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October 26, 2021 @ 5:46 pm

Season 5 Ep. 110 A Skull And His Bones with Guests Jeremy and Hermione Tankard 10-27-21

Our guests this week are members of the same family. Jeremy and Hermione Tankard are a father-daughter duo behind the graphic novel series Yorick and Bones. Yorick, as any Shakespeare lover knows, is the skull that Hamlet speaks to in the play of the same name. In this graphic novel, Yorick is unearthed by a friendly dog, and they begin a series of adventures. In the second book, Yorick and Bones meet up with some familiar faces from Shakespeare’s plays.

Jeremy and Hermione have a fun story behind their books. Hermione was in high school when her dad recruited her to join him on this journey to tell the story of Yorick and his little dog because Hermione has long been a Shakespeare fan and has an uncanny ability to translate anything into iambic pentameter. They combined forces to create a fun series that helps gently introduce kids and adults to Shakespeare characters.

You can find out more about Jeremy Tankard’s books including the ones who created with Hermione at his website, and on instagram, @Jeremytankboy.

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
1- Rainbow Magic series
2- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
3- Yorick and Bones series
4- Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
5- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
6- 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac
7- All the Bad Apples by Moira Fowley-Doyle
8- The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey
9- Dead Dead Demons DeDeDe Destruction by Inio Asano
10- Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Movies mentioned
1- Melancholia (2011)

Game mentioned:
1- Telestrations

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October 20, 2021 @ 5:30 am

Season 5 Ep. 109 Horror is Like A Jar of Salsa with Guest Johann Trotter 10-20-21

We are halfway through spooky October and maybe you are looking for a good scary book to read. Our guest today, Johann Trotter, can give you some tips. Johann lives in Northern Ireland and works as a scientific researcher. But her hobby gone wild is horror in all its forms. She is a self-professed horror junkie. She is a bit obsessed with Stephen King, but on her instagram page @jobis89, you can find a wide variety of non-Stephen King horror book suggestions and reviews to make any spooky reader happy.

She is currently doing a 2 year project to read a horror book set in each of the 50 US States. We do a deep dive into the horror genre this week.

You can find Johann Trotter on instagram, @Jobis89.

Books mentioned--
1- Turn of the Screw by Henry James
2- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
3- His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler
4- "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
5- "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe
6- Roald Dahl books
7- Goosebumps series
8- Babysitters Club series
9- The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein
10- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
11- The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
12- Whisper Man by Alex North
13- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
14- Dracula by Bram Stoker
15- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
16- Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell
17- The Elementals by Michael McDowell
18- The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Story by Kate Summerscale
19- Ghost Story by Peter Straub
20- A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

Johann's Top Horror Writers
1- Stephen King
2- H. P. Lovecraft
3- Clive Barker
4- Ania Ahlborn
5- David Sodergren
6- Kealan Patrick Burke

Websites/ phone app mentioned--
The Storygraph

Podcasts mentioned--
1- Ghost Stories from the London Dungeon
2- Poe Theater on the Air

TV/Movies mentioned--
1- Only Murders in the Building
2- A Nightmare on Elm Street
3- Scream
4- Trick or Treat
5- Halloween
6- Sleepy Hollow
7- Hocus Pocus

Music mentioned--
1- The Evil Eye and the Hideous Heart, composed by Alan Lee Silva

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October 13, 2021 @ 5:39 am

Season 5 Episode 108 Sex, Drugs, and True Crime Vibes with Guest David Domine‘ 10-13-21

This week’s episode is for true crime enthusiasts. Every city has had murders that make the news, and Louisville is no different. Our guest this week, David Domine', adopted Louisville as his hometown and has a following here as an author, tour guide, and storyteller in the city. He has written a new book called A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City about a sensational murder that was discovered after a domestic disturbance in Old Louisville in 2010. The story includes drugs, drag queens, and maybe even the CIA.

His book is true crime, but it also veers into memoir and history. And it introduces readers to quirky characters whose eccentricities are why we have a saying here to “Keep Louisville Weird.”

His book is getting some attention. Publisher's Weekly gave it a starred review and Amazon named it as one of the top true crime reads of the season.

You can find David Domine’ on instagram, @bluegrasspeasant, on FB David Domine’, The Bluegrass Peasant and at his website You can find information about David’s historical tours of Old Louisville at

Books Mentioned in this Episode:
1- A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City by David Domine
2- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
3- When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson Browne
4- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
5- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
6- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
7- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
8- The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold
9- You Never Forget Your First by Alexis Coe

Shows mentioned in this episode:

1- Unsolved Mysteries (2020) Netlfix

2- Only Murders in the Building - Hulu

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October 5, 2021 @ 8:09 pm

Season 5 Ep. 107 Following A Literary Appalachian Trail with Guest Kendra Winchester

We have a fondness for Appalachia and have had several guests on the Perks who hail from that area, including Alix Harrow, Ashley Blooms, and Annette Sanuooke Clapsaddle. But Appalachia is much larger than just the small slice that Amy and I often think of. Appalachia is really a huge area that encompasses a vast and diverse array of people.

Today we talk to Kendra Winchester, the co-founder and executive director of the 'Reading Women' podcast and a Book Riot contributing editor. But she is also the person behind the Read Appalachia Instagram account. She tells us what makes Appalachian literature special and why it’s so important to her.

You can find Kendra Winchester on various instagram pages including at @readappalachia, @thebookcorgiand @thereadingwomen.

Books Mentioned in this episode:
1- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
2- Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan
3- Sabriel by Garth Nix
4- Books by Tamora Pierce
5- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
6- Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
7- Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson
8- The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw
9- The Birds of Opulence by Crystal Wilkinson
10- Affrilachia by Frank X. Walker
11- Southernmost by Silas House
12- Black Bone: 25 Years of Affrilachian Poets edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Jeremy Paden
13- Water Street by Crystal Wilkinson
14- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
15- What You're Getting Wrong about Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
16- Step Into the Circle: Writers in Modern Appalachia edited by Amy Greene and Trent Thomson
17- Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
18- Me and Banksy by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
19- Carework: Dreaming Disability Justice by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
20- Disability/Visability: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century edited by Alice Wong
21- The Trauma Cleaner: One Woman's Extraordinary Life in Death, Decay & Disaster by Sarah Krasnostein
22- The Believer: Encounters with Love, Death & Faith by Sarah Krasnostein

Podcasts mentioned--
1- Reading Women

Instagram mentioned--
1- @readappalachia
2- @thebookcorgi

TV Shows Mentioned:
1- Explained (Netlfix)

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