The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.... Show More

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July 3, 2020 48 min
The author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Homesick for Another World and Eileen, joins Books & Books' events coordinator, Cristina Nosti, for a virtual conversation on bookstores, craft, isolation, film, humor, art, love and death. Moshfegh talks in-depth and reads from her latest novel of haunting, metaphysical suspense, Death in Her Hands, about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on ...
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“It was a very interesting experience for me writing in the first-person. So I put on a blonde wig and a pantsuit every morning for three years…I actually mean that metaphorically,” Curtis Sittenfeld. On this episode, Curtis talks with Mitchell about RODHAM, her all too real, alternate biography of Hillary Clinton. Recorded in Minneapolis and Miami. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio...
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Bum-Bum, Elephant, Hot Sausage, and Sportcoat. Just a few of the characters created by the brilliant mind of James McBride, for his latest novel, Deacon King Kong. A soulful conversation with Mitchell Kaplan, with a little jazz piano on the side, courtesy of McBride. Yes, he is also an accomplished musician. Recorded in Miami and New Jersey. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub RadioA beauti...
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When Megha Majumdar began writing her debut novel, A BURNING, her “question for the book was, how do people still dream, make jokes and strive, even in conditions of great oppression?” Majumdar joins Mitchell Kaplan for a deeply introspective conversation. Recorded in Miami and Brooklyn. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Vi...
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Accused of a crime he says he did not commit, Albert Woodfox endured years of brutal beatings and racial taunting by prison guards. Locked down in a cell, 9 ft. long and 6 ft. wide, Woodfox endured 43 years in solitary confinement. During the most devastating weeks in this country’s history, we revisit his story of survival. Recorded at Books&Books in Coral Gables, Florida, on May 17, 2019. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carme...
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Hidden Valley Road is journalist and author Robert Kolker’s riveting account of the Galvin family, with 12 children, six of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Kolker shares their heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful story, with Mitchell Kaplan. Recorded in Miami and Brooklyn. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit me...
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May 22, 2020 29 min
James Mustich, book-seller, editor and writer, on his “must-read guide to must-reads.” Mustich talks with Mitchell Kaplan about curating his classic, 1,000 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU DIE, and how the list continues to grow every day. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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After practicing law for nearly 10 years, John Grisham, turned to writing, inspired by a testimony he overheard. Grisham has since sold more than 300-million books. On this episode he talks with Mitchell Kaplan about his latest murder mystery, CAMINO WINDS. Recorded virtually in Florida and Virginia.  Host: Mitchell Kaplan  Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Justin Alvarez, Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about ...
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Investigative journalist Gerald Posner talks about the DNA of the pharmaceutical industry and how finding a vaccine or treatment can rescue its since tarnished reputation. His new book is PHARMA: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. Recorded virtually in Miami, Florida.  Host: Mitchell Kaplan  Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...
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“The book stays with somebody in a way that not a lot of narratives do. Afterlife could be about this time, as well.” Beloved Dominican author, Julia Alvarez takes about her first novel in 14 years. Livestreamed between South Florida and Vermont. Host: Mitchell Kaplan  Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Lit Hub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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On this episode Nick Flynn talks with Mitchell about his new book, Stay: threads, conversations, collaborations, a mixed-media retrospective and self-portrait through's collaborations over the years, including photographer Amy Arbus, actor Robert De Niro, filmmaker Paul Weitz, and artists John Baldessari and Marilyn Minter. This is episode was livestreamed between Miami and outside New York City. Host: Mitchell Kaplan  Produce...
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“The ocean is losing its ability to feed the animals that live in it. This is the scariest thing I’ve ever learned,” author and journalist Mark Kurlansky. On this episode he talks with Mitchell about the impact of climate change on food supplies and sea life. Kurlansky is currently social distancing with his family in New York City. His new book is SALMON: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate. This is episode was...
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We can all use some Dave Barry humor these days. Good friends Mitchell and Dave talk about the turbulent eighties Miami, his days as a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and the time Bruce Springsteen played in Dave’s band, with Dave’s guitar. And it’s all quite humorous. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Lithub Radio https://booksandbooks.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Eric Nuzum “is the leading expert in audio, podcasting, radio and spoken word entertainment. He brought programs like NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Snap Judgment and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! into the world of podcasts.” On this episode, he talks about how his love of radio led to his role in the history of podcasts, and his new book, Make Noise. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Lithub Radio https://booksandb...
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On this episode of The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan, novelist, comic book writer, and podcaster Alex Segura, talks about the role his mom played in his love of comics, the final chapter of the Pete Fernandez series, Star Wars and the just-released Archie Meets B-52’s. An amusing conversation with this very creative writer. Recorded at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Ed...
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Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign mastermind, David Plouffe, shares his advice on how to defend against misinformation online, creating and spreading content, and motivating all citizens to get out and vote on November 3, 2020. His new books: A Citizen’s Guide to Beating Donald Trump and Ripples of Hope, a middle-grade nonfiction project about the United States' election process. This episode of The Literary Life with Mitchell Kapl...
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Vanity Fair special correspondent and author, Amy Fine Collins, talks about her fascinating life as a writer, model and muse to many designers, most notably Geoffrey Beene. Her new book, The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Guide, is “the ultimate source for fashion mavens, Instagram followers and celebrity worshipers.” Much fashion history in this episode of The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan. Recorded at Books &a...
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In The Resisters, the dystopian future is all too real. Author Gish Jen talks about growing up as the daughter of Chinese immigrants, her Ivy League education, life as a writer, and how becoming an empty nester gave her the space to research and write her acclaimed novel. The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan was recorded at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida.   Host: Mitchell Kaplan Producer: Carmen Lucas Editor: Lithub R...
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Craig Pittman: “The original inhabitants of Florida regarded panthers…they thought they were the *cat of god.* The settlers were petrified of them and shot them on site. Things started to turn around in 1981, Florida school children picked the panther as our official state animal. By 1995 they were virtually extinct.” Pittman talks about his new book, Cat Tale and the unprecedented scientific experiment that succeeded in saving the...
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In Why We Can’t Sleep, one of the women interviewed by Ada Calhoun is called Florida Girl. “She basically told me my favorite quote in the whole book. She was talking about how it’s terrible, all these things you’re dealing with at this stage of life…Divorce, money stuff, health. It’s all terrible but she started to see it as “terrible fun.” And I just loved that expression.” Ada shares her fascinating life stories with Mitchell Ka...
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