Books on the Nightstand

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A conversational podcast about books, from two longtime veterans of the publishing industry. If you love to read, this podcast is for you. Listen in to hear what's new, what's great, and the books we just can't stop talking about.

390 BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops! July 7, 2016

Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers! Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now. The deadline is July 31, 2016. While entering, you can […]

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A preview of fiction titles we're looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don't Forget! Although this is the final "regular" episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an e
A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months. Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you'd like to join the mailing list for possibl
We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline. The Summer reading packet came home from Ann's daughters' school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must ch
We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you all shar
Author talks from Booktopia Petoskey, including W. Bruce Cameron, Janis Cooke Newman, and Luis Alberto Urrea. This week we have an amazing lineup of author talks from our final Booktopia event. These talks were recorded in September 2015 at the fab
A big announcement. The start of BOTNS Book Bingo. We recommend Everything is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner, and Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler. Listen to the podcast for a big announcement about Books on the Nightstand! Audiobook of t
Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can't wait for you to read. Booklovers, especially Michael, are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work. Katherine Dunn, a
Misconstruing the Man Book Club, and we recommend Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, and Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo. Booktopia was this past weekend, and it was the first Booktopia not organized by us. Northshire Booksto
381 BOTNS #381: One-sit wonders May 4, 2016
So many books, in praise of novellas, and we recommend a new novella by Graham Swift and a novel that is the first in a new science-fiction trilogy. Audiobook of the week (03:12) Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes, performed by Santino Fontana, is my pick f
Litsy, Book Awards, plus, don't you forget about 84, Charing Cross Road and Nobody's Fool. Ann and I are both on Litsy, a new photo-focused book-based social media app (usernames AnnKingman and mkindness). The one problem we're encounte
This week, we bring you three authors from Booktopia Petoskey (September 2015), each of whom gives a short talk about their work (or other things). Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe Jim Ottaviani, author of Primates Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night S
"April Showered" with listener questions. Plus, we recommend Eileen by Otessa Moshfegh, and Geek Parenting by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu. Thanks to all of you who commented on episode 375 with suggestions for adult books that ca
We're thinking about summer, trying not to be book snobs, and raving about The Caped Crusade and Lab Girl. It's time to start thinking about summer (even though there is snow out my window right now). Specifically, we'd like you t
Three mini topics. Plus, don't you forget about Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and Plenty by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon. In addition to candy, my kids got books for Easter. Later that day, Friends came over and we gave their daughter a late birthday
A new podcast; an audiobook narrated by the creator of Hamilton, and questions from the mailbag. This week Michael tells us about a new podcast, This is the Author, published by the audiobooks division of Penguin Random House. It features short con
Defining literary and commercial fiction. We recommend Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg and All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. I've just gotten over a reading slump. For a few weeks, I couldn't get into any books o
Authors Steve Himmer and Mary Doria Russell, speaking at Booktopia Vermont 2015. Michael and I are at Sales Conference this week, learning about books that Penguin Random House will publish in the fall of 2016. In place of our usual episode, we'
Diverse books for a diverse reading population. We recommend What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell, and Evicted by Matthew Desmond. I recently discovered The Setup Wizard, a Tumblr-based fan fiction about a Muggle who is the first ever IT person a
Fairy tales, the deaths of Harper Lee and Umberto Eco, and two rediscoveries that we can't wait for you to read. We start the episode with a brief discussion of an article on io9.com had an interesting article entitled "10 Books that Wi