This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Jonathan Ames, author of A Man Named Doll, which is published by our friends at Mulholland Books.  Topics of discussion include eating fish with Veganaise, sadistic-daddy books with a military angle, the difference in writing a novel versus writing for television, police-related violence, payphones, drugs, deep Googling, and much more.  Copies of A Man Named Doll can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING for members of Readers Club+.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Kristen Arnett, author of With Teeth, which is published by our friends at Riverhead Books.  Topics of discussion include parenting with a sense of helplessness, othering, being a queer and out parent in Florida, PE clothes that smell like dead feet, Walt Disney World, hearing your favorite music on insurance commercials, and much more.  Copies of With Teeth can be purchased here with FREE SHIPPING for members of Readers Club+.   

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, and most recently, The Committed, which is published by our friends at Grove Press.  Topics of discussion include what it means to be American in 2021, mutants, Hollywood propaganda and Vietnam, how America is like Coca-Cola, tie-dyed t-shirts, whether belief in Capitalism or Communism necessitates extremism, blood oaths, colonization, and much more.  Copies of The Committed can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING for members of Readers Club+

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by PEN New England and Story Prize-winning author Jim Shepard, who discusses his newest book Phase Six, which is published by our friends at Alfred A. Knopf.  Topics of discussion include pandemic novels, environmental catastrophes, why we don't listen to scientists, John Snow, and much more.  Copies of Phase Six can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING for members of Readers Club+.

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Ian Manuel, author of My Time Will Come: A Memoir of Crime, Punishment, Hope, and Redemption, which is published by our friends at Pantheon Books.  Topics of discussion include Just Mercy, the criminal justice system, solitary confinement, forgiveness, the redemptive power of poetry, how Maya Angelou is like Eminem, whether children should be sentenced to life in prison, and much more.  Signed copies of My Time Will Come can be ordered here (while supplies last).

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Booker Prize nominee Avni Doshi, who discusses her novel Burnt Sugar, which is published by our friends at The Overlook Press.  Topics of discussion include great first lines, memory loss, thriftiness, what makes a person who they are, when televisions conspire against us, and much more.  Copies of Burnt Sugar can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING for members of Readers Club+.    

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Kate Messner, author of Sloth Wasn't Sleepy, which is published by our friends at Sounds True.  Topics of discussion include school visits in the COVID-era, why there are so many children books about sleeping, sloths, anxiety, meditation, adult response to children's books, and much more!  Copies of Sloth Wasn't Sleepy are available here with FREE SHIPPING.  

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Salamishah Tillet, author of In Search of the Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece, which is published by our friends at Abrams Press.  Topics of conversation include Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker as the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1983 (and who should have won it before in the preceding years), Boonville, California, how perceptions of our favorite books change over time, whether or not you should meet your heroes, and much more.  Copies of In Search of the Color Purple can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING.

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Clover Hope, author of The Motherlode: 100+ Women Who Made Hip-Hop, which is published by our friends at Abrams Image.  Topics of conversation include whether labeling someone a "female rapper" is problematic, Yo MTV Raps, Debbie Harry, how Yo-Yo is like Alice Walker, Salt-N-Pepa vs. DJ Spinderella II, the sophomore slump, Nicki Minaj, Little Simz, and much more.  Copies of The Motherlode can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING.

This week, host Jason Jefferies is joined by Sesshu Foster and Arturo Ernesto Romo, authors of ELADATL: A History of the East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines, which is published by our friends at City Lights Books.  Topics of conversation include writing poetry vs. writing prose, City Lights Books, art installations, pirate radio, Area 51, chickens, krakens, and much more.  Copies of ELADATL can be ordered here with FREE SHIPPING.

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