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Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Saturday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

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    • 5.0, 108 Ratings

Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Saturday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
108 Ratings

108 Ratings

Juno I ,

Mitchell and Min Jin Lee

I just finished reading PACHINKO for my book group and am so impressed with what I learned. First, after decades of domination Japan officially became the colonial master of Korea in 1910, and Koreans were reduced to being second class citizens in their own country. It wasn't any better when they migrated to Japan where they were relegated to ghettos, shunned and prohibited from assimilating. The impactful consequences of this on generations of Korean families were so movingly described by author Min Jin Lee. Thank you to the author for her insight and telling the world about one more example of man's inhumanity to man. I didn't know.

Mr. Fussiner ,

Great conversations

I love listening to these when I am familiar with the writer’s work. But I perhaps love them even more when they are introducing me to a voice I have not yet read. I have never read Pico Iyer or Ian Rankin before, but now that I have heard them on here, I am intrigued, and excited to read their books. One of Kaplan’s gifts is his ability to make the writer feel at ease, so that the conversation flows very beautifully. Another is to be the voice of the reader, enthusiastic about the work at hand and also not afraid to bring in connections to his own life to help make meaning of his experiences interacting with this literature.

jmvarese ,

Nothing better!

Mitchell Kaplan understands, perhaps more than anyone else in the industry, the sanctity of literature and the power of literature to transform. I grew up at Books and Books, but left Miami long ago, so to have this podcast available to me every week is like the best of all homecomings. Books, the most interesting people writing today, the clank of dishes from the Cafe, and Mitchell's lunch recommendations to boot. I get to "go home" every Saturday and the only thing better is the thought of being able to find myself at the real place again.

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