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A podcast about two of the best things in life: books and champagne. Hosted by Ellyn Grimm and Amanda Lepper, co-owners of Dog-Eared Books in Ames, Iowa.

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A podcast about two of the best things in life: books and champagne. Hosted by Ellyn Grimm and Amanda Lepper, co-owners of Dog-Eared Books in Ames, Iowa.

    Banned Books Week 2022

    Banned Books Week 2022

    It's Banned Books Week, and we have exciting things in the works. Everyone deserves to see themselves in a story. Amanda and Ellyn share the importance of reading stories that share different experiences from your own, and why you should read those stories. 

    We have a special Banned Books Trivia Bash this Friday, so register today because you won't want to miss out!

    • 30 min
    Blind Date with Book

    Blind Date with Book

    This time Amanda has created a game for Ellyn. Do you think Ellyn's post-Covid brain can win? Listen to find out if she can guess the book she "already had a date with" aka already read with just a few clues. 

    There are tons of great new reads coming up, and fun events happening at Dog-Eared you won't want to miss. 

    And let us know if you know why raccoons are popular right now.

    • 29 min
    Authors We Want to Have Dinner With

    Authors We Want to Have Dinner With

    If you could choose any five authors to sit down for dinner with, who would you choose? That's exactly what Amanda & Ellyn are discussing in this week's Bubbles & Books episode. Do you think you can guess which authors they would invite to dinner? 

    We have a packed fun episode, so don't miss hearing about the exciting events happening at Dog-Eared this week, especially the educators only one! Plus, there are so many good books out today, that it might be hard to choose which one we're most excited for.

    Share with us in your stories or in the comments who would be your top five authors to invite to dinner!

    • 43 min
    Ellyn Loves Taylor Hanson

    Ellyn Loves Taylor Hanson

    Ellyn has created another game for Amanda. This time she reads the first sentence of a book she knows Amanda has loved to see if she can figure out which book it is. Ultimately this game poses the question - do you think a first line of a book affects the overall value?

    Rachel makes Ellyn play "Roll the Dice on Love" to have her write her own love story. And they both share about their visit to three indie bookstores in Omaha.

    We have children's author Becky Scharnhorst visiting the store this Saturday, August 27, at 1 PM. Stop by, get a book signed and enjoy a fun event! 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Indies Love Indies

    Indies Love Indies

    There is nothing better than an Independent Bookstore supporting another Independent Bookstore. We love watching those in our industry thrive, and we enjoy visiting as many as we can.

    What's even great about the indie bookstore industry, is that indies are willing to help, offer advice and provide friendship to someone who is looking to open their own bookstore. 

    This week we have Kara, owner of The Slow Down Coffee Co. chatting with Amanda & Ellyn today on Bubbles & Books. Kara's coffee shop is in the historic (and first Des Moines Suburb) Highland Park. She is working towards her goal of opening up a bookstore in her neighborhood. 

    Don't forget we are still collecting books for Stories for Story County! You can help us make sure that diverse stories and experiences are getting into the hands of school children. Most books are either 20% - 40% off!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tanvi Says

    Tanvi Says

    For Bubbles & Books, Amanda is joined by Rachel & the lovely Tanvi! Tanvi is the force behind Stories for Story County at Dog-Eared Books. You'll also hear about all the exciting things happening at Dog-Eared Books this month, and what new releases to keep an eye out for. 

    There are many underrepresented communities! A library which includes titles that feature disabled characters, for example, should include stories that center a wide range of disabilities rather than those we believe are the most common or with which we are the most familiar.

    It’s vital that the students in one’s classroom have access to representative literature. Remembering that many identities and experiences are “invisible” is helpful to avoid creating collections based on what we believe we know about the people we are serving.

    If you would like to support Stories for Story County, but don't live locally! Follow this link to purchase book bundles for us to give to teachers and librarians. https://store.dogearedbooksames.com/stories-for-story-county

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

6 Ratings

AMM152 ,

My book wish list grows each week!

I love the energy, perspectives, and recommendations! I just wish they’d repeat the title of books after they tell about them because often I find I want to read a book as they tell about it and I have to back up the podcast to catch the title again! I just need to start noting each title before they tell about it and then decide! One of these times I’ll get it right. :)

Formerly Known as Wulf ,

Birthday episode

I’m not crying, you’re crying! Love each episode.

Strategic Serendipity ,

A fun way to learn about new releases

I love listening to Ellyn and Amanda talk about this week’s new releases and the books they are currently reading!