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November 26, 2019 @ 9:07 pm

Ep. 26 Picking The Perfect Published Present with Bri Esposito 11-17-19

We are now just a few days before Black Friday and the start of the crazy holiday shopping season. We are all book lovers here which means chances are high we will all probably buy a book or related gift for at least 1 person on our shopping lists. Carrie and I plus our guest today, Bri Esposito, are here to help. Bri has been the marketing coordinator for Carmichael Books, Louisville’s oldest independent bookstore, for the last few years and puts together their holiday buying guide.

We talk about what adult fiction and children’s books are hot this season; what new cookbook is perfect for the no fuss cook in your life, and what to buy at a bookstore for the hard to buy for person.

We also give you some backlist titles that are great holiday reads that you should put on your TBR list this winter.

Grab your hot tea or cocoa (or spiked eggnog, cause that’s sometimes how we roll), your paper and pen, and prepare your holiday shopping list with us on this week’s Perks of Being a Book Lover.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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November 20, 2019 @ 6:15 am

Ep. 25 How The Library Keeps Us LITerate with mk Eagle and Hannah Elliott 11-20-19

Do you remember when a library was just a library? A building with books and periodicals; maybe a few DVDS. Today’s library, though, is in flux; transforming beyond a static brick and mortar facility to become a movement with social events, digital interfaces, and futuristic technologies. While reading is still a huge part of that movement, it is just one of many unique ways in which people can interact with the library.

Today’s guests, mk Eagle and Hannah Elliott, are librarians at Louisville’s new Northeast Regional Library’s branch and also coordinate much of the adult programming system-wide. They started a program 4 years ago called Books and Brews 502, which is just like the LIbrary’s summer reading program for kids but in this case an awesome winter program for adults that can include beer, coffee, and food.

Sounds fun, right? It runs December 1 - Feb. 29 and you can sign up at the Louisville Free Public Library website. And as millenials, mk and Hannah are striving to offer programming to appeal to all adults but especially to this demographic. They are part of a movement to take the library outside of 4 walls and into the larger community.

mk and Hannah tell us what a “pop up” is in terms of libraries, how to earn points towards fun prizes just for reading books, at what events you can actually drink beer in the library, and how a simple library card can open up a world of cool gadgets and equipment to use for free. Those two millennials are teaching these two Gen Xers a thing or two about how the library is transforming which includes cool outings and silent disco.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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November 13, 2019 @ 6:13 am

Ep. 24 Knocking on Fantasy’s Door with Alix Harrow 11-13-19

Carrie and I have a very special guest today. Alix Harrow is a Hugo award-winning writer of historical fantasy fiction who also happens to be a fellow Kentuckian. Her debut novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, has been called by Kirkus Reviews a ‘A love letter to imagination, adventure, the written word,’ and NPR books says it is one that should go on your Favorites Shelf. It has been on the Los Angeles Times Bestsellers List. She is a rising star in the burgeoning female revolution taking place in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

On November 16, she will be one of the authors you can find at the Kentucky Book Festival being held at the Alltech Arena of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY.

We interviewed Alix at the library of her alma mater, Berea College, in Berea, KY. She talked with us about the sub-genre of portal fantasies and her love-hate relationship with them
as a child, what influence becoming a mother had on writing the book, why she loves Chicago-style footnotes, and details about the second novel she is furiously trying to finish.

If you would like to follow her on social media, she can be found at Twitter (@AlixEHarrow) and Instagram (@alix.e.harrow).

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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November 6, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Ep. 23 An Annual Cure for Writer’s Block with Amy Miller 11-6-19

Reading and writing just go together. Like salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, Simon and Garfunkle. Well that last pair broke up but you know what I mean. The two are undeniably linked. Readers need writers and writers need readers so it makes sense that one of the perks of shared words would be a festival all about the writing process.The Writer’s Block Festival is being held November 16 at Spalding University sponsored by Louisville Literary Arts. Our guest today, Amy Miller, is the executive director of Louisville Literary Arts, an organization whose mission is to offer writers support in whatever stage they are in; whether that be before any words are put on a page or to an already published author. And while the Writer’s Block Festival is their biggest event, Louisville Literary Arts provides numerous other programs, many of them free, all year round.

Amy tells us about why you don’t need to go back to school or have an MFA to pursue writing, what the difference is between a writer who is a plotter and one who is a pantser , and what her personal perfect writing gig would look like.

 

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 30, 2019 @ 5:13 am

Ep. 22 (Fun) Home Is Where the Heart Is with Michael Drury 10-30-19

Do you love a good Broadway show? So does Michael Drury, the producing artistic director of Pandora Productions, a theater company solely dedicated to telling the stories of the LGBTQ Plus community. And this passion made him tenacious in pursuing the rights to produce Fun Home, a Broadway musical based on the critically acclaimed 2007 graphic memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel, who is best known for her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. The play adaptation won the Tony award for Best Musical and Best Original Score. Pandora’s production will be the regional premiere of this play.

