This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Timothy C. Baker, author of Reading My Mother Back: A Memoir in Childhood Animal Stories, which is published by our friends at Goldsmiths Press.  Topics of conversation include Babar the elephant, Baltimore, Ronald Reagan, animal industries, Frog & Toad, The Lord of the Rings vs. Chronicles of NarniaWatership Down, and much more.  Copies of Reading My Mother Back can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies welcomes Victoria Shepherd, author of A History of Delusions: The Glass King, a Substitute Husband, and a Walking Corpse, which is published by our friends at Oneworld.  Topics of discussion include the difference between a fairy tale and a delusion, QAnon, paranoid schizophrenia, the connection between Fyodor Dostoevsky and Edgar Allen Poe, melancholy, the idea that one's body may be made of glass, and much more.  Copies of A History of Delusions can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Lara Williams, author of The Odyssey, which is published by our friends at Zando Projects.  Topics of discussion include The Odyssey as a title, wabi sabi, cruise ships, David Foster Wallace, boredom/inertia, oblivion, infantilization, scientology, designing your own money, shopping malls, and much more.  Copies of The Odyssey can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Christy Alexander Hallberg, author of Searching for Jimmy Page, which is published by our friends at Livingston Press.  Topics of discussion include Led Zeppelin as a rite of passage, Four Sticks, omens, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant's sandwich, Hammer of the Gods, Liv Tyler, and much more.  Copies of Searching for Jimmy Page can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers!

September 5, 2022

200–Bookin’ w/ John Kessel

Welcome to Bookin's 200th Episode!  Host Jason Jefferies is joined by legendary award-winning author John Kessel, who discusses his newest collection The Dark Ride: The Best Short Fiction of John Kessel, which is published by our friends at Subterranean Press.  Topics of discussion includes the literary scene in North Carolina, Kim Stanley Robinson, birth, education, genre writing vs. non-genre writing, the current state of science-fiction, gatekeeping in the sci-fi community, and much more.  Copies of The Dark Ride can be purchased here from Explore Booksellers.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Internationally bestselling author Corban Addison, who discusses his new book Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country On Trial, which is published by our friends at Alfred A. Knopf.  Topics of discussion include John Grisham, narrative non-fiction, the silencing of Smithfield Food's employees and lawyers, what is wrong with NC politicians, hog growers as "family farmers", community activists vs. environmental extremists, Mona Lisa Wallace, eating bacon, and much more.  Copies of Wastelands can be purchased here from Explore Booksellers!

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Peter C. Baker, author of Planes, which is published by our friends at Alfred A. Knopf.  Topics of conversation include shops with regulars, cooking for pleasure vs. cooking by necessity, compulsive gossip, people who are overwhelmed by surprises, redactions, whether a coffee habit is a path to financial ruin, and much more.  Copies of Planes can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers, Aspen's trusted community bookstore.   

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Ruthanna Emrys, author of A Half-Built Garden, which is published by our friends at Tor.com.  Topics of conversation include unsolicited advice, climate catastrophe, first-contact scenarios, alien races the look like spiders, children, diplomatic relations, the influence of media on human development, space colonization, and much more.  Copies of A Half-Built Garden can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers!  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Booker Prize finalist Steve Toltz, author of Here Goes Nothing, which is published by our friends at Melville House.  Topics of conversation include worrying about other people's perceptions, the desire to be invisible, vegetarians who eat fish, the afterlife, fake smiles, newlyweds, Satanists, and much more.  Copies of Here Goes Nothing can be ordered here from Explore Booksellers!  THIS PODCAST FEATURES EXPLICIT CONTENT.

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Gabino Iglesias, author of The Devil Takes You Home, which is published by our friends at Mulholland Books.  Topics of conversation include Austin murderous tendencies, what an accent signals in media, waking dreams vs. daydreams, patience, genre fiction vs. literary fiction, cartels, El Paso/Ciudad Juárez, Cormac McCarthy, violence, and much more.  Copies of The Devil Takes You Home can be purchased here from Explore Booksellers.  

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