Chris and Emily discuss books and literary adventures
Flies & Magpies: Playwright Spotlight with Laura Thoma
On Episode 127 we talk with playwright Laura Thoma about her play, Magpie, which was recently published with Next Stage Press. Chris and Emily recount a joint jaunt to Old Saybrook to visit author Ann Petry’s childhood home. They also stop by the Acton Public Library and visit the metal sculpture in front; is it a cricket, a fly, or a praying mantis? In honor of National Poetry Month, we share a few poetry collections.
Episode 126 - Saltwater in Our Veins: Author Spotlight with Luanne Rice
We chat with Luanne Rice about our mutual love of the Long Island Sound and beachcombing for treasures. Luanne also shares a candid account of her experience with emotional abuse and how she came to write about it in her newest novel, The Shadow Box. Chris shares the new Dolly Parton book, STORYTELLER, and we discuss the merits of a singer songwriter winning the Nobel Laureate - think Bob Dylan. Emily learns about how to be a better listener, say what?
Episode 125 - Poet Spotlight with Shuly Cawood
We got the chance to talk with Shuly Cawood about her new poetry collection, Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning. Together we ponder how some poetry resonates and some does not. Chris shares exciting news about a new book chronicling the life of Willa Cather and Edith Lewis. A surprise buddy read of Jennifer McMahon’s soon to be released book, The Drowning Kind. And we share lots of Couch Biblio Adventures
Episode 124 - Dr. Charlotte Markey Is Helping Girls Grow Up Fearless
We have a conversation with Dr. Charlotte Markey about The Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Less Fearless. The pandemic is keeping us close to home these days, but Chris does some traveling via books to Cairo, Egypt circa 1912 and Boston, Massachusetts. Emily reads a couple of novels that make her uncomfortable, but in a good way. We also make an announcement about our upcoming readalongs!
Episode 123 - Author Kerri Arsenault Promises to Make Us Cretons!
We have a conversation with Kerri Arsenault about her book Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains. Topics covered include archival research, genealogy, toxic chemicals, and local politics. Chris and Kerri also get a chance to reminisce about the pink huffy bikes of their youth. Emily discusses the theme of motherhood and shared familial responsibility that showed up in her reading and listening over the past couple of weeks. Chris shares biblio adventures with Emily Dickinson and Enola Holmes.
Episode 122 - A Visit with Our Mystery Man John Valeri
We welcome back Our Mystery Man, John Valeri. He gives us some book recommendations and tells us about two authors we should all be reading. Chris and Emily went on a Joint Couch Biblio Adventure to hear Min Jin Lee discuss The Great Gatsby. She wrote the introduction for the newly released Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. We also discuss the complexities of burying a dead body, Our Mystery Man would be so proud!