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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 

Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 

Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

    Unabridged: The Performance of Gender with Aaron Jay Young

    Unabridged: The Performance of Gender with Aaron Jay Young

    *Patreon- and Substack-only bonus episode teaser*

    Los Angeles photographer Aaron Jay Young visits The Stacks Unabridged to discuss Queen, a portrait book celebrating the art of drag. We learn how his book came to be and what he’s learned about the performance of gender through photographing drag queens. Aaron also reveals how he approaches his subjects to get the right shot.

    *This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon and our Substack subscribers. To join a community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.




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    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    http://www.thestackspodcast.com/unabridged/2024/06/21/tsu-35-aaron-jay-young




    Connect with Aaron: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Queen the Book

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    • 14 min
    Ep. 324 The Psychology of Evil with Akwaeke Emezi

    Ep. 324 The Psychology of Evil with Akwaeke Emezi

    Author and multimedia artist Akwaeke Emezi joins us with their latest novel Little Rot, set in the underworld of a Nigerian city. We unpack the psychology of evil, and what is interesting to Akwaeke about exploring different genres. We also discuss their moral boundaries when it comes to writing about difficult subjects.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for June is It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. We will discuss the book on June 26th with Melissa Mogollon.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/06/19/ep-324-akwaeke-emezi




    Connect with Akwaeke: Instagram | Twitter | Website

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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 323 You’ve Got to Want Depth with Chelsea Devantez

    Ep. 323 You’ve Got to Want Depth with Chelsea Devantez

    Friend of The Stacks Chelsea Devantez is here to tell us about her debut memoir I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This (But I’m Going to Anyway). Chelsea explains how podcasting about celebrity memoirs has impacted her writing, and what she found important to include in her own story. Plus we learn how the structure of Chelsea’s book is a reflection of one major event in her life.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for June is It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. We will discuss the book on June 26th with Melissa Mogollon.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/06/12/ep-323-chelsea-devantez




    Connect with Chelsea: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Glamorous Trash

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    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    To support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep. 322 I Think Voicy is Great with Melissa Mogollon

    Ep. 322 I Think Voicy is Great with Melissa Mogollon

    Today we are speaking with Melissa Mogollon about her debut novel Oye, a tragicomic family drama told in a series of one-sided phone calls from one sister to another. Melissa shares her approach to writing a book all in dialogue, and what it was like to write from a teenager’s POV. We also talk about the term "voicy" and whether or not it is a pejorative.

    The Stacks Book Club selection for June is It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. We will discuss the book on June 26th with Melissa Mogollon.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/06/05/ep-322-melissa-mogollon




    Connect with Melissa: Instagram | Twitter | Website

    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe




    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    To support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 321 No Name in the Street by James Baldwin — The Stacks Book Club (Yahdon Israel)

    Ep. 321 No Name in the Street by James Baldwin — The Stacks Book Club (Yahdon Israel)

    It is The Stacks Book Club Day, and we're celebrating James Baldwin and his centennial year by reading his book, No Name in the Street. We're joined again by Senior Editor at Simon & Schuster- and founder of Literaryswag- Yahdon Israel. We talk about the delicate balance between public and private, in life and in memoir. We also examine the usefulness of public beefs, and Baldwin’s lasting legacy.

    Be sure to listen to the end of today’s episode to find out what our June book club pick will be.

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    https://thestackspodcast.com/2024/05/29/ep-321-no-name-in-the-street




    Connect with Yahdon: Instagram | Twitter | Website | Literaryswag

    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe




    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    To support The Stacks and find out more from this week’s sponsors, click here.

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Unabridged: The Best Books of 2024…So Far with Cree Myles and Sara Hildreth

    Unabridged: The Best Books of 2024…So Far with Cree Myles and Sara Hildreth

    *Patreon- and Substack-only bonus episode teaser*

    For today’s Unabridged, book lovers Cree Myles (All Ways Black) and Sara Hildreth (Fiction Matters) are back by popular demand to discuss the best books 2024, so far. We also get into our most disappointing reads, our favorite backlist titles, and what we’re most looking forward to for the rest of the year.

    *This episode is exclusive to members of The Stacks Pack on Patreon and our Substack subscribers. To join a community, get inside access to the show, and listen now, click the link below.




    JOIN PATREON OR SUBSTACK TO LISTEN

    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website:

    http://www.thestackspodcast.com/unabridged/2024/05/24/tsu-34-best-so-far




    Connect with Cree: Instagram | Twitter | All Ways Black

    Connect with Sara: Instagram | Fiction Matters | Novel Pairings

    Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | Substack | Subscribe

    SUPPORT THE STACKS

    Join The Stacks Pack on Patreon

    Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Vitality UK ,

Fantastic intro to diverse authors

Hosting a range of diverse guests discussing books in many genres (with a leaning toward non-fiction), Traci is personable and down-to-earth. It’s my go-to podcast for thought-provoking conversations on social justice, culture, race, and politics. And there’s a monthly book club!

SECCammum24 ,

Fantastic author interviews

I don’t usually like interview podcasts, even bookish ones, but I make an exception for The Stacks. Traci is a fantastic interviewer and has such a great range of guests talking about books in a wide range of genres. One of my favourites.

Surreybooklover ,

Informative and challenging

Just discovered this podcast- finding it deep, insightful and giving me so much to think about.

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