The Great American Read

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. —George R.R. Martin I’m going to report this fact, though it hurts me to do so: in a recent Pew study, 24% of US adults said they had not read a book in the last year. (Okay, let’s…
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024: Do You Even Fantasy, Bro?

Magic! Friendship! Gratitude! Tom Petty! We may have thought fantasy wasn't our thing, but it turns out... we were wrong. (First time for everything!)  Bookish News: Dietland is being made into a TV series on AMC. Kirkus describes it as “Part Fight Club, part feminist manifesto, an offbeat and genre-bending novel that aims high—and delivers.…
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020: A WONDER-ful Podcast Episode

Our 20th Episode! Jam-packed with Dolly Parton, mythology retellings, Afrofuturism, and a sweet, donut filled romance. All that plus chatting up each other on the Read Across Lawrence book, Wonder which really is, well, wonder-ful!  Bookish News: Nebula Award finalists announced! Carnegie Award WINNERS!  Dolly Parton will present the 100 millionth book donation from her Imagination…
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The Anglophile’s Guide to (Bloody Brilliant) Historical Fiction

Dear Reader, there is nothing that brings me such unbridled joy as what I consider to be a richly-written, atmospheric historical fiction novel. I have never been one to wish for times past, because I am a modern lady who enjoys modern amenities such as public works systems, vaccinations, and air conditioning units. However, I…
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019: Talking the poetry of truth with Beth Ann Fennelly

Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, about her collection of micro-memoirs, Heating & Cooling, as well as the intersections between poetry, memoir, and fiction. They also name her an honorary Scorpio. Listen in:  Learn more about Beth Ann Fennelly and her innumerable talents and awards…
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