In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with historian, Christopher Hull, about his new book Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Green's Cold War Novel. Although he's obviously best known for his many wonderful novels (and screenplays), Greene spent most of his adult life working for Great Britain's secret service. He was an adventurer, and a bit of rogue, and in many ways his work in the world of espionage met a deep-seated psychological need. In this episode, David and Dr. Hull cover this back-story (and much more).Be sure to find Our Man Down in Havana wherever you love to buy books -- and be on the lookout for the brand new audio book, out now.Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
On the Work of the Regional Novelist, with David Joy
In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with novelist David Joy about what it's like to be a regional novelist and whether that was something he set out to be when he first started writing fiction. They discuss the authors that influenced his work, how his neighbors have responded to his novels, and much more. Remember: subscribe, rate, review!
Callie Feyen on Teaching Shakespeare
In this episode of Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed, David chats with author and teacher Callie Feyen about her book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo and Juliet, in which she contemplates her time teaching Shakespeare to a group of students who didn't seem ready for it. They discuss her classroom strategies, her own love of Shakespeare, her love of libraries, and much, much more.
The Summer Reading Episode
Join David Kern and guest Levi Stahl (marketing director for University of Chicago Press and a wonderful books-based Twitter follow) for a conversation about some great summer reads. They start by chatting about what makes for a good summer read, then dive in to their own lists.Here are some of the books discussed on this show: A Month in the Country, by J. L. CarrNovels and stories by Craig RiceDorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series, Lymond Chronicles, and King HereafterThe Canterbury TalesThe Country of the Pointed Firs, Sarah Orne JewettDavid Epstein's Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized WorldA.E. Stallings' “Like”Eric Ambler's Journey into FearP.G. Wodehouse's Carry on JeevesWallace Stegner's Crossing to Safety
Paul Sahre, One of the World's Foremost Book Cover Designers
In which David chats with Paul Sahre, one of the world's foremost book cover designers. Sahre's designed covers for the likes of Chuck Klosterman and Malcolm Gladwell, and he's done updates for Hemingway and Spark, among others. In this conversation, David and Paul discuss the process of designing a cover, some of his favorite covers of all time, and much more. Remember: If you like this episode be sure to subscribe, rate, review!
Discussing the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalists with John Wilson
In this episode, longtime book critic and former editor of Books and Culture, John Wilson, joins the show to discuss the three finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize: Richard Powers' The Overstory, Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers, and Tommy Orange's There There. They discuss what makes each book appealing, some of their flaws, and what these choices say about the contemporary literature world at-large. Remember: Subscribe, rate, review.
Christian Kiefer on "Phantoms" and the Writing Life
Welcome to Libromania, a podcast for the book-obsessed from the Close Reads Podcast Network. Each week David Kern will be chatting with authors, biographers, designers, collectors, critics and other people who help make book's so worthy of our attention.In this episode, David chats with novelist Christian Kiefer about his new novel, Phantoms, a page-turner that weaves the "splintered stories" of two broken families torn apart by two key twentieth century wars, the cruelty of Japanese internment camps, and the devastation of dishonesty. They chat about Kiefer's writing process, revision and working with editors, the influence of Faulkner on his work, the diversity of bookstores, and much more. Remember: Subscribe, rate, review. Please note: this episode does include bleeps.