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Chapter 16: "What a year!"

Tim and Ian recap their 2017 in books and talk about what's next for the podcast. Along the way, we discuss reading authors who aren't dead white men, political novels, and Jesus.

Duration: 00:44:54

Chapter 15: "New Life Can Grow Again" - Amena Brown

Author Amena Brown takes us on a tour of Atlanta's poetry scene, tells us about the vulnerability of writing her new book, "How to Fix a Broken Record," and agrees with us that it's a good thing to cry sometimes.

Duration: 00:38:05

Chapter 14: "Now We Know What's Going On" - Marco Palma

Marco left his home on Buford Highway to study political science. Now he's back in the neighborhood cultivating community as president of Los Vecinos de Buford Highway. We talk with him about the books that brought him home and what they showed him about the place.

Duration: 00:40:33

Chapter 13: "It's That Human Connection" - Bee Nguyen

GA State House candidate Bee Nguyen is a lifetime reader. She talks with us about immigrant fiction, riding the train, how her refugee parents perceive her activism, and empathy in politics.

Duration: 00:39:40

Chapter 12: "Practice Incarnation" - Judy Dominick

Our friend Judy reads, works, and writes at points of racial tension. We talk with her about building bridges, Christianity, generational trauma, immigration, books, and why people need to stop being such buttholes sometimes.

Duration: 00:41:11

Chapter 11: "If They're Asleep to Wake Them Up" - Willene Keel

We talk with Tim's middle school English teacher about literature, teaching, politics, and the role of reading in rural America. Tim also gushes a few times about her impact on his young, malleable mind.

Duration: 00:46:09

Chapter 10: "I Just Wanted to Introduce Them" - Kitty Murray

Founder of Refuge Coffee Company Kitti Murray talks with us about poetry, diversity, and where her Christian faith meets her desire for justice. We also go on and on about running.

Duration: 00:33:21

Live From the 2017 Decatur Book Festival

It's a special on-site edition of the podcast! Tim and guest host Aline Mello take to the streets at Atlanta's very own Decatur Book Festival and talk with fellow attendees, authors, and publishing companies - and they just may run into a few friends along the way.

Duration: 00:42:53

Chapter 9: "Walk You to the Fence" - Brett Trapp

Brett Trapp, a pastor's kid from small-town Alabama, told his story of coming out in the Christian community on his blog "Blue Babies Pink." He talks to us about the author's who inspired him, the ideas he's exploring, and how he honors the people he writes for and about.

Duration: 00:45:53

Chapter 8: "That Fierce, Tender, Loving Care" - Keisha Cameron

We talk cultivation and books with farmer, anthropologist, and reader Keisha Cameron. She tells us how she creates space for diversity, creativity, and meaningful change through farming, hospitality, and food.

Duration: 00:50:49

"Now That You're Awake"

In the wake of the conflict in Charlottesville, we talk with Atlanta Vintage Books staff Bob Roarty and Megan Leach about what to read for context, hope, and direction.

Duration: 00:21:33

Chapter 6: "But Because They're Mine" - Aline Mello

Aline Mello is an editor, writer, and immigrant. She talks with us about involuntary politicization, guarding her stories, the potency of poetry, and how her reading and writing have shifted after the election.

Duration: 00:30:49

Chapter 5: "Radical, She Said!" - Megan Leach

Anarchist, artist, and avid reader Megan Leach talks with us about why radical ideas matter, and how literature is the ideal place to encounter them. Along the way, we talk about zines, collage, abandoned places, and independent bookstores around the world.

Duration: 00:40:10

Chapter 4: "The Best for the Most" - Tim Isaacson

Immigration Advocate Tim Isaacson tells us how he went from working with the CDC to pastoring a church to legal advocacy for immigrants. He talks about the books that influenced him along the way, and why Evangelicals sometimes miss out on the chance to love their immigrant neighbors.

Duration: 00:22:15

Chapter 3: "Solitude and Community" - Eric North

We crack a beer and talk about the links between solitary activities and community with rocker, reader, and runner Eric North. We also finally settle the debate over the ethics of audiobook consumption and hear a song based on a William Blake poem that Eric found in a Henri Nouwen book.

Duration: 00:50:21

Chapter 2: "What We Can Be" - Francisco Dosal

Author, immigrant, and artist Francisco Dosal tells us what books inspired him to write his novel Beyond the Good & Evil. He tells us what it's like to grow up undocumented, what he wants the next generation of immigrants to know, and how the treatment of violence in The Things They Carried shaped his own writing.

Duration: 00:21:35

Chapter 1: "Never Let the Truth Get in the Way of a Good Story" - Bob Roarty

Bookseller, Atlantan, and co-owner of Atlanta Vintage Books Bob Roarty tells us which book sparked his lifelong love of reading, what makes Elmore Leonard so great, and how to respond to customers seeking ancient Satanic texts.

Duration: 00:35:00