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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.

    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
    Catherine Raven: Why We're More Like Animals Than We Think

    Catherine Raven: Why We're More Like Animals Than We Think

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Catherine Raven about her book, Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship, out now from Spiegel & Grau.
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    • 41 min
    Kathie Klarreich: How Working with Prisoners Has Changed My Life

    Kathie Klarreich: How Working with Prisoners Has Changed My Life

    On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Kathie Klarreich, founder and executive director of Exchange for Change, a nonprofit that offers writing classes in South Florida correctional institutions, about the organization’s new anthology, HEAR US: Writings from the Inside During the Time of COVID.
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    • 36 min
    Ross King on the Man Who Changed Bookselling

    Ross King on the Man Who Changed Bookselling

    On today's episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Ross King about his new book, The Bookseller of Florence, out now from Grove Atlantic.
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    • 46 min
    Louis-Philippe Dalembert: "Migration Is Part of My Story"

    Louis-Philippe Dalembert: "Migration Is Part of My Story"

    On today's episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Haitian poet Louis-Philippe Dalembert about his new novel, The Mediterranean Wall (tr. Marjolijn de Jager), out now from Schaffner Press.
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    Louis-Philippe Dalembert (born December 8, 1962 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti) is a Haitian poet and novelist, who writes in both French and Haitian creole. His works have been translated into several languages. He now divides his home between Berlin, Paris and Port-au-Prince. He has received several prizes and awards for his work, among them, the Grand Priz de poésie de la Ville D'Angers for his poetry collection, Et le soleil se souvient, a residency at the Villa Medicis in Rome, and the Prix RFO du livre for his novel, L'Autre Face de la Mer. He is also known to be an avid soccer fan.
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
170 Ratings

170 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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