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The Book Owl Podcast delights your inner book nerd and feeds your reading addiction with everything you didn't know you wanted to know about books. Delivered with plenty of light humor, each episode spins tales from tantalizing tomes to luscious libraries, and literary lore to quirky bookstores. So, if you've ever wondered what book will kill you, whether dogs read, or why a bookstore has a train running through it, it's time to get caught in The Book Owl's beak. The Book Owl Podcast, we give a hoot for book nerds. Who am I? I'm Tammie Painter, a writer and proud book nerd. In the podcast I'm telling book- and reading-related tales that I find fascinating and know you will too.

The Book Owl Podcast delights your inner book nerd and feeds your reading addiction with everything you didn't know you wanted to know about books. Delivered with plenty of light humor, each episode spins tales from tantalizing tomes to luscious libraries, and literary lore to quirky bookstores. So, if you've ever wondered what book will kill you, whether dogs read, or why a bookstore has a train running through it, it's time to get caught in The Book Owl's beak. The Book Owl Podcast, we give a hoot for book nerds. Who am I? I'm Tammie Painter, a writer and proud book nerd. In the podcast I'm telling book- and reading-related tales that I find fascinating and know you will too.

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The Book Owl Podcast delights your inner book nerd and feeds your reading addiction with everything you didn't know you wanted to know about books. Delivered with plenty of light humor, each episode spins tales from tantalizing tomes to luscious libraries, and literary lore to quirky bookstores. So, if you've ever wondered what book will kill you, whether dogs read, or why a bookstore has a train running through it, it's time to get caught in The Book Owl's beak. The Book Owl Podcast, we give a hoot for book nerds. Who am I? I'm Tammie Painter, a writer and proud book nerd. In the podcast I'm telling book- and reading-related tales that I find fascinating and know you will too.

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English


Episodes

20. That Time a Fire Built a Library

1/14/2021
We here at The Book Owl Podcast do NOT approve of book burning. However, there was a time in recent history when a fire was actually good for books, libraries, and for the book lovers of Chicago. Links Mentioned in This Episode * Many thanks to Jonny Pongratz of the Jaunts & Haunts blog. https://jonathanpongratz.com * Discover several inexpensive ways to keep the show running at https://thebookowlpodcast.com/support * "They Want Your Books" (book donation tips): https://wp.me/pbLfAe-h3 *...

Duration:00:16:17

19. The Tiptop Books of 2020

12/24/2020
One of the taglines for The Book Owl Podcast is, "Everything Books, Minus the Reviews," but as this wacky year is winding down, I thought I'd make an exception and share with you my absolute top book picks I found during the extra reading time 2020 has provided. Links Mentioned in This Episode * Thanks to Jonny Pongratz of the Jaunts & Haunts blog for some super kind words about the most recent episodes and for supporting the show by purchasing several of my short stories....

Duration:00:20:40

18. Have Book, Will Time Travel

12/10/2020
Tuesday, the 8th of December, was Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day. Don’t ask me what in the world that is supposed to mean or what kind of presents it involves, but so far, science has let us down with its inability to come up with a time machine. Which means the best we can do is to open the pages of a book and journey along through time with the author’s imagination. Please note: There is a little jumble in the info at the start. I talk about several stories that send the hero into the...

Duration:00:17:14

17. Cooking Up Something Good

11/26/2020
Because Thanksgiving is THE holiday where food takes center stage, I bet there's more than a few of you out there reaching for a cookbook this week. Which is why The Book Owl went into research mode to discover the history of cookbooks. From rotting meat to imaginary friends, it's a recipe for concocting a great episode. And, there's even a special guest who tried to take over the show. Links Mentioned in this Episode.... * Support the show by shopping at Amazon using the Amazon Affiliate...

