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A podcast for the book-obsessed featuring interviews with contemporary authors, discussions about key figures and movements in literature history, examinations of various genres and current events in the lit world, and celebrations of book nerdom (book stores, book design, book collections, etc.)

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A podcast for the book-obsessed featuring interviews with contemporary authors, discussions about key figures and movements in literature history, examinations of various genres and current events in the lit world, and celebrations of book nerdom (book stores, book design, book collections, etc.)

    Graham Greene the Spy, with Christopher Hull

    Graham Greene the Spy, with Christopher Hull

    In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with historian, Christopher Hull, about his new book Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Green's Cold War Novel. Although he's obviously best known for his many wonderful novels (and screenplays), Greene spent most of his adult life working for Great Britain's secret service. He was an adventurer, and a bit of rogue, and in many ways his work in the world of espionage met a deep-seated psychological need. In this episode, David and Dr. Hull cover this back-story (and much more).
    Be sure to find Our Man Down in Havana wherever you love to buy books -- and be on the lookout for the brand new audio book, out now.
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    • 55 Min.
    On the Work of the Regional Novelist, with David Joy

    On the Work of the Regional Novelist, with David Joy

    In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with novelist David Joy about what it's like to be a regional novelist and whether that was something he set out to be when he first started writing fiction. They discuss the authors that influenced his work, how his neighbors have responded to his novels, and much more.
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    • 45 Min.
    Callie Feyen on Teaching Shakespeare

    Callie Feyen on Teaching Shakespeare

    In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with author and teacher Callie Feyen about her book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo and Juliet, in which she contemplates her time teaching Shakespeare to a group of students who didn't seem ready for it. They discuss her classroom strategies, her own love of Shakespeare, her love of libraries, and much, much more.

    • 53 Min.
    The Summer Reading Episode

    The Summer Reading Episode

    Join David Kern and guest Levi Stahl (marketing director for University of Chicago Press and a wonderful books-based Twitter follow) for a conversation about some great summer reads. They start by chatting about what makes for a good summer read, then dive in to their own lists.
    Here are some of the books discussed on this show:
    A Month in the Country, by J. L. Carr
    Novels and stories by Craig Rice
    Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series, Lymond Chronicles, and King Hereafter
    The Canterbury Tales
    The Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne Jewett
    David Epstein's Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
    A.E. Stallings' “Like”
    Eric Ambler's Journey into Fear
    P.G. Wodehouse's Carry on Jeeves
    Wallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety

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    Paul Sahre, One of the World's Foremost Book Cover Designers

    Paul Sahre, One of the World's Foremost Book Cover Designers

    In which David chats with Paul Sahre, one of the world's foremost book cover designers. Sahre's designed covers for the likes of Chuck Klosterman and Malcolm Gladwell, and he's done updates for Hemingway and Spark, among others. In this conversation, David and Paul discuss the process of designing a cover, some of his favorite covers of all time, and much more.
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    • 1 Std. 5 Min.
    Discussing the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalists with John Wilson

    Discussing the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalists with John Wilson

    In this episode, longtime book critic and former editor of Books and Culture, John Wilson, joins the show to discuss the three finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize: Richard Powers' The Overstory, Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers, and Tommy Orange's There There. They discuss what makes each book appealing, some of their flaws, and what these choices say about the contemporary literature world at-large.
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    • 50 Min.

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