and how she learned to adjust to her life upon returning. Her life has been a…
#294 - Charlaine Harris (!!) and announcing the PBN 2019 Reading Challenge
Dec 20, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview the great Charlaine Harris, well known author of the Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles, The Aurora Teagarden series, and the Midnight, Texas series, all of which have been turned into television adaptations.…
#293 - Interview with Ryder Carroll, creator of the Bullet Journal Method PLUS A GIVEAWAY!
Dec 17, 2018 • 36 min
On today’s episode, Jill chats with Ryder Carroll, inventor of the wildly popular Bullet Journal Method. He has a new book out about the practice called The Bullet Journal Method and he and Jill chat all things bujo. With just a couple weeks left in 2018,…
#292 - Give the gift of reading: Helping listeners shop for their book lovers
Dec 13, 2018 • 59 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by three of OverDrive’s staff librarians to answer a few of the book request emails we’ve received over the last few weeks. Emma, Kristin, and Maria do not disappoint. Check out all these amazing books! Books our…
#291 - Kari Lynn Dell, author of Mistletoe in Texas
Dec 10, 2018 • 54 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Kari Lynn Dell whose contemporary western romance series Texas Rodeo includes Reckless in Texas, Tangled in Texas, Tougher in…
#290 - Best audiobooks of 2018 with Robin Witten
Dec 6, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Robin Witten from Audiofile Magazine and the Behind the Mic podcast joins us to talk about the absolute best audiobooks of the year. Behind the Mic is a daily podcast where you can get quick audiobook recommendations across multiple…
#289 - Katie Ruggle, Suspense Romance writer extraordinaire!
Dec 3, 2018 • 42 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Casablanca and features a conversation with romance suspense writer Katie Ruggle. Katie’s newest book is Rocky Mountain Cowboy Christmas, the first in the new Rocky Mountain Cowboy series which…
#288 — December’s Biggest Books
Nov 29, 2018 • 32 min
December is right around the corner and Jill and Adam are here with their top picks for next month! Books mentioned in this episode: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield Born to be Posthumous by Mark Dery Pandemic by Robin Cook The Dakota Winters by Tom…
#287 - Alan Cumming Redux
Nov 26, 2018 • 64 min
Today’s episode is a bit of a flashback as Jill and Adam pull an old episode from the archives. In this case, the amazing and incredible ALAN CUMMING OMG. Original episode was #73 back in December 2016, so for longtime listeners hope you enjoy this Monday…
#286 - Thankful Thursday! Spoiler alert: we are thankful for YOU, our listeners!
Nov 22, 2018 • 28 min
Today’s episode is being released on Thanksgiving in the United States and Adam and Jill decide to talk about what they are thankful for which is OUR AMAZING AND AWESOME LISTENERS! They share emails and reviews from some listeners. Reach out to us at…
#285: Stuart Turton, Author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Nov 19, 2018 • 38 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam interview Stuart Turton, author of the phenomenally mysterious The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. We discuss his passion for Agatha Christie, how to make a murder mystery that lives up to her legacy, editing this…
#284 - ~So you say you want a RESOLUTION~
Nov 15, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam look back at how they’re doing on their 2018 reading resolutions, discuss the different ways they handle depression and provide a bunch of different ideas for setting 2019 reading goals. Books Adam and Jill have read…
283: Fiona Davis, author of The Masterpiece
Nov 12, 2018 • 23 min
Former guest and friend of the podcast Fiona Davis returns to talk about her latest book, The Masterpiece Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com Music “Buddy” provided royalty…
Don’t Blink or you’ll miss this wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey Doctor Who comics episode!
Nov 8, 2018 • 37 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Andrew James, Managing and Launch Editor for Titan Comics. Andrew manages the Doctor Who series of Titan Comics and both Whovians nerd out about The Doctor and his (or her!) companions and Andrew gives…
#281: Ngozi Ukazu, creator of the Check, Please! comics
Nov 5, 2018 • 28 min
What do hockey, baking, vlogging and comics have in common? They’re all a part of what makes Ngozi so amazing! She is the creator of Check, Please! the fabulous web comic that took kickstarter by storm and is now available to purchase and borrow as…
#280- New Mommas talkin’ kid books for Picture Book Month!
Nov 1, 2018 • 48 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by Christina, Andrea and Melissa all of whom have little babes at home (and Andrea is expecting another)! We discuss the books they love reading to their little ones and the books they can’t wait to share with them as…
#279 - Interview with Jasmine Guillory
Oct 29, 2018 • 26 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Jasmine Guillory, author of the new book The Proposal. Jill and Jasmine discuss romance books, Roxane Gay, and writing with a full-time job. Interview was recorded in person at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA…
#278 - Madeline Miller, author of CIRCE
Oct 27, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Madeline Miller about her instant bestselling novel CIRCE. The title was selected for the upcoming Together We Read digital book club which runs from November 1-15 in the United Kingdom. Madeline and Adam discuss…
#277 - November’s biggest new books!
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s episode we’re talking about November new releases we’re most excited for! There’s something for everyone here! Click on any of the books below to sample them and then go borrow or buy them! November books Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean 5…
#276 - Interview with Whitney Gardner
Oct 22, 2018 • 19 min
Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by Whitney Gardner, author and illustrator of Chaotic Good and You’re Welcome, Universe. Her latest book, Fake Blood, is out now! Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at…
#275 - Read Harder Challenge 4
Oct 18, 2018 • 32 min
On today’s episode we’re once again helping you tackle your 2018 Read Harder Challenge. Book Riot has one of the best yearly reading challenges but how do you find books to match each task? We’ve got your back. To find additional challenge book ideas…
#274 - Alex London, author of Black Wings Beating
Oct 15, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Alex London joins Adam to chat about his new YA saga BLACK WINGS BEATING! We discuss falconry, LGBTQ+ writing, his experience with putting animals in his books and loads more!
#273 - The Great American Read! with Bill Gardner, VP of Programming and Development at PBS
Oct 11, 2018 • 28 min
It’s a question we’re asked daily: what is your favorite book? PBS took that idea and expanded it to find America’s favorite book and they’ve been working tirelessly to find the answer. Through The Great American Read they’ve found America’s top 100 most…
#272: April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Boneless Mercies
Oct 8, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, April Genevieve Tucholke joins Adam to discuss her latest novel Boneless Mercies, dive DEEP into Beowulf and how its viewed today. We also discuss story structure by comparing linear story lines versus circular stories with multiple…
#271 - Monsters, Murder and More with Mallory O’Meara!
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
On today’s show we welcome in Mallory O’Meara, author and cohost of the wonderful Reading Glasses podcast on the Maximum Fun network! Mallory is, in our opinion, THE person to go to when you’re looking for horror book recommendations. So now that October…
#270 - Interview with Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches
Oct 1, 2018 • 24 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches. Deborah has a new book out now called Time’s Convert that is set in the same universe and she comes on the podcast to talk about…
#269 - A Big Library Read chat with Katherine Locke!
Sep 29, 2018 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Katherine Locke, author of the latest Big Library Read selection The Girl with the Red Balloon. The book is a mix of historical fiction and magical realism and it RULES. This chat features everything from 80s pop music…
#268 - October new books and BIG Fantastic Beasts feelings…
Sep 27, 2018 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share the books coming out in October they are most excited for. BUT FIRST… We are in a BIG NAGINI MOOD. We bring on friend of the show and all around rockstar human Jandra Sutton to breakdown the issues we have with the…
#267 - Hank Green! Author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Sep 24, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Hank Green, one half of the VlogBrothers and just so many other amazing things on the internet. Hank’s debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing comes on Tuesday (9/25) and it is genuinely stunning. Adam and Hank…
#266 - Kerri Maniscalco returns!
Sep 20, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, our good buddy Kerri Maniscalco returns to chat about her brand new book Escaping from Houdini! Want to know what sounds absolutely creepy? A murderous carnival on a cruise ship… We get into where the idea came from and a whole slew of…
#265: What OverDrive is Reading for Read an Ebook Day!
Sep 17, 2018 • 29 min
Tuesday, September 18th is Read an Ebook Day! OverDrive’s own holiday which celebrates a love for digital reading and for today’s episode, Adam and Jill talk to some of their coworkers to find out what books they’ll be reading. Visit…
#264 - GUY BRANUM!
Sep 13, 2018 • 36 min
TV Host, Comedy Writer, Stand up comedian, Memoirist. Guy Branum can do it all. On today’s episode Adam interviews one of his favorite celebrities about his debut book My Life As a Goddess. Equal parts introspective and hilarious, this book breaks down…
#263 - Melissa Hartwig, Co-Founder of Whole30
Sep 10, 2018 • 34 min
On today’s episode, we sit down with Melissa Hartwig, co-founder of Whole30 and author of the new Whole30 Slow Cooker. We disucss how Whole30 came to be, dispel the misconception that it’s a diet and get into Melissa’s life as a fellow book nerd. This…
#262 - Kami Garcia!
Sep 6, 2018 • 47 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Kami Garcia, bestselling co-author of the wildly popular Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures series as well as the new Broken Beautiful Hearts, The X-Files YA origin book Agent of Chaos and numerous other…
#261 - Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by Christina Dalcher whose debut novel VOX is getting all sorts of buzz. This dystopian story draws comparisons to The Handmaid’s Tale with it’s disturbing setting and the future it portrays where women are only allowed…
#260 - September’s best new books!
Aug 30, 2018 • 37 min
Jill is getting married! Thankfully, we have many a book nerd here so the wonderful Andrea pinch hits to chat with Adam about the books they’re most excited for coming out this month. Books discussed in this episode In Pieces by Sally Field The Dinner…
#259 - Talkin’ Fairy Tales with Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik!
Aug 27, 2018 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam has a round table discussion with three of the best writers of modern day fairy tales. Rena Rossner, Laini Taylor, and Naomi Novik all write magical, dark and enchanting stories that many classify as fairy tales and we dive into…
#258 - Together We Read author James Moloney
Aug 25, 2018 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with James Moloney, an Australian author whose latest novel The Love That I Have was selected as our most recent Together We Read book club title for Australia and New Zealand. For two weeks all library card holders in that…
#257 - Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter!