Duration:00:17:58

16. Biting Into Bram Stoker

11/12/2020
The Book Owl is still in the Halloween spirit, and that means from the huge number of authors who are having a birthday this month (or would have been if they were still alive), I've chosen Bram Stoker as the Book Owl birthday boy. In this episode we dive into his trouble personal life and the reality behind his most famous tale. Links Mentioned in this Episode.... * Pick up The Drive-Thru Window for 99c at https://payhip.com/b/I0S4 * Thanks to Tierney of TierneyCreates:...

Duration:00:15:43

15. Ten Spooky and Kooky Libraries

10/29/2020
It's a listener-inspired episode in which, just like in the movie Ghostbusters, the Book Owl discovers ghosts love spending their time browsing, and sometimes wreaking havoc, in the stacks of their local libraries. Links Mentioned in this Episode.... * Crawcrafts Beasties (for all your monster needs): https://crawcraftsbeasties.com Like what you hear? * Episode Page with links mentioned in the episode, transcript, and more at https://wp.me/pbLfAe-et * Get more out of every episode by joining...

Duration:00:15:51

14. Will Authors Go Extinct?

10/15/2020
It's October and that means all things spooky...and I can't think of anything scarier than AI pushing authors to extinction. Find out how real the risks are, and what you as a writer or a reader can do to save the species Homo authoris. Links Mentioned in this Episode.... * The original post on TammiePainter.com: https://wp.me/p10s13-2Yk * The Career Author Podcast Episode that started it all: https://thecareerauthor.com/technology-and-publishing/ * Super duper inexpensive ways to keep the...

Duration:00:17:18

13. Around the World with Nellie Bly

10/1/2020
It's a mash-up episode this time around! After reading 80 Days Around the World, I was reminded of Nellie Bly's race around the world in 1889. Who was Nellie Bly? How did she change the writing world for women? And was Jules Verne's novel nothing more than a product placement ad? Find out in Episode (Lucky Number) 13. Links Mentioned in this episode... * Matthew Goodman's book Eighty Days: Nellie Bly's and Elizabeth's Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World (Amazon affiliate link):...

Duration:00:17:23

12. Hanging Ten with Agatha Christie

9/17/2020
Agatha Christie: Mistress of Mystery, Duchess of Death, Queen of....Surfing? That's right. Discover the events that turned Christie not only into one of the world's most popular mystery writers, but also one who knew how to hang ten on the waves of Hawaii. OOPS!!! (Update) - Just in case anyone thinks I'm a complete idiot....I misspoke and said World War II broke out in 1914, instead of saying World War I. Insert self-deprecating eye roll. Links Mentioned in this episode... * The official...

11. Chester Beatty’s Marvelous Manuscripts

9/3/2020
A rich guy goes around buying up a bunch of stuff. That's not exactly news, is it? Well, when the guy is Chester Beatty and his shopping expeditions ended up creating and preserving the most extensive collection of ancient papyrus, Middle Eastern illuminated manuscripts, and many other book-related treasure, it draws attention. In this episode of the Book Owl Podcast we explore how Chester got bit by the collecting bug, how he earned his wealth, and how he thumbed his nose at the British...

Duration:00:14:11

10. Ten Ways to Tell If You’re A Book Nerd

8/20/2020
We're having some anniversary fun this time with a quick quiz to test how big of a book nerd you really are, and a top ten list that might be utter blasphemy to die hard book nerds...Ten Movies That Are Better Than the Books They Were Based On. Plus...I've got a special announcement! You don't want to miss this silly and emotionally-charged episode. Links mentioned in this episode... * Contact the Book Owl with your Book Nerd Test results, story ideas, or comments:...

Duration:00:13:45

9. It’s the Bookmobile!

8/6/2020
It's Episode 9 and while sweet tooths may think the ice cream truck is the best vehicle ever invented, we book nerds know they're wrong because the Bookmobile can't be beat. In this episode we journey from the first traveling libraries all the way to clever means people today are ensuring everyone gets a chance to fall in love with books. Links mentioned in this episode... * Contact the Book Owl with story ideas and your Bookmobile memories: https://thebookowlpodcast.com/contact * Tammie...

