206 episodes

A blessing, a curse, a podcast, since 2014.
Christopher (@cdhermelin) invites folks to the Damn Library to talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through the never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in hand. Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY.
For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, follow @somanydamnbooks and visit somanydamnbooks.com

So Many Damn Books Christopher Hermelin

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 248 Ratings

A blessing, a curse, a podcast, since 2014.
Christopher (@cdhermelin) invites folks to the Damn Library to talk about reading, literature, publishing, and trying to make it through the never-dwindling stack of things to read. All with a themed drink in hand. Recorded at the Damn Library in Brooklyn, NY.
For show info, book lists, and drink recipes, follow @somanydamnbooks and visit somanydamnbooks.com

    196: Tom Ayling (Antiquarian Book Seller & TikToker) & David Pearson's SPEAKING VOLUMES

    196: Tom Ayling (Antiquarian Book Seller & TikToker) & David Pearson's SPEAKING VOLUMES

    Antiquarian Bookseller and TikTok star Tom Ayling zooms on in to the Damn Library discuss the world of antiquarian books, and the world of book-centered TikTok, two worlds that are far more complementary than you’d imagine.
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    195: Top 2022 Reads with Sarah

    195: Top 2022 Reads with Sarah

    Sarah joins me in the Damn Library she co-owns to chat about favorite reads of 2022, both books published this year and books experienced this year. Plus, the HarperCollins union is on strike! If you’d like to help out, check out this page here to donate to the strike fund, and check out more information at this link roundup.
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 34 min
    194: Alison Watts (transl. Seishu Hase's THE BOY AND THE DOG) & Peter Heller's THE DOG STARS

    194: Alison Watts (transl. Seishu Hase's THE BOY AND THE DOG) & Peter Heller's THE DOG STARS

    Alison Watts zooms through the Damn Library hypserspace from Japan to talk the new novel she translated, The Boy and the Dog by Seishu Hase, as well as the life of a translator. Plus, we talk the prevalence of Japanese cat fiction, the ascendancy of dog fiction, canine noir, and so much more. Plus, she brings along (and does some light spoiling of) Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars, a shaggy dog of a post-apocalyptic novel. Quite a hang!
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 1 hr
    193: Ashley Hutson (ONE'S COMPANY) & Lindsay Hill's SEA OF HOOKS

    193: Ashley Hutson (ONE'S COMPANY) & Lindsay Hill's SEA OF HOOKS

    Ashley Hutson, author of Christopher’s favorite novel of 2022, One’s Company, drops into the Damn Library to discuss the joy of writing a novel based on a favorite sitcom, writing a novel chronologically and then interweaving it, and how publishing a novel is quite different than the dream of publishing a novel. Plus, she brings along Lindsay Hill’s Sea of Hooks, which leads into a robust recommendation section of a few extremely sad and difficult books.
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 53 min
    192: Kevin Wilson (NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC) & Blair Braverman's SMALL GAME

    192: Kevin Wilson (NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC) & Blair Braverman's SMALL GAME

    Kevin Wilson zooms in from his mountain to discuss his thrilling new novel, Now is Not the Time to Panic, and that means going into writing teenagers, the pre-Internet world, and magic disappearing as one gets older, and how that’s okay, along with a whole lotta other stuff. Plus, he brings along Blair Braverman’s Small Game, which means survival talk and reality television. 
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    191: Kate Beaton (DUCKS: TWO YEARS IN THE OIL SANDS) & Michelle Paver's DARK MATTER

    191: Kate Beaton (DUCKS: TWO YEARS IN THE OIL SANDS) & Michelle Paver's DARK MATTER

    Legendary comic artist and writer Kate Beaton drops into the Damn Library and talks about her monumental achievement — her new memoir, Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands, and all that comes with it, including excavating memories, showing her parents a painful past, and how comics can be a type of memory palace. Plus, she brings along Michelle Paver’s Dark Matter, and we both talk about how we get spooked and how dogs are great.
    You gotta listen!
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
248 Ratings

248 Ratings

alternativerocker24 ,

the best book podcast

I’ve discovered so many of my favorite authors listening to this podcast! The best!

Kaleb Hermes ,

Better than Goodreads

Seriously, if you listen to this podcast, you’ll never need another book recommendation. The backlog is truly great for uncovering colder books worth checking out and Christopher has solid guests, time after time. Highly recommended.

lisapeet ,

Love this in both the old format and new

Great podcast, with excellent conversations and recommendations!

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