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Book Squad Podcast 016: Hope in the Dark

Book Squad Podcast 016:

TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

  • The LPL staff Best of 2017 list is here! Check it out!
  • Book Riot’s 2018 Read Harder Challenge is live! Some sample categories:
    • A comic written and illustrated by the same person
    • A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
    • A book with a cover you hate (Ughhh. WHY.)
    • A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  • Book Squad Goals 2018 is coming soon! If you need any recommendations for any challenge items in ANY challenge, let us know!  :D
  • LibraryReads Best of the Best list and January lists are out now

Two Book Minimum:

  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Narrative nonfiction that will draw you and and keep you reading, if you don’t mind reading while mad.)
  • Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard (slim volume that would make a GREAT gift – it’s based on two lectures Mary Beard delivered in 2014 and 2017.)

She Said / She Said: Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (2004, repub 2016)

Hope in the Dark was written (in 2004) to counter the despair of radicals at a moment when they were focused on their losses and had turned their back to the victories behind them–and the unimaginable changes soon to come. In it, she makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable.

Some favorite quotes:

“Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes–you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and knowable, a alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what is may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.”

“Joy doesn’t betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated, and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection.”

“Cause-and-effect assumes history marches forward, but history is not an army. It is a crab scuttling sideways, a drip of soft water wearing away stone, an earthquake breaking centuries of tension.”

What we’re up to // Library news:

LPL is closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1 – stock up, and/or use our digital resources! 

 Winter Reading Bingo is here!

If you need last minute bookish gift ideas, remember to listen to our last episode


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

Book Squad Podcast 015: Holiday Gift-Giving Cornucopia Extravaganza!

We took a break from our usual format to bring you this special episode FULL of gift book recommendations (or just things you might want to gift yourself!)

Listen to the latest episode:

From Kate:

Books for travelers— 36 Hours in USA and Canada: NYC, East Coast, West Coast, etc. (Browse the whole New York Times series here)

Cookbooks for 90s lovers—

Books for word nerds—

Young Feminist Starter Pack—

Even Younger Feminist Starter Pack

Woke Starter Pack

Gifts for your weird friend

 

From Polli:

Books that felt like Gifts this year

Books for regular nerds

Food and Book Pairings

New Year Resolution: Do more Yoga

Book for when the worlds has gotten you down Anything by Mr. Rogers Or Jim Henson. The World According to Mr. Rogers. And It’s not Easy Being Green Just Plain Awesome:

Happy reading and buying! Remember to go local whenever possible! Coming soon at LPL: Winter Reading Bingo!


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck. You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

Book Squad Podcast 014: Better Living Through Dystopia

TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:


 

Bookish News:


Two Book Minimum:

 

She Said/She Said: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (2014) 

Here’s the book jacket description which we may or may not totally agree with:

When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth’s population–killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant–the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power–and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men’s clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she’ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.

This book is, if not enjoyable, very worthwhile to read. Polly likens it to if “The Parable of the Sower and Station Eleven. Like, if they had a baby. And then put that baby in a Walking Dead onesie.”

Great book club discussion – check out the book club bag!

The Reddit AMA with the author was also a great read, but there are some spoilers!

What are we up to this week? 

Coming soon: Winter Reading Bingo!


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

The librarians are in! Tune in for Kate and Polli’s favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, and updates from Lawrence Public Library and beyond.


Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

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Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist

Book Squad Podcast 013: The Dilemma! The Art vs. The Artist 

TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

 

We skipped bookish news in order to bring you a (slightly) short(er) episode!

Two Book Minimum:

Note: what Kate meant was omniscient, not omnipresent.

om·nis·cient:

ämˈnisēənt,ämˈniSHənt/

adjective

1.  knowing everything.
“the story is told by an omniscient narrator”

 

She Said/She Said: THE DILEMMA. 

Can a work of art be separated from the artist? Kate and Polli have feelz.

Some notes:

“The Dilemma” — Polli’s brill blog post

“The ‘Product of Its Time’ Defense: No Excuse for Sexism and Racism” by Noah Berlatsky in The Atlantic (2014)

Are these books with problematic authors canon because they’re essentially better? Or do we perpetuate the canonization by continually reading/teaching them? Could they die out if we chose not to? OR NOT. IDK.

 

What are we up to this week? 

Polli:

Kate:

  • First BLACK Lawrence art exhibit (10/27) – check out the FB event for more details and stay tuned for upcoming events!
  • FINALLY SAW GET OUT. OMG, WATCH IT! :P
    • Movie night! 3rd Weds at Franks North Star Tavern -  7pm and 9pm (with free popcorn from Liberty Hall!) Check their Facebook page and watch for details on the 11/15 showings!
  • And? Also my birfday. (11/3)

ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th - there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to douglascountyks.org and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT

 


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Episode 12: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

NEW! Book Squad Podcast 012:
The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

“Hear our takes on this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.”

The librarians are in! Tune in for Kate and Polli’s favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, and updates from Lawrence Public Library and beyond.


