Annotated

Annotated

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An audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
#14: Used
Jul 17 • 28 min
Last month, a large used book collection and distribution company suddenly went out of business, leaving a hole in the local used book ecosystem. In this episode, we follow that story into the modern world of used book-selling. This episode is sponsored…
#13: La Cote Basque, 1965
Jun 12 • 20 min
In 1975, Truman Capote published a short story in Esquire magazine that led a New York socialite to commit suicide and the fallout effectively ended Capote’s literary career. This is the story of the story, “La Cote Basque 1965.” This episode is sponsored…
#12: Democracy by the Book
May 28 • 16 min
Last fall, a woman with no prior political experience decided to run for city commission in her small college-town. So she went to the library, checked out a book called How to Win a Local Election. And she did. This is her story and the story of the book…
#11: The Nobel Crisis
May 15 • 21 min
In a shocking development, the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature will not be awarded. In this episode, we explore what happened, how it happened, and what might happen still. This episode is sponsored by: Penguin Random House Audio Educated written by Tara…
#10: The Original Gone Girl
Apr 29 • 20 min
The story of the strange 11-day disappearance of Agatha Christie: what did happen, what didn’t happen, and what might have happened. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks.com The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer Enter to our giveaway of the 10 Best…
#9: How to Hack the New York Times Bestseller List
Apr 16 • 25 min
Last summer, an unknown book came out of nowhere to debut at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for Young Adult books. Its short time at the top exposed some flaws in bestseller lists and provoked questions about why we care so much about…
#8: The Dictionary War
Apr 1 • 24 min
In this episode, the story of Merriam-Webster’s Third Edition, and fight about language it caused. This episode is sponsored by: TryAudiobooks I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon Annotated Season 2 Giveaway Special Thanks: Kory Stamper, author of Word by Word…
#7: Saving Shakespeare
Mar 19 • 20 min
In this first episode of season 2 of Annotated, the story of how Shakespeare was saved for posterity by two of his friends and a cagey publisher. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio. Visit TryAudiobooks.com/bookriot for great listening…
#6: Love, Punctuation, and the Oxford Comma
Sep 13, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, an investigation of the Oxford comma that starts, improbably, with a love story. This episode is sponsored by: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston Devastation Road by Jason Hewitt You can keep up with Annotated between…
#5: The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction
Aug 23, 2017 • 20 min
In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction. This episode is sponsored by: Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Seeing Red by Sandra Brown You…
#4: The United States V. One Book Called “Ulysses”
Aug 9, 2017 • 20 min
In this episode, the story of how an unlikely cast of characters brought James Joyce’s Ulysses to America, got it legalized, and changed how we understand what literature can do. This episode is sponsored by: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman…
#3: The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian
Jul 26, 2017 • 23 min
In this episode: the life of Belle da Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that would have ended her career. This episode is sponsored by: Careers for Women by Joanna Scott…
#2: How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?
Jul 13, 2017 • 19 min
In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop…and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue? This…
#1: Is It 1984 Yet?
Jun 28, 2017 • 25 min
In this inaugural episode, we consider the resurgence of interest in George Orwell’s 1984, and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place. This episode is sponsored by: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken Gather the Daughters by Jennie…
Annotated Ep. #0: Introducing Annotated
Jun 21, 2017 • 4 min
This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Annotated, Book Riot’s new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language. Episode 1 will be released June 29th and explore the history and continuing influence of George Orwell’s 1984. This…