Aug 23, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s episode it’s all about Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone! Adam & Jill begin with a series of topics about the HP community, what the houses mean to them and how the Wizarding World remains connected to their daily lives. Then Adam…
#256 - Eoin Colfer!
Aug 20, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series, to discuss his new graphic novel Illegal. They cover topics like why he chose to write about African immigrants, how graphic novels can help struggling…
#255 - Interview with Keiko Agena
Aug 16, 2018 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill get to talk with Keiko Agena who played Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Along with acting, she is also a visual artist who has a new workbook for artists out now called No Mistakes. Part adult coloring book, part artistic…
254: R. O. KWON!
Aug 13, 2018 • 39 min
On today’s episode new best friend of the show R.O. Kwon joins Jill and Adam to discuss her absolutely Earth shattering debut novel The Incendiaries, wishing she could escape writing about religion and why she’s a firm believer in the spine-in bookshelves…
#253 - YA Anthologies
Aug 9, 2018 • 23 min
Jill and Adam share some of their favorite recent Young Adult anthologies loaded with diverse stories including various cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and stories from authors with disabilities. These stories are a perfect way for readers to…
#252 - Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Aug 6, 2018 • 31 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Gail Honeyman, author of the bestselling book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They discuss what inspired Gail to write the book and what it’s like to have your debut do so well. Say Hello! Find us on…
#251 - August’s Biggest Books
Aug 2, 2018 • 35 min
Adam and Jill are back with their monthly picks! Today they offer up some incredible books coming out in August. Books Mentioned In this Episode Vox by Christine Dalcher Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien The Masterpiece…
#250 - Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin!
Jul 30, 2018 • 48 min
On today’s episode Adam is joined by two of the defining voices in Science Fiction writing, Ann Leckie and NK Jemisin! They discuss tired tropes of Science Fiction, diversity in writing and whether or not it’s okay to tell another culture’s story. This…
#249 - Sharp Objects Readalikes
Jul 26, 2018 • 44 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Emma and Meghan to offer up some Sharp Objects readalikes. Mother / daughter relationships! Small town secrets! Unreliable narrators! Books mentioned in today’s episode: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter When the…
#248 - Joe Abercrombie!
Jul 23, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s episode Adam chats with Joe Abercrombie, author of the ridiculously popular First Law series. They chat about the new covers of the original trilogy, the new trilogy he’s currently writing (!!!) and what he discovered while re-reading his books…
#247 - Janssen Bradshaw, creator of everyday-reading.com!
Jul 19, 2018 • 27 min
On today’s show we have the wildly popular blogger Janssen Bradshaw, creator of the amazing everyday-reading.com. We discuss how she started blogging, how she finds time to read with a bunch of children running around the house, ways to get the youngsters…
#246 - Sarah Jacoby, author and illustrator extraordinaire!
Jul 16, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Adam bonds with Sarah Jacoby over her jawdropping illustrations, her wonderful children’s book and Jim Henson. It’s amazing and she’s amazing and you should all go read Forever or a Day right now.
#245 - Read Harder Challenge Part 3
Jul 12, 2018 • 39 min
We’re back with a bunch more recommendations to help you tackle the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge! Here’s what we’re chatting about today: Book About Nature Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart Hatchet by…
#244 - Katie Ganshert, author of No One Ever Asked
Jul 9, 2018 • 33 min
Today Adam is sitting down with author Katie Ganshert, a wonderful woman who writes Christian inspired titles for both adults and young readers. Her latest novel No One Ever Asked, is inspired by real world events, this is a riveting tale about the way we…
#243 - Big Library Read interview with Lacy Williams
Jul 7, 2018 • 33 min
Big Library Read is back! This time, readers voted on Cowboy Pride by Lacy Williams, a historical western version of Pride & Prejudice. From July 9th until July 23rd, you can borrow Lacy’s book from participating libraries without waitlists or holds.…
#242 - 10 very important Harry Potter debates
Jul 5, 2018 • 49 min
Who is the best Harry Potter character? What’s the worst side plot. Is Snape actually good. We tackle these and so many other important topics on today’s episode!
#241 - Malcolm Hansen, author of They Come in All Colors
Jul 2, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with debut author Malcolm Hansen about his novel They Come in All Colors. This story touches on growing up a multicultural child in the tense societal times of the 60s and 70s in both NYC and the deep south. They also…
#240 - July’s Biggest Books
Jun 28, 2018 • 28 min
It’s our July books episode! Adam and Jill is here with their monthly picks for July and Jill also talks a little bit about her time in New Orleans for ALA. Books Mentioned In This Episode: Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage Give Me…
#239 - Interview with Lisa Genova
Jun 25, 2018 • 40 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice. Her latest book, Every Note Played, is out now. Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at…
#238 - Book Recs and Rules on the Bayou
Jun 21, 2018 • 37 min
Today’s episode is quite spicy! Get it? Bayou? New Orleans? Cajun? Sorry… ANYWAY! Jill is going to New Orleans for ALA so we’re handing out book recs set in the Big Easy. We then dive into a very important conversation about our own personal book rules.…
237 - Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us
Jun 18, 2018 • 44 min
Today’s interview episode is one we’ve been waiting months to share with you! Fatima Farheen Mirza sat down with Adam in Philadelphia for the first interview she ever had about her debut novel A Place for Us. The story she has crafted is beautiful and…
#236 - Read the Rainbow with the Lambda Literary Awards
Jun 14, 2018 • 33 min
It’s Pride Month! For today’s episode, Jill and Adam discuss some of the Lambda Literary Award recent winners along with some other LGBTQ+ related books. They also discuss some of their recent reads. For more information on the award, visit…
#235 - Elisabeth Cohen, author of The Glitch
Jun 11, 2018 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by author Elisabeth Cohen, whose new novel The Glitch, highlights the life of a highly successful female CEO of a tech company and her insanely time managed life. Elisabeth touches on the common misconceptions we all…
#234 - Jill’s OverDrive Tips & Tricks
Jun 7, 2018 • 21 min
Today on the podcast, Jill offers some of her favorite tips & tricks for getting the most out of your library’s OverDrive collection! Say Hello! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com…
#233 - Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Chamber
Jun 4, 2018 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club about his new book The Dante Chamber. They talk about expanding on real life literary characters and turning them into historical fiction. They have a fascinating chat…
Ep: #232 — June’s Biggest Books
May 31, 2018 • 24 min
Adam and Jill are back with their monthly list of books they can’t wait to read in June! Books mentioned in this episode: The Mermaid by Christina Henry There There by Tommy Orange The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay Florida by Lauren Groff…
#231 - Interview with Ruth Ware
May 28, 2018 • 36 min
AHHHH! Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Ruth Ware, one of her absolute favorite mystery authors! Her latest book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, is out tomorrow. Say Hello! Find us on Twitter and Instagram @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at…
#230 - Join the new Professional Book Nerds reading community!
May 24, 2018 • 26 min
We have news! We’ve partnered with Viber, a global messaging app, to launch a reading community for our listeners! Think of this as a Professional Book Nerds Digital Book Club! This community will be an ongoing conversation between us, our fellow book…
#229 - Interview with Claire Legrand
May 21, 2018 • 29 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with YA author Claire Legrand about her new fantasy novel Furyborn. Claire discusses the long history of this book, the music that inspired her writing, and offers some book recommendations for our listeners.…
#228 - Jessica Knoll, Bestselling author of The Favorite Sister and Luckiest Girl Alive
May 19, 2018 • 34 min
The wildly talented and all-around wonderful Jessica Knoll took some time out of her post-pub day celebrations to chat with Adam on today’s episode! They discuss how writing The Favorite Sister was different from her debut, what it feels like writing with…
#227 - Historical Fiction
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
You asked and we listened! On our website professionalbooknerds.com, Historical Fiction was overwhelmingly the genre our listeners wanted us to talk about next, so on today’s episode Adam and Jill offer up some historical fiction picks. They also talk…
#226 - Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, authors of BOB, on the unique experience of co-writing a book!
May 14, 2018 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with award winning authors Rebecca Mass and Wendy Stead, who have co-written the middle-grade novel, BOB! They discuss their different writing styles and how important having an open mind is when co-writing a book. We…
225 - Book Recs from Cleveland Public Library
May 10, 2018 • 51 min
Oh goodness was this a treat. We got a private tour of Cleveland Public Library’s historic downtown library and then sat down with their Youth Services librarians for a book talk! They offer up everything from Adult and YA to comics, manga, graphic novels…
#224 - Interview with Ariel Lawhon
May 7, 2018 • 28 min
Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with Ariel Lawhon, historical fiction author of I Was Anastasia. Jill and Ariel discuss the mythology that surrounds the Romanov dynasty and Ariel’s unique research and writing process. Ariel also shares some of…
#223 - May’s biggest new books
May 3, 2018 • 35 min
Oh it’s that time again! join us as we dive into a big pile of buzzy new books coming out this month. Also… be sure to visit our website for lots of book nerd fun, more book recommendations, get in touch with us and much more!…
#222 - Interview with Alison Green from Ask a Manager
Apr 30, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Alison Green, author of the work advice column Ask a Manager. Her new book, Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work is out May 1st! Visit…
#221 - These Bookish Delights Have Bookish Ends
Apr 26, 2018 • 34 min
Today, we are talking Westworld readalikes! Westerns! Artificial Intelligence! WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? After sharing their readalikes, Jill and Adam also discuss the first episode of season 2 of Westworld. SPOILERS. More Westworld Readalikes can be found on…
#220 - Paula McLain
Apr 23, 2018 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by bestselling author Paula McLain to discuss her new book Love & Ruin. This follow-up to her earlier novel The Paris Wife, Love & Ruin follows Ernest Hemingway’s third wife, Martha Gellhorn. Episode was recorded…
#219 - OverDrive’s Summer Read Program!
