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E471: Emotional Prudery

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Jeff and Rebecca think about replacing the term “dad book” with…anything, talk more PRH/S&S commentary, list book adaptations they will not be talking about, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: 2021 Fall Preview Draft Adaptation Nation The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles Bourdain by Laurie Woolever See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E470: Franzen Erosion Curve

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss some recent book sales numbers, the 2021 Booker Prize, banning Beloved, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Adaptation Nation 2021 Fall Preview Book Draft Justice Dept Sues PRH over S & S Merger AI comes to audiobooks 2021 Booker Prize winner Texas attempting to ban BELOVED and Streisand effect See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

DUNE: Adaptation Nation Episode 1

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Jeff O’Neal, Jenn Northington, and Amanda Nelson discuss Frank Herbert’s Dune and break down Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 adaptation. Mentioned in this episode: Frank Herbert’s Distrust of JFK Hari Kunzru on Dune Muslim Influences in Dune Is Dune a White Savior Narrative? Sidelining Arab Voices in Dune Dune Book Club with Ausma Zehanat Khan See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E469: Transparency Gateway

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In this episode, Jeff and Rebecca confirm that Dune is having a moment, talk about a new Book Riot podcast series, the beginning of “Books of the Year” season, and then talk about Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen and Matrix by Lauren Groff. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Adaptation Nation Publishers’ Weekly’s Best Books of 2021 Matrix by Lauren Groff Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E468: Monetize That Dream

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about a literary scam, a social network for authors, Goodreads members’ most anticipated fall books, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode SFF Yeah episode on Dune 2021 Fall Preview Draft Goodreads members most anticipated fall books Female Spanish thriller writer turns out to be team of 3 men Author founds social network aiming to disrupt publishing industry See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E467: Embrace the Mess

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Jeff and Rebecca take the episode to talk about 10 years of Book Riot. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Book Riot is hiring an Ad Sales Manager 2021 Fall Preview Draft New Book Riot Merch! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E466: A Potato Chip in the Mouth Forever

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This week, Jeff is joined by Book Riot editor Danika Ellis to talk book challenges, book blob cover designs, TikTok, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Book Riot is hiring an Ad Sales Manager! Librarians Charged for Stocking Books The 2021 Nobel Prize Behold, the Book Blurb 9 year-old sells lemonade to raise money to distribute diverse books The Continuing Saga of the Publishing Supply Chain Special Topics in Being a Human Milk Fed by Melissa Broder See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E465: They’re All Bad Metrics

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about MacArthur award winners, Netflix big adaptation winners, and Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Our Fall Preview Draft Hanif Abdurraquib & Ibram X Kendi among MacArthur Genius Grant winners Colson Whitehead interview with Ezra Klein Netflix’s Most Popular Movies and Series See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E464: Ascending Levels of Sauciness

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Jeff and Amanda talk about Sally Rooney sales, author who want to be publishers who also want to be influencers, the National Book Award longlist, Amanda’s favorite books of the year so far, and the going price for The Constitution. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: 2021 Fall Preview Draft Lena Waithe & Gillian Flynn launching imprints with independent publisher Zando Sara Gran also launching a publishing project National Book Award Long list Rare First Edition of the US Constitution to go to auction Cultish by Amanda Montell She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto The Sentence by Louise Erdrich I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness by Claire Vaye Watkins Matrix by Lauren Groff See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E463: Book Nerd Movie Club: THE MARTIAN

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the book and movie, The Martian. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E462: Spat Into the World

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Jeff and Jenn talk interesting science fiction and fantasy releases, some of the best books of 2021, upcoming science-fiction and fantasy adaptations, and more. Then Jeff and Rebecca are joined by Cree Myles to talk about her project, All Ways Black. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Our 2021 Fall Preview Draft Special Book Riot is hiring! The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad SFF Yeah! Fall New Release Episode The New Yorker discovers there’s big money in ​​ebooks The Supply Chaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnnn All Ways Black See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E461: Special Episode: 2021 Fall Preview Draft

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As announced, we are trying something different for bonus content: a special, ad-free, pay-what-you-will 2021 Fall Preview Draft. Go here to get it: bookriot.com/falldraft. That URL will redirect you to our Gumroad page where you can get the episode. You can either play it there or download the mp3 file to play wherever. The episode will be available through Thanksgiving. Thanks for listening, and we would especially like feedback on this model, so email us at podcast@bookriot.com. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E460: The Hamster Will Be Our Guinea Pig

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about their plans and strategy for the Fall Preview Draft, a bookstore getting an imprint, PRH jacking up the price of Amanda Gorman’s book, what a wonderful era of Black literature it is, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: We’re hiring again! Web engineer & ad ops associate New Oprah pick The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois 50 UK bookstores will open early for Sally Rooney release See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E459: Indiscriminate Scamming

