13 episodes

Welcome to BookSwell Intersections, a podcast devoted to connecting readers and writers in Los Angeles. Much like the city itself, the LA literary scene is often difficult to navigate. Our podcast will help you find your way to the authors, events, and new releases that you won’t want to miss. For our first episode, we gathered an impressive roster of co-hosts, ready to dish on their favorite new releases, upcoming events, and the latest publishing world drama—and there has been plenty of it this year!

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Welcome to BookSwell Intersections, a podcast devoted to connecting readers and writers in Los Angeles. Much like the city itself, the LA literary scene is often difficult to navigate. Our podcast will help you find your way to the authors, events, and new releases that you won’t want to miss. For our first episode, we gathered an impressive roster of co-hosts, ready to dish on their favorite new releases, upcoming events, and the latest publishing world drama—and there has been plenty of it this year!

    13 - New Year's Reading Resolutions, an Interview with Carla Sameth, Events to Kick Off 2020

    13 - New Year's Reading Resolutions, an Interview with Carla Sameth, Events to Kick Off 2020

    Happy New Year to all of our listeners! This week, we're here to help you get a jump start on your 2020 TBR list, with recommendations from our panel.  Managing Editor Cody Sisco, along with Co-Hosts Rachelle Yousuf and Irene Yoon recap their year in reading and discuss what they'd like to see in the literary landscape next year.Cody sits down with local LA author Carla Sameth to talk about her recent release, One Day on the Gold Line. They delve into religion, addiction, and the writing process, as well as their shared appreciation for the LA writing scene.If your New Year's Resolution is to attend more literary events, Shannon Eagen has you covered with events for the whole family in early January.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    12 - Re-cap and excerpts from Intentional Intersectionality: Amplifying Queer Voices of Color, a reading and discussion

    12 - Re-cap and excerpts from Intentional Intersectionality: Amplifying Queer Voices of Color, a reading and discussion

    The BookSwell Crew has been hard at work producing our Intentional Intersectionality reading and discussion as a part of the 2019 Lambda LitFest.
    This week, we’re doing a debrief and recap on the somewhat stressful but deeply rewarding process of putting together a live literary event.
    We’ve also included excerpts from the talented artists that Managing Editor Cody Sisco, Intersections Co-Host Rachelle Yousuf and BookSwell Advisor Sakae Manning gathered together at the Armory Arts Complex, including B.A. Williams, Evan Kleekamp, Reuben Hayslett, and Roxana Preciado. Enjoy the poetry and prose of these vital voices.
    Finally, Shannon Eagen rounds out the episode with recommendations for literary events in the next two weeks, including a star studded event you should buy your ticket for ASAP!

    • 46 min
    11 - Tori Eldridge brings a martial arts spin to contemporary LA Noir, the ever-appealing world of YA, and a spotlight on Lambda LitFest LA 2019

    11 - Tori Eldridge brings a martial arts spin to contemporary LA Noir, the ever-appealing world of YA, and a spotlight on Lambda LitFest LA 2019

    As temperatures are dropping and kids are going back to school, BookSwell Intersections co-hosts Cody, Dan, and Rachelle journeyed to the Central Library to take advantage of the wonderful facilities in the Octavia Lab. They catch up on recent literary events, the books they’ve been gravitating towards lately, and the exciting event that Cody and Rachelle have been hard at work planning, alongside Sakae Manning. They also discuss the legacy of Toni Morrison, and the silver lining of resurgent interest in the works of recently departed authors.
    After that, Cody chats with Tori Eldridge as she prepares for her first published novel, The Ninja Daughter. She examines how her heritage and cultural legacy informed her contemporary LA Noir, and the circuitous route she took to becoming a novelist after being an actress, dancer, and fifth-degree black belt in To Shin Do Ninjutsu.
    Finally, Shannon gives a rundown of some of the events we’re most excited about in the upcoming 3rd Annual Lambda LitFest.

    • 36 min
    10 - Interview with Sehba Sarwar, onsite interviews at the Little Literary Fair, and August events for authors and creators

    10 - Interview with Sehba Sarwar, onsite interviews at the Little Literary Fair, and August events for authors and creators

    First BookSwell shares highlights from the inaugural Little Literary Fair, or LITLIT where Managing Editor Cody Sisco was joined by co-host Rachelle Yousuf for this "pop-up book fair" at Hauser and Wirth in DTLA to chat about what they've been reading lately. Cody also conducted a series of flash interviews with Rachel Wills, Candace Miller, and Katelyn Keating at LITLIT that are short, sweet and packed with information. After that, Cody sits down for a longer conversation with author, activist, and artist Sehba Sarwar. Sehba's novel, Black Wings, was finally released in the US earlier this year, after originally being published in Pakistan in 2004. Keep up with all of Sehba's readings, art performances and publications on her website. Rounding out the episode, Shannon Eagen discusses some upcoming literary events that will be particularly appealing to writers and creators of their own content.

    • 52 min
    9 - My Lit Box’s Sanura Williams on putting new writers in front of her customers, our co-hosts debate what makes a good reading, and hyperlocal events in LA in July

    9 - My Lit Box’s Sanura Williams on putting new writers in front of her customers, our co-hosts debate what makes a good reading, and hyperlocal events in LA in July

    We are at the height of Summer Reading Season, and this episode is jam-packed with book recommendations from our co-hosts Cody Sisco, Sarah LaBrie, Rachelle Yousuf and Dan Lopez. They chat what they love and what they hate in bookish events, how the setting of a story can be a character of its own, and revelations (or lack thereof) in celebrity memoirs. They're joined by Sanura Williams, from My Lit Box, who is dedicated to promoting the work of authors of color through her literary subscription box. My LitBox would be a perfect gift for the indecisive book lover in your life--Sanura picks hot new releases and mails them straight to your door (along with some other literary goodies!). Finally, if you've been out of town on a summer vacation, why not hit up some literary events that celebrate LA while you're home? Shannon Eagen has event recommendations for the next two weeks of July that are all about Los Angeles locals.

    • 33 min
    8 - Poet, author, and editor Shonda Buchanan shares her story with Cody Sisco, Dan Lopez’s current favs in LGBTQ YA, and events for bookworms seeking the “Anti-Beach Read”

    8 - Poet, author, and editor Shonda Buchanan shares her story with Cody Sisco, Dan Lopez’s current favs in LGBTQ YA, and events for bookworms seeking the “Anti-Beach Read”

    Dan Lopez and Cody Sisco discuss Michelle Obama's runaway hit, Becoming, and Dan recommends books that fill his current obsessions--LGBTQ YA and Sci-Fi! After that, enjoy Cody's conversation with Shonda Buchanan that covers the history of World Stage Press, Leimert Park and Shonda's own imprint at Tsehai Publishers-- Harriet Tubman Press. And finally, are you looking for events that don't feature the typical glossy beach reads of the summer season? Shannon has you covered with some June book signings (and a book club!) celebrating slightly less mainstream genres. Enjoy!

    • 51 min

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