200 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 • 247 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

    190: GennaRose Nethercott (THISTLEFOOT) & Kelly Link's MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS

    190: GennaRose Nethercott (THISTLEFOOT) & Kelly Link's MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS

    GennaRose Nethercott drops in, no strings, for a discussion of her new novel Thistlefoot, puppetry, research, cootie catchers, and the muchness of novel writing. Plus, she brings along Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link, which starts a discussion of just how great she is, and how influential her work has become.
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    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
    189: Anthony Marra (MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS) & Jennifer Egan's A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

    189: Anthony Marra (MERCURY PICTURES PRESENTS) & Jennifer Egan's A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD

    Anthony Marra zooms into the Damn Library and attempts to turn the tables on interviewing, to some avail. Of course he gets into his new novel, Mercury Pictures Presents, how research fuels his writing, and how he wants to do the opposite of what he did the last time. Plus, he brings along Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad, which is a great novel to revisit as Candy House is making the rounds. You know there's more than that too, you oughta tune in!
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    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    188: Tom Scharpling (IT NEVER ENDS, THE BEST SHOW, and more)

    188: Tom Scharpling (IT NEVER ENDS, THE BEST SHOW, and more)

    Living Legend Tom Scharpling drops into The Damn Library to chat about the paperback release of his national bestseller, It Never Ends, and his recent 24-hour Best Show episode triumph. There are discussions of legacy, mystery, what it was like to work together on the book, and the bizarre temporal reality created from writing something and then waiting forever for it to appear on shelves. Plus a lot more. Tune in!
    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 17 min
    187: Summer Ramble 2022

    187: Summer Ramble 2022

    Drew returns to discuss his new show, Voyage into Genre, working at a bookstore, and Christopher's mad musings on which child survivalist would win in a battle royale. Plus other things too!
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
    This week's sponsor: Bombas. Get 20% off your purchase at bombas.com/smdb
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    • 33 min
    186: Angela Ledgerwood (LIT UP) & Richard Flanagan's THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH

    186: Angela Ledgerwood (LIT UP) & Richard Flanagan's THE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH

    Angela Ledgerwood, of the podcast Lit Up drops in, physically, in person, actually inside the Damn Library, and it's a meeting of the podcast minds. Of course Christopher smokes a negroni for the both of them and tongues get wagging. Angela surprises herself to be the blockbuster loving, self-help recommending guru that she ends up being. And she also talks about a lost Richard Flanagan episode of LIT UP that indirectly led to her recommending the book. Strap in!
    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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    • 50 min
    185: Mat Johnson (INVISIBLE THINGS) and Claire North's NOTES FROM A BURNING AGE

    185: Mat Johnson (INVISIBLE THINGS) and Claire North's NOTES FROM A BURNING AGE

    Mat Johnson launches into the Damn Library Zoom Zone to discuss his new novel, Invisible Things. We get into conspiracies, surprising yourself with your writing, teaching, writing funny, and a bunch of other stuff, including Claire North’s Notes from a Burning Age, and getting your sci-fi terms right.
    contribute! https://patreon.com/smdb
    for drink recipes, book lists, and more, visit: somanydamnbooks.com
    music: Disaster Magic
    (https://soundcloud.com/disaster-magic)
    This week's sponsor: Bombas. Get 20% off your purchase at bombas.com/smdb
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    • 1 hr 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
247 Ratings

247 Ratings

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!

nhavey ,

Calming and informative

I was recommended this podcast by a friend after raving about another publishing/ book podcast and I have been so thoroughly impressed. All the segments are fun, the hosts are engaging and work well together, and I love another show about books!

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