52 episodes

Perks of Being a Book Lover is a show about books, people who read, and how reading, at its very best, is a social experience. Whether it be a book club, a poetry slam, or the production of a play; words are meant to be shared. Keep up with us on FB.

The Perks Of Being A Book Lover Podcast Amy Smalley and Carrie Vittitoe

    • Language Learning
    • 5.0, 16 Ratings

Perks of Being a Book Lover is a show about books, people who read, and how reading, at its very best, is a social experience. Whether it be a book club, a poetry slam, or the production of a play; words are meant to be shared. Keep up with us on FB.

    Ep. 47 An Anniversary, A Bored Teen Host, and Some Books 5-27-20

    Ep. 47 An Anniversary, A Bored Teen Host, and Some Books 5-27-20

    When Carrie and I began recording The Perks of Being a Book Lover, we called it our half-assed idea. One year later, we are still half-assing our way through it, although we think we have learned some things and gotten more adept at using microphones, troubleshooting the recording technology, and asking interesting questions of our guests. It was a year filled with laughter, frustrations, and climbing learning curves.
    We thought it would be fun for our 1-year anniversary recording and 47th episode to put ourselves in the hot-seat, and fortunately, Carrie’s daughter, Norah, agreed to ask us the questions. Like a lot of 16-year-olds, she was excited to do it the night before but seemed to be completely bored and uninterested during the actual interview. She yawned and Pinterest-ed her way through our answers, which may be what a lot of our listeners do as well as they listen to it.
    In this episode, we discuss how we started the show, some of our favorite experiences with guests, and what dictatorial book choices we’d make if we had the power.
    Books We Discuss In This Episode:1- Moby Dick by Herman Melville2- Sula by Toni Morrison3- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison4- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett5- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin6- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow7- March by Geraldine Brooks8- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler9- Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anne Quindlen10- The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty11- The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling12- The Glass Lake by Maeve BInchy13- The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien14- Me by Elton John15- Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones16- Daisy and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid17- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Anne Shaffer18- The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt19- Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward20- American Born Chinese by Gene Yuen Yang21- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte22- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee23- he Hate You Give by Angie Thomas24- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry25- White Teeth by Zadie Smith26- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley27- 1984 by George Orwell28- It by Stephen King29- Drood by Dan Simmons30- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
     
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 46 The Greenhouse that Sows Literary Seeds with Hannah Rose Neuhauser 5-20-20

    Ep. 46 The Greenhouse that Sows Literary Seeds with Hannah Rose Neuhauser 5-20-20

    When I think of a greenhouse, I envision small seeds sprouting roots and then green shoots slowly rising toward the sunlight. The progress to grow may be slow at first but soon becomes rapidly transformational as the plant drinks in the nourishment of the heat, moisture, and sunlight in the greenhouse cocoon.
    Our guest this week, Hannah Rose Neuhauser, is the co-founder and program director of The Young Author’s Greenhouse, an organization inspired by the 826 Valencia writing organization for children and teens launched by author Dave Eggers. The Louisville greenhouse, located in the Portland neighborhood, nurtures student writers in an imaginative writing space which includes a storefront called The Opposite Shop where you can find jars of sunshine and magic fish scales. But moving from the Shop through the portal into the organization’s writing center, young writers enter a world where they are taken seriously by mentors who question and instill confidence. One of the coolest programs offered by The Young Author’s Greenhouse is an annual song-writing event with Jim James, leader of the rock band My Morning Jacket, and Teddy Abrams, the young hip conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.
    Hannah Rose tells us what book she read in college that inspired her to start this nonprofit journey, what skill is more important than writing for volunteers with the Young Author’s Greenhouse, and what perk of the program can entice even reluctant young writers to put their words on paper.
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    1- A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers2- If you Can See the Stars, There is Still Light by The Young Author's Greenhouse3- Into the Wolf-Dark Shadows by The Young Author's Greenhouse4- Know My Name by Chanel Miller5- The Last Wish by Andrezej Sapkowski (Short Stories)6- Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe7- Bluets by Maggie Nelson8- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
    Online Article mentioned:Flattened by the Curve www.mcsweeneys.net/columns/flattened-by-the-curve
    TV shows mentioned:1- Derry Girls on Netflix2- Sex Education on Netflix3- Schitt's Creek on Hulu4- Seinfeld on Hulu
     
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 45 The Quarantine Quest for a Book Club with Robin Weiss 5-13-20

