Chapters is an interview podcast that tells the stories of readers’ lives through the books that have meant the most to them.

45- Andrew (Andy) McMillan
Dec 17, 2018 • 69 min
On this episode, our guest is Andrew (Andy) McMillan. Andrew is a pastor from Alabama currently living in Portland, Oregon. He is also the brother of our first guest, Jordan McMillan. In our conversation, we talk reading about the civil rights movement…
44 - Thomas Lawrence Long
Dec 3, 2018 • 71 min
On this episode, we talk to Thomas Lawrence Long, Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Connecticut where he studies and teaches on medical humanities and health studies, the history of nursing, AIDS and culture, and rhetoric and academic…
43 - Erica Leeman
Aug 31, 2018 • 76 min
On our latest episode we welcome guest Erica Leeman, an Arkansas native who moved to Boston to attend library school. A librarian by training, and publisher by trade, she is a lifelong reader turned collector who now owns more than 30 copies of the…
42 - Trying to Get to You: The Reading Life of Elvis Presley (Revisited)
Aug 14, 2018 • 61 min
On this episode, we mark the passing of Elvis Presley by examining his life as a reader. Elvis notoriously struggled with his intense fame and used books to answer spiritual questions, provide medical knowledge, and a venue for reflection away from fans,…
41 - A Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport (Revisted)
Jul 31, 2018 • 30 min
40 - Joe Hourihan
Jul 16, 2018 • 58 min
On this episode, our guest is Joe Hourihan. Joe is an attorney with four decades of legal experience. He is a native of Hartford, Connecticut where he attended Trinity College and the UCONN school of Law. Joe describes growing up the child of immigrants…
39 - Chris Bouton
Jul 1, 2018 • 77 min
On our latest episode, we talk to Chris Bouton. Chris is a historian turned jury researcher who is working on a book about slave violence in antebellum Virginia. On this episode we talk childhood forays into play writing inspired by books, reading about…
38 - “Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond”- Poetry, Queerness, and a Listener Letter
Jun 15, 2018 • 8 min
We asked our listeners what kinds of reading experiences helped them to understand their sexuality. In honor of pride month, we’re sharing some of your submissions with a particular focus on one listener’s letter about the role E.E. Cummings’ “Somewhere i…
37 - Reading Secret FBI Files with Matt Guariglia
Jun 1, 2018 • 34 min
On this episode, we’re going to enter the vault with historian Matt Guariglia and examine FBI files – files created by the FBI to monitor suspicious – and as we’ll hear, even patriotic Americans and other persons of interest. On this episode we’ll hear…
36 - Katie from A Date with Dateline Podcast
May 15, 2018 • 63 min
Today we talk to Katie, who along with co-host Kimberly hosts the A Date with Dateline Podcast, a comedy podcast that recaps episodes of Dateline. For anyone interested in true crime, this episode is for you. Katie shares a personal story of her sister’s…
35 - Dominique Taylor
May 1, 2018 • 76 min
Our guest this episode is Dominique Taylor. Dominique is the creator of The Storyscape, a platform that creates media around literature. On this episode, we discuss: the Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, American Girl, John Grisham, The…
34 - Jacqueline Suskin
Apr 15, 2018 • 63 min
On today’s show, we talk to Jacquline Suskin, a writer and performance poet based in Los Angeles. She is the author of two books, the latest entitled Go Ahead & Like It available from Ten Speed Press. Known for her multidisciplinary work with a project…
33 - Marisa Hicking
Apr 1, 2018 • 57 min
Join us on our latest episode where we meet guest Marisa Hicking. Marisa is the Teen Librarian at Avon Free Public Library in Avon, Connecticut. On this episode we talk loving horse books, sci-fi, fantasy, linking our memories of books to the places we…
32 - Eddie Guimont
Mar 6, 2018 • 59 min
On this episode with guest Eddie Guimont, we talk Carl Sagan, Calvin and Hobbes, Sci-Fi, all things Star Wars novels, and much more. If you want to share your story on chapters, visit us at
31 - Catherine Hammer
Feb 15, 2018 • 67 min
On this episode, we meet Catherine Hammer, a librarian currently living in Florida where she works for the Broward County Library System. Before changing careers, she worked as a performer and musical director for regional and touring theater companies…
30 - Jason Derfuss
Feb 1, 2018 • 60 min
On today’s episode of Chapters we meet someone for whom the phase “this book saved my life” is literally true. On November 20, 2014, Jason Derfuss, then a senior at Florida State University, had just checked out a few books at Strozier Library when he…
