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Whether you're a self-proclaimed book nerd or have been meaning to read that one book you picked up last year, pour yourself a glass of wine and follow along with your four new best friends as they navigate life in NYC while tackling their endless book stacks. Each episode, we'll chat about what books we're reading right now and what books we can't wait to get our hands on!

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Whether you're a self-proclaimed book nerd or have been meaning to read that one book you picked up last year, pour yourself a glass of wine and follow along with your four new best friends as they navigate life in NYC while tackling their endless book stacks. Each episode, we'll chat about what books we're reading right now and what books we can't wait to get our hands on!

    AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Bryan Washington

    AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Bryan Washington

    Happy Thanksgiving! Today, we're thankful for this fantastic chat between Emily and the renowned, acclaimed, award-winning author, Bryan Washington. Bryan's latest book, Memorial, came out last month and today he's on the podcast discussing the book along with his debut short story collection, Lot. This interview touches on the importance of both Houston and Osaka to the book and to Bryan, plus excellent writing advice, and a starter pack for Japanese fiction. Get ready to add a bunch of books to your TBR, starting with Lot and Memorial. Buy links are below, and thank you as always for listening! Feel free to send us a note about the interview, Bryan’s writing, or anything else at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com. ------------------------>

    Memorial by Bryan Washington: https://www.harlequin.com/shop/books/9780778305095_saving-ruby-king.html

    Bryan just read/is looking forward to: Nights When Nothing Happens by Simon Han

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/611520/nights-when-nothing-happened-by-simon-han/

    Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622478/transcendent-kingdom-by-yaa-gyasi/

    Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/623504/tokyo-ueno-station-by-yu-miri/

    Peaces by Helena Oyeyemi

    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/652102/peaces-by-helen-oyeyemi/ - coming April 2021!

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos

    • 36 min
    Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Fish Time

    Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Fish Time

    We’re kicking off your Thanksgiving week with some timely talk about the all-time best Thanksgiving foods. Please feel free to come roast us for all of our weird, terrible food choices, but the heart wants what it wants! Before we get into the book talk, we’re announcing some really exciting new merch, and listening to the most heartwarming voicemail that made Emily’s husk of a heart grow three times its size. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners, we are THE MOST thankful for you, today and everyday. This episode was brought to you by Simpson & Vail Tea; you can shop their delicious literary teas at https://www.svtea.com/. Get your merch (including TOTES!) here: https://www.booksandthecitypod.com/merch. Join our fan club at https://www.patreon.com/booksandthecitypod. Shop all the books we’ve discussed on this episode and past episodes at bookshop.org/shop/booksandthecity. Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter on our website, and drop us a line anytime at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com------------->

    Emily just read: Memorial by Bryan Washington (21:47-32:30)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/621176/memorial-by-bryan-washington/
    Up next for Emily: The Changeling by Victor LaValle

    Becky just read: Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi (32:45-47:44)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/562423/rebel-spy-by-veronica-rossi/
    Up next for Becky: The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

    Libby just read: Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki (47:45-1:02:02)
    https://wwnorton.com/books/Goodbye-Things/
    Up next for Libby: All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

    Kayla just read: One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London (1:02:03-1:11:48)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/567329/one-to-watch-by-kate-stayman-london/
    Up next for Kayla: Normal People by Sally Rooney

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos, all opinions our own.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    INTERVIEW: Erin & Nat from Book Club Bar

    INTERVIEW: Erin & Nat from Book Club Bar

    Kayla and Libby got to talk with Erin and Nat, who are the owners of the East Village bookstore, Book Club Bar! Fun fact: Books and the City Podcast might not exist without this bookstore, keep listening to find out why. We're discussing everything from the challenges of owning an independent bookstore to how Erin and Nat choose which books to stock on their shelves. Their origin story is amazing, and this episode will fill you with dreams of browsing bookstores in person again soon. And if you make it to Book Club Bar, you can enjoy a glass of wine while you're at it! Links are below, and you can drop us a line at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!------------------------>

    Find Book Club Bar online: https://bookclubbar.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/bookclubbar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookclubbar/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookclubbar/ 


    Erin just finished reading: Memorial by Bryan Washington

    Erin is currently reading: The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

    Nat is reading: Dreyer’s English by Benjamin Dreyer

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos

    • 34 min
    Becky Takes A Tumble!

    Becky Takes A Tumble!

