Episode 82 - Author Spotlight with Fiona Davis

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Episode Eighty Two Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Currently Reading –
Middlemarch – George Eliot (CW)
Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer – Bren Smith (EF)
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou (EF)
The Farm – Joanne Ramos (EF)
Three Women – Lisa Taddeo (EF)

– Just Read –
A Gold Slipper – Willa Cather (CW) which is part of the Willa Cather Short Story Project
How We Fight For Our Lives – Saeed Jones (EF) release date 10/8/19
Check out his essay Alright Now at Gay Mag

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily went to Raven Café an Edgar Allen Poe themed restaurant in Port Huron, MI

Emily made a stop at Traveler Restaurant in Union, Ct

99% Invisible Episode #354 Weeding is Fundamental

Emily went to Wesleyan RJ Julia to see Bianca Marais discuss her new book If You Want to Make God Laugh

Chris hosted the Willa Cather Bookclub to discuss Sapphira and the Slave Girl. Sadly, Bookclub Bookstore & More has closed its doors, but upcoming quarterly meetings will be at the Wood Memorial Library in South Windsor, CT. South Windsor is the birthplace of Jonathan Edwards, a theologian who is famous for the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Check back, the next meeting of the bookclub will be in October, discussing the The Professors House.

Chris took her friend, Janet, to the New York Public Library to see the Walt Whitman exhibit. She also browse Kinokuniya Books. They also did a whirlwind tour of Connecticut bookstores including: Yale Bookstore, Grey Matter Books, Sterling Memorial Library, Beinecke Library, RJ Julia Booksellers, and The Book Barn.

Emily watched The Inventor documentary about Theranos

Emily went to Savoy Bookshop & Cafe to hear Nancy Burns-Fusaro of Westerly Sun discuss Three Women with author Lisa Taddeo.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
August 8, 2019 – Odyssey Bookshop Mary Doria Russell author of The Women of the Copper Country in conversation with Rose Bookbinder.

– Upcoming Reads –
The Ventriloquist – E.R. Ramzipoor (CW) (release date August 27, 2019)
Women Heroes of WWII: 32 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue – Kathryn J. Atwood (CW)
Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free – Linda Kay Klein (EF)(CW)
So Long: Stories, 1987-1992 – Lucia Berlin (EF)

– Author Spotlight –
We caught up with Fiona Davis when we were at Book Expo. Her new book, The Chelsea Girls, is available now!
Her book tour details can be found HERE.
Fiona mentioned:
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

– Also Mentioned –
If You Want to Make God Laugh – Bianca Marais
Prelude to Bruise – Saeed Jones poetry collection
Complete Stories of Flannery O’ Conner
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann
Book Nation By Jen
BookBarCT
Bianca Marais recommended two books: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (release date 1/21/20) and Such A Fun Age  by Kiley Reid (release date 1/7/20)
Thy Neighbor’s Wife – Gay Talese
Booktuber Jaclyn: Six Minutes for Me
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt
Olive Kitteridge – Elizabeth Strout
The Masterpiece – Fiona Davis

 

 

Episode 81 - We're Back! Author Spotlight with Cheryl Suchors and Jean P. Moore

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Episode Eighty One Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Currently Reading –
The Dutch House – Ann Patchett (EF) release date 9/24/19
Middlemarch – George Eliot (CW)

– Just Read –
The Butterfly Girl – Rene Denfeld (EF) release date 10/1/19
A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport – Kate Stewart (CW)
Chris wrote a review of this book on her blog.
Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson (EF) release date 7/30/19
The Hotel Neversink – Adam O’Fallon Price (CW) 8/6/19
City of Girls – Elizabeth Gilbert (EF)
Evie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes (EF)
If You Want to Make God Laugh – Bianca Marais (CW)(EF)
Chris wrote a review of this book on her blog.

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris presented a paper, and generally immersed herself in all things CATHER, at the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar. She went on several field trips including the, Willow Shade (the home where Willa lived with her family for her first nine years, Capon Springs, National Museum of American History and Culture, Winchester Book Gallery, and The Handley Library. She wrote about the Handley Library on her blog.