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Jenn Northington joins Rebecca to talk about the Hachette/Workman acquisition, the state of book tours, a truly mistifying publishing scam, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Follow-up: Leander, TX school district pulls more books Hachette is buying Workman Did the pandemic kill the book tour? The strangest scam in publishing First look at Wheel of Time adaptation See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E458: G-Level Property

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Sharifah Williams joins Jeff to talk SF/F adaptations, how the adaptation boom may (or may not?) be affecting what is getting written, wild problems with GoodReads, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: How adaptations are influencing contemporary fiction ​​ Review extortion on GoodReads Hello Sunshine to be sold for $900 million Surprises with Scholastic succession See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E457: The Donkey Parade

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the coming end of big-time adaptations, the future of food memoirs, the dearth of popular on-going book series, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. Discussed in this episode: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Gets Release Date See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E456: Spicy Fun Spice

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about pandemic reading habits, book sales, what it means to be a relevant author, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: Pandemic Reading Habits Survey People Really Did Read More in 2020 Booker Longlist May your efforts succeed: little free diverse libraries See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E455: The Canonical Dorito

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Jeff and Rebecca build off listener feedback to spend more time talking about TikTok and books, how local libraries can be eaten away from the inside, have their minds boggled about a 300-year overdue library book, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: The Niles Public Library is a Warning Prince Harry memoir! More on the TikTok book trend Library Book overdue by 300 Years Returned See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E454: Infinite Monkeys

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Jeff and Rebecca parse listener feedback on what makes historical fiction, explicate the bestselling books of the year so far, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: Book Riot’s best of the year so far PW bestselling books of the year so far The Niles Public Library is a Warning A win! Portland Public Schools will no longer teach book containing historical inaccuracies See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E453: Convince Me I’m Right

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about recent reading, proceed to debate what constitutes historical fiction, wish for the failure of the efforts of some politicians, anticipate Janelle Monae’s short story collection, and much more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Discussed in this episode: Texas Governor Cancels Book Event Examining History Janelle Monae debut short fiction Andy Serkis is recording LOTR audiobooks See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E451: Ding the Basket

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Jeff and Rebecca check in on summer book sales, relay another effort they hope fails, and talk about Michelle Zauner’s excellent debut memoir, Crying in H Mart. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: Parents sue over BLM lessons in Pennsylvania school district (Handy Vox piece explaining what critical race theory actually is) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E450: Form-Forward

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Pulitzer Prize announcements, things happening in conservative publishing, a sweeping Amazon investigative report, and more. Follow the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. The show can also be found on Stitcher. For more industry news, sign up for our Today in Books daily newsletter! Discussed in this episode: We’re hiring! Pulitzer winners Update: DoJ drops Bolton case Big publishers unlikely to take Trump book HarperCollins imprint signs deal for Jared Kushner’s “definitive” Trump book And former big-5 execs launch new conservative imprint Another Bourdain-adjacent book See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E449: Our Favorite(?) Books of 2021 So Far.

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Jeff and Rebecca pick their most memorable, favorite, and otherwise noteworthy reads of 2021 so far. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Rebecca’s Picks: Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Girlhood by Melissa Febos Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraquib Miseducated by Brandon P Fleming Rebecca’s Honorable Mentions: Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Cultish by Amanda Montell While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid Jeff’s Picks: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford Jeff’s Honorable Mentions: Winning the Loser’s Game by Charles Ellis World Travel by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E448: Three Corners of an "It" Book

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Amazon buying MGM, Roxane Gay’s new imprint, what makes an “it” book, and more. Discussed in this episode: Fare thee well, Eric Carle Amazon buys MGM Roxane Gay imprint! WNDB no longer using “own voices” SHE SAID movie coming John Steinbeck’s unpublished…werewolf novel?? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E447: Summer Draft Results and SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER by Ashley Ford

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss the results of their Summer Draft showdown and try a little something new with Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E446: FIELD OF DREAMS

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about Field of Dreams and the book its based on, W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E445: The Austen-Industrial Complex

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the listener survey, a new giant ereader, Amazon sort of coming to libraries, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Constance Grady weighs in on Pence / S & S, and publishing’s existential crisis: DPLA signs deal w/ Amazon Publishing to make their ebooks available to libraries A piece worth reading on cancel culture & breaking up with your childhood faves GIANT EREADER Cynthia Ozick responds to negative review from Lionel Shriver in verse Book It returns! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E444: 2021 Summer Preview Draft