Grab your earbuds, settle in, and press the red PLAY button to listen:

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Book Squad Podcast 012: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

Book Squad Podcast 012: The One Where We (Finally) Disagree

 TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

The 2017 National Book Award shortlist for Fiction

Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel prize in literature!

Sisters in Crime an organization whose stated mission is “to promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers”—turns 30 this year!


Two Book Minimum:

Bonus books:

What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long
Douglas Adams – readalike for The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Off Base by Tessa Bailey (note: read in private! Or not…)
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – readalike for Like Water for Chocolate

 

She Said/She Said: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr (2014)

We are actually disagreeing for once! Hear our takes on this Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France.

Readalikes for All the Light

Also, Polli mentioned the movie Amelie in connection to this book (the interconnectedness of everyday lives, beautiful french settings, etc.) and, since it’s one of our shared faves, here’s a video :

Upcoming Events:

FRI OCT 20 @7PM Mic Supremacy #2 at Raven Bookstore: “Mic Supremacy is a POC led and centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community.”

SUN Oct 29 @2PM“Pure Imagination – Music from the Movies” — Jayhawk Harp Ensemble coming to play music from beloved movies like Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, etc. in the library Auditorium

We’ll mention this again next time, but ELECTION DAY is Tues, Nov 7th – there’s now an option to sign up for text or email updates to act as reminders in upcoming elections. Go to douglascountyks.org and find Voting & Elections under Popular Services. GO VOTE, IT’S IMPORTANT

 


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio. Our theme song is by Heidi Lynne Gluck.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

Book Squad Podcast 011: Hist Fic AND Books That Hurt Yer Guts

TWICE a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

The long lists for the 2017 National Book Award are coming out this week!

The Man Booker Prize short list has also been revealed:

Two Book Minimum:

Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay (2017)
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent (2017)
Dying by Cory Taylor (2017)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (2009 / trans. 2013)

Instead of She Said/She Said, this episode addresses the wide world of HISTORICAL FICTION:

Definitions of Historical Fiction vary, sometimes being described as “a story that is set at least a generation (25 years) prior to when it was written” (League of Extraordinary Librarians). We have also seen it defined that the novel must be set before the author was born, and others claim that anything older than 50 years counts!

Here are some examples of Historical Fiction types and some novels that fall within these categories:

African American Historical FictionHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi & Grace by Natashia Deon
Biblical FictionThe Red Tent by Anita Diamant & Cain by Jose Saramago
Classic Historical FictionRoots by Alex Haley & The Other Boleyn Girl by Gregory
Dear Diary - Bright Edge of the World by Eowen Ivey & Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
Discovery and Exploration in FictionEuphoria by Lily King
Family SagasBefore we visit the goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni & We Are not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
Historical WomenJam on the Vine by LaShonda K Barnett, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

…LOTS more can be found by using your library card to log in at NoveList!

Upcoming Events:

  • Ian from the Info Services team at LPL has started Doc Discussions, a documentary watching club! The inaugural event is Saturday, Sept 16th (events will take place on the 3rd Saturday of each month) — Details here!
  • Banned Book Trading Cards are coming! Our guest presenter will be… Zora Neale Hurston! Performed by Dr. Carmaletta Williams, a retired professor of English & African American Studies, AND an Emmy-winning performer. Dr. Williams has been working on the upcoming Langston Hughes documentary, I, Too, Sing America.The Banned Book Trading Cards reveal is at 5pm on Friday, Sept. 22nd in the LPL Auditorium

 


This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.
You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Book Squad Podcast 010: The Intestinal Issue? Also, Zora Neale Hurston!

Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, and beyond. Listen to the latest episode:

Bookish News:

HUGO Awards — women kicked butt!
N.K. Jemisin is the second woman to win two years in a row in a quarter century!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and The Hate U Give are being made into movies. Find out more info here.

 

Two Book Minimum:

Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard (2017)
Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)
Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw (2017)
Uptown Thief by Aya De Leon (2016) from the Justice Hustlers series

bonus: Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (2012)


She Said/She Said: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

In honor of the upcoming KU Black Love Symposium, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of Their Eyes Were Watching God, we wanted to join in on the excitement and discuss this beautiful classic!

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a 1937 novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale Hurston. The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford’s “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.”[NEA] As a young woman, who is fair-skinned with long hair, she expects more out of life, but comes to realize she has to find out about life ‘fuh theyselves’ (for herself), just as people can only go-to-God for themselves. Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African-American literature and women’s literature. TIME included the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. [More info]


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This episode was produced by Jim Barnes in the Sound & Vision studio.

You can find the Book Squad Podcast on iTunesStitcher, or SoundCloud. Please subscribe and leave us comments – we’d love to know what you think, and your comments make it easier for other people to find our podcast. Happy reading and listening! xo, Polli & Kate

Words in Your Ears

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Once a month, the librarians are in, with their favorite recommendations in Two Book Minimum, a toe-to-toe discussion on a book or topic in She Said/She Said, as well as news from the book world, updates from Lawrence Public Library, Audio Reader programs, and beyond.

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