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Bookable features established authors and emerging talent in conversation with host and author Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic and creator of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space. With an immersive sound experience designed around each episode, Bookable takes you on an audio exploration of a book—usually new, sometimes classic and occasionally obscure but always worth knowing about.

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Bookable features established authors and emerging talent in conversation with host and author Amanda Stern, author of Little Panic and creator of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at Joe's Pub and Symphony Space. With an immersive sound experience designed around each episode, Bookable takes you on an audio exploration of a book—usually new, sometimes classic and occasionally obscure but always worth knowing about.

    Morgan Jerkins: Wandering In Strange Lands

    Morgan Jerkins: Wandering In Strange Lands

    Have you ever signed up for one of those ancestry sites, or maybe sent in a sample of your saliva and received DNA results? Well what can those results really tell you about the people and the traditions that inform your personal lineage? In Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, author Morgan Jerkins takes a unique approach to understanding where she came and uncovers a wealth of incredible stories, traditions, and painful surprises.
     
    About the Author
    Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, which was longlisted for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. Her third book, Caul Baby: A Novel, is forthcoming from Harper Books in April 2021. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. A recently named Forbes 30 under 30 Leader in Media, Jerkins regularly teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in the Nonfiction department. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, she’s currently based in Harlem and at work on television and film projects.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Jungles" by Isaac Aesili, "Every Corner In The Black Lodge" by 1939 Ensemble, "Molasses and Wine" by Heliix, "The Chase" by Principle, 
    "Brainiac" by Cold Storage Percussion Unit.
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    • 29 min
    Calvin Baker: A More Perfect Reunion

    Calvin Baker: A More Perfect Reunion

    Americans have been raised on a system of myths about race. We’ve invented stories to explain what we don’t understand, and it’s our belief in these often preposterous ideas that have shaped history. In A More Perfect Reunion, Calvin Baker seeks to dispel these myths as he writes about four key moments of racial awakening in American history, offering a solution and a path to move towards an integrated society.  
     
    About the Author
    Calvin Baker is the author of four novels, including Grace and Dominion, which was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. He teaches in Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and has also taught in the English Department at Yale University, the University of Leipzig, where he held the Picador Chair in American Studies, Long Island University, Graduate Department of English where he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Bard College, and Middlebury College. His nonfiction work has appeared in Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Rich Man's Road" by The Outview, "Progress" by Keen Collective, "Caña" by Sun Shapes, "Proclaim The Dawn" by LandMrks, "Days of the Blackbird" by Pierpaolo Ranieri.
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    • 29 min
    Nicole Dennis-Benn: Patsy

    Nicole Dennis-Benn: Patsy

    The world puts you in a box -- geography, social class, family dynamics, gender, all things you’re born into with no say in the matter. But life gets really interesting when you’re finally able to make choices to fix what feels wrong. In Nicole Dennis-Benn's novel Patsy she writes about one woman’s journey to live a life that’s in congruence with her values, even at a steep cost to others.
     
    About the Author
    Nicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Hear Me Hear Me" by Davy Era, "Heavy Eyelids" by Lullatone, "Night Stroll" by Podium, "Get Away" by Rawsrvnt, "You and Me" by Keen Collective.
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    • 29 min
    Roxane Gay & Tracy Lynne Oliver: The Sacrifice of Darkness

    Roxane Gay & Tracy Lynne Oliver: The Sacrifice of Darkness

    Have you ever felt like you’re in a tunnel trying to dig your way out and are just getting nowhere? Like there’s not even a light at the end? In Roxane Gay and Tracy Lynne Oliver's fantastical graphic novel The Sacrifice of Darkness, a man is pushed past his limits and the consequences are global as the world is shrouded in darkness.
     
    About the Authors
    Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. 
    Tracy Lynne Oliver is attempting to make a new name for herself in this writing game. She has a magical novel that is anxious to see the light of day as well as a monstrous short story collection. If you know what's good for you, you'd contact her ASAP to call dibs on this greatness before you lose the next literary Beyonce. In the meantime, you can read her essay, "Love Letters" in Medium's "Unruly Bodies" series.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Walk with Me" by Land of Legs, "Dimensions Distilled" by Frozen Mesa, "Electric Passion" by Keen Collective, "Maple" by Pastek, "In the Steps of Dust" by Jules Blueprints, "Loa" by El Buho y Barrio Lindo.
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    • 30 min
    Rumaan Alam: Leave the World Behind

    Rumaan Alam: Leave the World Behind

    Want to get away from it all? Maybe rent a house somewhere remote, with no access to the internet, overlooking the woods and a swimming pool? But what if that heavenly vacation goes wrong -- really wrong -- in a way that has global consequences? In Rumaan Alam's Leave the World Behind that's exactly what happens, starting with an unexpected late-night knock on the door that leads to shifting of reality itself.
     
    About the Author
    Rumaan Alam is the author of three novels: Rich and Pretty, That Kind of Mother, and Leave the World Behind. Other writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and the New Republic, where he is a contributing editor. He also co-hosts two podcasts for Slate, studied writing at Oberlin College, and lives in New York with his husband and two kids.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Denholm Green" by Prairie Ensemble, "Washed Out" by Shaky Faces, "Morning Tide" by The Mariner, "Wintler Wine" by Prairie Ensemble, "Thinking of a Master Plan" by Theory Hazit, "Syntagma" by Jules Blueprints.
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    • 30 min
    Lynn Steger Strong: Want

    Lynn Steger Strong: Want

    Time to forget the way too familiar depictions of female friendship that lean on thread-worn stereotypes: the back-stabbing competitor, the gossip, the manipulator, the superficial princess. In Want, Lynn Steger Strong avoids those pitfalls by exploring the realities of adult life and how fissures can grow in a long-held friendship, seep into a marriage and corrupt our sense of privilege, success and economic security. 
     
    About the Author:
    Lynn Steger Strong’s first novel, Hold Still, was released by Liveright/WW Norton in 2016. Her nonfiction has been published by Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, Elle.com, Catapult, Lit Hub, and others. She teaches both fiction and non-fiction writing at Columbia University, Fairfield University, and the Pratt Institute.
     
    Episode Credits:
    This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe. Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media. 
     
    Music:
    "Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "One Minute" by Complicated Congas, "Wainscott" by The Brow, "I Always Loved You" by Joonie, "If You Can't See The Sun" by Sun Shapes, "Daydreamin'" by Dr Crosby, "Sealing with Garrett" by Kyle Devine.
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    • 30 min

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