Emily did a lot of traveling including:
Ireland: Dubray Books & Trinity Library
Portugal: Bertrand Livreiros
Michigan: McClean & Eakin Booksellers

Emily attended a joint event with RJ Julia Booksellers and Meigs Nature Center featuring Bren Smith and his book Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

– Upcoming Jaunts –
July 24, 2019 – Wesleyan RJ Julia, Bianca Marais author of If You Want to Make God Laugh in conversation with Jennifer Blankfein.
July 25, 2019 – RJ Julia Booksellers, Jill Abramson author of Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts
July 25, 2019- The Willa Cather Book Club at Bookclub Bookstore & More
July 31, 2019 – Savoy Bookshop & Café, Lisa Taddeo author of Three Women

– Upcoming Reads –
Fleishman Is in Trouble – Taffy Brodesser-Akner

– Author Spotlight –
48 PEAKS: Hiking and Healing in the White MountainsCheryl Suchors
Author Website: www.cherylsuchors.com
Facebook: Cheryl-Suchors-author
Twitter: @cherylsuchors
Instagram: @cherylsuchors

Tilda’s PromiseJean P. Moore
Author Website: www.jeanpmoore.com (Be sure to check out the Book Group tab!)
Facebook: /JeanPMooreAuthor
Twitter: @jean_pmoore
Instagram: @jeanpmoore

– Also Mentioned –
Also by Rene Denfeld: The Child Finder and The Enchanted
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters – Anne Boyd Rioux
The Shining – Stephen King
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals – Michael Pollan
GreenWave
She Writes Press

Episode 80 - Sapphira and the Slave Girl Readalong with Jenny Colvin

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Episode Eighty Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– 80th Episode Giveaway –
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48 PEAKS: Hiking and Healing in the White MountainsCheryl Suchors
Tilda’s PromiseJean P. Moore

Cheryl and Jean will be our guests on Episode 81.

– Readalong with Jenny Colvin of Reading Envy
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather  
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE

Be sure to check out Episode 157 of the Reading Envy podcast for our discussion of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE.

– Also Mentioned –
Willa Cather:
My Ántonia
O Pioneers!
The Professor’s House
James Patterson
Grimké Sisters
A Conversation with Cheryl Strayed and Oprah Winfrey at MOUNTAINFILM can be found HERE
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Langston Hughes
Toni Morrison

Episode 79 - Our Book Expo 2019 Interviews!

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Episode Seventy Nine Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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Tamara – Book Blogger of Traveling With T
Twitter: rockstar1023
Instagram: rockstar1023
Facebook: TravelingWithT
SheReads.org
Kimberly Brock – The River Witch
Fiona Davis
Beatrice Williams
Kristin Hannah – The Nightingale
Margaret Mitchell – Gone With the Wind
Riley Sagers – The Last Time I Lied  /  Final Girls  /  Lock Every Door (release date July 2, 2019)
Joshilyn Jackson – Never Have I Ever
Turnrow Book Co. in Greenwood, MS

Reading Women Podcast – Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett
Twitter: thereadingwomen
Instagram: thereadingwomen
Facebook: thereadingwomen
Jesmyn Ward – Salvage the Bones
Donna Tartt – The Goldfinch
N.K. Jemison – The Broken Earth series
Attica Locke
Sujata Massey – Perveen Mistry series
Leslie Jamison
Kira Jane Buxton – Hollow Kingdom (release date August 6, 2019)
Reading Women BINGO!

Robert – BookTuber at barter hordes
2019 BookTube Prize announcement video
2019 BookTube Prize website
Delia Owens – Where the Crawdads Sing / The Cry of the Kalahari
Fatima Farheen Mirza – A Place for Us
Sigrid Nunez – The Friend
Madeline Miller – Circe
Fiona Davis

Elissa Englund Sweet – Event and Marketing Director at Bank Square Books (Mystic, CT) and Savoy Bookshop & Café (Westerly, RI)
Indie’s Introduce Showcase participant at Book Expo – started with 52 debut submissions and 10 were picked
De’Shawn Charles Winslow – In West Mills
Claudia D. Hernández – Knitting the Fog
Craig Ferguson – Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Hallucinations, and Observations
Adriana Trigiani
Juliet Grames – The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna

Sarah Woodford – Library Director of Saint Thomas More The Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University
Paula Byrne – The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things
Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice / Persuasion
Sterling Memorial LibraryA Long Night Against Procrastination: Finals Edition
Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

Episode 78 - Book Expo 2019 Recap!

