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59: Maggie Doherty, Author of The Equivalents
Jul 9
This week, Maggie Doherty joins me on the podcast to discuss her new book, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. Maggie Doherty is a literary scholar, historian, and critic based at Harvard and has written a…
58: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Hello Summer
Jun 25
This week I welcome New York Times bestselling author and queen of the beach read, Mary Kay Andrews, back to the podcast. Her novels include Sunset Beach, The Weekenders, Summer Rental, her latest, Hello Summer and many more. “Hello, Summer is another gem…
57: Julie Clark, Author of the Last Flight
Jun 18
This week, I’m excited to share an interview with Julie Clark we recorded last month. We discussed her new book, The Last Flight, life as an author during quarantine, her writing journey, and much more. In a starred review, Kirkus called The Last Flight,…
56: Jean Van’t Hul Of The Artful Parent
May 21
This week I’m excited to chat with Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent. I find Jean’s books and blog so inspiring in terms of embracing art and creativity with my kids. If you’re looking for simple ways to bring art into your childrens’ lives and break up…
55: Anne Bogel, Author of Don’t Overthink It
May 8
This week I’m delighted to welcome author, podcaster, blogger, and book whisperer extraordinaire, Anne Bogel, back to the podcast. Anne’s new book, Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is a…
54: Children’s Book Author- Illustrator, Matt Tavares
Apr 23
This week I’m delighted to welcome award winning children’s book author-illustrator, Matt Tavares to the podcast. His picture books include Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, Red and Lulu, Dasher and many more. His latest book is called Ben of All…
53: Bobbie Pyron, Author of Stay
Apr 10
This week my guest is Bobbie Pyron, who’s new middle grade book Stay was called “Timely, important, and truly beautiful” by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate. Bobbie has worked in libraries and bookstores in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah and…
52: Cheryl Klein, Editorial Director at Lee & Low Books
Apr 1
This week, I’m delighted to welcome Cheryl Klein to the podcast to discuss all things books and reading. Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books. She is also the author of two adult books, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for…
51: Hena Khan On More to the Story
Mar 12
This week I’m joined by children’s book author Hena Khan. Her latest middle grade novel, More to the Story, has been called a love letter to Little Women. You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Books Mentioned On This Episode:…
50: Children’s Book Author and Illustrator, Grace Lin
Feb 27
It’s the 50th episode of A Bookish Home! This week I’m joined by a special guest, award winning children’s book author and illustrator Grace Lin. Grace’s latest picture book is called A Big Bed for Little Snow and her new middle grade novel is Mulan:…
49: Author Kate Bolick Discusses March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women
Feb 13
This week, I’m delighted to welcome author Kate Bolick to the podcast. Kate Bolick is the author of the bestselling Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own. Today we’re discussing her wonderful essay on Meg in March Sisters: On Life, Death, and Little Women.…
48: Thomas Taylor, Author of the Legend of Eerie-On-Sea Series
Jan 30
This week, I’m chatting with Thomas Taylor, author of Malamander, the first book in the new middle-grade series, Legends of Eerie-On-Sea. School Library Journal calls Malamander a “A crowd-pleasing fantasy.’ and notes “Colorful characters, palpable…
47: Heather Bell Adams, Author of Maranatha Road
Jan 22
This week, I’m sharing a conversation with Heather Bell Adams, author of Maranatha Road and a forthcoming novel, The Good Luck Stone (coming July 2020). Southern Literary Review calls Maranatha Road “[A]n exquisite story with characters so real they could…
46: Susan Bailey on Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas Stories
Dec 19, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with Susan Bailey, creator of the blog,Louisa May Alcott Is My Passion. We’re chatting about Louisa May Alcott’s Christmas stories, the new Little Women movie, and all things Alcott. You can also listen on iTunes or…
45: Alison Walsh, Author of A Literary Tea Party
Dec 5, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with Alison Walsh, author of A Literary Tea Party: Blends And Treats For Alice, Bilbo, Dorothy, Jo and Book Lovers Everywhere. She is also the creator of the blog, Alison’s Wonderland Recipes You can also listen on…
44: Jen Petro-Roy, Author of Good Enough and You Are Enough
Nov 21, 2019