Apr 19, 2018 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Christina joins Adam and Jill to talk all about this year’s Summer Read program! This annual program is designed to encourage students to keep reading all year long and runs June 6th - July 18th. Our school partners interested in…
#218: Tricia Levenseller, author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology
Apr 16, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Adam bonds with YA fantasy author Tricia Levenseller over their shared loved of pirates and vikings while getting into the incredible world she’s created in both Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen. They discuss…
Ep: #217 - Read Harder Challenge Part 2
Apr 12, 2018 • 41 min
We’re back with more recommendations for Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge! Today we are tackling: A classic of genre fiction A book you can read in one sitting An essay anthology An assigned book you hated (or didn’t finish) The Hobbit by JRR…
#216 - Nathaniel Philbrick
Apr 9, 2018 • 29 min
Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by National Book Award winning author Nathaniel Philbrick about his re-released memoir Second Wind. Nathaniel talks about his history with sailing and what made him write Second Wind, and also discusses some of his…
#215 - Spring Picks with Nancy Pearl
Apr 5, 2018 • 20 min
Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book picks for spring! Books mentioned in this episode Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee A…
214- Regina Brett
Apr 2, 2018 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Cleveland journalist and bestselling author stops by the office to sit down with Adam for a wide-ranging conversation about everything from being a 20 year cancer survivor, creating books out of newspaper columns and much more. They…
213: April’s Biggest Books
Mar 29, 2018 • 36 min
On today’s episode Adam is back in the office from a whole bunch of travels just in time for our April book picks! Join in as Jill and Adam get a little weird talking Zelda, Duck Tales and, of course, the books they’re most excited about coming out this…
#212 - Big Library Read interview with Jennifer McGaha
Mar 26, 2018 • 34 min
Big Library Read is back! The latest pick for our global eBook club is Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha. On today’s episode, Jennifer joins the Professional Book Nerds and discusses her experience living in a 100-year-old cabin, learning how…
#211 — Claire Handscombe from the Brit Lit Podcast
Mar 22, 2018 • 32 min
It’s a podcast within a podcast! Adam and Jill have a conversation with Claire Handscombe, podcaster behind the Brit Lit Podcast. She is also the author of the upcoming book Unscripted. The trio discuss book trends between the US and the UK and also talk…
#210 - Interview with Steve Hofstetter
Mar 19, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s episode, Adam sits down with stand-up comedian Steve Hofstetter about his new book Ginger Kid. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly at professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com…
#209 - Interview with Jonathan Miles, SJP’s latest Book Club Central Pick!
Mar 15, 2018 • 35 min
In today’s episode, Jill and Adam speak with Jonathan Miles, author of Anatomy of a Miracle, the latest Sarah Jessica Parker ALA Book Club Central Pick. They discuss Jonathan’s writing process, his background as a journalist, and Cleveland! Say Hello!…
#208 - Jane Yolen, Children’s Literature legend!
Mar 12, 2018 • 45 min
No matter what your age, chances are you grew up reading Jane Yolen’s books. She is a children’s literature institution who has been compared to Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen and countless generations learned to read through her stories. This month,…
207 — Killer Thrillers!
Mar 8, 2018 • 31 min
Jill is back with Rachel, Emma, and Kristin are with some of their latest thriller and suspense picks! Many of these aren’t published yet, so be sure to put them on hold now and be first in line. Books Mentioned In This Episode: Sometimes I Lie by Alice…
#206 - Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Blood and Bone!
Mar 5, 2018 • 45 min
On today’s episode we FINALLY share our interview with Tomi Adeyemi, author of the YA Fantasy phenomenon, Children of Blood and Bone. Adam and Tomi discuss how the events of society inspired her stories, realizing that she was writing characters that…
#205 - March’s Biggest Books
Mar 1, 2018 • 37 min
It’s our monthly book round up episode! Adam and Jill discuss the March books they can’t wait to read and also offer some recommendations based on the books they are both currently reading. Books Mentioned In This Episode Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber…
#204 - Carter Wilson
Feb 26, 2018 • 30 min
Today’s episode features bestselling author Carter Wilson. His latest book Mister Tender’s Girl — based on the Slenderman Stabbings — is out now. Carter and Jill discuss Carter’s writing process, comic books, and the balance that comes when writing a…
#203 - Fantastic Fantasy!
Feb 22, 2018 • 46 min
Adam is joined by Christina (hello, Hi!), Sarah and Briana to chat about some Fantasy novels (and series) they’ve been loving lately and even a few coming soon they are hyped about. We’ve got thoughts on world building, love triangles and naming…
#202 - Interview with Matt Haig, author of How To Stop Time
Feb 19, 2018 • 24 min
Jill is back from Denver and ALA Midwinter, where she did several author interviews, including this one with Matt Haig, author of How To Stop Time. Interview was recorded on February 10, 2018 at the Denver Convention Center. Say Hello! Find us on…
201: Together We Read Canada book club author Dennis Bock!
Feb 17, 2018 • 32 min
On today’s special episode, we’re interviewing the author of the Together We Read Canada book club, Dennis Bock. His novel, The Communist’s Daughter, was selected by OverDrive’s Canadian users as their national book club selection and we sat down with him…
#200 - Marieke Nijkamp is back!
Feb 15, 2018 • 57 min
As we celebrate turning 200, we welcome back our 1st ever guest, author Marieke Nijkamp! We sat down for a live event at our home library, Cuyahoga County, to discuss her latest NY Times bestseller, Before I Let Go. Marieke goes into using setting as a…
199: Chris Ferrie, author of Quantum Physics for Babies!
Feb 12, 2018 • 47 min
Today’s episode is sponsored by Sourcebooks. We’ll be interviewing children’s author Chris Ferrie and if you’re looking for more children’s books for your library or personal collection be sure to check out these great Sourcebooks selections: Don’t Push…
198 - Comics Crew Part Deux!
Feb 8, 2018 • 60 min
They have returned! We received a bunch of great feedback last time Kenny, Quinton and Jim were on to discuss comics that we decided we should probably run this back for another hour of good, good comic chat. Love Comics? Prefer Manga? Never read a comic…
#197 - Malu Halasa on Middle Eastern Literature and Christina shares some reading recs.
Feb 5, 2018 • 50 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill interview Malu Halasa about her novel Mother of all Pigs, middle eastern literature and taking a look at stories from a different angle than you might expect. Before that conversation, Christina joins Adam for the intro…
#196 - February’s Biggest Books
Feb 1, 2018 • 28 min
It’s our monthly books list episode! In today’s episode, Jill and Adam run down their list of February books they can’t wait to read. Books Mentioned In this Episode The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard Educated by Tara Westover A Death in Live Oak by…
#195 - Ayobami Adebayo, SJP Book Club Central selection and bestselling author
Jan 29, 2018 • 35 min
Ayobami Adebayo, the latest Book Club Central selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the American Library Association, joins Adam all the way from Nigeria to discuss her moving novel Stay with Me. They also discuss how she built a character out of her…
#194 - 2018 Page to Screen
Jan 25, 2018 • 36 min
Jill is joined by Emma, Rachel, and Kristin to discuss all of the books you should read before their adaptations appear in 2018 (or 2019, in some cases!). Books Mentioned In this Episode Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy Puddin’ by Julie Murphy Where’d You Go…
#193 — Interview with Science Fiction Superstar Ann Leckie
Jan 22, 2018 • 29 min
Today’s podcast is an interview with Ann Leckie, the only author to win the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award for a single title. Her latest book, Provenance, is out now. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at…
#192 — Read Harder 2018 Challenge Part 1
Jan 18, 2018 • 38 min
Our friends over at Book Riot have put out their annual Read Harder Challenge and we’re going to help you find some books! In this episode we offer some recommendations for the following challenge items: A book published posthumously True Crime A book set…
#191 - Heather Demetrios on abusive relationships, theater and writing
Jan 15, 2018 • 46 min
On today’s episode, author Heather Demetrios joins the show to chat about abusive relationships, her new book Bad Romance and the world of theater nerds. They discuss creating a better understanding of emotional abuse and recovering from this difficult…
#190: OverDrive’s Reading Resolutions
Jan 11, 2018 • 49 min
In today’s episode, Adam and Jill sit down with their OverDrive co-workers and former podcast guests to discuss what their reading resolutions for 2018 are! For some, it’s a number of books, for others it’s the type of books they are reading. We also hear…
#189 - Kelly Corrigan live at #Digipalooza17
Jan 8, 2018 • 35 min
On today’s episode, we FINALLY can share our interview with Kelly Corrigan that took place back in August at Digipalooza. Kelly joined us in front of a room of 500 librarians to discuss her new book Tell Me More for the first time ever. In this hilarious…
#188 - Tips for hitting your 2018 reading goals (and some other fun stuff)
Jan 4, 2018 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Jill and (an under the weather) Adam offer up some helpful ways to keep your reading goals on track in 2018. They also provide a few book recommendations, talk about the David Bowie Book Club and get excited about some Page to Screen…
#187 - MarcyKate Connolly, author of Shadow Weaver
Jan 1, 2018 • 33 min
Happy New Year! We welcome in 2018 with an interview with middle grade author MarcyKate Connolly, discussing her new book Shadow Weaver. Hear Adam chat with MarcyKate about magic, world building, ideas coming to her at the most inconvenient time and her…
#186 - January’s biggest books
Dec 28, 2017 • 42 min
We’re ringing in a new year with the books coming out in January we’re most excited for. Take a listen and then let us know what books you can’t wait to read in 2018! Books mentioned in this episode Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict Before I Let Go by…
#185 - OverDrive’s Best Books of 2017
Dec 25, 2017 • 46 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill sit down with some of their OverDrive coworkers and former podcast guests to find out what their favorite books of 2017 were! Books Mentioned in this Episode: Hunger by Roxane Gay Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor…
#184 Adam and Jill’s Best Books of 2017
Dec 21, 2017 • 33 min
Adam and Jill’s Best Books of 2017: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Hunger by Roxane Gay American War by Omar El Akkad The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui Bad Romance by Heather Demitrios Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero Are You…
#183 - Interview with Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief
Dec 18, 2017 • 48 min
Today’s episode is an interview with Cleveland native, Susan Orlean, author of the New York Times Bestselling book The Orchid Thief. She discusses the writing process behind the book and the movie adaptation, as well as gives us a sneak peek of the book…
#182 - Gettin’ cozy with Penny Reid!
