Episode 115 - Author Spotlight with Hank Phillippi Ryan and our 2020 Holiday Gift Ideas


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Episode One Hundred Fifteen Show Notes
KEY: CW = Chris Wolak and EF = Emily Fine
– Currently Reading –
Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth) (CW)(audio)
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America – Ijeoma Oluo (CW)
Eat a Peach – David Chang (EF)(audio)
My Brilliant Life – Ae-ran Kim (translated by Chi-Young Kim) (EF) release date 1/21/21
– Just Read –
Everything is Under Control: A Memoir with Recipes – Phyllis Grant (EF)
The Boy in the Field – Margot Livesey (EF)
Chris read three short stories:
The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington – P. Djèlí Clark
From SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire edited by Nicole Givens Kurtz: Desicant by Craig Laurance Gidny
Roman Fever by Edith Wharton

– Biblio (Couch) Adventures –
Emily attended a virtual event with Alice Hoffman in conversation with Ann Leary via Powell’s Books about her new book Magic Lessons.
We attended the virtual Hachette Book Club Brunch.
The fiction panel was moderated by Bill Goldstein and included:
Emma Donoghue author of Pull of the Stars
Attica Locke author of Heaven, My Home
Natasha Lester author of The Paris Secret
The nonfiction was moderated by Roxanne Coady panel included:
Ijeoma Oluo author of So You Want to Talk About Race
Jennifer Palmieri author of She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World
Leslie Gray Streeter author of Black Widow: A Sad-Funny Journey Through Grief for People Who Normally Avoid Books with Words Like Journey in the Title
The bookclub portion included Michael Farris Smith, author of Nick, in conversation with his editor Josh Kendall.

The Book Cougars were guests on the Reading Envy podcast Episode 202
– Upcoming Jaunts –
Chris is planning to attend the virtual mystery event, CrimeConn Express, sponsored by Mystery Writers of America New York and Connecticut Chapters and Ferguson Library. You can sign up for the event here.

Emily has signed up for an event at Politics & Prose with Dan Rather on October 30 at 6pm EST in conversation with Jennifer Steinhauer about his book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism. You can sign up for the free event here.
– Upcoming Reads –
Leave the World Behind – Rumaan Alam (EF)(audio)
Cardiff by the Sea: Four Novellas of Suspense – Joyce Carol Oates (CW)
– 2020 Holiday Gift Ideas –
· Libro.fm audiobook platform
Follow this link for the 3, 6, or 12 month membership
Follow this link for the monthly membership
· Frame a favorite book cover(s)
· Book themed masks. Check out Out of Print, McClean & Eakin, Etsy.
· Painted House Brick with book theme
· Shuly Cawood’s books on SALE
· Leather Book Weight. Check one out here.
· Donations and GoFundMe Campaigns. You can donate in someone else’s name. Examples: BINC Foundation and Emily Dickinson Museum.
· Photo Travel Mug
· Personalized Book Club Book with book covers from your time together as a group.
· Apple Airpods
· Bookplates. You can purchase them here.
– Our Interview with Karen Gardner –
Owner of Bookplate Ink
– Author Spotlight with Hank Phillippi Ryan –
Check out Hank’s website here.
– 15th Readalong discussion –
Celestial Bodies – Jokha Alharthi (translated by Marilyn Booth)
The discussion will drop on November 10th via Episode 116, please get questions/comments to us by November 5th.
The Goodreads discussion thread can be found HERE.

– Also Mentioned –
Hotel on the Corner of Bittersweet – Jamie Ford
Phyllis Grant blog
Julie & Julia movie
Room – Emily Donoghue
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Promised Land – Barack Obama
Nancy Drew – Carolyn Keene
Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
Agatha Christie
Ngaio Marsh
Josephine Tey
Dorothy L. Sayers
Margery Allingham
Edith Wharton
Hunter S. Thompson
Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe
Sisters in Crime
Sara Paretsky
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