    The Books and the City hosts are once again reunited in person and kicking things off with a bang. After a bit of catch-up, buckle up because we're talking favorite tropes. It's not a BATC gathering if we don't turn our bookish talk into a drinking game! Stay tuned for some somewhat dark book discussions from a range of genres. Thank you as always for listening! This episode was brought to you by Simpson & Vail Tea; you can shop their delicious literary teas at https://www.svtea.com/. Get your merch store here: https://www.booksandthecitypod.com/merch. Join our fan club at https://www.patreon.com/booksandthecitypod. Shop all the books we’ve discussed on this episode and past episodes at bookshop.org/shop/booksandthecity. Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter on our website, and drop us a line anytime at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com------------->

    Libby just read: Bunny by Mona Awad (18:51-30:02)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/576726/bunny-by-mona-awad/
    Up next for Libby: Luster by Raven Leilani

    Emily just read: Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (30:03-45:29) https://groveatlantic.com/book/earthlings/
    Up next for Emily: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

    Kayla just read: Little Threats by Emily Schultz (45:30-57:24)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/618177/little-threats-by-emily-schultz/
    Up next for Kayla: Majesty by Katharine McGee

    Becky just read: Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn (57:25-1:08:37)
    https://www.harpercollins.com/products/bottled-goods-sophie-van-llewyn?variant=32121808879650
    Up next for Becky: Luster by Raven Leilani

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos, all opinions our own. Hold music sound effect:

    Local Forecast - Slower by Kevin MacLeod

    Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3988-local-forecast---slower

    License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Today, We're Ranting About...

    Today, We're Ranting About...

    This one goes out to all the Gilmore Girl stans, the ones who rewatch the show the second you feel that extra fall/winter crispness hit the air, the ones who can quote its famously fast lines, who gets the pop culture references, who would die on their Dean or Jess hills. On this week’s episode, we’re chatting with Benny AKA The Gilmore Gay about all things GG and TikTok fame! After that, we get into our books for the week, some of which may or may not have served as a balm to our election anxieties last week. Yaaay, democracy! Buy links are below, and don’t forget to follow Gilmore Gay on TikTok here: https://www.tiktok.com/@gilmoregay?lang=id! This episode was brought to you by Simpson & Vail Tea; you can shop their delicious literary teas (shoutout to the Mary Shelley and Edgar Allen Poe ones!) at https://www.svtea.com/. Shop our merch store here: https://www.booksandthecitypod.com/merch. Join our fan club at https://www.patreon.com/booksandthecitypod. Shop all the books we’ve discussed on this episode and past episodes at bookshop.org/shop/booksandthecity. Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter on our website, and drop us a line anytime at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com------------->

    Becky just read: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (31:32-43:22)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/541241/talking-as-fast-as-i-can-by-lauren-graham/
    Up next for Becky: Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi

    Emily just read: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (43:23-56:41)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/7753/the-fire-next-time-by-james-baldwin/
    Up next for Emily: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

    Kayla just read: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (56:22-1:05:10)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/622478/transcendent-kingdom-by-yaa-gyasi/
    Up next for Kayla: Little Threats by Emily Schultz

    Libby just read: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (1:05:11-1:19:23)
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/577211/daisy-jones-and-the-six-by-taylor-jenkins-reid/
    Up next for Libby: Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos, all opinions our own.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    INTERVIEW: Melissa from the New York Public Library

    INTERVIEW: Melissa from the New York Public Library

    Today, Kayla and Libby are chatting with Melissa, who is a Managing Librarian at the Bronx Library Center! Stay tuned to hear all about what Melissa’s typical day at the library looks like, the advice she has for anyone wanting to work at the library, what she misses most about being in-person at her Bronx Library Center, and some of the odd things she’s found in the pages of returned library books over her 20 years working there. If you’ve missed browsing the library as much as the hosts of Books and the City have, this interview will fill that library-shaped hole in your heart while we all wait for this pandemic to end. You can find the links we discussed in this episode below, and feel free to drop us a line at booksandthecitypod@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!------------------------>

    Find out if your local NYPL branch is open for Grab & Go service (or as Kayla would say, takeout for books) here!: https://www.nypl.org/locations/directory.
    Help the NYPL celebrate their 125th birthday!: https://www.nypl.org/125

    Top 10 checkouts of all time: https://www.nypl.org/125/topcheckouts
    Melissa has been reading (and watching): Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman

    Melissa’s all-time favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Explore the rest of the library’s many resources on their website: https://www.nypl.org!

    Music by EpidemicSound, logo art by @niczollos, all opinions our own.

    • 26 min

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