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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 147 Crafting a Collection with Danielle Evans

1/20/2021
Our guest today is Danielle Evans, author of The Stacks January Book Club selection, The Office of Historical Corrections. We discuss this incredible short story collection, spoiler free. We also discuss finding themes in a collection, and the ways Evans approaches writing white characters, plus how she came to understand she wanted to be a writer. There are no spoilers on this episode. The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we...

Duration:01:04:13

Ep. 146 Integrity in Collaboration with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham

1/13/2021
Today we welcome Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham to The Stacks. They are the editors of Black Futures, a collection of art, essays, memes, recipes and more that document Blackness. In addition to working on this book together, Kimberly is also the author of This is What I Know About Art, an activist, and curator. Jenna is a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and the co-host of the Still Processing podcast. Today we talk about collaboration in the creative process, how they built...

Duration:01:00:35

Ep. 145 Measuring Success with Deesha Philyaw

1/6/2021
It's 2021 and we're thrilled to kick off the new year with our guest, Deesha Philyaw, the author of National Book Award Finalist, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Today we discuss how Deesha sees a parallel between writing and math, what success looks like to her, and how publishing excludes the voices they need most. The Stacks Book Club selection for January is The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans, we will discuss the book with Deesha Philyaw on January 27th. You can...

Duration:01:09:57

Ep. 144 Citizen by Claudia Rankine -- The Stacks Book Club (Darnell Moore)

12/30/2020
It’s The Stacks Book Club day, and we’re joined again by author (No Ashes in the Fire), activist, and podcaster (Being Seen), Darnell Moore to dissect Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. We talk about how the book, published in 2014 holds up, who gets to express rage and joy, and what Rankine forces her readers to reckon with throughout the book. There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:...

Duration:01:04:53

Ep. 143 The Best of 2020 with Christine Bollow and Oscar Almonte-Espinal

12/23/2020
Today we’re joined by two of The Stacks’ most favorite readers, Christine Bollow (@readingismagical) and Oscar Almonte-Espinal (@booksteahenny) to share the best books of 2020. We also discuss how 2020 impacted our reading and look ahead to the books we’re most excited about in 2021. The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th. You can find links to everything we discuss on...

Duration:01:10:03

Ep. 142 Sparking Creativity with Arianna Davis

12/16/2020
Arianna Davis is the debut author of What Would Frida Do?: A Guide to Living Boldly, and the digital director at Oprahmag.com. Today we discuss how Arianna got her creative juices flowing, what she hopes readers will take away from her book, and of course, Oprah! The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on December 30th. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks'...

Duration:00:59:12

Ep. 141 White Male Mediocrity with Ijeoma Oluo

12/9/2020
Our guest today is the New York Times Bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo. She joins us to discuss her new book Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. We talk about who Ijeoma writes for, how she practices accountability, and the types of value judgements that have become the bedrock of white supremacy. The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell Moore on...

Duration:00:55:32

Ep. 140 Radical Black Love with Darnell Moore

12/2/2020
We are thrilled to welcome Darnell Moore to The Stacks. Darnell is an activist, the author of No Ashes in the Fire, and now the host of The Being Seen podcast which focuses on the gay and queer Black male experience. We talk today about Black love, reckoning in memoir, and you get to hear him rifle through his book stacks to tell you about his favorite books. The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, we will discuss the book with Darnell...

Duration:01:08:21

Ep. 139 The Butterfly Effect by Marcus J. Moore -- The Stacks Book Club (Cole Cuchna)

11/25/2020
Today is The Stacks Book Club day and we’re discussing The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America by Marcus J. Moore. To help us dissect this book we’ve brought back Cole Cuchna, host of the podcast Dissect. We talk about the importance of creative communities, the complexity of Kendrick Lamar, and so much more. There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website:...

Duration:01:04:49

Ep. 138 Celebrating Black Artists with Marcus J. Moore

11/18/2020
Marcus J. Moore is a music journalist, the author of our November pick for The Stacks Book Club, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, and today’s guest. Marcus shares why he felt it was important to write about Kendrick Lamar now, how this book is more than just biography, and what music he recommends we all check out. There are no spoilers on this episode. The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited...