    Ep. 45 The Quarantine Quest for a Book Club with Robin Weiss 5-13-20

    We all had big plans for our quarantine free time, right? Maybe we wanted to Marie Kondo organize the whole house, learn how to make beautiful loaves of bread, or begin training for that marathon you’ve had on your bucket list.
    Our guest today, Robin Weiss, had a different kind of quarantine goal. She was determined to revitalize her reading life. This mother of 9 who is also a professor of public health as well as a childbirth expert and doula, fell out of love with reading when she attended grad school. In the intervening years, her knowledge of new titles and authors got stuck in a time warp where she left off in the 1990s. So, she formed an online quarantine bookclub with fellow readers across the country to help get her literary groove back.
    Robin talks to us about what past favorite authors she is happy to discover have published new books in recent years, what benefits the group gets from meeting weekly versus monthly, whether her bookclub is experiencing trauma bonding, and what happens when the quarantine is over.
    Books discussed in this episode:
    1- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield2- It By Stephen King3- The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger4- On The Beach by Nevil Shute5- The Charm School by Nelson DeMille6- The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille7- The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille8- The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver9- The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (short stories)10- Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (short stories)11- Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski (novel)12- The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia13- The Braid by Laetitia Colombani
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 44 Postcards From The Edge of Reading with Anita Martin

    Ep. 44 Postcards From The Edge of Reading with Anita Martin

    We probably all have memories of picking up a 25 cent postcard at a cheesy souvenir shop on a summer vacation to send to a friend or family member back home. The first postcard was invented by an Englishman in 1840 but now these iconic colorful cards have whole websites, youtube videos, and pinterest boards devoted to them with themes such as the best ways to write a meaningful message in just a few lines, postcards as a writing process, and 8 reasons you should be sending postcards right now.
    Our guest today, Anita Martin, puts much time and energy into melding 2 of her favorite things; postcards and books. Her website Postcards and Authors invites bibliophiles of all types, including writers, book clubs, and bookish podcasts to send a postcard that lets readers get a glimpse of who they are.
    Anita talks to us about how picking out a postcard can give you insight into a person’s personality, how books are just one facet of her desire to be a lifelong learner, what genre initially gave her the desire to always have a book in her hand, and how one author’s signature on his postcard made it one of her favorites.
    Books Discussed in this Episode:1- Roots by Alex Haley2- Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly3- The Flying Cutterbucks by Kathleen M. Rodgers4- Akata Witch and Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor5- The Stowaway: A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antartica by Laurie Gwen Shapiro6- The Last Painting of Sara DeVos by Dominic Smith7- It's Great to Suck at Something by Karen Rinaldi
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 57 min
    Ep. 43 A Trifecta of Books, Bluegrass, and the Backstretch with D.C. Alexander 4-29-20

    Ep. 43 A Trifecta of Books, Bluegrass, and the Backstretch with D.C. Alexander 4-29-20

     There is a collective sigh of disappointment that you can hear in our hometown this week. The Kentucky Derby race is always run the first Saturday of May; except this year. I checked the weather and it looks like it will be beautiful this Saturday, 79 degrees and sunny, and there are no horses to be run.















    But now that you’ve had your Kentucky Derby primer from Carrie and I, we can all still celebrate this event quarantine-style, with a book and maybe a glass of bourbon. Our guest today, D.C. Alexander, is doing his part to help. D.C. is originally from Seattle but has eagerly adopted Louisville as his hometown. He is a former federal agent turned author who has written several mystery novels with the setting of his most recent being right here in Kentucky.
    Blood in the Bluegrass takes place the week before the Kentucky Derby and begins with the murder of an up and coming horse jockey. But as mysteries often do, things get complicated with horse breeders, bourbon distilleries, corruption, and old money.
    D.C. talks to us about why he thinks Louisvlle is a great locale for a novel, what book he read in his 20s that turned him from a book-loathing kid to a full-fledged bibliophile, and how long trips in his car in rural Colorado started him on the path to writing.
    Books mentioned in this episode:
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le CarreSecret Louisville by Kevin GibsonChasing the Monkey King by D.C. AlexanderThe Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeJane Eyre by Charlotte BronteDune by Frank HerbertRough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race by Laura Prior-PalmerA Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 59 min
    Ep. 42 - Books That Bring Back Childhood Bliss with Diane Neu 4-22-20

    Ep. 42 - Books That Bring Back Childhood Bliss with Diane Neu 4-22-20

    Are you nostalgic about a book you read as a kid? What book from your childhood remains vivid in your mind? Our guest today, Diane Neu, hosts a podcast that explores that very question. The podcast titled Shaped by Stories features one avid reader each episode who talks about the book from their childhood or early adolescence that made the biggest impact on them and why. Diane had been a podcast fan for many years; in fact she’s been a podcast listener since almost the beginning of podcasts 12 years ago. But some changes in her own life convinced her there was no time like the present to start her own.
    Diane talks to us about her very favorite spot to read when she was a child in small town Idaho, why she loves Jane Austen like no other, why reading children’s books as an adult is an important exercise, and how producing a podcast helped her find her special brand of “people” when she needed it most.
    Books mentioned in this episode:1- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery2- Betsy In Spite of Herself by Maud Hart Lovelace3- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith4- Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell5- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott6- No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman7- Neverworld Wake by Marrisha Pessl8- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen9- The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman10- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde11- Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan12- Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers13- Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani14- Emma by Jane Austen15- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling16- From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
    You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com
    Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

    • 58 min

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