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Conversations about the books that move us, shake us, and shape us.

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Conversations about the books that move us, shake us, and shape us.

    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

    On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong

    In my experience, the cluster of days between one year’s end and another’s beginning are ripe with reflection. I can’t stop myself from cataloguing losses, gains, and lessons learned before drafting a new chapter. I wonder if this is common for others who also read as many coming of age novels as I did during... Read More

    The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline

    The Marrow Thieves – Cherie Dimaline

    Dystopian YA fiction brings readers into settings that feel simultaneously distant and close. The adolescent characters in this genre fight for their lives and the lives of their loved ones under authoritarian systems, violent oppressors, and villains intent on destruction. These thematic threads of survival and persistence appeal to readers of all ages, particularly when... Read More

    The Neapolitan Novels – Elena Ferrante

    The Neapolitan Novels – Elena Ferrante

    When the temperature and timing are right, some reading experiences can feel like fever dreams; narrative immersions that keep you up late into the night and transport you across oceans and decades. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels – My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of  a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay... Read More

    A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

    A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

    Content Warning: This episode contains discussions of self-harm, violence, abuse, and suicide. As a reader who occasionally enjoys judging books by their covers, I remember the curiosity I felt looking at Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (2015) for the first time. Our 35th reader was also transfixed by the cover subject’s expression of both pleasure... Read More

    Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

    Anne of Green Gables – Lucy Maud Montgomery

    “People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” For over a century, the red-haired heroine of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (1908), Anne (“with an e”) Shirley, has stolen the hearts of readers across Canada... Read More

    Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak – Edited by Mark Falkoff

    Poems from Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak – Edited by Mark Falkoff

    What kind of spring is this, / Where there are no flowers and / The air is filled with a miserable smell? – Shaikh Abdurraheem Muslim Dost The above poem was etched into a styrofoam cup and passed between detainees in the infamous Guantánamo Bay detention camp. It is included alongside twenty-one other poems in... Read More

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

bookishbl ,

Thoughtful and Engaging

One of my favourite podcasts. Detail-driven discussions truly get to the heart of each work being featured. The questions asked in each episode only betray the host's compelling sensitivity but also electric curiosity. A wide selection of titles are discussed, each book paired with an exciting reader. Would highly recommend to a reader of any level: this series reminds me that we all have stories we cherish, and there is nothing greater than sharing this love.

bluecornflower ,

Lovely and thoughtful

This podcast introduces me to new ideas, new angles, new characters - and new books - every time I listen. It’s like discovering a favourite story for the first time. 😊

llovesbooks ,

Intimate and authentic

Love this podcast for how it gets to hear from real readers why they love the stories they love. Excellent discussion that makes me feel like I’m right in the room with them.

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