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Episode Seventy Eight Show Notes
C
W = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Upcoming Readalong –
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather   (record date 6/27/19)
The Goodreads discussion page can be found
HERE

– Currently Reading –
Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston (CW)
Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner (EF) release date 6/11/19

– Just Read –
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (EF)(CW)
look for our discussion of this co-readalong with Jenny of Reading Envy – it will air on June 18, 2019
Chris and Emily both watched this documentary –
Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel
The Americans on D-Day & in Normandy – Brooke S. Blades (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily attended Book Expo 2019
Chris and Emily were guests on our friend Russell’s Booktube Channel where we reflected on our Book Expo experience, you can see the video HERE.

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Emily is off on a trip to Ireland and Portugal and will seek out bookish adventure

– Upcoming Reads –
Chris is going to read lots of Willa Cather in preparation for trip to the Willa Cather Seminar
Never Have I Ever – Joshilyn Jackson (EF) release date 7/30/19
If You Want to Make God Laugh – Bianca Marais (EF) release date 7/16/19
All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg (EF)
The Butterfly Girl – Rene Denfeld (EF) release date 10/1/19

– Also Mentioned –
James Benn Billy Boyle series
The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
They Called Us Enemy – George Takei release date 7/16/19
Words Without Borders
Lost in the Spanish Quarter – Heidi Goodrich release date 9/10/19
Jamilah King co-host of The Mother Jones Podcast
Grace Ellis – Lumber Janes series
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass – Mariko Tamaki release date 9/3/2019
The Gravity of Us – Phil Stamper release date 2/4/20
Deep River – Karl Marlantes release date 7/2/2019
Matterhorn – Karl Marlantes
Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Word Bookstores
Loyalty Bookstore
Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim
What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About: Fifteen Writers Break the Silence – edited by Michele Filgate  
Light from Other Stars – Erica Swyler
The Book of Speculation – Erica Swyler
Just Ask!:Be Different, Be Brave, Be You – Sonia Sotomayor, Rafael Lopez release date 9/3/19}
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
Check out the Serial Reader App
Hum if You Don’t Know the Words – Bianca Marais
The Middlesteins – Jami Attenberg
Also by Rene Denfeld: The Enchanted and The Child Finder
The Chelsea Girls – Fiona Davis

 



 

Episode 77 - Minnesota, Land of the 10,000 Little Free Libraries!

A sampling of the Little Free Libraries (LFL) that Emily spied on her trip to Minnesota. For map of LFL’s, click  here .

A sampling of the Little Free Libraries (LFL) that Emily spied on her trip to Minnesota. For map of LFL’s, click here.

Episode Seventy Seven Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Upcoming Readalongs –
We are hosting co-reads in June 2019 with Jenny Colvin of the Reading Envy Podcast.
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell   (record date 6/4/19)
The Goodreads discussion page can be found
HERE

Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather   (record date 6/27/19)
The Goodreads discussion page can be found
HERE

 – Currently Reading –
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (EF)(CW)
Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner (EF) release date 6/11/19
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things – Paula Byrne (CW)

 – Just Read –
Coming, Aphrodite! – Willa Cather (CW) which is part of the Willa Cather Short Story Project
Miracle Creek – Angie Kim (EF)
Very Nice – Marcy Dermansky (EF) release date 7/2/19
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun – Sarah Ladipo Manyika (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily traveled to Minnesota and stayed at the Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville. She visited Birch Bark Books & Native Arts owned by the author Louise Erdrich, Milkweed Editions bookstore Open Books

Chris went to the The Flock Theater to see their adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Shaw Mansion

Chris did a camera flip video for Shawn the Book Maniac’s BookTube Channel – check it out HERE

Emily watched the Brené Brown special on Netflix

 – Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris and Emily will be attending Book Expo America May 29-31, 2019

Emily will be going to RJ Julia’s Bookseller in Madison, CT to see Jean P. Moore in conversation with Sande Boritz Berger discuss their books Tilda’s Promise and Split-Level

There is a performance of Little Women at The Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC, May 15-June 29, 2019

– Upcoming Reads –
Heart Berries – Terese Marie Mailhot (EF) (Literary Disco discussion of Heart Berries)
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown (CW) (audio)
Why Religion?: A Personal Story – Elaine Pagels (CW)(audio)
Forged: Writing in the Name of God – Bart D. Ehrman (CW) (audio)
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom – David W. Blight (CW) (audio)

– Also Mentioned –
Jane Austen books: Mansfield Park, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey
Russell of Ink and Paper Booktube Channel
Eckhart Tolle
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Little Free Library
Rachel Maddow – Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power
The Gnostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why – Bart D. Ehrman
Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Episode 76 - Dr. Carla Hayden, Tracy K. Smith, Kevin Young at the Schomburg Center

An evening at the  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture  featuring Dr. Carla Hayden, Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young.

