23 episodes

The podcast for book lovers.

APL Volumes Austin Public Library

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

The podcast for book lovers.

    EPISODE 5: Louise & Louisa

    EPISODE 5: Louise & Louisa

    Discover the real people behind the nostalgia! Genn and their guest, Cristina, explore the lives of Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy) and Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), considering historical identities of gender and sexuality, the role of books as mirrors, and how society views books about unconventional children. 
     
    Follow the Austin Public Library on instagram, and find a branch near you at library.austintexas.gov. Thank you for supporting your local public library! 
     
    Theme: Children’s Authors  
    Guest: Cristina Casas (ACE, Adult Services Librarian)  
    Authors: Louisa May Alcott (Little Women); Louise Fitzhugh (Harriet the Spy)  

    • 42 min
    EPISODE 4: Authors on the DL

    EPISODE 4: Authors on the DL

    In this episode about undercover journeys, Genn and their guest, ThuAnh, dig into the stories of Barbara Ehrenreich getting gouged and Jeff Babauta grabbing gators. What happens when an undercover experiment brings you clarity and compassion for ways of life you’d never overlapped with before? 
     
    Follow the Austin Public Library on instagram, and find a branch near you at library.austintexas.gov. Thank you for supporting your local public library! 
     
    Theme: Undercover 
    Guest: ThuAnh Nguyen (Gift Shop, Library Retail Manager) 
    Books: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; Gator Country by Rebecca Renner  
     

    • 48 min
    EPISODE 3: Keep Austin History Weird

    EPISODE 3: Keep Austin History Weird

    Everything’s bigger in Texas, especially the stories! Genn and their guest, Jenna, break down the works of two Austinites – O. Henry and Ramon Moncivais – and look at how their lives paralleled, diverged from, and reflected Austin’s history, society, and culture. 
     
    Follow the Austin Public Library on instagram, and find a branch near you at library.austintexas.gov. Thank you for supporting your local public library! 
     
    Theme: Austin History 
    Guest: Jenna Cooper (AHC, Library Manager) 
    Authors/books: O. Henry (general); Beneath the Shadow of the Capitol by Ramon Moncivais  
     

    • 49 min
    EPISODE 2: Readers Resist

    EPISODE 2: Readers Resist

    In this episode about banned books, get fired up with Genn and their guest, Dale, as they explore their personal connections to banned books, how books bans are affecting Texans today, and why the dictionary made it onto the banned books list. 
     
    Follow the Austin Public Library on instagram, and find a branch near you at library.austintexas.gov. Thank you for supporting your local public library! 
     
    Theme: Banned Books 
    Guest: Dale Bridges (ACE, Library Associate) 
    Books/authors: A wide variety of unusual banned books 

    • 41 min
    Greater Austin Book Fest on Saturday, 5/11

    Greater Austin Book Fest on Saturday, 5/11

    Join us for the inaugural Greater Austin Book Fest at the Central Library on Saturday, May 11th, from 10 AM - 5PM! Meet the 80+ participating authors, get your books signed, shop with local booksellers, and enjoy a full day of panels, workshops, and programs.  
     

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    EPISODE 1: Long Island Tea

    EPISODE 1: Long Island Tea

     
     
    Welcome to Season 3 of APL Volumes! Hosted by Genn Mehalik, avid reader and admin senior in APL’s Customer Access division, this is our Book Banter season. Genn and their guest, Jana, kick it off with an episode about celebrity memoirs, talking about why memoirs are a status symbol for stars, how memoirs can be used to tell larger stories, and which Jersey Shore memoir could bring Jana around. 
    Guest: Jana White (Pleasant Hill Branch, Library Assistant) 

    Books: Dear Girls by Ali Wong, Leslie F*cking Jones by Leslie Jones 

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DeezFrimps ,

Literary excellence

This, 3 episodes in, is a wonderful podcast. I appreciate the format, wherein the listener learns about history, plot, and then similar works. Never has a podcast made me want to read as much as this one. I’m glad this was created, and proud that it’s from my hometown.

P.S. Near the end of episode 3, one of the read-alikes mentioned is the author Jeff Vandermeer. My favorite band, Murder By Death (which is NOT a metal band), created an instrumental album inspired by his book “Finch”. Definitely worth listening to.

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