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The podcast network that brings you conversation and inspiration from your favorite authors, editors and creators – giving you new perspectives on the world of books, culture and the arts.

The podcast network that brings you conversation and inspiration from your favorite authors, editors and creators – giving you new perspectives on the world of books, culture and the arts.
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The podcast network that brings you conversation and inspiration from your favorite authors, editors and creators – giving you new perspectives on the world of books, culture and the arts.




Tim O'Reilly on WTF?

This week Ana Maria Allessi sits down with O’Reilly Media founder and author of WTF?, Tim O’Reilly. They discuss how technology platforms can show us how to deal with economic inequality, what Uber and Lyft teach us about cognitive augmentation in jobs, Tim’s experience with policy makers, and so much more. In today’s economy, we have far too much dismay along with our amazement, and technology bears some of the blame. In this combination of memoir, business strategy guide, and call to...

Duration: 00:28:47

Armistead Maupin on LOGICAL FAMILY

This week we sit down with the legendary author of Tales of the City, Armistead Maupin to discuss his memoir Logical Family Reflecting on the profound impact those closest to him have had on his life, Maupin shares his candid search for his "logical family," the people he could call his own. "Sooner or later, we have to venture beyond our biological family to find our logical one, the one that actually makes sense for us," he writes. "We have to, if we are to live without squandering our...

Duration: 00:24:34

Sally Quinn on FINDING MAGIC

This week’s episode features author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington Insider, Sally Quinn. In FINDING MAGIC, Sally Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences—from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics, to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny, her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins, to her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist and her experience as one of the first female news...

Duration: 00:24:17


Katy Tur is a broadcast journalist and the NBC News correspondent who was tasked with following Donald Trump's presidential campaign. In her new book, UNBELIEVABLE, Tur recounts her experience on the campaign trail. From day 1 to day 500, Tur documented Trump’s inconsistencies, fact-checked his falsities, and called him out on his lies. In return, Trump repeatedly singled Tur out. He tried to charm her, intimidate her, and shame her. At one point, he got a crowd so riled up against Tur,...

Duration: 00:19:40

An Excerpt of SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari

Rounding out our Summer of Excerpts is Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, and read by Derek Perkins Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to...

Duration: 00:27:19

An Excerpt from SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi

Another installment of our Summer of Excerpts, this week we feature the audiobook of SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi and performed by Kate Simses. The gripping first installment in New York Times bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. One touch is all it takes. One touch, and Juliette Ferrars can leave a fully grown man gasping for air. One touch, and she can kill. No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. It feels like a curse, a burden that one person alone could...

Duration: 00:20:42

An Excerpt From NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts

Continuing our Summer of Excerpts, this week’s episode features the audiobook NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts, and performed by Janina Edwards. It’s THE GREAT GATSBY brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream. You can listen to the audiobook of NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US in its entirety over at Audible, where it is currently on sale.

Duration: 00:16:05

An Excerpt From HUNGER by Roxane Gay

Continuing our Summer of Excerpts, this week's episode features the audiobook of Hunger by Roxane Gay. From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself. You can listen to the entire audiobook of Hunger by purchasing it at Audible, where it is currently on sale.

Duration: 00:15:48

An Excerpt of DUNKIRK by Joshua Levine

This week on the pod, we listen to an exciting clip from the audiobook of DUNKIRK by Joshua Levine, and performed by Jonathan Keeble The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. The Nazis had beaten back the Allies and pushed them across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used...

Duration: 00:18:14

An Excerpt of PAX by Sara Pennypacker

On this week’s episode, we listen to a clip from the audiobook version of PAX by Sara Pennypacker. The story of a boy and his pet Fox, separated by war, this beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the essential truths that define us and the devastating costs of war, is destined to become a beloved classic. You can buy the audiobook of PAX on audible, where it is currently on sale!