Dec 14, 2017 • 31 min
On Today’s Episode, Jill and Adam welcome back their good friend and romance writing treasure, Penny Reid! Penny talks about her latest books, offers some cozy mystery book recommendations and tells us about possibly the best holiday tradition ever. She…
#181 - Interview with FC Yee, author of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
Dec 11, 2017 • 39 min
Today’s episode is an interview with debut young adult author FC Yee. His book The Epic Crush of Genie Lo draws from Chinese folklore and features an incredible heroine. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at…
#180 - The Penguin Hotline!
Dec 7, 2017 • 24 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam are joined by Madeline McIntosh, the President of Penguin Publishing, to talk about their wonderful Penguin Hotline. During the holiday season, you can get book recommendations for yourself or those you’re shopping for by…
#179 - James S.A. Corey, author of The Expanse series
Dec 4, 2017 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill provide some classic Science Fiction book recommendations and then Adam chats with James S.A. Corey about Persepolis Rising, the latest installment of the wildly popular Expanse series. James S. A. Corey is actually the…
#178 - December Top Picks
Nov 30, 2017 • 26 min
It’s our monthly top picks episode! Today, Adam and Jill discuss the December books they are most excited to read. Books Mentioned in this Episode Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey Fire on Ice by Oregonian Staff We’ll Sleep When We’re Old by Pino…
#177 - Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything
Nov 27, 2017 • 21 min
Today’s episode is an interview with New York Times Bestselling author Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything and The Sun Is Also a Star. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @ProBookNerds. Email us directly…
#176 - Goin’ all Gaiman
Nov 23, 2017 • 24 min
Happy Thanksgiving! We’re so thankful that we get to spend time every week chatting books and we’re even more thankful you all decide to listen to us! Today’s episode is Adam all by himself talking about Neil Gaiman, one of his favorite authors. Of all…
#175 - Karan Mahajan, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winner
Nov 20, 2017 • 48 min
Today’s episode is a live interview with Karan Mahajan, winner of the Anisfield-Book Award which recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. This interview took place during Cleveland Book…
#174 — Turn Back Time With Historical Fiction
Nov 16, 2017 • 65 min
Andrea and Christina are back and this time they are talking with Jill about historical fiction! Along with deep diving into their shared love of Tudor history, the women also discuss World War II historical fiction and offer some young adult options as…
#173 - Wendelin VanDraanen & Tara Sands
Nov 13, 2017 • 38 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam chat with both Wendelin VanDraanen, author of the wildly popular Sammy Keyes series, and Tara Sands who does all the narration for the audiobooks! This was a unique chance to dive into the creative process of how…
#172 -Holy book talk, Batman… We’re talking comics!
Nov 9, 2017 • 57 min
Here at OverDrive yes we’re obviously book nerds and yes we obviously love audiobooks and genres of all kind… but we also LOVE comics! For the first time ever, Adam is joined by Kenny, Quinton and Jim to discuss their favorite comic book series, one offs…
#171 - Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Evicted
Nov 6, 2017 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill sit down with Matthew Desmond, who won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Matthew shares the research and experiences that led to him writing this book…
#170 - Jason Reynolds on the importance of children’s literature
Nov 4, 2017 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with Jason Reynolds about his powerful children’s and YA books including Long Way Down, Ghost, and Patina. They discuss the stories from his life that inspire his books and why he gets angry when people say he’s “Just a…
#169 - Nancy Pearl visits OverDrive!
Nov 2, 2017 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill recap OverDrive’s Halloween extravaganza before discussing the books they’re reading currently. Then, the main event: Nancy Pearl live and in our offices! Nancy visited Cleveland for some library events and took time out…
#168 - Kerri Maniscalco, New York Times bestselling author of Hunting Prince Dracula
Oct 30, 2017 • 31 min
On Today’s episode, Jill and Adam talk about their Halloween plans and mutual love of classic candy before getting into a conversation Adam had with two-time New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco. Both of Kerri’s YA thrillers, Stalking Jack…
#167 - November New Book Releases!
Oct 26, 2017 • 36 min
It’s that time again! Our heroes journey out to the land of pre-pub books and offer up the ones their most excited about coming out in November. Come along, won’t you! November Releases mentioned in this episode The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth…
#166 - Drew Magary, Author of The Hike
Oct 23, 2017 • 39 min
On Today’s episode, Adam sits down with Drew Magary, author of The Hike and contributor to GQ, Deadspin and several other sites Adam is obsessed with. They chat about the book (think modern day Iliad) as well as a myriad of topics ranging from covering…
#165 - Oh the Horror!
Oct 19, 2017 • 66 min
Last week, Adam talked Young Adult Horror with Andrea and Christina. This week, Christina and Andrea are back with Jill, along with their coworker Shannon, to discuss Adult Horror! Books Mentioned in this Episode: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski…
#164 - Anna-Marie McLemore, author of Wild Beauty
Oct 16, 2017 • 25 min
Today’s episode is an interview Adam did with young adult author Anna-Marie McLemore at Book Expo America. Anna-Marie writes fairy tale style magical realism and her latest book Wild Beauty is now available. They discuss the origin of her stories and what…
#163- YA Horror picks to prepare for Halloween! AND the return of Dawn Kurtagich
Oct 12, 2017 • 68 min
We’re getting spooky on today’s episode as Adam first chats with Andrea and Christina in the office about their YA Horror recommendations before calling the queen of YA Horror, Dawn Kurtagich, to get her picks. Adam and Dawn also chat about Halloween…
#162- Big Library Read Bonus Episode!
Oct 10, 2017 • 34 min
On this special BONUS Big Library Read episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, Adam welcomes back author Chelsea Sedoti to the show. Chelsea shares the real life stories that built the story in The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett, how falling down a…
#161 — Interview with Tana French
Oct 9, 2017 • 25 min
On today’s episode, Jill got to interview one of her most favorite writers ever: Tana French, author of the award winning Dublin Murder Squad series. Tana shares where her ideas come from, how she approaches each book and detective and they even talk…
#160 - The Professional Book Nerds and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Oct 5, 2017 • 36 min
Rarely do single books come out that the we feel the need to do an entire episode on by themselves but the Harry Potter universe is an exception they’ll always make. On today’s show, we’re celebrating the release of the illustrated version of Harry Potter…
#159 - Linsey Miller, Author of Mask of Shadows
Oct 2, 2017 • 29 min
On today’s episode, we harken back to to June when Jill and Adam sat down with debut author Linsey Miller at the American Library Association’s annual meetings. Linsey’s book Mask of Shadows is now available and *spoiler alert* IT.FRICKIN.ROCKS. Our trio…
October New Book Releases!
Sep 28, 2017 • 37 min
Best day of the month! On today’s episode the Nerds dive into the the new books coming out in October that they’re most excited about. Spoiler Alert: There are SO. MANY. Laughs are had. Books are shared. Adam is awkward. The usual. Check out all the links…
#157 - Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous
Sep 25, 2017 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with author Annalee Newitz to discuss her debut novel, Autonomous. Annalee is a giant in the science and tech industry as one of the founding editors of i09.com and Gizmodo and the Tech Culture Editor at Ars Technica.…
#156 - Banned Books Week and National Book Awards longlist
Sep 21, 2017 • 37 min
On today’s episode, Jill and Adam talk about Banned Books Week, the National Books Awards and their newfound love of the the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Lootcrate. Below, you’ll find all the books we discussed as well as the full Banned Books and…
#155 - Ben Blum, author of Ranger Games
Sep 18, 2017 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Ben Blum who wrote the recently released Ranger Games. Ben’s book is a nonfiction recounting of his cousin’s life as he prepared to become an Army Ranger since he was a child only to be arrested the week before his…
#154 — We All Float Down Here
Sep 16, 2017 • 27 min
Last weekend, Jill and Adam both watched the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT and loved it so much they decided to talk about it — both the film, the book it is based on, and a little bit about the original TV miniseries. SPOILER ALERT for anyone who…
#153 — In Their Own Words: Memoirs
Sep 14, 2017 • 54 min
In today’s episode, Jill is joined by Melissa, Megan, and Briana to talk about a genre they all love: memoirs! From celebrity memoirs like Eddie Izzard’s “Believe Me” to a behind-the-scenes peek at the romance publishing business with “Romance Is My Day…
#152 - Adrian J. Walker on running, very good doggos and writing dystopian novels
Sep 11, 2017 • 27 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with author Adrian J. Walker and they instantly bond over their shared love of running, dogs and the dystopian genre that Adrian writes in. They discuss his books, The End of the World Running Club and The Last Dog on…
#151 — Recommendations from Nancy Pearl
Sep 7, 2017 • 22 min
Our friend Nancy Pearl is back with some book recommendations! Nancy’s Recommendations Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo Say Hello! Find OverDrive on…
#150 - E. Lockhart!
Sep 4, 2017 • 33 min
On Today’s episode we finally get to share an amazing chat we had with E. Lockhart back in the Spring to promote both We Were Liars and her new release Genuine Fraud! We also discussed Broadway musicals and her inspiration for becoming a writer. We also…
#149 - September new releases we’re excited for AND Game Of Thrones!
Aug 31, 2017 • 52 min
It’s our favorite episode of the month! Today we’re talking about the new books coming out in September we can’t wait to read. Jill and Adam go back and forth discussing September’s big new releases for the first half of today’s show but we also give you…
#148 - Jack Gantos, Author of Writing Radar
Aug 28, 2017 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Jack Gantos, who has written books for readers of all ages. The conversation focuses on Jack’s latest work, Writing Radar, in which he details all the ways aspiring writers can set themselves up for success. We also…
#147 - Out of This World Science Fiction
Aug 24, 2017 • 44 min
Half an hour after peak viewing time of the 2017 Solar Eclipse, Jill sat down with three of her colleagues (including first time caller, long time listener Bob) to discuss science fiction! From hard science fiction to dystopian fiction to everything in…
#146 - Amanda Foody, author of Daughter of the Burning City
Aug 21, 2017 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with his favorite debut author of 2017, Amanda Foody! Amanda is the author of Daughter of the Burning City which Adam lovingly describes as a YA-Fantasy Carnival Freak Show Murder Mystery. That’s a lot of words… Amanda takes…
#145 - Young Adult, New Adult, Mystery AND Romance
Aug 17, 2017 • 45 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by frequent friends of the pod (and 2/3rds of the 3-headed Sass Monster) Andrea and Christina. The three of them hand out bunches of book recommendations that would best be categorized as falling under Young Adult, New…
#144 — Brandy Colbert, Author of Little & Lion
Aug 14, 2017 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with the incredible Brandy Colbert. Brandy’s well known for her debut novel Pointe and her latest book Little & Lion was just released. Brandy and Adam discuss diversity in YA novels, the importance of being able to find…
#143 — Jill’s Favorite Fantasy Libraries
Aug 10, 2017 • 20 min
As a librarian who loves fantasy novels, Jill naturally loves fantasy novels that feature a fantastic library! For today’s episode she’s giving a rundown on some of her favorite fantasy libraries and librarians. Share your own favorite fantasy libraries…
#142 - Meg Cabot!
