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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.

    Curtis Sittenfeld on Why She Decided to Take on Hillary Clinton

    Curtis Sittenfeld on Why She Decided to Take on Hillary Clinton

    “It was a very interesting experience for me writing in the first-person. So I put on a blonde wig and a pantsuit every morning for three years…I actually mean that metaphorically,” Curtis Sittenfeld. On this episode, Curtis talks with Mitchell about RODHAM, her all too real, alternate biography of Hillary Clinton. Recorded in Minneapolis and Miami.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 25 min
    James McBride on “The America that I write about when I write my books”

    James McBride on “The America that I write about when I write my books”

    Bum-Bum, Elephant, Hot Sausage, and Sportcoat. Just a few of the characters created by the brilliant mind of James McBride, for his latest novel, Deacon King Kong. A soulful conversation with Mitchell Kaplan, with a little jazz piano on the side, courtesy of McBride. Yes, he is also an accomplished musician. Recorded in Miami and New Jersey.

    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub RadioA beautiful
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    • 41 min
    Megha Majumdar: Holding on to Humor During Times of Oppression

    Megha Majumdar: Holding on to Humor During Times of Oppression

    When Megha Majumdar began writing her debut novel, A BURNING, her “question for the book was, how do people still dream, make jokes and strive, even in conditions of great oppression?” Majumdar joins Mitchell Kaplan for a deeply introspective conversation. Recorded in Miami and Brooklyn.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 27 min
    Former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, on His 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

    Former Black Panther, Albert Woodfox, on His 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

    Accused of a crime he says he did not commit, Albert Woodfox endured years of brutal beatings and racial taunting by prison guards. Locked down in a cell, 9 ft. long and 6 ft. wide, Woodfox endured 43 years in solitary confinement. During the most devastating weeks in this country’s history, we revisit his story of survival. Recorded at Books&Books in Coral Gables, Florida, on May 17, 2019.
    Host: Mitchell Kaplan
    Producer: Carmen Lucas
    Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio
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    • 56 min
    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
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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
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 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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