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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Saturday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Saturday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

    Robert Kolker on Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

    Robert Kolker on Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

    Hidden Valley Road is journalist and author Robert Kolker’s riveting account of the Galvin family, with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Kolker shares their heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful story, with Mitchell Kaplan. Recorded in Miami and Brooklyn.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
    https://booksandbooks.com/
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    • 38 min
    The Ultimate Literary Bucket List

    The Ultimate Literary Bucket List

    James Mustich, book-seller, editor and writer, on his “must-read guide to must-reads.” Mustich talks with Mitchell Kaplan about curating his classic, 1,000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE, and how the list continues to grow every day.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
    https://booksandbooks.com/
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    • 29 min
    John Grisham, the Best-Selling Thriller Writer in the World

    John Grisham, the Best-Selling Thriller Writer in the World

    After practicing law for nearly 10 years, John Grisham, turned to writing, inspired by a testimony he overheard. Grisham has since sold more than 300-million books. On this episode he talks with Mitchell Kaplan about his latest murder mystery, CAMINO WINDS. Recorded virtually in Florida and Virginia. 

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan 

    Producer: Carmen Lucas

    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio

    https://booksandbooks.com/
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    • 33 min
    The History of Pharma in Times of Crisis

    The History of Pharma in Times of Crisis

    Investigative journalist Gerald Posner talks about the DNA of the pharmaceutical industry and how finding a vaccine or treatment can rescue its since tarnished reputation. His new book is PHARMA: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. Recorded virtually in Miami, Florida. 

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan 

    Producer: Carmen Lucas

    Editor: Lit Hub Radio

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    • 28 min
    Julia Alvarez Examines Her Life as a Writer

    Julia Alvarez Examines Her Life as a Writer

    “The book stays with somebody in a way that not a lot of narratives do. Afterlife could be about this time, as well.” Beloved Dominican author, Julia Alvarez takes about her first novel in 14 years. Livestreamed between South Florida and Vermont.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan 
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Lit Hub Radio
    https://booksandbooks.com/
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    • 36 min
    Nick Flynn on What Art Can and Cannot Reflect

    Nick Flynn on What Art Can and Cannot Reflect

    On this episode Nick Flynn talks with Mitchell about his new book, Stay: threads, conversations, collaborations, a mixed-media retrospective and self-portrait through's collaborations over the years, including photographer Amy Arbus, actor Robert De Niro, filmmaker Paul Weitz, and artists John Baldessari and Marilyn Minter. This is episode was livestreamed between Miami and outside New York City.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan 
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Lit Hub Radio
    https://booksandbooks.com/
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
143 Ratings

143 Ratings

Phil from NYC ,

Great host and authors

I started listening to your podcast after a friend’s recommendation. My family listens too since we’re home during this pandemic. Now we’re reading these authors’ books. Thank you for this Mitchell Kaplan.

MDCPS Teacher ,

On the Conversation with Diane Ravitch

As always, Diane Ravitch was insightful, passionate, and extraordinarily well-versed on one of the most important issues facing our democracy: the life of our public education system. This conversation with Mitchell Kaplan serves as an intimate, authentic, and effective exegesis of her work on school choice, charters, privatization, etc. These issues affect everyone. Please listen!

Whyte10 ,

Best discussion of books

I especially enjoyed the interview with Erin Morgenstern. Fantasy books are not usually my first or second choice when selecting books to read. But, now I am going to read The Night Circus and The Starless Sea.

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