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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. 
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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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    Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

    Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

    Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz visit The Stacks to discuss their joint effort Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book. They break down how the process of co-writing, how they decided to write for white audiences, and explain why we need an adult activity book for antiracism in the first place. We also ask, what do we do when we mess up; what makes a good apology?
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/10/ep-227-w-kamau-bell-and-kate-schatz
    The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    We're joined today by novelist and essayist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose new book The Man Who Could Move Clouds combines memoir with rich storytelling and an excavation of family and Colombian history. We discuss magical realism as a nonfiction genre, why it's useful to believe in ghosts, and ask the question, what responsibility do we owe to our pasts?
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/03/ep-226-ingrid-rojas-contreras
    The Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.
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    • 58 min
    Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

    Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

    It's The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the classic Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We're joined again by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere, to break down this novel that explores the tensions at the heart of colonialism. We also discuss the ways we project current events onto classic literature, how important an author's own biography is to understanding the text, and that ending!
    There are spoilers in today's episode.
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/27/ep-225-season-of-migration
    Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our August book club pick will be!
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    • 57 min
    Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

    Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

    Poet and author Erika L. Sánchez joins The Stacks to discuss Crying in the Bathroom, her new memoir about growing up in the 90s as a misfit daughter of Mexican immigrants. We talk about religion and mental health, being loud and funny, and finally feeling ready to write about difficult topics.
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/20/ep-224-erika-l-sanchez
    The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

    Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

    Today we speak with journalist and professor Caleb Gayle about his new book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. In our discussion of his career and American history, we cover Black people in the Creek Nation, forty acres and a mule, and what it means to be a citizen. We also ask why we are so consistently taught not to remember, and who benefits from our forgetting?
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/13/ep-223-caleb-gayle
    The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

    Ep. 222 Living in Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

    Our guest for this episode is Elamin Abdelmahmoud - political and cultural commentator, Buzzfeed News senior culture writer and author of the new essay collection Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. We discuss the meaning of "elsewhere" in his work, and the complexity of loving something that doesn't align with your politics. We also get into Black music, and great books on music.
    You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/06/ep-222-elamin-abdelmahmoud/
    The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.
    Connect with Elamin: Instagram | Twitter
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    Lifestyle Intelligence (LQ) - go to lqapp.co/thestacks and click “Get the App” for a one-month free trial for all new users.
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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Breadfan758 ,

Great refresher before book club meeting

I read a lot of books and sometimes a book club read will slip from my memory before the next meeting. If I can find the book on this podcast it does a wonderful job of refreshing my mind and also allows me to hear some thoughts I may not have had during my reading.

KleinerA ,

My favorite weekly podcast - by far!

I listen to the Stacks every week, and for real for real, it gets better and better as time goes on. Ms. Traci is the realest, asking ALL the questions I *think* but know I would be too scared to ask aloud. She is brave, funny, human AF…by far the best book podcast out there. And if I am stuck and looking for a new book, I always find my next great read on this podcast. I wish I could give Ms. Traci and The Stacks 100 stars. Love love love this show!

Haydenyellowlab ,

Thoughtful

I love this podcast. It’s the books we should be reading. Not the ones everyone else is reading. I love the content the presentation and the fact I leave each episode wanting more and learning more.

This is the advice we need to hear. As a white cis woman of privilege I don’t usually hear constructive and thoughtful feedback of the how and why things we do are problematic. Often times this would be hard to hear and even harder to give. Traci makes her podcast a safe space for education and awareness. I am appreciative of the exposure and the opportunity to learn and grow. I won’t always get it right and I know on the past I have made errors and this tells me why and what to do going forward.

Thank you!

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