An evening at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture featuring Dr. Carla Hayden, Tracy K. Smith, and Kevin Young.

Episode Seventy Six Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Upcoming Readalongs –
We are hosting co-reads in June 2019 with Jenny Colvin of the Reading Envy Podcast.:
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (record date 6/5/19)
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather (record date 6/27/19)
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE

– Currently Reading –
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (EF)(CW)
Miracle Creek – Angie Kim (EF)

– Just Read –
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (CW)
The Lost Family – Jenna Blum (EF)
Lost Laysen: The Newly Discovered Story – Margaret Mitchell edited by Debra Freer (CW)
The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss (CW)

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily attended the Newburyport Literary Festival April 26-27, 2019:
Elaine Weiss: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Linda Hirschman: Sister’s in Law: How Sandra Day O’ Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World
Rachel Slade: Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
Russell Banks and Steve Yarbrough
A Readable Feast: Jenna Blum, Louise Miller, Miriam Parker

Chris and Emily went on a joint jaunt to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The event featured Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, in conversation with US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith moderated by Kevin Young, the Director of the Center. Kevin Young is also the New Yorker Poetry Editor.
Check out the Schomburg Shop.

Chris watched The Try Guys Test Old Age Body Simulators

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Emily is traveling to Minnesota and is hoping to visit Birch Bark Books & Native Arts, Milkweed Editions bookstore Open Books, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, and Wild Rumpus.

Chris will be going to the The Flock Theater to see their adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Chris is heading to an event for The White Mountain: Rediscovering Mount Washington’s Hidden Culture by Dan Szczeny. Check out his website for upcoming events.

Crime Conn is at Ferguson Library on Saturday, May 18, 2019

Chris and Emily will be attending Book Expo America May 29-31, 2019

– Upcoming Reads –
Coming, Aphrodite! – Willa Cather (CW) which is part of the Willa Cather Short Story Project
The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison (CW)
The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things – Paula Byrne (CW)
A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport – Kate Stewart (CW)
The Missing of Claire Delune – Christelle Dabos, translated by Hidegarde Serle (EF)
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors (The Rajes #1) – Sonali Dev (EF)
Around Harvard Square – cj farley (EF)
Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Russell of Ink and Paper Booktube Channel
BookPage
Author Angie Kim’s Website
Those Who Save Us – Jenna Blum
The Tim Ferriss Show interview with Neil Gaiman can be found here
Jabberwocky Books
Book Rack
Safe from the Neighbors – Steve Yarbrough
Author Jill McCorkle’s website
Red Rooster Restaurant
Yes, Chef – Marcus Samuelsson
Wade in the Water: Poems – Tracy K. Smith
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches – Audre Lord
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster – Jon Krakaur
Anne Boyd Rioux
Little A Publishing

Episode 75 - Biblio Adventure Extravaganza: Roz Chast, Patricia Marx, Mary Norris, Delia Owens, and more!

Chris attended an event co-sponsored by  Bank Square Books  and the  Lagrua Center  where Mary Norris discussed her new book  Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen .

Chris attended an event co-sponsored by Bank Square Books and the Lagrua Center where Mary Norris discussed her new book Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.

Episode Seventy Five Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Upcoming Readalongs –
We are hosting co-reads in June 2019 with Jenny Colvin of the Reading Envy Podcast.
More details are forthcoming, but the books are:
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather
The Goodreads discussion page can be found
HERE

 – Currently Reading –
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (CW)
The Lost Family – Jenna Blum (EF)
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (EF)

– Just Read –
The Jewel Garden: A Story of Despair and Redemption – Monty Don, Sarah Don (CW)
The World That We Knew: A Novel – Alice Hoffman (EF) (release date 9/24/19)
The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose (CW)
gods with a little g: A Novel – Tupelo Hassman (EF) (release date 8/13/19)
Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad – Austin Kleon (CW)
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin (EF)
A Lost Lady – Willa Cather (CW)
The Marriage of Phaedra – Willa Cather (CW) which is part of the Willa Cather Short Story Project

– Biblio Adventures –
Emily watched the movie If Beale Street Could Talk

Chris attended an event co-sponsored by Bank Square Books and the Lagrua Center where Mary Norris discussed her new book Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.  Check out this article about Mary’s apartment in New York City.

