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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.

E436: Georgia Sunrise

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Jeff and Rebecca note the passing of Beverly Cleary and Larry McMurtry, talk more Amazon/Big 5 anti-trust litigation, a Tennessee law that breaks new ground in terribleness, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Scholastic pulls Captain Underpants spinoff because of passive racism Tennessee bill seeks to ban any books that “promote, normalize, support, or address” LGTBQ issues Amazon & Big 5 face anti-trust lawsuit from booksellers HarperCollins buying HMH See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E435: Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss Klara & the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E434: Vox Biblioi

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Jeff and Rebecca have their minds boggled at the sales of Seuss titles, pay fealty to the queen of book clubs, survey a few recent book challenges, and look forward to Klara and the Sun. Discussed in this episode: Oprah picks the Gilead SERIES as the next book club selection Follow-up: Leander, TX English teachers rally against graphic novels being removed from reading lists Austin, TX school calls in counselors after elementary school students are read a book about  a trans character Amazon no longer sells books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as mental illness Michael’s pulls feminist cross-stitch book because of curse words See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E433: Emotional Senioritis

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Jeff and Rebecca do some Seuss follow-up, evaluate upcoming adaptations that should be in their wheelhouse, talk about a particularly graphic effort to get some books out of a school classroom, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Farewell, Norman Juster Follow-up: Nice historical context for publishers removing racism from other books The Day Children’s Literature Died Follow-up: Amazon workers in other states inspired by unionizing efforts in Alabama Leander, TX school district removes 6 books from optional reading lists because of “inappropriate” content Peacock plans Robert Langdon spinoff series George C Wolf to adapt Song of Solomon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Loyal to the Bit

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about the Seuss Enterprise’s decision to stop publishing a half-dozen books, continue ruminating on a “is it good?” segment, admire Murakami’s evasive accessibility, get into some labor talk, and finally discuss the current state of podcasting. Discussed in this episode: 6 Dr Seuss books ceasing publication because of racist imagery Seuss Enterprise’s statement Murakami’s t-shirt line Spotify podcast listeners forecasted to top Apple this year Union booksellers protesting at Strand Biden expresses support for Alabama workers attempting to unionize Amazon warehouse Great long piece about recent PoC hires poised to lead publishing in a new direction See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E431: Wiki in Shame

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about another format they might want to try for talking about books, whether 2020 means we can finally stop confusing the fate of bookstores with the fate of publishing, catch up with some listener feedback, and much more. Discussed in this episode: Bookstore sales fell 28.3% in 2020 Big-picture look at the possible impact of PRH/S&S Charles Yu establishes prize for Taiwanese American writers Underground Railroad teaser trailer Hillary Clinton writing novel w/ Louise Penny Coming Soon: Sword, Stone, Table edited by Jenn Northington and Swapna Krishna See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E430: Southern Belles with Benefits

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Jeff and Rebecca talk about what books actually get read, emotionally manipulative novels, tackle a couple of listener question, and try another guessing game. Discussed in this episode: While nothing we talked about today was newly linkable, I did promise to provide footage of Rebecca after her incredible showing last week. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E429: Pyrrhic Victory

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Jeff and Rebecca discuss the winner of the Spring Preview draft, Hachette getting out of the right-wing publishing game, the Obamas adaptation-heavy Netflix slate, and Jeff inadvisedly challenges Rebecca to a new game. Discussed in this episode: Big 5 named as co-defendants in ebook price fixing suit Hachette fired last remaining editor who would publish conservative BS Obamas ink 6-project deal with Netflix, including adaptation of Exit West See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E428: Arrogance with Shine

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Jeff and Rebecca reflect on the end of Jeff Bezos’ tenure as CEO of Amazon, the launch of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club app, and comment on a commendation for LeVar Burton. Discussed in this episode: Bezos stepping down as Amazon CEO Reese’s Book Club has an app LeVar Burton named first PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E427: Buy Stock in Amanda Gorman

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Jenn Northington joins Jeff to talk about a new ebook price-fixing lawsuit, the meteoric rise of Amanda Gorman, the high degree of difficulty of adapting The Sparrow, and much more. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Discussed in this episode: Update: Hawley’s book pick up by Regnery The Amanda Gorman phenomenon Ebook Price Fixing Lawsuit Queen’s Gambit creator to adapt The Sparrow See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

E426: 2021 Spring Preview

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Jeff and Rebecca preview the interesting new Spring releases in the form of a draft! They each drafted 10 books to make a basket with the intended audience of a generally interested reader. And they need your help to decide who won! Take a look at the lists below, and then email podcast@bookriot.com with your vote for who drafted the best all-around basket. This post contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, Book Riot may earn a commission. Rebecca’s List: Long Time Coming by Michael Eric Dyson Good Company by Cythnia d’Aprix Sweeney Aftershocks by Nadia Owusu No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood How Beautiful We Were by Imbolu Mbue Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir How to Change by Katy Milkman The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan Nine Nasty Words by John McWhorter Soul of a Woman by Isabelle Allende   Jeff’s List: The Survivors by Jane Harper My Year Abroad by Chang-rae Lee Think Again by Adam Grant Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel Sure, I’ll Be Your Black Friend by Ben Philippe The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri The Wild Silence by Raynor Winn Caul Baby by Morgan Jerkins   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.