29 - Porter Square Books Overnight Marathon
Jan 20, 2018 • 29 min
After Trump took office one year ago today, Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts set out to create an event that would allow readers to gather in community over a shared love of reading. The resulting event, an overnight readathon on October 7,…
28 - Trying to Get To You: The Reading Life of Elvis Presley
Jan 8, 2018 • 62 min
On our first episode of 2018, we mark the birthday of Elvis Presley with the story of his life as a reader. Fans may know Elvis from his music, movies, iconic fashion, or even from his famous home, Graceland. What can we learn about Elvis from considering…
Chapters Yearbook 2017
Dec 15, 2017 • 37 min
Here are some of our favorite stories from the last year. Thank you to everyone who shared their story with us! If you want to share your story on Chapters, find us at ]]>
27 - Jolenta Greenberg
Oct 15, 2017 • 61 min
Jolenta Greenberg is a New York-based comedian. She’s a Moth StorySLAM winner and a sometime contributor for NY Public Radio and BBC Radio. Currently, she is co-host (along with Kristen Meinzer) of the Panoply podcast, By The Book. By The Book, is a…
26 - Rachel Greenhaus
Oct 1, 2017 • 51 min
On today’s episode we meet Rachel Greenhaus. Rachel is a lapsed academic, professional cookbook editor, and over-enthusiastic home baker. She likes to think of herself as an independent scholar of Gender and the Poetry of Cake Recipes. From Shakespeare to…
25 - Danny Byrne
Sep 15, 2017 • 79 min
On today’s episode we talk with Danny Byrne. Danny was raised on books that he’s now sharing with his twins as a new dad (I Will Love You Forever, The Giving Tree, Berenstain Bears). He tells us about that, and about growing up reading about baseball.…
24 - Melanie Newport
Sep 1, 2017 • 67 min
On this episode, we talk with Melanie Newport. Melanie Newport is an assistant professor of History at the University of Connecticut at its Hartford campus. Originally hailing from Tulsa, OK and Tacoma, WA, she is currently working on a book called…
23 - Matt Blackburn
Aug 15, 2017 • 68 min
On this episode of Chapters, we meet Matt Blackburn, a research analyst who lives in Boston. Matt shares his experiences with books that have defined his life as a reader from Goodnight Moon to Walden, Dune, and beyond. We discuss what it’s like to travel…
22 - Erin Bartram
Aug 1, 2017 • 68 min
Join us this week as we talk with historian Erin Bartram. We discuss Nancy Drew, Baby-Sitters Club, and the appeal of books for children in which adults take kids seriously. We also talk about a kind of reading unique to historians: reading an archive of…
BONUS Episode 3 - A Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport
Jul 20, 2017 • 30 min
Every year, on July 31st, readers gather at Mystic Seaport on the decks of the last remaining wooden whaling ship to read Moby Dick in twenty-four hours. “Herman Melville” opens the Moby Dick Marathon by reciting the first chapter from memory, and rejoins…
21 - Matt from Pop Culture Died in 2009
Jul 15, 2017 • 67 min
On this week’s episode we talk to Matt, founder of the gossip blog and curated archive of celebrity culture, Pop Culture Died in 2009. In our conversation, Matt shares how he became interested in celebrity gossip culture in the early aughts, and how he…
20 - Mark Barone
Jul 1, 2017 • 72 min
Join us on this week’s episode as we talk with Mark Barone about the Lord of the Rings, Stephen King novels, Game of Thrones, and more! We’ll hear stories about stealing a book from a public library, and the best way to protect a book in your backpack.…
19 - Liz Fleming
Jun 15, 2017 • 65 min
Have you ever dressed up like your favorite author? Our guest, Liz Fleming, discovered The Old Man and the Sea at a young age, and dressed up as Hemingway to show her admiration. Join us on today’s episode as we hear this story, and the stories behind…
18 - Kathy Van Voorhees
Jun 1, 2017 • 67 min
Whether taking in Forever by Judy Blume as a young reader, sneaking Sibyl from her mother’s bookshelf, adopting Kurt Vonnegut’s turns of phrase, or reading Stephen King’s The Stand to gain some clarity during a tough time, books have been a touchstone in…
17 - Anna Newman
May 15, 2017 • 57 min
What’s it like to read in a new language? On this episode, we talk to Anna Newman, a librarian who shares stories about reading everything from the Secret Garden to Dante’s Divine Comedy. We’ll hear about the year she studied abroad in Florence, and the…
16 - Allison Horrocks
May 1, 2017 • 66 min
Meet Allison. Allison Horrocks grew up on American Girl books, the Dear America series, and Nancy Drew. Combining a love for history and detection, it can come as no surprise she’s chosen to pursue a career in public history. Listen as Allison explains…