Emily went to RJ Julia Booksellers to hear Patricia Marx and Roz Chast discuss their book Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions

Emily visited Tennessee and North Carolina and caught up with author, Shuly Cawood.  She has appeared on two episodes of the podcast:
Episode 22 – where she discussed her memoir, The Going and Goodbye
Episode 64 – the book launch of 52 Things I wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17
They spent a day in Jonesborough, TN visiting the Jonesborough Public Library and the International Storytelling Center (check out their festival October 4-6, 2019). They also shopped at Mr. K’s Used Books, Music, and More.

Chris and Emily had a joint jaunt to hear Delia Owens discuss her book, Where the Crawdads Sing, sponsored by RJ Julia Booksellers but located at The Country School, in Madison, CT.
Other Books by Delia Owens:
Cry of the Kalahari
Secrets of the Savanna
The Eye of the Elephant
Survivor’s Song

Books recommended by Delia Owens:
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
A Sand County Almanac – Aldo Leopold
West with the Night – Beryl Markham

– Upcoming Jaunts –
This weekend, Laura Thoma, playwright, has a play, Meet Me in the Lobby, appearing in the Norwalk Theatre Artists Workshop festival April 26-29, 2019. Laura was on Episode 19 and Episode 66.

Emily will be attending the Newburyport Literary Festival on April 26-27, 2019

Booktopia 2019 at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT is taking place May 3-4, 2019

Chris and Emily will be attending Book Expo America May 29-31, 2019

– Upcoming Reads –
Lost Laysen – Margaret Mitchell (CW)
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (CW)
The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age – David Callahan (EF)
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World – Melinda Gates(EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Check out Alice Hoffman’s website for her backlist
Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
Mel’s Bookland Adventures
The Stella Prize
Marina Abramovic Institute
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative – Austin Kleon (CW)
Documentary about James Baldwin: I Am Not Your Negro
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen – Mary Norris
Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry
Russell of Ink and Paper Booktube Channel

Episode 74 - Joint Jaunt to see Kingsolver and Powers, and Emily Eats Her Way Through Philly

At the  92nd St Y  to see  Barbara Kingsolver  and  Richard Powers  discuss their books  Unsheltered  and  The Overstory !

At the 92nd St Y to see Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers discuss their books Unsheltered and The Overstory!

Episode Seventy Four Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Upcoming Readalong –
We are hosting co-reads in June 2019 with Jenny Colvin of the Reading Envy Podcast.
More details are forthcoming, but the books are:
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE

– Currently Reading –
The World That We Knew: A Novel – Alice Hoffman (EF) (release date 9/24/19)
A Vindication of the Rights of Women – Mary Wollstonecraft (CW)
    Click HERE for the readalong with Great Book Study
Welcome to the Writer’s Life: How to Design Your Writing Craft, Writing Business, Writing Practice, and Reading Practice - Paulette Perhach (CW)
From A Whisper to A Riot: The Gay Writers Who Crafted an American Literary Tradition – Adam W. Burgess (CW)
The Jewel Garden: A Story of Despair and Redemption – Monty Don, Sarah Don (CW)

– Just Read –
Fascism: A Warning – Madeline Albright (CW) (audio)
The Shortest Way Home – Miriam Parker (EF)
Chris dnf’d Transcription – Kate Atkinson (CW)
Tell Me How it Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions – Valeria Luiselli (EF)
The Marriage of Phaedra – Willa Cather which is part of the Willa Cather Short Story Project
Heavy: An American Memoir – Kiese Laymon (EF) (audio)

– Biblio Adventures –
Chris and Emily went to the 92nd St Y to see Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers discuss their books Unsheltered and The Overstory

Chris watched A Discovery of Witches based on the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Emily took a trip to Philadelphia and visited the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore and Penn BookCenter and also took a picture of the Curtis Publishing Company building. She also had dinner at Zahav and flipped through a copy of Michael Solomonov’s new cookbook, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking. Click HERE to read the article about Solomonov in the NY Times.