Michael talks to us about the process theater companies go through to get rights to perform popular Broadway plays, why he feels its important to have an LGBTQ plus focused theater, and the innovative way the company is designing the Fun Home set to give a big nod to the original graphic novel.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 23, 2019 @ 5:10 am

Ep. 21 Reading is a Riot with Kim Colette Ballard 10-23-19

As a book lover, there are two things I’ve often fantasized about doing. Being a bookseller and writing my own novel would be at the tippy top of the list. Our guest today, Kim Colette Ballard, has hit the booknerd jackpot. She is a book buyer for Riot Book Cellar, a new independent bookstore and wine bar in the small town of Bardstown Kentucky, a place known for its bourbon distilleries and being at the heart of the Bourbon Trail. She helped the manager and owner develop the book bar concept in this quaint tourist town about 45 minutes outside of Louisville KY. She is also the author of a young adult novel, Running on Empty, published in 2014 and winner of several regional awards for young adult fiction. And while she has several other novels on the backburner she is very honest about the extreme highs and sometimes extreme lows you can experience during the publishing process.

Kim talks to us about the great features Riot Book Cellar has added to make coming into their bookstore feel like hanging out with “Friends”, the experience that sparked her journey to writing her first book, and why she stopped reading for awhile but vows to never let that happen again.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 22, 2019 @ 4:17 pm

Bonus Mini episode - So Many Books So Little Time 10-22-19

Amy and Carrie talk about some bookish events they have attended lately such as a storytelling festival, Southern Festival of the Book, author talks, and private bookstore recommendations.

Sam Miller The Bookseller's Recommendations
Butcher’s Crossing by John Williams - Western
Opiod, Indiana by Brian Carr - Gritty Lit
New Boy by Tracy Chevalier - Shakespeare retelling
Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach - YA
Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer - Romance Lite
Neverhome by Laird Hunt - Historical Fiction
The Lonely City by Olivia Lang - Nonfiction

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October 16, 2019 @ 5:24 am

Ep. 20 He’s Just a Poe Boy with Tony Dingman 10-16-19

Tony Dingman is an actor, historical educator, playwright, and creator of the Frazier History Museum’s annual event An Evening with Poe, which is a celebration of everything dark and macabre about this great American author. For 10 years he and the other actors at the Frazier have been adapting and creatively performing such classics as The Raven, The Bells, and the Tell-Tale Heart but they also include the lesser known works of Edgar Allan Poe each Halloween season.

Tony tells us how long it takes to research and write scripts for the historical figures he plays, which Poe story literally made a school student scream , and why it’s ok to fail at something before you actually succeed, regardless of whether you are Edgar Allen Poe or someone not famous at all.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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October 9, 2019 @ 7:31 am

Ep. 19 “Playing” with Dracula with Hannah Rae Montgomery 10-9-19

It's October, it finally feels like fall, and it's time for everything creepy, scary, spooky, and things that go bump in the night.  And if you are local, it means it's time to book your theater tickets for Dracula which is performed every fall season by the Actor's Theater of Louisville.

Actor's Theater is one of the top regional theater in the nation.  It's won Tony Awards and many notable performers have graced it's stage including Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Kevin Bacon, and Kathy Bates to name just a few.  It's Humana Festival of New American Plays which takes place every Spring is internationally known and Newsweek once called it, "a miniature Cannes film festival for theater".  Crowd favorites like Dracula and A Christmas Carol makes this theater company beloved in the city.

 

Today's guest, Hannah Rae Montgomery, is Actor's Theater's dramaturg.  Don't know what a dramaturg is?  Neither did we until we talked with Hannah Rae.  A dramaturg is basically a literary editor on the staff of a theater who interpret and research texts for their productions.  She tells us what is new and fresh about the roles for women in this year's Dracula, why people come to see it year after year, and how Bram Stoker's book differs from the play adaptation.  It's close to Halloween and time to talk literature's favorite vampire.

 

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

 

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October 2, 2019 @ 5:14 am

Ep. 18 Stories with a Colonel of Truth with Bob Thompson 10-2-19

Do you remember hearing a spooky story around the campfire when you were a kid? If there was a talented storyteller, you may have laughed, cried, or screamed, convinced a ghost was right behind you, sending shivers down your spine. Before printed books were widespread, storytellers were the keepers of all the local history and lore.

Today’s guest Bob Thompson, professionally known as Colonel Bob, is a master storyteller and producer of the Corn Island Storytelling Festival happening on October 19 at Blackacre State Nature Preserve just outside of Louisville. He is also the author of 2 short story collections and hosts a radio Show, Kentucky Homefront, featuring regional music and storytellers on WFPK 91.9 on Saturdays at 8 am. Bob Thompson is one busy colonel !

Colonel Bob talks to us about how the old guys sitting on his grandmother’s front porch spinning yarns sparked his love of stories, what tricks of the trade storytellers use to keep their audience engaged, and why hitchhiking is a big part of his story repertoire.

You can find us on FB, instagram (@perksofbeingabookloverpod) and on our blog site at www.perksofbeingabooklover.com

Perks airs on Forward Radio 106.5 FM and forwardradio.org every Wednesday at 6 pm, Thursdays at 6 am and 12 pm. We have purchased the rights to the theme music used.

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