Aug 7, 2017 • 34 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with the incredible and wildly popular bestselling author Meg Cabot. Meg is best known for her Princess Diaries series and she’s written 8- books in total, having sold over 25 million copies. Meg is promoting her latest…
#141 - August Books we’re most excited about!
Aug 3, 2017 • 30 min
The calendar has turned to a new month which means we get to share our picks for the top books of August! Join us as we dive into the new releases coming this month we’re most excited for including everything from bestsellers to debut authors, fiction and…
#140 - Fiona Davis, Author of The Address
Jul 31, 2017 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill nerd out with Fiona Davis, author of the new book The Address. Fiona is well known for her debut novel, The Doll House as well as her time on Broadway. Naturally, the trio talk all things books, New York…
#139 - The Suspense Is Killing Me
Jul 27, 2017 • 60 min
Who doesn’t love a good murder to set off their summer vacation? In today’s episode, Jill is joined by previous guests Emma, Meghan, and Kristin to discuss some of their favorite mystery, suspense, and thriller books! They also share some of the cozy…
#138 - Dav Pilkey, Creator of Captain Underpants
Jul 24, 2017 • 34 min
Tra la Laaa! Today’s episode is a chat with legendary children’s author and illustrator Dav Pilkey! Dav is best known for creating Captain Underpants which has been read by millions of children around the world and is responsible for countless people…
#137 - Book Recommendations with Nancy Pearl, America’s Librarian
Jul 20, 2017 • 43 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill chat with Nancy Pearl! Nancy regularly offers book recommendations on NPR, was named Librarian of the Year in 2011 by Library Journal and even has her own action figure. Nancy has long been known for her ability to…
#136 - B. A. Paris, author of The Breakdown
Jul 17, 2017 • 26 min
On today’s episode, Adam is joined by #1 bestselling author B. A. Paris whose debut novel, Behind Closed Doors, became an instant international sensation. Her latest novel, The Breakdown, is being released on July 18th and is already garnering massive…
#135 - Colson Whitehead, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad
Jul 13, 2017 • 31 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill travel to Chicago to speak with Colson Whitehead about his #1 New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad. Their conversation covered how this book came to be, how he views his…
#134 - Jonathan Safran Foer, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jul 10, 2017 • 38 min
In today’s episode, Adam and Jill sit down with bestselling and award winning author Jonathan Safran Foer. Well known for his immensely popular novels Extremely Loud and Incredible Close and Everything is Illuminated, Jonathan published his latest hit,…
#133 - July Books We Can’t Wait To Read!
Jul 6, 2017 • 35 min
It’s our monthly episode of forthcoming books we can’t wait to read! ::Insert Kermit Arms:: Like every month, Jill and Adam break down some of the books coming out this month that they can’t wait to read. So get your TBR lists ready! Books Mentioned in…
#132 - Greg Iles, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Jul 3, 2017 • 31 min
On this week’s author interview episode we feature Greg Iles, the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Natchez Burning series. Greg talks about his experiences as a writer of the South and the importance of dealing head on with the past and the…
#131: ALA Recap! Interviews, Books, and Chicago, Oh My
Jun 29, 2017 • 32 min
Last weekend, Adam and Jill were in Chicago for the American Library Association. Along with getting to meet some of our library partners, podcast listeners, publishing company friends, they also got to interview some incredible authors and Jill, at…
#130 — Doree Shafrir, Author of STARTUP
Jun 26, 2017 • 42 min
This episode is presented by Libby, the new app from OverDrive that’s the fastest and easiest way to enjoy your next great digital read. Today’s episode is an interview Adam did with Doree Shafrir. Doree has worked at Buzzfeed and Gawker Media, amongst…
#129 — ALA Week! Library Love and OverDrive History Lesson
Jun 22, 2017 • 52 min
Today’s episode is presented by Libby, the new app from OverDrive that’s the fastest and easiest way to enjoy your next great digital read. Our episode today is a very special conversation as Jill and Adam sat down with two librarians who were integral in…
#128 - Kyle Cassidy, author of This is What a Librarian Looks Like
Jun 19, 2017 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam & Jill are joined by Kyle Cassidy, author of This is What a Librarian Looks Like. The trio celebrate this week’s American Librarian Association annual meetings by discussing all the amazing library stories Kyle has in his book. In…
#127 - Wonder Women: the 10 most bad ass female writers
Jun 15, 2017 • 24 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill unveil their top 10 most bad ass female writers working today. Inspired by Wonder Woman, they decide to share this list of incredible ladies in the hopes that you’ll discover some authors you may not have known about or…
#126 - Interview with Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga
Jun 12, 2017 • 60 min
Episode Overview Today’s episode is a conversation Jill had with Instagram yogi rockstar Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga. More than just a discussion about yoga, Jill and Jessamyn discuss body image, diet culture, and being an untraditional…
#125 - Interview with Sarah Dessen, New York Times Bestselling author
Jun 8, 2017 • 39 min
Adam and Jill are both back in the office this week! ::FLAILING KERMIT ARMS:: In our intro, Adam shares some of the adventures he had in New York City when he was visiting the Big Apple for Book Expo and then Jill has an interview with New York Times…
#124 - Interview with Marcus Sedgwick, author of Saint Death
Jun 5, 2017 • 29 min
Episode Overview: Today’s episode is an interview Jill did with award-winning author and illustrator Marcus Sedgwick, whose latest book Saint Death was published back in April. Other Books Mentioned in this episode: The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson Say…
#123 - Mail Bag Recs and Adam and Jill Ramblings
Jun 1, 2017 • 31 min
Episode Overview Adam and Jill are currently podcast hosts passing in the night, with Adam currently in New York City for Book Expo America while Jill is back in the office after having just returned from the Big Apple! In the first half of the episode,…
#122 - Cat Clarke, bestselling author of The Pants Project
May 29, 2017 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam has the honor of chatting with Cat Clarke about her book The Pants Project. Cat has written a story about a Transgender student entering a new school where Liv is forced to wear a skirt even though he knows inside he was meant to…
#121 - Marie Benedict is back!
May 27, 2017 • 39 min
On this very special episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast, we sit down with Marie Benedict once more to discuss The Other Einstein which was chosen by our readers as the next Big Library Read global eBook club! Marie came to our offices in…
#120 - June Books We’re Excited To Read!
May 25, 2017 • 31 min
Before Jill and Adam go on a series of travel adventures for work and play they get together to share the books coming out in June they’re most excited to read. In this episode you’ll hear discussions about new memoirs (HELLO EDDIE IZZARD), Science…
#119 - Caite Dolan-Leach
May 22, 2017 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Jill & Adam chat with debut author Caite Dolan-Leach about her debut novel Dead Letters. In addition to being an amazing writer and overall human, Caite is a literary translator who studied at Trinity College and the American…
#118 - What Team OverDrive Is Reading
May 18, 2017 • 23 min
We are an office full of readers and so for today’s episode we decided to poll some of our co-workers and past podcast guests to see what everyone is currently reading or has recently finished. We love doing these episodes because they are always a great…
#117 - Fierce Reads Tour!
May 15, 2017 • 58 min
The Fierce Reads tour kicked off May 9, 2017 and Cleveland’s own Cuyahoga County Public Library was the first stop! Adam and I got to moderate a panel discussion with three incredible Young Adult authors: Scott Westerfeld, Erin Beaty, and Taran Matharu.…
Ep #116: Short Reads!
May 11, 2017 • 29 min
On today’s episode we are discussing short reads and quick books! We love big books and we cannot lie but not everyone does or has the time so today’s episode is all about shorter books that can be read over a long weekend (which is perfect for our…
#115 — Kate Moore
May 8, 2017 • 28 min
On today’s episode, Adam chats with Kate Moore, author of the incredible book The Radium Girls. This work of nonfiction recounts the story of the women who worked with Radium-based paint, ingesting poison every single day, and their fight to make sure the…
#114 — Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, Part II
May 4, 2017 • 53 min
We’re back with round two of our Book Riot Read Harder Challenge suggestions! Completing this challenge is a lot of fun and can help broaden your literary scope but it can be tough to find books that fit the categories. That’s where we come in! In ep. 82…
#113 — Celebrating Children’s Book Week
May 1, 2017 • 51 min
It’s Children’s Book Week and we are celebrating with a three-in-one author interview episode featuring authors Pat Mora, Cynthia Leitich-Smith, and Don Tate. Interviews were recorded at the Virginia Hamilton Conference, April 6-7, 2017. Say Hello! Find…
#112 - May Books We’re Excited To Read!
