Professional Book Nerds

Professional Book Nerds

We're not just book nerds. We're professional book nerds! We are staff librarians who work at OverDrive, the leading app for eBooks and audiobooks from public libraries and schools. It's our job to discuss books all day long so we thought, "Why not share the conversation!" Hear about the best books we've read, get recommendations, and learn about the hottest books coming out that we can't wait to dive into. Titles discussed are available to borrow through public libraries. Get started reading at overdrive.com and subscribe to our podcast today!... Show More

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August 5, 2020 50 min
Ep. # 468 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill offer up book recommendations for another task in the Professional Book Nerds 2020 Reading Challenge. This time, we're looking at books published between 2000 and 2010. Books mentioned in this episode The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Andy Catlett by Wendell Berry The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead The Thirteenth Tale by Dian...
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In today's episode, Jill is joined by Emily Levesque to talk about her new book The Last Stargazers. Emily talks about her experiences working in the astronomy field, some of her favorite stories from her and her colleagues careers, and that incredible photo of a black hole. Today's episode is sponsored by Literati. Visit http://www.literati.com/probooknerds to save 25% on your first two orders.
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Playwright and novelist Tim Mason joins Jill and Adam to discuss The Darwin Affair, his historical fiction mystery novel set in London. They also discuss his life as a playwright, his inspirations, and working with Dr. Seuss. About the Big Library Read Big Library Read (BLR), facilitated by OverDrive, is a reading program through your library that connects readers around the world with the same ebook at the same time without any w...
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Ep. #466 - On today's episode, we're diving into the new book releases we're excited for in August! There are incredible titles coming in all genres and we had a blast breaking them all down. Books mentioned in this episode Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Post...
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Ep. #465 - In today's episode, Jill is joined by author Alisson Wood to talk about her new memoir Being Lolita. Alisson's book is the powerful and personal story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was groomed by an English teacher at her high school who used the book Lolita to transform Alisson from student to lover to victim. But Alisson's book is also a memoir of survival that looks at the ways she rewrote her own story...
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Ep. #464 - Last week, we held a special social justice event via Zoom with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal, the New York Times bestselling co-authors of I'm Not Dying With You Tonight. We wanted to make sure as many people as possible could listen in so we decided to release the full conversation and Q&A here as well. We discuss what's going on in the world related to the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19, having ...
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Ep. #463 - On today's episode, Adam interviews debut author Alexis Henderson about her buzzy new book The Year of the Witching. They discuss how horror novels and movies help her deal with her anxiety, portraying witches in various mediums, and the line between extreme religions and cults. Today's episode is sponsored by Freshly. Visit http://freshly.com/probooknerds to get $40 off your first two orders.
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Ep. #462 - Jill is joined by her friends Kate and Lauryn from the Generation BSC podcast to talk all things Baby-Sitters Club! From the beloved books they all grew up reading to the recent Netflix television adaptation, the women discuss why the books are still cherished so many years later, which of the BSC members they most identify with, and more. Follow Generation BSC on Twitter and Instagram @generationbsc and find them o...
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Ep. #461 - On today's episode, Adam sits down with bestselling author David Nicholls about his new novel Sweet Sorrow. They also discuss the difference between screen writing and writing novels, what he prefers, and his love for Shakespeare, and writing about nostalgia. Register to join our Social Justice online event with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal: https://company.overdrive.com/2020/07/09/register-for-our-virtual-social-j...
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Ep. #460 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share some of their favorite musicals and book recommendations based off those productions. Yes, it's obviously based off of Hamilton being out last weekend. Register to join our Social Justice Zoom event with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal - https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GAPg11U0SMq6kz9iKqOgkA Buy a PBN t-shirt and support libraries - https://stores.inksoft.com...
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Ep: #459 - On today's episode, Adam interview debut author Kalynn Bayron about her new young adult dark fantasy, Cinderella is Dead. Kalynn wrote this story because, as a BIPOC author, she never saw characters who looked like herself in the tales she adored growing up and wrote a new narrative. They also discuss how music and theater inspire her, living life in a military family, and Hamilton, obviously.
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Ep. #458 - On today's episode, Andrea and Abbey return to join the nerds for a classic virtual book recommendation smorgasbord. The group dishes out a surprisingly amount of Jack the Ripper suggestions but also several thrillers, some historical fiction, and a few apocalypse-y books. Want a Professional Book Nerds t-shirt or some Libby apparel? Check out shop.overdrive.com! Books mentioned in this episode Stalking Jack the Rip...
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June 28, 2020 45 min
Ep. #457 - On today's episode, Adam and Jill are joined by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Connie Schultz to talk about her debut novel, The Daughters of Erietown. They discuss Connie's inspiration for the book, working class America in the 1960s and now, and the state of journalism in 2020.
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Ep. #456 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share the books they're most excited about reading that are coming out in July. They also talk about OverDrive's new Black Lives Matter Community Read program. There are so many exceptional books coming our way in July. Keep supporting diverse voices and BIPOC authors, and keep lending your voice to those in your community that need it. Read about the BLM Community Read prog...
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Ep. #455 - On today's episode, Adam has a Zoom chat with Gene Luen Yang, Alex Sanchez, and Laurie Halse Anderson about their new comics and graphic novels from DC Comics. Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson Each of these stories focuses on important topics like racism, child trafficking, and American idealism, as well as a co...
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Ep. #454 - Today's episode is sponsored by Candlewick Press and all about their wonderful Camp Candlewick titles. These make a perfect reading list for students of all ages this summer. We open the podcast discussing some additional important collections being made available by OverDrive see the link below:   OverDrive Blog to learn more about the COVID response collections and the new Black Lives Matter Community Read program:...
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Ep. #453 - On today's episode, Adam chats with Robyn Schneider about her life as a writer, the journey she took from writing to the medical field, and back to science, and so much more. They discuss writing stories in the aftermath of tragedy, how their college experiences shaped their adulthood, writing sexually diverse stories, and so much more. Her new book, You Don't Live Here, is beyond moving and a must-read.  We'...
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June 10, 2020 26 min
Ep. #452- On today's episode, Jill and Adam are celebrating #PRIDE Month by highlighting some wonderful books by Trans authors. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary identities are valid. These authors deserve your attention not just in June but all year long.  For more information about how you can support LGBTQ members of your community and beyond visit The Trevor Project.   Books mentioned on today's...
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Ep. #451 - On today's episode, Janet Skeslien Charles sits down with Adam to discuss her new book The Paris Library. This astonishing true story is set in World War II France and the American Library in Paris. Literature has long brought people together and this book shows how words on pages are so much more than just stories to entertain and inform. Sometimes, they also help save us. 
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June 3, 2020 37 min
Ep. #450 - On today's episode, Jill and Adam share a list of antiracism books written by black authors. These books are meant to inform and educate readers about the ongoing experience of Black Americans including racial profiling, police brutality, abuse, and more.  *Note: The titles selected lean more in the adult and young adult levels. If you're looking for titles more appropriate for young children, email us at profes...
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