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Jeff and Rebecca compete to draft the best list of Summer 2021 new releases. This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Jeff’s Picks Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley Ford One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor Intimacies by Katie Kitamura Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder Committed by Adam Stern This is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith The Appalachian Trail by Philip D’Anieri Rebecca’s Picks Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris After the Fall by Ben Rhodes The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America We Are What We Eat by Alice Waters Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi Miseducated by Brandon Fleming Thanks for Waiting by Doree Shafrir Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam The Turnout by Megan Abbott Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E443: Odyssey of Ache

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Jeff and Rebecca set a BR reader poll, talk more about the publication of the Mike Pence book, get into how much authors make, and wonder if a techno-fad has a place in the world of books. Discussed in this episode: BR podcast poll: Which of these books have you read? Jonathan Karp digs in deeper on Pence book *and* there’s a recording of another town hall How Much Do Authors Make? NFTs for Books? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E442: Count Me Among the Uncool

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the uncoolness of ereading, how Jeff was right in a way that matters, a diversity in writing initiative from Reese’s Book Club, and more. Discussed in this episode: Reese’s Book Club offering fellowship for unpublished writers from underrepresented groups Shouts for Jess Pryde! Another editorial about What Publishing Stands For Albuquerque is home to the world’s only Native-owned comic book store See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E441: 2021 Moms, Dads, and Grads Recommendation Show

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Jeff and Rebecca respond to listener requests for recommendations for moms, dads, grads (and themselves). This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Books and Authors discussed in this episode: Shop Class as Soul Craft Flight: The Complete History of Aviation The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell How to Build a Car by A. Newey World of Wonders In the Dream House How to Do Nothing The Night Tiger The Book of Delights Rich and Pretty Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light Friends & Strangers Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler Summer of Jordi Perez The Wedding Date Malibu Rising The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke Real Life by Brandon Taylor Notes on a Nervous Planet See No Stranger Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series The Thursday Murder Club While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Do Not Say We Have Nothing Wild Women and the Blues Sharks in the Time of Saviors Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia The House of Spirits by Isabelle Allende Susan Gregg Gilmore Megan Mayhew Bergman Jesmyn Ward The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang  Now My Heart is Full by Laura June Lexicon by Max Barry The Gilded Wolves Finding Meaning H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald Blue Nights by Joan Didion The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion The Emperor of All Maladies Who Ate the First Oyster? Maybe You Should Talk to Someone The Group In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez Trace by Lauret E. Savoy Earth Keeper by N Scott Momaday Razorblade Tears by S.A. Cosby Your House Will Pay When No One is Watching Deacon King Kong by James McBride Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro Pachinko by Min Jin Lee Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E440: The Train is People

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Jeff and Rebecca check-in on the rolling reckoning, talk about dedicated e-readers, Murakami’s thsirt line, and more. Haruki Murakami’s t-shirt line is live Follow up: Open letter from publishing professionals against book deals for any member of Trump Administration Follow up: Norton pulls Roth biography out of print Big NYT coverage of the rolling reckoning Big snaps to Ron Charles Follow-up: Amazon giving 500,000 workers raises as unionizing efforts increase See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E439: The Rolling Reckoning

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Jeff and Rebecca follow up about Simon & Schuster’s relationship with Post Hill Press, a employee petition at Simon & Schuster (and the CEO’s response), Norton pulling a major book, listener feedback, and more. Discussed in this episode: The Book Riot giveaway featuring Noise by Daniel Kahneman Follow-up: S & S refuses to distribute book by officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death And S & S employees protest Mike Pence book deal The CEO responded Bigger context piece about how this represents a new challenge for publishers Multiple alllegations of sexual misconduct surface against Blake Bailey, Norton pull his Roth biography See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E438: Several Trepidations

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Jeff and Rebecca do listener feedback, interrogate what a podcast “read-a-long” does/could mean, stand in awe of Amanda Gorman’s book sales, talk a little George R.R. Martin, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Amanda Gorman is first poet to claim #1 spot on USA Today bestsellers Amazon workers in Bessemer, AL vote against unionization Unpublished Richard Wright novel about police brutality to be released Officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s death gets a book deal, S & S will distribute See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E437: Piñata of Lies

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In this special, live-streamed episode, Jeff and Rebecca continue to argue about/refine a “Should I Read This?” segment/special episode series, are a little surprised at the Mike Pence book deal, perform their annual lament at the most challenged books of the year, and much more. Discussed in this episode: ALA releases most challenged books of 2020 Guardian coverage includes some author responses Dana Canedy acquires two Mike Pence memoirs for S & S New book contains a puzzle that, if solved, reader will win a golden casket See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.