Apr 27, 2017 • 29 min
May is just around the corner which means it’s time for Adam and Jill to offer up their top picks for books coming out in May 2017! Books Mentioned In This Episode: We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare…
#111 - Together We Read interview with Denzil Meyrick
Apr 24, 2017 • 36 min
In today’s episode, Adam speaks with Scottish author Denzil Meyrick. Denzil’s book, Whisky From Small Glasses was selected as our Together We Read Digital Book Club choice for our U.K. libraries. Together We Read is a Digital Book Club being featured…
#110 - John Scalzi
Apr 20, 2017 • 43 min
On Today’s episode, Jill & Adam sit down with John Scalzi, one of the most prolific and success Science Fiction Writers of our time. John provides an introduction to his new book, The Collapsing Empire, and then explains what makes a good Sci-Fi story in…
#109 - OverDrive’s Summer Read Program
Apr 17, 2017 • 33 min
On today’s episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Christina, who tells us all about the titles included in this year’s Summer Read program. OverDrive Summer Read is an annual program designed to encourage K-12 students to keep reading all year long. The…
#108 - Celebrating National Library Week
Apr 13, 2017 • 27 min
It’s National Library Week! As a library company, OverDrive knows the importance of libraries and as podcast hosts, we often ask our guest authors for their thoughts and memories about the importance of libraries as well. For this episode, we pulled…
#107 - Omar El Akaad
Apr 10, 2017 • 36 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Omar El Akaad about his debut novel American War, which tells the story of a second American Civil War taking place 100 years in the future. Omar has spent his professional life covering news in places like Iraq, Egypt…
#106 - Together We Read interview with Lesley Crewe
Apr 6, 2017 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Lesley Crewe, whose book, Amazing Grace, was chosen as the Together We Read national digital book club selection for Canada. From April 13-27, library card holders of Canadian libraries can borrow the eBook of Amazing…
#105 - Interview with George Saunders
Apr 3, 2017 • 40 min
On today’s episode, Adam & Jill chat with George Saunders, bestselling authors and one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world. George is renowned for his collections of short stories and his first full length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo,…
#104 — April Books We’re Excited To Read
Mar 30, 2017 • 32 min
April is right around the corner which means it’s time for Adam and Jill to talk about all of the forthcoming books they are excited in read! Books mentioned in this episode: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling, read by Eddie Redmayne…
#103 - Interview with Brad Ricca
Mar 27, 2017 • 39 min
On today’s episode, Adam is left all by his lonesome for a sleep-deprived introduction where he talks about a local theater production he saw the night before and begs you to give us a 5-star rating before getting into the actual important part of the…
#102 - Blast From the Past! Historical Fiction
Mar 23, 2017 • 44 min
Take a trip back through time with today’s episode where Adam and Jill discuss some of their favorite historical fiction picks! We not only help give a definition of what makes a book historical fiction, but we also discuss multiple timeline novels and…
#101: Interview with Elise Parsley, picture book author and illustrator
Mar 20, 2017 • 33 min
On today’s episode Jill returns from jury duty and regales us with an exciting recap of sitting in a room for three days. Our heroes then discuss St. Patrick’s Day excitement (even though the holiday has come and gone). The main portion of this episode is…
#100 (!!!) - Interview with Barry Lyga
Mar 16, 2017 • 35 min
100 episodes! That’s a big round number. On this, our first episode in the triple digits, Jill and Adam chat with Barry Lyga, best selling author of harrowing Young Adult books including I Hunt Killers and Boy Toy. His latest novel, BANG, comes out on…
#99 - Interview with Carol Weston, author of The Speed of Life & Ava and Pip
Mar 13, 2017 • 29 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with author and advice columnist Carol Weston. Carol’s new book, Speed of Life, comes out in April and she chats with Adam about how the book came to be, dealing with emotional loss as a teenager and what it’s like…
Ep #98: March Sadness
Mar 9, 2017 • 38 min
For college basketball fans, this month is the time for March Madness but we decided to switch it up by doing an episode titled March Sadness. These are the books that make us cry, sob, weep, bawl …. you get the picture. Basically, these are the books…
#97 — Kwame Alexander
Mar 6, 2017 • 27 min
on today’s episode, Adam sits down with Newbery Medal winner and bestseller Kwame Alexander. Kwame was in town promoting his latest book, The Playbook, which is a set of rules for children to use to be successful in life. Kwame and Adam chatted about the…
#96 — March Books We’re Excited To Read
Mar 2, 2017 • 24 min
It’s a new month! That means it’s time to talk about all the forthcoming books we are excited to read. Together, Adam and Jill have a mix of young adult and adult fiction, non-fiction, and everything in between! Let us know your March picks by emailing us…
#95 - Big Library Read is back and we’re talking Pie with Kate McDermott
Feb 27, 2017 • 31 min
On today’s episode Adam and Jill are celebrating the upcoming launch of the latest Big Library Read event by chatting with Kate McDermott, author of Art of the Pie, which was selected as the eBook readers around the world will be reading at the same time…
Ep #94: Page to Screen, Oscars Edition
Feb 23, 2017 • 49 min
The Academy Awards are this weekend and five of this year’s Best Picture nominees are based on books! As book and movie lovers, Adam and Jill decided it would be fun to discuss books that were adapted into films that became Best Picture nominees. We also…
#93 - Elizabeth Kostova
Feb 21, 2017 • 30 min
On today’s episode, Adam sits down with Elizabeth Kostova, #1 bestselling author of The Historian and The Swan Thieves. Elizabeth has a new book coming out April 11 called The Shadow Land and so she was in Atlanta for the American Library Association…
#92 - You Won’t Want to Myth This Episode!
Feb 16, 2017 • 42 min
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was released last week and we decided to celebrate by discussing other books that deal with mythology and lore! Books Mentioned In This Episode Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan…
#91 — Interview with Jen Calonita
Feb 13, 2017 • 25 min
On today’s episode, Adam interviews Jen Calonita in Atlanta during the American Library Association Midwinter meetings. Jen has gone from being an editor at a teen entertainment magazine where she interviewed celebrities backstage to creating her own…
#90 - Romance Recs from Zoraida Cordova
Feb 9, 2017 • 38 min
On this episode, Zoraida Cordova once again graces us with her wonderful presence to offer up some of her favorite recent romance reads. Zoraida is currently writing on a warm, tropical island (seriously look at her instagram:…
#89 - Interview with Penny Reid, self-published author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City Series
Feb 6, 2017 • 43 min
Several of our co-workers absolutely adore Penny Reid and her Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series and suggested we interview her. After speaking with her for half an hour, Penny now has two new fans in both Adam and Jill. Penny is the first…
#88 — Reader Advisory recommendations and February’s biggest books
Feb 2, 2017 • 33 min
On the 88th episode of the pod, Jill and Adam read through a few listener emails and offer book recommendations based on what you, the listener, has been reading. If you’d like some recommendations just email professionalbooknerds@overdrive.com with what…
#87 - Interview with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko
Jan 30, 2017 • 27 min
In today’s episode we hear the first of several interviews Adam did authors at the American Library Association Midwinter Meetings. Adam sat down with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko, which comes out on February 7th. Min shared her experiences as an…
#86 - Adam’s Back with the ALA Youth Media Awards
Jan 26, 2017 • 26 min
Adam’s back from ALA Midwinter and brought with him the big list of 2017 Youth Media Award Winners and a whole bunch of advanced reader copies that the whole OverDrive office is excited to read. Books mentioned in this episode Quiet Until The Thaw by…
#85 — Jill In a Recording Studio With a Microphone
Jan 23, 2017 • 30 min
Adam is in Atlanta for ALA Midwinter this week and left Jill all alone with a microphone mwahahahaha (j/k). So in this very off the cuff episode, Jill talks about all the ways you can keep track of the books you read and also goes over the books she has…
#84 — TV shows with book tie ins
Jan 19, 2017 • 38 min
If you like Gilmore Girls: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham Eat Like a Gilmore Wild by Cheryl Strayed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo If you like (guilty pleasure) reality shows: I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends:…
#83 — Interview with debut author Samuel Parker
Jan 16, 2017 • 60 min
In today’s episode Jill & Adam talk to debut author Samuel Parker about his first novel Purgatory Road. He discusses his inspirations as a writer include Stephen King and why he choose Vegas as a setting. Jill and Adam also have a quick chat about their…
#82 — Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, Part I
Jan 12, 2017 • 45 min
Like most book nerds, we love the website Book Riot and their annual Read Harder Challenge. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to find titles that fit the categories if they are a little outside of your reading comfort zone so we decided to offer some…
#81 — Interview with Robyn Carr
Jan 9, 2017 • 26 min
Today’s episode features an interview with world-renowned romance writer, Robyn Carr. Robyn recently received the Romance Writer’s of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award and is best known for for her Virgin River Series. In this interview,…
#80 — Books We Are Excited to Read in 2017
Jan 5, 2017 • 32 min
Books Mentioned in this Episode: The Road to Jonestown by Jeff Guinn The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova Hunger by Roxane Gay Pachinko by Min Jin Lee The American War by Omar El Akkad Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman How to Hygge by Her Every Fear by Peter…
#79 - Jill Wrote a Book!
Jan 2, 2017 • 33 min
On this very special episode of the podcast, Adam interviews Jill because she wrote a memoir title Running with a Police Escort and it’s now available on OverDrive and everywhere you buy your books! Jill chats about how she decided to write her first book…
#78 - Books coming out in January we’re excited about
Dec 29, 2016 • 35 min
On the last episode of 2016, Jill and Adam discuss the books coming out in January that they can’t wait to read. The books discussed come from an overdrive.com list that you can look through and sample titles right here:…
#77 - Interview with Australian author Fleur McDonald
Dec 26, 2016 • 25 min
It’s the last week of 2016 and for this final Monday of the year, Adam and Jill are back with another author interview! This time they spoke with Fleur McDonald, an Australian author known for her rural fiction. If the holidays gifted you with a new…
#76 - Interview with Kathryn Barker, author of In the Skin of a Monster
Dec 22, 2016 • 30 min
In today’s episode, Adam speaks with debut novelist Kathryn Barker, author of the award winning In the Skin of a Monster. Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at…
#75 - Zoraida Cordova returns!
Dec 19, 2016 • 35 min
On this episode, YA author Zoraida Cordova returns for a 2nd time to discuss Labyrinth Lost, the strange life authors lead being solitary writers and then social butterflies while promoting books and having fans while being fans of other authors. Adam and…
#74 - Our Favorite Books of 2016
Dec 15, 2016 • 47 min
It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for the Professional Book Nerds to reflect and discuss their favorite books of 2016. For this episode we brought back some of our previous guests and asked them to share their favorite titles. (And, because…
#73 - Alan Cumming Interview and Happy Birthday Professional Book Nerds!
Dec 12, 2016 • 62 min
This is the one year anniversary episode of the Professional Book Nerds podcast! Thank you so much to our listeners, whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or are a brand new listener, and everyone in between. We’ve come a long way since our…
#72 - Turn Up the Heat Because We Are Talking Romance
Dec 8, 2016 • 55 min
We are back with another romance episode! Our first romance episode back in February still remains our most popular episode and we decided to bring the genre back for another time. This time, Jill is joined by Liz, Meghan, and Emma as they discuss their…
#71 - Live interview with Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series
Dec 5, 2016 • 64 min
In our 71st episode, Adam and Jill sat down with Lee Child, best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series. Lee gives audiences a glimpse into the newest Jack Reacher book Night School and takes questions from the audience, including the autobiographical…
#70 — Interview with children’s author Patricia Hruby Powell
Dec 1, 2016 • 33 min
On the 70th episode of the podcast, Jill & Adam spoke with Patricia Hruby Powell as a part of their Holiday Spectacular interview series. Patricia writes award winning, important biographical children’s books including Josephine, which details the…
#69 — Interview with Catherine Hall, Author of The Repercussions
Nov 28, 2016 • 30 min
Today’s episode is an interview with Catherine Hall, author of the war time novel The Repercussions. In this chat, Catherine discusses how her trips while working with civil rights and peacekeeping organizations inspired her writing and shared how she…
#68 — LIfestyle books, cookbooks, and party planning, oh my!
Nov 24, 2016 • 38 min
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States and the OverDrive staff are off with family and friends. But with the holiday season now officially starting, they decided to talk about some of their favorite “lifestyle” books, including cookbooks and party…
#67 — Interview with debut author Elle Wild
Nov 17, 2016 • 32 min
On the first of our Holiday Spectacular series of author interviews, Adam spoke with Elle Wild, whose debut title Strange Things Done, is now available for libraries and readers. Imagine waking up without a memory of what you did the night before and…
#66 — Interview with Marissa Meyer, NYT bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles and Heartless
Nov 15, 2016 • 25 min
In today’s episode, Jill gets to talk to one of her personal favorite authors, Marissa Meyer, who is the New York Times bestselling writer behind The Lunar Chronicles and the brand-new Heartless, which is a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.…
#65 — Books We Love to Read Over and Over (and Over) Again
Nov 10, 2016 • 34 min
Like many readers, the OverDrive staff all have their favorite books they love to re-read on a regular basis. For today’s episode, Adam and Jill talk with some of their colleagues and former Professional Book Nerds podcast guests about the books they love…
#64 — Interview with Jodi Picoult
Nov 7, 2016 • 60 min
In our second ever live episode, Adam and Jill had the opportunity to sit down with Jodi Picoult, New York Times Bestselling author of over twenty novels including My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, Vanishing Acts and Plain Truth. Her latest book Small…
#63 — Books Written During NaNoWriMo
Nov 3, 2016 • 27 min
November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo, which is a month long event that challenges writers to write 50,000 words of a novel throughout the month of November. Over the course of the ten years that the event has been around,…
#62 - Interview with Kyle Mills
Oct 31, 2016 • 41 min
Jill and Adam sit down with bestselling author Kyle Mills who not only created his own geopolitical mysteries but he also has taken up the mantel of the wildly popular Mitch Rapp novels for Vince Flynn and he’s written in the Robert Ludlun Covert-One…
#61 - Horror Reads for Adults
Oct 27, 2016 • 52 min
This week Jill is not only back from her witchy work visit to Massachusetts, she’s sitting down with Rachel K. and Quinton to discuss some of their favorite horror novels (and she tries her hardest to not spend the entire episode mentioning Stephen King).…
#60 — Interview with David Levithan
Oct 24, 2016 • 37 min
Today’s episode is an interview with New York Times bestselling author, David Levithan, perhaps best known for Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Boy Meets Boy and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. David spoke about his writing process, what it’s like writing a…
#59 — Young Adult Horror
Oct 20, 2016 • 60 min
While Jill is out experiencing Salem (witches!) Adam has two separate conversations with Christina and Andrea of the 3-Headed Sass Monster in which they chat about their favorite Young Adult Horror titles just in time for Halloween. Because they are…
#58 — Live interview with James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner
Oct 17, 2016 • 52 min
Our first ever live episode! Jill and Adam sat down with #1 New York Times bestselling author James Dashner, of Maze Runner fame, in front of a large crowd of his adoring fans at the main branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL). James shared…
#57 — What We’re Reading This Week
Oct 13, 2016 • 25 min
As a library company, we are all big readers and for this episode we decided to ask some of our co-workers and past podcast guests what they are currently reading! Titles mentioned in this episode: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Not My Father’s Son by…
#56 — Big Library Read Interview with Marieke Nijkamp, author of This Is Where It Ends
Oct 10, 2016 • 35 min
Multiple times a year, OverDrive offers users an opportunity to take part in a global ebook club through their library and this time the book choice is This is Where It Ends and we are thrilled to have author Marieke Nijkamp back on our podcast! Her debut…
#55 - Page to Stage
Oct 6, 2016 • 54 min
Let the OverDrive staff entertain you as we hit the Great White Way to discuss books that have been adapted into Broadway musicals! Adam and Jill are joined by their co-worker Meghan who is also a theater nerd and the three of them share their great love…
#54 — New York Times best selling author Leigh Bardugo
Oct 3, 2016 • 30 min
In our 54th episode, Adam sat down with #1 New York Times best selling author Leigh Bardugo, whose most recent book, Crooked Kingdom, is now available. Leigh was in town for an author event at a local library where Adam hosted a Q and A with some of her…
#53 — Musical Memoirs & Rock Biographies
Sep 29, 2016 • 44 min
The OverDrive staff librarians come from a wide range of backgrounds and two of our librarians — Liz and Rachel K. — come from music library backgrounds. So we decided to use their collective knowledge and reading backgrounds to discuss musical memoirs…
#52 — Interview with Marie Benedict, author of The Other Einstein
Sep 26, 2016 • 38 min
On this episode, Adam chats with lawyer turned author Marie Benedict about her latest novel, The Other Einstein. This historical fiction title is rooted in facts (and science!) and is the story of Albert Einstein’s first wife who was also heavily involved…
#51 — We Read Banned Books
Sep 22, 2016 • 55 min
Episode Overview September 25 - October 1st marks Banned Books Week and as a library company full of librarian employees, OverDrive feels very strongly about the importance of reading banned and challenged books. Adam and Jill decided to talk to some of…
#50 — Interview with Cuyler Overholt
Sep 19, 2016 • 33 min
We’re 50! Well, we’re 50 episodes old anyway. In today’s very round numbered episode we sat down (virtually) with debut author Cuyler Overholt to talk about her thrillng novel, A deadly Affection, her award-winning debut, is the first installment in the…
#49 - What OverDrive is Reading for Read an eBook Day
Sep 15, 2016 • 33 min
Episode Overview: Friday September 16, 2016 is Read an eBook Day! As the leading app for eBooks available through libraries, we love celebrating this day of #eBookLove. For this week’s episode, Adam and Jill decided to poll previous Professional Book Nerd…
#48 — Interview with Kate Elliott
Sep 12, 2016 • 43 min
In today’s episode, Adam chats with author Kate Elliott, who has written 25 novels. She is currently working on her first Young Adult titles with the Court of Fives trilogy. The second Court of Fives title, Poisoned Blade, comes out this fall. Kate and…
#47 — Bonus Friday Fun with Jill and Adam
Sep 9, 2016 • 37 min
Episode Overview Happy Friday! In today’s episode, Jill and Adam hang out in their soon-to-be awesome recording studio and chat. They start by sharing some recent listener emails. They also share some big news about upcoming podcast interviews and give a…
#46 — Interview with Lisa Fenn, author of CARRY ON. With special guest Leroy Sutton
Sep 5, 2016 • 29 min
Episode Overview Adam sits down with Lisa Fenn, ESPN producer and author of the new book CARRY ON which examines the unexpected relationship between two disabled wrestlers living in inner city Cleveland. One of those wrestlers, Leroy Sutton, joins Adam…
#45 - It’s All True… Nonfiction Recommendations
Sep 1, 2016 • 35 min
On today’s episode, Jill is joined by newcomer Kristi as they discuss some of their favorite nonfiction titles. They dive into some fascinating conversations about travel, science and much more while also providing some helpful “introductory” titles for…
#44 - Interview with Chelsea Sedoti, Author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett.
Aug 29, 2016 • 23 min
In our last interview from the American Library Association meetings in Orlando, Adam sits down with debut author, Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. Adam and Chelsea discuss a shared love of the Midwest before diving into…
#43 - Young Adult 2 with the 3-headed Sass Monster
Aug 25, 2016 • 49 min
Well hello there! Today we have a big ol’ list of book recommendations for fans of Young Adult and New Adult titles. Adam is joined by his good friends (and avid readers) Christina, Andrea and Sydney who share their recent reads and chat about the mass…
#42 — Interview with Hollie Overton, Author of Baby Doll
Aug 22, 2016 • 32 min
We’ve all heard stories — real and fictional — about women kidnapped and held captive for years but what happens after they escape? That’s the question Hollie Overton sets out to answer in her book Baby Doll. For her book, Hollie used her real-life…
#41 — A grab bag of book recommendations!
Aug 18, 2016 • 39 min
Today we have two newcomers to the podcast in Sydney and Tiffany who join Adam to chat about what else…books of course! They offer up the books they’re excited about and their favorite recent reads. Both Sydney and Tiffany are former teachers so they dive…
#40 — Interview with Megan Abbott, Author of You Will Know Me
Aug 15, 2016 • 31 min
We’ve got Olympic Fever and the only prescription is an interview with the resplendent Megan Abbott! In addition to being a former Librarian and a true champion of libraries, Megan Abbott’s most recent book, You Will Know Me, is a suspenseful thriller…
#39 — Audiobooks to make you laugh!
