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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 
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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci Thomas for lively discussions about books and the ways they have shaped their lives, and they way we all understand culture, race, politics, and more. The last Wednesday of each month Traci and guest will break down a book in detail as part of The Stacks Book Club. 
Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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    Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

    Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

    Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Nella Larsen's 1929 classic novel Passing. We're joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House' All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920's. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.
    There are spoilers on this episode.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/26/ep-200-passing
    Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our February Book Club pick will be.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James

    Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James

    Today we're joined by Kendra James; writer, podcast producer, and editor, to discuss her debut book, Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School. We talk about Kendra's experiences as the first African American legacy student at the Taft School in Connecticut, the ways she came to terms with the racism she experienced, and who she is writing for. We also talk pettiness, writing in the bathroom, and figure skating.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/19/ep-199-kendra-james
    The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds

    Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds

    This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book, Ain't Burned all the Bright, a collaboration with his friend, artist, Jason Griffin. We talk today about creativity in 2020, working with collaborators, and our understandings and experiences around grief. You can hear Jason's first appearances on The Stacks here and here.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/12/ep-198-jason-reynolds
    The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 197 All Ways Black, Always with Cree Myles

    Ep. 197 All Ways Black, Always with Cree Myles

    Today we're joined by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random Houses' All Ways Black, a platform that is focused on uplifting and centering the work of Black authors. We talk today about the competitive drive that keeps us motivated, balancing personal identity and reading choices, and the vibe we expect to find in heaven.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/05/ep-197-cree-myles
    The Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib -- The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)

    Ep. 196 A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib -- The Stacks Book Club (Andrew Ti)

    It's time for our final episode of The Stacks Book Club of the year, and we're taking on a favorite book of the year, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib. We are joined again by podcaster and TV writer Andrew Ti for this conversation which touches on cancel culture, Black cultural stereotypes, the skillful writing of the book, and so much more.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/29/ep-196-a-little-devil-in-america
    Stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our January 2022 Book Club pick will be.
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep. 195 The Best Books of 2021 with Lupita Aquino and Morgan Hoit

    Ep. 195 The Best Books of 2021 with Lupita Aquino and Morgan Hoit

    It's time for The Stacks' annual Best Books of 2021 episode. To help put together this list, we're joined by professional readers Lupita Aquino (@lupita.reads) and Morgan Hoit (@nycbookgirl). In addition to sharing our top 10 books of the year, we also discuss the trends we saw in 2021, reading for work, and the books we're excited about in 2022.
    You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2021/12/22/ep-195-best-books-of-2021
    The Stacks Book Club selection for December is A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib, we will discuss the book on December 29th with Andrew Ti.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

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Bricky bratt ,

Traci is a fantastic interviewer

The podcast episodes just keep getting better as Traci continues to get better and better with her questions and conversations. She has the best guests on the show. I’m always so immersed in the dialogue that flows seamlessly from start to end. Traci is truly gifted! I love listening to this on my daily walks. It’s my Wednesday routine. Thanks Traci for producing such a quality podcast for us bookish folks. I know it’s truly a labor of love and I definitely don’t take it for granted.

lbernholz ,

Refreshing book pod

I listen to a lot of book podcasts and The Stacks is one of the best. Great mix of titles, and the host always asks at least one question that gets at the quirky, deep, or unexpected.

@b.isforbooks ,

Amazing podcast!

I don’t get a whole lot of time to listen to podcasts, but every episode I’ve listened to is great. Traci thoughtfully chooses books and guests to create powerful and entertaining conversations. Her content on Instagram is equally wonderful! Must listen if you are a book lover!

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