Duration: 00:15:06


Mary Kubica On EVERY LAST LIE by HarperAudio Presents

Duration: 00:16:24

Megan Whalen Turner on THICK AS THIEVES

Megan Whalen Turner's favorite thing about being a writer is that she can give away her creative output while still keeping it on a shelf at home. Her Queen's Thief novels are rich with political machinations, battles, dangerous journeys, divine intervention, power, passion, revenge, and deception. The author sits down with Harper Audio’s Ana Maria Allessi to discuss writing, publishing and her latest stand-alone novel, “Thick As Thieves.”

Duration: 00:24:18


Jodi Lynn Anderson’s MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC tell the story of three women – two from different eras of the early 20th century, one from the future – being linked both by their actions and a “very long-lived tortoise.” Anderson says that she likes “to write about magic that’s very realistic,” which was a “constant thread while writing this book.” Grief, love, faith, a “magical glass globe”, and how one’s life can impact others carry a thread between the novel’s three distinct...

Duration: 00:21:03

Jamie Harrison on THE WIDOW NASH

Jamie Harrison sets her novel in 1905 Livingston Montana because, contrary to popular belief, it was a place of sophistication and flux similar to our world today. THE WIDOW NASH is about a woman who reinvents herself under a new identity. It poses the question, is this cowardice or courage? Harrison has lived in Montana for almost 30 years and writes when not plying her trade as a technical editor. She’s the daughter of author Jim Harrison.

Duration: 00:19:50


Daniel Wallace believes his protagonist in EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES, Edsel Bronfman, is the first character he's ever created who "can exist outside the covers of the book." Wallace discusses his new "coming-of-age-late" novel and talks about finding underlying messages in his works after the fact, in today’s interview with Ana Maria Allessi.

Duration: 00:16:28

Lisa Ko talks about THE LEAVERS

Lisa Ko’s debut novel THE LEAVERS takes a poignant look at the detainment of undocumented immigrants and the devastating emotional effects it has on their American-born children, who often end up being adopted by families outside of their background. Lisa discusses the novel, her background as a storyteller, and the need for more diverse writers in American literature of today’s episode, recorded at the ABA Winter Institute in January 2017.

Duration: 00:17:36

Laura McBride Discusses 'ROUND MIDNIGHT

"I’ll quit next week" became Laura McBride's motto when her life became too difficult and too busy for writing. The irresistible project was 'Round Midnight, the story of four very different women whose lives come together after sixty years. The setting for their interaction is Las Vegas, McBride's home for nearly 30 years. Speaking with Harper Audio's Ana Maria Allessi at the Winter Institute, McBride reveals some of her greatest strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

Duration: 00:16:48

Benjamin Ludwig and GINNY MOON

Benjamin Ludwig's debut novel GINNY MOON revolves around the title character, a fourteen-year-old girl adopted from the foster care system who is plotting an escape. Ludwig's own daughter is autistic and was adopted as a pre-teen by Benjamin and his wife, though the similarities between her and Ginny Moon begin to diverge after those facts. Today, Ludwig expands upon his parenting and writing backgrounds and dives into his mindset while writing in the voice of an autistic high school student.

Duration: 00:17:35

Marina Benjamin talks THE MIDDLEPAUSE

Marina Benjamin hopes that people say that her new book THE MIDDLEPAUSE "completely redefines the debate about aging for women." Her approach is to look at aging as "an embodied experience, and put the body very much back in the frame." She took the time to sit down with Ana Maria Allessi at the 2017 ABA Winter Institute to discuss these ideas and others about the changing opportunities women encounter as they progress through their middle years.

Duration: 00:23:59

Kim Scott Discusses RADICAL CANDOR

In Radical Candor, Kim Scott explains how to be a kickass boss without losing your humanity. Scott was a CEO coach at Dropbox, Twitter, and other Silicon Valley companies. A previously unpublished novelist, she wrote her latest book in Google Docs with ongoing input from 100 invited editors.

Duration: 00:24:57

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