15 - Abby Southwell
Apr 15, 2017 • 62 min
What is it about girls and horse books? On this week’s episode, we investigate the appeal of horse books by hearing from self-proclaimed “horse book expert” Abby Southwell. She also imagines an eat, pray, love adventure, shares some controversial…
14 - Graham Stinnett
Apr 1, 2017 • 58 min
Join us as we talk to our guest Graham Stinnett, archivist at the Thomas J. Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. We talk The Giving Tree, album liner notes, zines, vegan cookbooks, Moby Dick, and more! ]]>
13 - Danielle Dumaine
Mar 15, 2017 • 67 min
On this week’s episode we join Danielle Dumaine to hear stories about My Side of the Mountain, Mrs. Dalloway, Maggie Nelson’s Argonauts, and what it’s like to be named after a famous romance novelist. To share your story, please contact us at…
12 - Betsy Pittman
Mar 1, 2017 • 64 min
Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children, Laura Ingalls Wilder and romance novels - this episode with guest Betsy Pittman has it all. With a lifelong interest in history, Betsy offers really fascinating reflections on the appeal of romance novels, the lure of…
11 - Rob Sullivan
Feb 15, 2017 • 65 min
Has reading ever helped you in your grief? Join us as we welcome Rob Sullivan to discuss Superman and the ways reading can help us mourn loss in our lives. In an episode that includes books ranging from Charlotte’s Web to comic books to Game of Thrones,…
10 - Nick Hurley
Jan 31, 2017 • 51 min
From the Berenstain Bears to Marc Bloch’s Strange Defeat, join us as our guest Nick Hurley shares the books that have shaped his life. This is the first in a series of interviews we conducted in the Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd…
9 - Heather Parker
Jan 15, 2017 • 75 min
On today’s episode we hear about Caddie Woodlawn, Anne of Green Gables, Henry James, romance novels and the Chronicles of Narnia with guest Heather Parker!]]>
8 - Bryn Mawr Bookstore- Part 2
Jan 1, 2017 • 45 min
Join us for part two of our visit to Bryn Mawr Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts! Our guests, Barbara Powell and Cornelia Robart, share stories on books including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and the Jungle Book. Check out information on the Bryn…
BONUS Episode 2 - Holiday Cards
Dec 25, 2016 • 13 min
Happy Holidays from all of us at Chapters! On this special episode, our listeners share stories of memorable holiday cards. ]]>
7 - Steven Domingues
Dec 15, 2016 • 73 min
On this episode, Steven Domingues, co-host of the Pure BS Podcast joins us to discuss the books that have informed his life. From Goosebumps to the works of Stephen King, join us for a conversation about the books that have helped Steven understand his…
6 - Harry Potter and Friendship Tests
Dec 1, 2016 • 39 min
This episode is a continuation of our conversation with Jordan McMillan Rees. Join us as we discuss Harry Potter, fan fiction, and the idea of books as friendship tests! For more information on our show, and to be a guest on Chapters, contact us at…
5 - Alexis Boylan (Bryn Mawr Bookstore - Part 1)
Nov 15, 2016 • 55 min
This is the first in a series of interviews we conducted at Bryn Mawr Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On this episode, art historian and Bryn Mawr alumna Alexis Boylan shares the ways books such as Little House on the Prairie , The Diary of Anne…
BONUS Episode 1 - Bibliomancy
Nov 1, 2016 • 29 min
Have you ever used a book to predict the future? Divine a fortune? On this first bonus episode of Chapters, we examine the history of bibliomancy, or the use of books to predict the future. Readers have turned to the bible, novels, poetry, and most…
4 - Casper Ter Kuile
Nov 1, 2016 • 40 min
On this episode, Casper Ter Kuile, co-host of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, shares parts of his life that have been informed by the books he has read. Whether it be the role of No Logo in awakening an early social conscious, or the ways…
3 - Samantha Fey
Nov 1, 2016 • 53 min
What do Anne of Green Gables , Little House of the Prairie and The Diary of a Psychic have in common? Listen as we learn how these and other books helped to shape the life of intuitive Samantha Fey, the co-host, along with Deb Bowen, of the podcast…
2 - Deb Bowen
Nov 1, 2016 • 64 min
Deb Bowen is the co-host, along with Samantha Fey, of the podcast Psychic Teachers . Do we choose books or do books choose us? Join us as we listen to how books from The Witch of Blackbird Pond to Crossing to Avalon helped to shape Deb’s life as an…
1 - Jordan McMillan Rees
Nov 1, 2016 • 59 min
Join us for our inaugural interview in which we discuss The Baby-Sitters Club , Jane Eyre , Twilight , and much more!]]>
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