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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday 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. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

    Lauren Groff on Exploring the Many Meanings of Matrix in Her New Novel

    Lauren Groff on Exploring the Many Meanings of Matrix in Her New Novel

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Lauren Groff about her new novel, Matrix, out now from Riverhead Books.
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    Lauren Groff is a two-time National Book Award finalist and the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton, Arcadia, and Fates and Furies, and the short story collections Delicate Edible Birds and Florida. She has won the Story Prize and has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Groff’s work regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and else­where, and she was named one of Granta’s 2017 Best Young American Novelists.
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    • 36 min
    Investigative Journalist Julie Brown on Exposing Jeffrey Epstein

    Investigative Journalist Julie Brown on Exposing Jeffrey Epstein

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Julie Brown about her new book, Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story, out now from Dey Street Books.
    Julie K. Brown is an investigative reporter with the Miami Herald. During her 30-year career, she has worked for a number of newspapers, focusing on crime, justice and human rights issues. As a member of the Herald’s prestigious Investigative Team, she has won dozens of awards, including a George Polk Award in 2018 for “Perversion of Justice,” a series that examined how a rich and powerful sex trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein, managed to arrange a secret plea deal and escape life in prison—even though he was suspected of sexually abusing more than 100 underage girls and young women. The series, and her subsequent dogged coverage of the case in 2019, led to the resignation of President Trump’s labor secretary, Alex Acosta, Epstein’s arrest on new federal charges in New York and reforms in the way that prosecutors treat victims of sex crimes.
    Brown previously won acclaim for a series of stories about abuses and corruption in Florida prisons. The stories led to the resignations of top agency officials, firings of corrupt corrections officers and an overhaul in the treatment of inmates with mental and physical disabilities, as well as women in Florida prisons. That series also won a Polk Award. A native of Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Temple University.
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    • 57 min
    Jonathan Plutzik on Why a Hotel Should Be a Space for Creativity

    Jonathan Plutzik on Why a Hotel Should Be a Space for Creativity

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to The Betsy hotel owner Jonathan Plutzik about its history in Miami Beach and why a hotel should be a space for comfort and healing through the arts.
    Jonathan Plutzik retired as a Vice-Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB), in 2003, after a 25-year career. His responsibilities included oversight for the firm’s work with U. S. state and local governments, international privatization initiatives, investment banking activities in Washington, D.C. and global financial services. He also led the CSFB team that provided advisory services to the City of New York during the city's financial crisis. From 2003 to 2005 Jonathan served as Chairman of Firaxis Games, a leading computer game company and home of Civilization, the widely acclaimed strategy game. Jonathan’s philanthropic work is considerable. He has a long legacy of charitable leadership as Chairman of the Board of the CORO New York Leadership Center, with additional Executive Leadership service to UJA-Federation of NY (including having served as a member of the Board and Executive Committee and Director of the Caring Commission, and he was Chair of the UJA-Federations Connect to Caring initiative.) He also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, is on the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae and recently accepted a position on the founding board of Planet Word, a new Washington, D.C.-based museum that is dedicated to and focused on Language Arts. Jonathan received his B.A. from Brandeis University and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Jonathan is Co-President of the PG Family Foundation in NYC, and principal owner of The Betsy-South Beach, (www.thebetsyhotel.com), a hotel known for its community-based philanthropic work and its commitment to arts and culture.
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    • 38 min
    Sandra Cisneros on Opening Up the Dialogue With People We Love

    Sandra Cisneros on Opening Up the Dialogue With People We Love

    On this weeks episode, Mitchell talks with renowned author Sandra Cisneros about her new book, Martita, I Remember You.
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    • 32 min
    Les Standiford on Why the Circus Is Key to Understanding Who We Are

    Les Standiford on Why the Circus Is Key to Understanding Who We Are

    On today's episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Les Standiford about his new book, Battle for the Big Top, out now from PublicAffairs Books.
    Les Standiford is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Last Train to Paradise, Meet You in Hell, and Bringing Adam Home. His book, The Man Who Invented Christmas, was a New York Times 'Editors' Choice' and was made into a feature film starring Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens in 2018. He is a Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University and holds a MA and PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. He attended the US Air Force Academy and Columbia School of Law and is a former screenwriting fellow and graduate of the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He lives in Miami, Florida.
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    • 38 min
    Patricia Engel on the Natural Human Instinct to Migrate

    Patricia Engel on the Natural Human Instinct to Migrate

    On today's episode of The Literary Life>, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Patricia Engel about her new book, Infinite Country, out now from Avid Reader Press.
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Mitchell, host of the Literary life with Mitchell Kaplan podcast, highlights all aspects of books, writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

laneyrada ,

The literary local

I would do anything to support Mitch and his special book business. That kind voice matches his handsome face that leads to the bookstore. That’s a win all the way to the end.

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.

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