Duration:00:11:32

8. The Story of Seeing (and Reading) Clearly

7/23/2020
It's Episode 8 and this time we're taking a peek at the amazing combination of historical events that turned eyeglasses from a luxury item used only by the wealthy to a household commodity. From imprisoned Venetians to curing syphilis, the history of eyeglasses is more intriguing than it might seem at first glance (sorry, I couldn't resist). Links mentioned in this episode... * Discover several inexpensive ways to help support the show: https://thebookowlpodcast.com/support * July's Fabulous...

Duration:00:15:07

7. The British Library

7/9/2020
It's Episode 7 and this time I'm taking you on a wander through the stacks of the world's largest library...and quite possibly the deepest one. So grab your library cards and your book bag and your passports if you're outside the UK because it's time to head to the British Library. Links mentioned in this episode... * The British Library: https://www.bl.uk * Online Exhibits at the British Library: https://www.bl.uk/discover-and-learn/online-exhibitions * The British Library's Digitized...

Duration:00:18:30

6. The Great Moon Hoax

6/25/2020
Fake news is nothing new, but it did used to be a lot more fun. In this episode of the podcast, we launch ourselves into some out of this world reporting from 1835 when The New York Sun published six articles that captured the world's overactive imagination. The Great Moon Hoax is a story that combines Edgar Allan Poe, the astronomer John Herschel, tailless beavers, and even Batman. Links mentioned... * Support the show with your everyday Amazon shopping:...

Duration:00:15:59

5. Anne Frank’s Diary

6/11/2020
Seventy-eight years ago, a girl had her 13th birthday. And on that birthday she was given a book. The pages of that book were completely blank until she quickly jotted down a single sentence expressing her hope that the book would be a great support to her. Her writing career was cut brutally short two years later. The girl was Anne Frank. The book in question would become her diary and a record of life trying to be normal under a very abnormal circumstances. Unfortunately, hate and utter...

Duration:00:15:55

4. All Aboard the Book Store

5/28/2020
This time around we’re going to figure out why there’s a train running through a bookstore. Or is it a bookstore running through a train? Either way, I'll introduce you to Barter Books in Alnwick, England, where trains and books collide. Not literally...or at least I hope not. And if you "Keep Calm," you'll also discover why books and trains aren't the only claim to fame for Barter Books. Links mentioned in this episode: * The Writer's Mural at Barter Books:...

Duration:00:16:14

3. What’s That Dog Doing in the Library?

5/14/2020
The show has gone to the dogs! This time on The Book Owl Podcast we delve into that age-old question, the quandary that has stumped philosophers and scientists for centuries, the issue I'm sure has been keeping you up at night....Do dogs know how to read? Spoiler alert...no, they don't, but they can listen which is why our canine buddies are regularly invited into libraries to help build better readers. How does this work? Who came up with the idea? How can you get involved? Find out in this...

Duration:00:12:45

2. Making a Deal with the Devil

4/30/2020
Do you have to sell your immortal soul to make a book? No, but you do need to get in league with the devil. A printer's devil, to be exact. What in the world is a printer's devil and where did the name come from? You'll discover the answers and the legends and lore surrounding these little demons in this week's episode. Full episode notes at https://wp.me/pbLfAe-6B To get more out of every episode (including bonus tidbits), please join the flock by signing up for The Book Owl Podcast...

Duration:00:13:06

Episode 1: This Book Will Kill You

4/15/2020
We’re being bombarded with news of scary things going on throughout the world, which means I know you’re eager to find out about something else that will kill you. Although reading and books seem like safe pastimes, there is one book out there that will kill you. In this premier episode of The Book Owl Podcast we'll discover the story behind the woman who wrote this troublesome tome and the danger it still poses today. For full show notes, please visit https://wp.me/pbLfAe-65 To get more out...

Duration:00:15:37