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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

    Nicholas Griffin on The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980

    Nicholas Griffin on The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980

    Journalist and award-winning author, Nicholas Griffin, talks with Mitchell Kaplan about the most dangerous year in Miami’s history, 1980. From the Mariel boatlift, cocaine cowboys to the deadly riots that followed the acquittal of four police officers in the death of Arthur McDuffie, a Black, 33-year-old insurance salesman…A relevant and timely conversation recorded in Florida and the Dominican Republic.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 36 min
    Ottessa Moshfegh: The Strange Responsibility of Holding Death in Your Hands

    Ottessa Moshfegh: The Strange Responsibility of Holding Death in Your Hands

    The author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Homesick for Another World and Eileen, joins Books & Books' events coordinator, Cristina Nosti, for a virtual conversation on bookstores, craft, isolation, film, humor, art, love and death. Moshfegh talks in-depth and reads from her latest novel of haunting, metaphysical suspense, Death in Her Hands, about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods. Recorded in Coral Gables and Pasadena.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 48 min
    Curtis Sittenfeld on Why She Decided to Take on Hillary Clinton

    Curtis Sittenfeld on Why She Decided to Take on Hillary Clinton

    “It was a very interesting experience for me writing in the first-person. So I put on a blonde wig and a pantsuit every morning for three years…I actually mean that metaphorically,” Curtis Sittenfeld. On this episode, Curtis talks with Mitchell about RODHAM, her all too real, alternate biography of Hillary Clinton. Recorded in Minneapolis and Miami.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 25 min
    James McBride on “The America that I write about when I write my books”

    James McBride on “The America that I write about when I write my books”

    Bum-Bum, Elephant, Hot Sausage, and Sportcoat. Just a few of the characters created by the brilliant mind of James McBride, for his latest novel, Deacon King Kong. A soulful conversation with Mitchell Kaplan, with a little jazz piano on the side, courtesy of McBride. Yes, he is also an accomplished musician. Recorded in Miami and New Jersey.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub RadioA beautiful
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    • 41 min
    Megha Majumdar: Holding on to Humor During Times of Oppression

    Megha Majumdar: Holding on to Humor During Times of Oppression

    When Megha Majumdar began writing her debut novel, A BURNING, her “question for the book was, how do people still dream, make jokes and strive, even in conditions of great oppression?” Majumdar joins Mitchell Kaplan for a deeply introspective conversation. Recorded in Miami and Brooklyn.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 27 min
    Former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, on His 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

    Former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, on His 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

    Accused of a crime he says he did not commit, Albert Woodfox endured years of brutal beatings and racial taunting by prison guards. Locked down in a cell, 9 ft. long and 6 ft. wide, Woodfox endured 43 years in solitary confinement. During the most devastating weeks in this country’s history, we revisit his story of survival. Recorded at Books&Books in Coral Gables, Florida, on May 17, 2019.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 56 min

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