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A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.
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A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

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Episodes

BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

7/7/2016
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Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers! Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now. The deadline is July 31, 2016. While entering, you can opt-in to a mailing list, where we can keep you updated on BOTNS news. We can't guarantee what we will be sending out via this list other than that we will share our two monthly selections that will...

Duration:00:14:38

BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

6/28/2016
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A preview of fiction titles we're looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don't Forget! Although this is the final "regular" episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390 - filled with hilarious bloopers! _______________________________________________ Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! While entering, you can opt-in to a mailing...

Duration:00:56:25

BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

6/21/2016
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A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months. Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you'd like to join the mailing list for possible future BOTNS news, but can't enter the sweepstakes because you live outside the US, you can sign up here. We can't guarantee what we will be sending out via this list other than that we will share our two monthly selections that will go to the winners...

Duration:01:29:22

BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

6/14/2016
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We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline. The Summer reading packet came home from Ann's daughters' school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must choose one of the following contemporary books: The Handmaid's Tale, The Interestings, or The Poisonwood Bible. They also must read selected chapters from How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and also must keep a reading journal using the prompts...

Duration:01:02:40

BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

6/7/2016
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We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you all shared your disapointment, nearly all of you said you understood why were bowing out now, and thanked us for the nearly 400 episodes. Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure...

Duration:02:11:46

BOTNS #385: Our final Booktopia Petoskey author talks

5/31/2016
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Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea. This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fabulous McLean & Eakin bookstore in Petoskey, MI. Authors featured this week: W. Bruce Cameron, author of The Dog Master Janis Cooke Newman, author of A Master Plan for Rescue Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Water Museum We'll be back next week...

Duration:00:26:33

BOTNS #384: The End and the Beginning

5/24/2016
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A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand! Audiobook of the week (11:15) The Assistants by Camille Perri, narrated by Jorjeana Marie, is Ann's pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows...

Duration:00:37:46

BOTNS #383: Women in books and bookstores

5/18/2016
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Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can't wait for you to read. Booklovers, especially Michael, are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, died at age 70. Darwin Cooke, writer and artist of Michael's favorite superhero graphic novel ever, DC The New Frontier, passed away at the age of 53. Audiobook of the week (04:49): Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated...

Duration:00:29:47

BOTNS #382: No Women Allowed?

5/10/2016
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Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo. Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Bookstore and the Inn at Manchester put together a wonderful weekend, judging by the comments and photos we saw online. If you weren't able to attend, but want to read some of the books that were featured, here's a list. The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein...

Duration:01:06:09

BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders

5/3/2016
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So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my pick for this week’s Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and...

Duration:00:33:17

BOTNS #380: A New Batch of Book Awards

4/26/2016
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Litsy, Book Awards, plus, don't you forget about 84, Charing Cross Road and Nobody's Fool. Ann and I are both on Litsy, a new photo-focused book-based social media app (usernames AnnKingman and mkindness). The one problem we're encountering is posting about a book that we're reading electronically in manuscript form; they're not very photogenic! So, check out Litsy and let us know what you think! Audiobook of the week (04:17) Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt, narrated by Cassandra Campbell and...

Duration:00:57:28

BOTNS #379: Booktopia Petoskey presents Lauren Fox, Jim Ottaviani, and Jennifer McMahon

4/19/2016
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This week, we bring you three authors from Booktopia Petoskey (September 2015), each of whom gives a short talk about their work (or other things). Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe Jim Ottaviani, author of Primates Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister These are always very entertaining, so please do listen and check out these wonderful authors' books. Many thanks to our authors and to the fabulous McLean & Eakin Bookstore for hosting us. Official author photo of Jim Ottaviani, who...

Duration:00:23:25

BOTNS #378: Showered with Questions

4/12/2016
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"April Showered" with listener questions. Plus, we recommend Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, and Geek Parenting by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu. Thanks to all of you who commented on episode 375 with suggestions for adult books that can be ready by a precocious 9-year-old. And, in a follow-up to episode 376, listener Mitzi shared info on a local library's seed library. Audiobook of the week (04:38) Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, narrated by the author, is my pick for this week's...

Duration:00:25:59

BOTNS #377: When a friend discovers the joy of reading

4/5/2016
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We're thinking about summer, trying not to be book snobs, and raving about The Caped Crusade and Lab Girl. It's time to start thinking about summer (even though there is snow out my window right now). Specifically, we'd like you to help us create the categories that will appear in this year's Books on the Nightstand Bingo cards, which will go live sometime around Memorial Day (end of May). You may add your suggestions to the Google form. Before you add your categories, please do check our...

Duration:00:31:18

BOTNS #376: Ten Books, a Whale, and a Library Farm

3/29/2016
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Three mini topics. Plus, don't you forget about Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. In addition to candy, my kids got books for Easter. Later that day, Friends came over and we gave their daughter a late birthday gift: a signed copy of Demon Dentist by David Walliams. At one point during the sugar-fueled antics of the day, I looked into the living room to see my son and their daughter reading quietly. It was wonderful! Audiobook of the week (06:44) The...

Duration:00:24:45

BOTNS #375: Another episode of “Stump Ann and Michael”

3/22/2016
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A new podcast; an audiobook narrated by the creator of Hamilton, and questions from the mailbag. This week Michael tells us about a new podcast, This is the Author, published by the audiobooks division of Penguin Random House. It features short conversations with authors who are in the studio narrating their audiobooks. During the course of that discussion, we also talk about In Other Words, the new book by Jhumpa Lahiri which she narrates in both English and Italian. Audiobook of the week...

Duration:00:40:31

BOTNS #374: Commercial vs. Literary Fiction

3/15/2016
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Defining literary and commercial fiction. We recommend Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg and All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. I've just gotten over a reading slump. For a few weeks, I couldn't get into any books or audios. All I wanted to do was watch TV (I binged the first season of Netflix's Daredevil. Dark and violent, but oh so good!). I eventually broke the slump by continuing to try things, and I didn't feel bad about not reading. Audiobook of the week (03:06)...

Duration:00:22:59

BOTNS #373: Steve Himmer and Mary Doria Russell

3/8/2016
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Authors Steve Himmer and Mary Doria Russell, speaking at Booktopia Vermont 2015. Michael and I are at Sales Conference this week, learning about books that Penguin Random House will publish in the fall of 2016. In place of our usual episode, we're thrilled to share with you two author talks from Booktopia Vermont in May, 2015. Please do listen to these very entertaining talks. Fram and Epitaph are two books we can't wait for you to read. We'll be back next week with a regular episode.

Duration:00:19:00

BOTNS #372: We Need Diverse Books

3/1/2016
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Diverse books for a diverse reading population. We recommend What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell, and Evicted by Matthew Desmond. I recently discovered The Setup Wizard, a Tumblr-based fan fiction about a Muggle who is the first ever IT person at Hogwarts. It's hilarious, and you should definitely read it from the very beginning! And, coming on July 30, you'll be able to read, in book form, the forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Audiobook of the week (05:07) The Ocean at...

Duration:00:40:55

BOTNS #371a – Oops

2/23/2016
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Hi all, Ann here. Episode 371 was accidentally published with the incorrect audio file (episode 317 -- you can see how it happened). I've fixed the file so that if you received it via email or find it through the website, you'll have the correct file. But if you've already updated your iTunes/podcatcher file, you may have received the wrong file. So this is a fix. The correct file is attached to this post, and here is a link to the show notes in the original episode. Sorry for the...

Duration:00:33:29