Duration:01:01:57

Ep. 137 Specificity in Storytelling with Yaa Gyasi

11/11/2020
Our guest today is award winning novelist Yaa Gyasi. here to discuss her new novel Transcendent Kingdom. Our conversation touches on the challenges to writing a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut Homegoing, how she gave herself permission to write about small intimate stories this time around, and the ways research has factored into her process as a storyteller. The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America...

Duration:00:50:11

Ep. 136 Dissecting with Cole Cuchna

11/4/2020
Our guest today is the host of the smash hit music podcast Dissect, Cole Cuchna. Cole joins us to discuss all things Dissect; like how the show came to be, why he focuses on hip-hop albums, the show's incredible growth, and working with collaborators. Then we transition to a conversation on books and why Cole likes to read the complete works of some of literature's heavy hitters. The Stacks Book Club selection for November is The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of...

Duration:01:11:42

Ep. 135 The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley--The Stacks Book Club (Marc Lamont Hill)

10/28/2020
Today is The Stacks Book Club conversation of The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told Alex Haley. We are joined again by Marc Lamont Hill, author, professor, activist, podcast host, and bookseller for this discussion of one of the important works on nonfiction in American history. We talk about the ways this book transformed us, the bravery of changing one’s mind, and the ways in which this book still feels relevant fifty-five years later. There are no spoilers on this episode. You can find...

Duration:01:10:59

Ep. 134 The Stacks Election Special with Akilah Hughes

10/21/2020
Today we’re doing something different. With the election just two weeks away, we’re diving head first into the election and politics. Akilah Hughes, host of Crooked Media’s daily news podcast, What A Day, joins us to talk about covering news in fall 2020 and answer your questions about the election. In addition to hosting What a Day Akilah is the author of Obviously: Stories from My Timeline, a comedian, and a TV writer. The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of...

Duration:01:09:20

Ep. 133 Stacks on Stacks with Desus and Mero

10/14/2020
Today we welcome two illustrious guests to The Stacks, Desus Nice & The Kid Mero. You know them from the #1 show in late night, Desus & Mero on Showtime, and their podcast Bodega Boys. The pair are now New York Times Best Selling authors with the release of their book God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx. Today we talk about the consumption of culture, the importance of growth and accountability in comedy, and the Bronx, of course. The Stacks Book Club selection for...

Duration:00:51:13

Ep. 132 Coffee & Books with Marc Lamont Hill

10/7/2020
Our guest today is Marc Lamont Hill. Marc is a modern day renaissance man. He is an author (Nobody, We Still Here), professor, owner of Uncle Bobbie's Coffee and Books, and the host of the new podcast Coffee & Books. Marc joins us today to discuss his passion for reading, Black death as a form of entertainment, and what readers should know about selling books. The Stacks Book Club selection for October is The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, we will discuss the book with...

Duration:01:17:28

Ep. 131 The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio -- The Stacks Book Club (Lupita Aquino)

9/30/2020
Today for The Stacks book club we are discussing The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavic encio. Our guest is the reader behind the bookish instagram account Lupita Reads, Lupita Aqu ino. Our conversation looks at the ways undocumented people have been treated as a monolith, the concept of "objective journalism," and how this book has created a space for more undocumented folks to feel seen and heard. There are no spoilers in this episode. You can find links to everything we...

Duration:01:12:07

Ep. 130 The Politics of Sex with Angela Chen

9/23/2020
Today on The Stacks we are joined by Angela Chen, journalist and author of a brand new book on asexuality titled: Ace: What Asexuality Revelas about Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex. We talk about asexuality, the way in which sex is politicized, involuntary celibates, and how people from marianalized groups are expected to educate the masses. The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, we will discuss the book with Lupita...

Duration:00:53:29

Ep. 129 The Myth of Strength with Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

9/16/2020
Karla Corneji Villavicencio is the author of The Stacks Book Club selection for September, The Undocumented Americans. On today's episode we get a deeper (and spoiler free) look at the book, and why Karla felt compelled to tell these stories now. We also discuss the audience Karla had in mind while writing, her ideal writing setup, and why discribing women of color as "strong" is a form of erasure. The Stacks book club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo...

Duration:01:02:19

Ep. 128 Big Friendships with Aminatou Sow & Ann Friedman

9/9/2020
Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman are the friends behind the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and now the authors of the New York Times Best Selling book Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close. Today we talk about the obstacles they found in researching their book on friendship, finding their voice, the questions that come up in interracial friendships, and about their idea of "shine theory". The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo...

Duration:01:03:58