This week I’m delighted to share an interview with Jen Petro-Roy, author of two middle grade books that are a must for the shelves of classrooms and libraries–Good Enough and You Are Enough. Jen Petro-Roy is a former teen librarian, obsessive reader, and…
43: Kelly Hill, Author of Anne’s Alphabet and Anne’s Feelings
Nov 7, 2019
This week I’m thrilled to welcome author and illustrator Kelly Hill, a kindred spirit who has created a series of board books that has become a favorite in our household. Kelly Hill is the author and illustrator of the Anne of Green Gables inspired board…
42: Bookish Destination: Green Gables Heritage Place
Oct 24, 2019
This week I’m featuring one of my favorite bookish destinations: Green Gables Heritage Place on Prince Edward Island. This is a site that will delight fellow Anne of Green Gables fans. You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Books…
41: Ali Benjamin, Author of The Next Great Paulie Fink
Oct 10, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with one of my favorite middle grade authors, Ali Benjamin. Ali Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author. Her new middle grade book, The Next Great Paulie Fink is about an oddball school in the middle of the woods…
40: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Author of Solid Seasons
Sep 26, 2019
This week I’m chatting with Jeffrey S. Cramer, who will share insights about two local literary figures–Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Jeffrey S. Cramer is the editor of Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition and The Quotable Thoreau. He is also…
39: Jo Knowles, Author of Where the Heart Is
Sep 12, 2019
This week I am delighted to welcome Jo Knowles to the podcast to chat about a new middle grade book I have not been able to stop thinking about- Where The Heart Is. Jo Knowles is the author of eight young adult and middle grade novels including See You At…
38: Mary Giuliani, Author of Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites
Aug 29, 2019
This week Mary Giuliani joins me to discuss her new book, Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites. Mary Giuliani is an author, party and lifestyle expert and founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. Mary has appeared on The Barefoot Contessa,…
37: Lisa Graff, Author of Far Away
Aug 15, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with the wonderful middle grade author, Lisa Graff. Lisa Graff is the award-winning author of A Clatter of Jars, Absolutely Almost, A Tangle of Knots, Umbrella Summer, among others. Her new book is called Far Away. You…
36: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Sunset Beach
Aug 1, 2019
This week I’m delighted to welcome New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Kay Andrews to A Bookish Home to discuss her new book, Sunset Beach. Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including The Weekenders, Beach Town,…
35: Jerry Craft, Author of New Kid
Jul 18, 2019
This week I’m excited to welcome Jerry Craft to the podcast to discuss his latest book, New Kid. Jerry Craft is an author and illustrator who has worked on numerous picture books, graphic novels, and middle grade novels. His latest book, New Kid, is a…
34: Summer Reading Preview With Bookseller Paul Swydan
Jul 3, 2019
This week Paul Swydan returns to the podcast. Paul is the owner of Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, Massachusetts. We chatted about some of the books he is looking forward to recommending in the store this summer. Get your TBR lists ready! You can also…
33: Crystal King, Author of The Chef’s Secret
Jun 20, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with Crystal King, author of The Chef’s Secret, a novel that will transport you to Renaissance Rome. History, romance, food, and a mystery that will keep you turning the pages late into the night–this book has it all.…
32: Elise Hooper, Author of Learning to See
Jun 6, 2019
This week I’m sharing an interview with Elise Hooper, author of Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, the Woman Who Revealed the Real America. This is an inspiring historical fiction novel that will sweep you up into the life of an unforgettable,…
31: Susan Tan, Author of the Cilla Lee-Jenkins Series
May 23, 2019
This week I’m excited to share an interview with Susan Tan, author of a middle-grade series I completely adore–Cilla Lee-Jenkins. The third installment is called Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story. Cilla is on her own heroine’s quest this year as she…
30: Claire Handscombe, Author of Unscripted
May 9, 2019
This week my guest is Claire Handscombe, author of the new book Unscripted and host of The Britlit Podcast. Unscripted is the perfect next read for fans of One Day in December by Josie Silver and One Day by David Nicholls. You can also listen on iTunes or…
29: Laura Vanderkam, Author of Juliet’s School of Possibilities
Apr 25, 2019
One of my favorite authors, Laura Vanderkam, returns to the podcast this week to discuss her new book, Juliet’s School of Possibilities, which is a time management fable. Laura is the author of several other time management and productivity books,…
28: Rob Buyea, Author of “The Perfect Secret”
Apr 11, 2019
This week I’m thrilled to share an interview with the author of the beloved middle grade series Because of Mr. Terupt. His latest book is The Perfect Secret, the second book in a wonderful new series. You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your…
27: Jane Austen’s House Museum, Bookish Destination
Mar 28, 2019
This week we’re featuring a special bookish destination, perfect for Jane Austen fans. I’m chatting with Mary Guyatt, Director of the Jane Austen’s House Museum in the UK. You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Books Mentioned On…
26: Author Francie Latour and Illustrator Ken Daley on Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings
Mar 14, 2019
This week I’m excited to share an interview with Francie Latour and Ken Daley, the team behind Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings. This is a beautiful, thought-provoking picture book you’ll want to share with the kids in your life. You can also listen on…
25: Tiffany Kuehner, President and CEO of Book Trust
Feb 28, 2019
This week, my guest is Tiffany Kuehner, President & CEO of Book Trust, a nonprofit that empowers kids from low-income families to choose and buy their own books, all through the school year. This year they are set to deliver 1 million books to 57,000 kids…
24: Meg Medina, Author of Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Feb 14, 2019
This week I’m thrilled to share an interview with Meg Medina, author of Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which recently won the Newbery Medal! We chatted before the award was announced and I was over the moon with excitement to see this fantastic middle grade…
23: Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Author of “The Good News About Bad Behavior”
Jan 31, 2019
This week, Katherine Reynolds Lewis joins me to discuss The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever—And What to Do About It. Katherine is a journalist, author, speaker, and a parent educator. If you are a parent looking for…
22: Ashley Waring, Librarian and Member of the 2017 Caldecott Award Committee
Jan 17, 2019
This week my guest on A Bookish Home is Ashley Waring, a librarian in Arlington, Massachusetts and member of the 2017 Caldecott Award Committee. This year’s Caldecott Medal announcement is coming up on Monday January 28th at the ALA Youth Media Awards, so…
21: Ann Braden, Author of The Benefits of Being An Octopus
Jan 3, 2019
I am thrilled to share that my guest this week is Ann Braden, author of one of my favorite middle grade novels of the year, The Benefits of Being An Octopus. Hand this book to fans of Wonder, Absolutely Almost, or Out of My Mind. And then if you are a…
20: Doug Burgess, Author of Fogland Point
Dec 27, 2018
This week, Doug Burgess joins me on the podcast to discuss his book, Fogland Book. This book is my favorite kind of mystery–quirky small town, richly drawn characters, and a plot that keeps me guessing. It was such a treat to get to dive into the…
19: Anne Bogel, Author of I’d Rather Be Reading and Creator of Modern Mrs. Darcy
Dec 20, 2018
We have a very special guest on A Bookish Home this week: Anne Bogel, author of I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life. Fellow book nerds probably know Anne from her wonderful blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy and podcast What Should I…
18: Lisa Gozashti, Owner and Manager of Brookline Booksmith
Dec 13, 2018
Have you stopped into your local independent bookstore this holiday season? Lisa Gozashti joins me this week to chat about one of my favorites: Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Massachusetts. Lisa gives us the inside scoop on bookstore life and…
17: Linda Åkeson McGurk, Author of “There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather”
Dec 6, 2018
I’m so excited to share a conversation with Linda Åkeson McGurk, author of There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids (from Friluftsliv to Hygge). This book really inspired me when…
16: Candlewick Press Senior Editor, Katie Cunningham
Nov 29, 2018
This week we’re getting a behind the scenes peek at Candlewick Press, a publisher that is constantly putting out kidlit that I adore. Candlewick Senior Editor, Katie Cunningham highlights standout titles and gives insights about her work as an editor that…
15: Sarah McCoy, Author of Marilla of Green Gables
Nov 20, 2018
This week, I’m thrilled to welcome a kindred spirit to the podcast. Sarah McCoy is here to discuss her new book, Marilla of Green Gables. This prequel to Anne of Green Gables brings the world and characters of L.M. Montgomery back to life. If you’ve ever…
14: Eric Carle Museum–Bookish Destination
Nov 15, 2018
Happy Picture Book Month! This week I’m featuring a special bookish destination for picture book fans: the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts. Courtney Waring, Director of Education at the Carle, joins me to discuss planning your visit, upcoming…
13: Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Author/Illustrator of Hey, Kiddo
Nov 8, 2018
This week’s episode features an interview with Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Jarrett is the author and illustrator of the new graphic memoir for young adults, Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father And Dealt With Family Addiction, which is a National…
12: Laura Vanderkam, Author of “Off the Clock”
Nov 1, 2018
I’m thrilled to share a conversation with Laura Vanderkam this week, author of several time management and productivity books, including her latest Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done as well as I Know How She Does It, What the Most…
11: Author and Illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal on “Alma and How She Got Her Name”
Oct 25, 2018
Author and illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal joins me on the podcast this week to discuss her latest picture book, Alma And How She Got Her Name. Juana is also the illustrator of La Madre Goose and La Princesa and the Pea, for which she won the 2018 Pura…
10: Jo Piazza, Author of “Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win”
Oct 18, 2018
Author Jo Piazza joins me on the podcast this week to discuss her latest book, Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win. Jo Piazza is a bestselling author, award-winning journalist and digital strategist. She has written seven critically acclaimed books, both fiction…
9: Boston Book Festival Deputy Director Norah Piehl
Oct 11, 2018
This week on the podcast we get an inside scoop on an incredible bookish event coming up on Saturday, October 13th: The Boston Book Festival! Deputy Director, Norah Piehl joins me to highlight some of the incredible free author sessions and children’s…
8: Lucy Tan, Author of “What We Were Promised”
Oct 4, 2018
Lucy Tan joins me on the podcast this week to discuss her debut novel, What We Were Promised. Entertainment Weekly calls the novel, “A luminous family saga” and Library Journal says, “A novel of class, culture, and expectations; readers who enjoyed works…
7: An Interview with Jan Turnquist, Executive Director of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House
Sep 27, 2018
Jan Turnquist joins me on the podcast this week to discuss a special bookish destination for fans of Little Women. Orchard House, the home of the novel’s author, Louisa May Alcott is located in Concord, Massachusetts. We discussed why you should visit…
Ep 6: Author Karina Yan Glaser on “The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden”
Sep 20, 2018
Author Karina Yan Glaser joins me on the podcast this week to discuss the second book in her beloved middle-grade series, The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden. Vanderbeeker fans will get to revisit this lovable family beginning September 25th when the…
5 Chelmsford Public Library’s Head of Reader Services: Jessica FitzHanso
Sep 13, 2018
Have checked out your local library lately? Librarian Jessica FitzHanso joins me on the podcast this week to discuss getting the most out of your library card, the books she is recommending to patrons right now, and more. To find out more about the…
Ep 4: Louise Miller on The Late Bloomers’ Club
Sep 6, 2018
Louise Miller joins me to discuss her new book, The Late Bloomers’ Club. We chatted about the book’s Gilmore Girls feel, her advice for aspiring writers, a very special upcoming bake-off , and more. You can also find this episode on iTunes or wherever you…
Ep 3: Author Liz Rosenberg On “House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery”
Aug 30, 2018
Liz Rosenberg joins me this week to discuss her latest book, House of Dreams: The Life of L.M. Montgomery. This biography for young readers is sure to delight and inspire fans of Anne of Green Gables. Liz shares how the character of Marilla helped spark…
Ep 2: A Conversation with Silver Unicorn Bookstore Owner Paul Swydan
Aug 23, 2018
Paul Swydan shares a behind the scenes look at running a bookstore, gives book recommendations, and offers insights on what an indie bookstore offers the community. Subscribe to A Bookish Home on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you…
A Bookish Home Podcast Episode 1: A Conversation with Anne Boyd Rioux, Author of Meg, Jo, Beth Amy
Aug 17, 2018
Author and professor Anne Boyd Rioux joins me to discuss her new book Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women And Why It Still Matters.