Aug 11, 2016 • 51 min
Everyone loves to laugh, right? You totally do. So in this episode Adam is joined by Melissa to discuss their favorite comedic audiobooks. They begin with their all time favorites before moving on to the audiobooks their excited to listen to in the near…
#38 — Interview with Duane Swierczynski, Author of Revolver
Aug 8, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode Jill returns for our intro with Adam! The actual episode is an interview with Duane Swierczynski, author of the crime novel, Revolver, which is about the murder of two cops and their family efforts to solve the mystery. The story is told…
#37 — We Need to Talk About Dystopia…
Aug 4, 2016 • 56 min
In today’s episode Jill chats with Christina and Sarah about why they all love Dystopian books and what makes these titles so enchanting. They also discuss the idea of Utopias and if they can exist without dystopias being a part of the world. Naturally,…
#36 — Interview with Nathan Hill, Author of The Nix
Aug 1, 2016 • 23 min
On the 36th episode of the pod, Adam chats with debut author, Nathan Hill. The Nix, which comes out August 30th, explores the resilience of love and home, especially in times of radical change. Nathan shares his love of libraries and choose your own…
#35 — Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem, Oh My…2!
Jul 28, 2016 • 50 min
In today’s episode Emma, Meghan and Kristin return to share the latest books they’ve been reading and listening to in the Mystery genre. Back by popular demand, they also provide a pretty amazing list of punny-named cozy mysteries that you’re going to…
#34 — Interview with Zoraida Cordova, Author of Labyrinth Lost
Jul 25, 2016 • 22 min
In our 34th episode Adam interviewed Zoraida Cordova in Orlando where she was promoting her upcoming Young Adult Fantasy title, Labyrinth Lost. Zoraida shared her inspirations for this book as well as her love of mermaids and a fun story about how she…
#33 — Guys Read Too!
Jul 21, 2016 • 44 min
Our 33rd episode is packed with book recommendations as Adam is joined by Jim and Quinton in the OverDrive offices to offer up the books they’ve loved lately. See the list below for links to all the titles discussed on the episode. As this was the first…
#32 — Interview with Dawn Kurtagich, Author of And the Trees Crept In
Jul 18, 2016 • 28 min
Our 32nd episoee features Dawn Kurtagich, author of And The Trees Crept In, a Young Adult psychological horror that is both breathtaking and terrifying. Dawn, however, could not be more cheerful! She spoke with Adam at the American Library Association…
#31 — Interview with Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of The Immortals
Jul 14, 2016 • 22 min
Episode Overview Our 31st episode features Jordanna Max Brodsky, author of the The Immortals, book one in the Olympus Bound series. She shares with Adam her writing process of needing to write five days a week and all about the places she has traveled for…
#30 — Interview with author Gene Gant
Jun 30, 2016 • 24 min
Episode Overview In our 30th episode, Adam talks with author Gene Gant, a strong advocate for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, especially those that feature LGBT characters. Gant’s latest book, Bender, was realized in June and he’s also an author of young adult…
#29 — Muggles, Magic, McGonagall, and More!
Jun 23, 2016 • 49 min
Episode Overview Today, June 23, 2016, marks the start of the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, which is being held in Orlando this year. Since so many librarians and library fans will be taking advantage of the nearby Wizarding World of…
#28 — James Patterson Interview and Release of BookShots
Jun 16, 2016 • 44 min
Episode Overview James Patterson, New York Times bestselling author of the Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series is our guest on the podcast today! Patterson, who is a big supporter of libraries, has recently launched his new BookShots line of books:…
#27 — Big Library Read Interview with Julie McElwain, author of A Murder in Time
Jun 14, 2016 • 27 min
Episode Overview Today’s podcast is a special episode related to the second Big Library Read pick of 2016. A couple of times a year, OverDrive offers users an opportunity to take part in a global book club through their library. Readers vote on the title…
#26 — Interview with Brad Meltzer, New York Times Bestselling author & and host of Decoded
Jun 10, 2016 • 25 min
Episode Overview For today’s episode, Adam sits down with New York Times Bestselling author Brad Meltzer. His latest book House of Secrets, which traces a conspiracy theory related to Benedict Arnold, was a collaborative effort with Tod Goldberg. In this…
#25 — Interview with Lisa Unger, New York Times Bestselling Author
Jun 7, 2016 • 29 min
Episode Overview Happy Tuesday! In today’s episode, Adam sits down and talks with Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author whose newest book Ink and Bone is released today, June 7, 2016. Ink and Bone returns to The Hollows, the setting of several of…
#24 — Fantastic Fairy Tales
Jun 2, 2016 • 48 min
Episode Overview: In this week’s episode, Jill is back and she talks with Adam and Kristin about fairy tales! We discuss what we think makes a fairy tale a fairy tale (which turns out to be a much harder question to answer than we originally thought!) and…
#23 — Interview with Ryan Graudin, author of Wolf by Wolf
May 26, 2016 • 39 min
Episode Overview: In this week’s author interview, Adam talks with Ryan Graudin, young adult author of multiple books including Wolf by Wolf and its forthcoming sequel, Blood for Blood. She shares her writing process and she and Adam geek out over their…
#22 — Interview with Jewell Parker Rhodes
May 19, 2016 • 28 min
Episode Overview In today’s episode, Adam sits down with writer Jewell Parker Rhodes, an author who is familiar writing for both adults and juveniles/YA. Her forthcoming book, Towers Falling, is all about teaching the story of the 9/11 attacks to children…
#21 — Young Adult book recommendations and why YA matters
May 12, 2016 • 40 min
Newcomers to the podcast Christina and Andrea join Adam to discuss their favorite Young Adult books and series. They also discuss why they think YA is such a popular genre. Christina and Andrea share their favorite types of characters and subgenres to…
#20 — All Things Audiobooks & OverDrive’s Audiobook SYNC Program
May 5, 2016 • 34 min
Episode Overview: May 5th marks the start of OverDrive’s AudioSYNC program so the OverDrive team is spending this episode talking about all things audiobooks! if you ever visit our Blue Sky Campus and walk around the office you’ll see lots of staff…
#19 — If Books Be the Food of Love, Read On! Celebrating #Shakespeare400
Apr 28, 2016 • 40 min
Episode Overview: 400 years ago this month, William Shakespeare shuffled off this mortal coil but the show must go on, so OverDrive’s Professional Book Nerds are discussing the man behind the myth in our latest episode. We also talk about whether or not…
#18 — Interview with Matthew Quick, bestselling author of Silver Linings Playbook
Apr 21, 2016 • 21 min
Episode Overview This week we are back with another author interview, this time with bestselling author Matthew Quick, the man behind the popular The Silver Linings Playbook which was also adapted into the Academy Award nominated film. In his conversation…
#17 — Celebrating National Poetry Month
Apr 14, 2016 • 39 min
Episode Overview: April is National Poetry Month and some of the OverDrive staff is celebrating by having a themed episode where we share some of our favorite poems and poets and even read a couple of poems on air. The professional book nerds also share…
#16 — Interview with Lisa Jackson, New York Times Bestselling Author
Apr 7, 2016 • 35 min
Episode Overview In our latest author interview, OverDrive’s Adam talks to New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson. She shares insights into her writing process, including what it’s like working with her sister, fellow author Nancy Bush, and the…
#15 — Feminist Reads and True Crime
Mar 31, 2016 • 40 min
Episode Overview In today’s episode we are talking about two of our favorite non-fiction categories: feminist/women’s studies titles and true crime! We also talk about all of the recent non-fiction books of all genres that we’ve read and the forthcoming…
#14 — Page to Screen
Mar 24, 2016 • 29 min
Episode Overview Book adaptations on the big and small screen are all the rage and several upcoming films have the OverDrive staff super excited. In this week’s episode, Adam and Jill discuss their favorite page to screen titles, share favorites from some…
#13 — Interview with Dr. Lisa Damour, author of Untangled
Mar 17, 2016 • 36 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview Recently, local Cleveland author Dr. Lisa Damour stopped by the OverDrive offices to chat with Adam…
#12 — Mystery, Murder, and Mayhem, Oh My!
Mar 10, 2016 • 46 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview In today’s episode we are talking all things Mystery! From cozy mysteries to…
#11 — Big Library Read interview with Taya Kyle, author of American Wife and widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle
Mar 3, 2016 • 33 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview Today’s podcast is a special episode related to the first Big Library Read pick of 2016. A couple of…
#10 — Interview with Marie Bostwick, author of the Cobbled Quilt and Too Much, Texas series
Feb 25, 2016 • 32 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview In this week’s episode, Adam talks with Marie Bostwick, author of the popular Cobbled Quilt and Too…
#9 — Science Fiction and Fantasy
Feb 18, 2016 • 49 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at facebook.com/OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter @OverDriveLibs and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview In our ninth episode we are talking all things science fiction and fantasy! If…
#8 — Interview With Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Feb 11, 2016 • 25 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook at OverDriveforLibraries and Twitter at @OverDriveLibs. Email us directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview In our second author interview, Adam interviews Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the…
#7 — All Things Romance
Feb 4, 2016 • 44 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so the staff librarians here at OverDrive decided to dedicate an episode to the Romance…
#6 — Accio Books!
Jan 28, 2016 • 35 min
Say Hello! Find OverDrive on Facebook and Twitter and email the podcast directly at feedback@overdrive.com Episode Overview Thursday, February 4th marks the second annual Harry Potter Book Night and the OverDrive staff is celebrating! We are a company…
#5 — Jill, Sheila, and Adam
Jan 21, 2016 • 34 min
Episode Overview In our fifth episode, host Jill is joined by Adam and Sheila as they discuss some of the top award winners to come out of 2016 ALA Midwinter conference as well as some of the titles they’ve recently finished reading. Our reader…
#4 — ALA interview with Marieke Nijkamp
Jan 14, 2016 • 29 min
Episode Overview Today’s episode features OverDrive’s own social media guru Adam as he interviews Marieke Nijkamp, Dutch author of the brand new YA novel This Is Where It Ends which focuses on the terrifying 54 minutes of a school shooting as seen through…
Ep #3 — Jill, Todd, and Sheila
Jan 7, 2016 • 32 min
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…
Ep #2 — Jill, Liz, and Kristin
Dec 24, 2015 • 40 min
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…
Ep #1 - Jill, Emma, and Rachel K.
Dec 10, 2015 • 36 min
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…