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Books on the Nightstand: Episodes

First, a note about author P.S. Duffy’s response to our “Read Whatever You Want” episode, and a tease about next week’s podcast. Then, authors P.S. Duffy and Kelly Corrigan, live from Booktopia, VT.   A last, and special, “Read Whatever You Want” follow-up   ...
Authors writing under other names. We look at the 2014 Man Booker Prize Longlist. We recommend The Other Language by Francesca Marciano and The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman.  Authors Hiding in Plain Sight Brian from Redondo Beach, CA asked why The Silkworm was published under the name Robert ...
A race for the Bingo!, Listeners call in about episode #286, Amy Bloom’s new novel, and a book on helping your kids stay organized. Michael and I appear to be in a race to the BINGO! though neither of us will achieve it any time soon. We’ve loved seeing your BINGO reports on our Goodreads […]
Can you trust author blurbs on books? A first library for children. We recommend The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe and My Pet Book by Bob Staake.   A Bit About Blurbs Alexa from Illinois asks about quotes from authors that are featured on books. Are the authors that provide the blurb ...
We follow up some sad literary news with some great book news; we recommend My Accidental Jihad and Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.    First, the bad news   We are saddened by the report that author Colum McCann was assaulted while trying to help someone during a domestic situation in New Haven, ...
New literary holidays. Separating the author from their work. And we recommend Byrd by Kim Church and The Fever by Megan Abbott.  Happy Tom Sawyer Days! Ann and I are making progress on our BOTNS Bingo cards. I’m reading books then seeing if they can count for any squares. Ann is letting ...
A rant on on people who think they know what you should and shouldn’t read; CallMeIshmael; The Quick and The Painter   Call Ishmael. Really. We just learned about a very cool site, CallMeIshmael, that we love. It’s a site where you can call and leave a short voicemail that tells a story ...
John Demos, author of The Heathen School, and Rupert Thomson, author of Secrecy, recorded at Booktopia Vermont. Audiobook of the week Reality Boy by A. S. King, narrated by Michael Stellman, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring ...
Ann goes to BookCon, Ian McEwan archives in Austin, TX, Emma Straub’s The Vacationers, and Archie meets zombies.     Michael achieved his goal of $1500 and has now shaved his head to raise money for cancer. Thank you to all Books on the Nightstand listeners who supported him!  Ann goes ...
A few follow-ups. What makes a classic a classic? And we recommend Marbles by Ellen Forney and My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff.  A Few Follow-ups We’ve had a wonderful response to BOTNS Bingo. If you haven’t printed your card out yet, check out our original post for instructions, and the ...
Spoiler poll results; BOTNS Summer Reading Bingo, Americanah, and Bird Box.    Spoiler: This book has a twist!   First, special thanks to Len Edgerly for inviting Michael and me to be guests on episode 303 of The Kindle Chronicles podcast. Len interviewed us about Books on the Nightstand and ...
Bruce Holsinger, author of A Burnable Book, and Gail Caldwell, author of New Life, No Instructions, recorded at Booktopia Vermont. Audiobook of the week  The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio, narrated by Michael Chamberlain, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special ...
All the Light We Cannot See; Michael shaves his head; Twists and spoilers; We Were Liars We can’t read this, but you totally should:   The book that is at the top of my “want to read” list is a book I won’t get to read until my summer vacation. But it’s been getting so […]
Reading and writing on trains. Literary magazines. Delicious! by Ruth Reichl, and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. On the Writing Side of the Tracks Ann and I both love reading on trains, and it appears that authors enjoy writing on trains. Based on a comment from one writer, Amtrak ...
Listener questions, a discussion about diversity in publishing, and new books from TaraShea Nesbit and George Saunders. Accents, and audio quality We have two questions from listeners this week: Crystal wants a recommendation for an audiobook version of Macbeth with a narrator who has a Scottish accent. ...
Reading by mood. Connecting with authors. 10% Happier by Dan Harris and The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go. In the Mood… for Reading Three Hares Publishing in the UK has started publishing books by mood, using what they’re calling a “moodbar,” indicating what sort of state of mind ...
BookCon in NY. Negative reviews for prize-winning books. Books! by Murray McCain, and Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. A Book Trade Show for Everyone Ellen asked about book trade shows and if they are ever open to “regular” readers. BookCon is a new event that has grown out of Book Expo America, ...
This week, we are pleased to present the final three author talks from Booktopia Petoskey: Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road Edward Kelsey Moore, author of The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of The Funeral Dress.         
Ann is in mourning. Studying poetry for National Poetry Month. Plus, new memoirs from Gail Caldwell and Kevin Brockmeier. Ann is in Mourning Ann is devastated by the loss of the Readmill e-book app. Though she still prefers paper books, when she did read electronically she much preferred using Readmill. ...
Fountain pens, fandom, Sous Chef and The Cold Song … More questions from the inbox The Tournament of Books is underway and The People in the Trees is quite the spoiler! I’m watching every round, rooting for Hanya Yanigaraha’s novel which beat Life After Life in round one and trounced The ...
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