 – Upcoming Jaunts –
4/18/2019 – The Willa Cather Bookclub will discuss A Lost Lady at 2pm at Bookclub Bookstore & More.

4/18/2019 – Bank Square Books and the Lagrua Center are co-hosting Mary Norris to discuss her book Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen.

4/23/2019 – Patricia Marx and Roz Chast will be visiting RJ Julia Booksellers to discuss their book Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestions. Click HERE to read the article about them in the NY Times.

4/24/2019 – Delia Owens will be visiting RJ Julia Booksellers to discuss her book Where the Crawdads Sing. Note: The event is sold out.

4/29/2019 – Dr. Carla Hayden in conversation with Tracy K Smith at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Tracy K. Smith is the poet Laureate of the United States and has a wonderful podcast, The Slowdown, where she reads a poem each day.

5/30-6/1/2019 – 64th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference

6/17-6/21/2019 – The 17th Annual Willa Cather Seminar

 – Upcoming Reads –
A Lost Lady – Willa Cather (CW)
Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell (CW)
Sapphira and the Slave Girl– Willa Cather (CW)
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin (EF)
Lights All Night Long – Lydia Fitzpatrick (EF)

– Also Mentioned –
Faithful – Alice Hoffman
Riff Raff Bookstore in Providence, RI
Lost Children Archive – Valeria Luiselli
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
White Dog Cafe
The Impossible Fortress – Jason Rekulak
To find the poetry videos from the Book Cougars April 2018 National Poetry Month Celebration head to our YouTube page.
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Episode 73 - True Grit Readalong!

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Episode Seventy Three Show Notes
CW = Chris Wolak
EF = Emily Fine

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– Currently Reading –
Transcription – Kate Atkinson (CW)
Fascism: A Warning – Madeline Albright (CW)
The Shortest Way Home – Miriam Parker (EF)

– Just Read –
The Trial of Lizzie Borden – Cara Robertson (CW)
Good Riddance – Elinor Lippman (EF)
The Invited – Jennifer McMahon (CW) (release date April 30, 2019)
The Wartime Sisters – Lynda Cohen Loigman (EF)
Passing – Nella Larsen (EF)
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (EF)
The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons on Survival from the Front Lines of Grief – Nora McInerny (EF)

– Biblio Adventures –
We went on a joint jaunt to see a panel discussing Writing Trauma at Yale University.
Panelists included: Roxane Gay, Aubrey Hirsch, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Saaed Jones, Terese Marie Mailhot, and Melanie Boyd

Emily went to Long Wharf Theater to see a play based on the book Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Chris went to Playhouse on Park to see The Revolutionists by playwright Lauren Gunderson

Check out the NYPL Library Talks Podcast Episode 248: Debut of A Velocity of Being edited by Maria Popova

Chris visited Stepping Stones, the home of Bill and Lois Wilson, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous

Chris discovered a new bookstore in New Haven, CT: Grey Matter Books

Chris and Emily went to see the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City

– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris and Emily are heading to the 92nd St Y to see Barbara Kingsolver and Richard Powers discuss their books Unsheltered and The Overstory

April 26-27, 2019 – The Newburyport Literary Festival

May 3-4 , 2019 – Booktopia at Northshire Bookstore

April 6th – Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

– 10th Readalong –
True Grit – Charles Portis
The Goodreads discussion page can be found HERE.

– Upcoming Readalong –
We are hosting co-reads in June 2019 with Jenny Colvin of the Reading Envy Podcast.
More details are forthcoming, but the books are:
Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather

– Also Mentioned –
Russell – Ink and Paper Blog
Seward Park New York Public Library
Alison Law – Literary Atlanta PodcastEpisode 45
Terrible Thanks for Asking Podcast
It’s Okay To Laugh – Nora McInerny
A Student of History – Nina Revoyr
The River – Peter Heller
The Last Woman in the Forest – Diane Les Becquets
Jabberwocky Bookshop
True Grit movie adaptations:
John Wayne version
Coen Brothers version
Upcoming 50th anniversary of John Wayne version look for information here
Donna Tartt – The Secret History and The Goldfinch
At the Edge of the Orchard – Tracy Chevalier
Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee