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52 minutes | Feb 1, 2023
113 - Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
In Episode 113, Gen and Jette return to one of their all time favourite authors, James Baldwin. We're finally talking about Giovanni's Room, probably Baldwin's most well known novel. Get ready to be devastated and blown away by Baldwin's writing all over again. (No, we'll never get over it. Yes, we will continue to ramble our glowing praise.) Show Notes: Did anyone out there read any James Baldwin at the university level or do many of us have this appalling gap in our literary education? As always, there were some lines in this novel that absolutely wrecked us. Which one is living in your brain rent free for the rest of time? For more about Paris, listen to Episode 97 about A Waiter in Paris by Edward Chisholm. For more James Baldwin, check out Episode 55 on Another Country and Episode 61 where we talk about If Beale Street Could Talk and the film adaptation. In our next episode we'll be returning to another well loved author, Elissa R. Sloan, with her latest book Hayley Aldridge is Still Here. The episode is out February 15, the day after the book's release date. Other Books by James Baldwin Another Country If Beale Street Could Talk Go Tell It on the Mountain Notes of a Native Son The Fire Next Time The Devil Finds Work Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
48 minutes | Jan 21, 2023
112 - Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
In Episode 112, it's time for another instalment of our unofficial graphic novel book club — this time with Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. We cover volumes 1 & 2 (with little sneak peeks at volumes 3–5) of this supernatural noir thriller from one of the most celebrated duos in graphic novels today. Show Notes Ed Brubaker has won a whopping 7 Eisner Awards for his work, which includes Batman, Catwoman, Winter Soldier, Criminal, Incognito, and Reckless among many others. Sean Phillips' son also works in graphic novels and has actually done some of the colouring for Phillips' work. We loved diving into all these different decades and getting a bit more of Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythology (even if we still can't pronounce it). For more graphic novel goodness, check out our episodes on Shade, the Changing Girl, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Fun Home , and Something is Killing the Children. And listen to our interviews with Stephanie Cooke, and with husband and wife duo Brenda Hickey and Troy Little of Pegamoose Press. In our next episode we'll be talking about Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin. Other Books by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips Reckless Criminal Incognito Fatale The Fade Out Kill or Be Killed My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies
61 minutes | Jan 4, 2023
111 - The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
In Episode 111, Gen and Jette talk about their most recent book club book, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle. It's a retelling of H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Horror at Red Hook" that subverts the xenophobic message of the original tale. Show Notes: We fell down a Lovecraft rabbit hole that made us realize how little we know about him (and how many references we probably missed in the novel!) As with so many books we read, we now want to get our hands on everything else Victor LaValle has written...and also up out Lovecraft knowledge so we're better prepared to catch those references Turns out we've inadvertently made Lovecraft the theme for January. For more Lovecraftian vibes, stay tuned for our next episode on Ed Brubaker's graphic novel Fatale. Read along with our current book club pick, Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. Other Books Mentioned By Victor LaValle – Slapboxing with Jesus, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The Devil in Silver, The Changeling, and Destroyer (graphic novel) The Girls by Emma Cline The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Lovecraft Country by Matt RuffDon’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
41 minutes | Dec 21, 2022
110 - 2022 Holiday Wrap Up
It's our last episode of 2022, so we're taking a look back at our reading and writing goals for the year, as well as looking ahead to 2023. Show Notes: We may have dropped the ball on 52 Weeks of Short Stories, but that doesn't mean we won't try something new in 2023. The Artist's Way, anyone? Jette is so close to being done her graphic novel script! Gen finally finished the first draft of her YA novel! We can't wait for all the events next year, like Word on the Street, TCAF, and Toronto Festival of Authors. Stelliform Press is a new to us publisher that we hope to work with in the new year! Check out our holiday wrap-up blog post for more of our 2023 reading and writing goals. Our first book club pick of 2023 is Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. Books Mentioned: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes The Devil Finds Work by James Baldwin I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi Pet by Akwaeke Emezi The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV & Werther Dell'Edera Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja Sandford Meisner on Acting How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming by Michael E. Brown Persuasion by Jane Austen 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph Through the Woods by Emily Carrol Shades of Fear edited by Allison O'Toole By Chance or Providence by Becky Cloonan Making A Scene by Constance Wu Paper Houses by Dominique Fortier Thoreau and Me by Cedric Taling The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
58 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
109 - Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
In Episode 109, Gen and Jette discuss Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. We absolutely loved this one and are now planning on reading everything Emezi has written, including Bitter, the prequel story to Pet. Show Notes: This episode is in keeping with our annual December tradition of replacing a discussion about a certain series featuring a certain boy wizard in favour of queer, and especially trans, stories. Check out last year's discussion of A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee, and our episode on Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas from the year before that. The name of the poem by Dylan Thomas featuring the line "rage against the dying of the light" is called "Do not go gentle into that good night." Another poem that Gen loves is, "In my craft or sullen art." The radio play that she has yet to read is called Under Milk Wood. Emezi's novel You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty, their first romance, is partially inspired by Florence + The Machine's song "Hunger." That might be enough for us to give romance a try. Other Books by Akwaeke Emezi Bitter The Death Vivek Oji Freshwater You Made A Fool of Death with Your Beauty Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
64 minutes | Nov 23, 2022
108 - NaNoWriMo 2022
It's November, aka National Novel Writing Month, so in episode 108 Gen and Jette talk all things writing! We get into the projects we're currently working on, the ones that have fallen by the wayside (ahem, 52 weeks of short stories), and what we're doing to cultivate a writing routine. As always, we come away with some fresh inspiration and creative spark. Show Notes We were bright eyed and bushy tailed when he began our 52 Weeks of Short Stories challenge at the beginning of this year. 2023 is calling for some softer, gentler writing goals. Both Gen and Jette have committed to working through The Artist's Way...one of these days. If anyone remembers a show where they'd have a word of the day, please let us know what it is. Listen to Episode 106: Something Is Killing the Children for more graphic novel goodness and more about the project Jette is working on. Books Mentioned The Writing of Fiction by Edith Wharton The Writing Life by Annie Dillard Consider This by Chuck Palahniuk The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. LeGuin Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin Paper Houses by Dominique Fortier How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
58 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
107 - How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown
In Episode 107, Gen and Jette discuss their latest book club book — How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown. This was Jette's pick and we had a great time nerding out about all things space. Should we become astronomers? Show Notes The trans-Neptunian objects discovered by Mike Brown and his team include Quaoar, Sedna, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris. Is there actually a ninth planet out there? If you haven't already looked at all the photos from the James Webb telescope what are you even doing? You need to watch these cute kid song videos about Quaoar and Dwarf Planets Other Books Mentioned By Andy Weir: Artemis, The Martian, Project Hail Mary Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli The End of Everything: (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack
50 minutes | Oct 26, 2022
106 - Something is Killing the Children
It's almost Halloween! Which means episode 106 is dedicated to all things spooky — specifically Something Is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'Edera, and Miquel Muerto. And we're welcoming guest and friend of the pod, Mike Storey, to talk all things horror and graphic novels. Show Notes Mike is well-versed in the horror genre and is also an artist. It was so much fun to have him on to talk about this book and hear his insights on the story, genre, and art. Mike has a lot of really cool projects coming soon. We hope you enjoyed the snippet of his audio short at the end of the episode. Find the full project on the Horrormooners YouTube channel Find his artwork in the game instruction manual for the upcoming Project EOS Rise. You can support it on Kickstarter soon! You can also find Horrormooners on TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook. Find the creators and letterer for Strike the Dead on Instagram. Next episode we'll be talking about our latest book club pick, How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Mike Brown Other Books Mentioned Revival by Tim Seeley & Mike Norton Harrow County by Cullen Bun & Tyler Crook The Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado with DaNi The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV with Alvaro Martinez Killadelphia by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander The Woods by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynus Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? by Eric Powell & Harold Schechter Crossed by Garth Ennis & Jason Burrows The Me You Love in the Dark by Skottie Young & Jorge Corona The Autumnal by Daniel Krausand & Chris Shehan Paper Houses by Dominique Fortier Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
60 minutes | Oct 12, 2022
105 - 4th Anniversary Hangout
It's time for a fall hang out episode, which means it's also our podcast anniversary! We're celebrating 4 years of awesome books, reading discoveries, and so much more. In four years, we've recorded 105 episodes that have listeners in over 70 countries, and we're pretty proud of that! A huge thank you to all our listeners who've been with us over the years, and a welcome to all our new listeners! Show Notes Shout out to Coach House Books and House of Anansi Press, as always. We love reading and chatting about the books they send us. Speaking of Coach House, two of their books have made the Scotiabank Giller Prize short list — Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu, which we did and episode on, and The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr. If you're in Toronto (or if you feel like visiting), Word on the Street and TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) are two book festivals that are worth checking out. Two indie publishers we learned about at Word on the Street this year are Stelliform Press and Invisible Publishing and we hope to work with them in future episodes! Do you feel guilty for reading graphic novels too quickly? Books & Media Mentioned *There were a lot, so apologies if we missed any! Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron We Were Dreamers by Simu Liu The Low Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado with DaNi The Me You Love in the Dark by Skottie Young and Jorge Corona The Autumnal by Daniel Krausand and Chris Shehan Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Book 1: The Crucible by Robert Aguirre-Sacasa with Robert Hack The Nice House on the Lake by James Tynion IV with Alvaro Martinez Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock Swamp Thing The Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater Blue in Green by Anand Rk and Ram V Killadelphia by Rodney Barnes and Jason Shawn Alexander Seance Tea Party by Reimena Yee The End of Everything (Astophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell'Edera Destroyer by Victor Lavalle Stillwater by Chip Zdarsky and Ramón K. Pérez Making a Scene by Constance Wu The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming by Michale E. Brown Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno Garcia Lilith by George MacDonald The Changeling by Victor Lavalle Perfume: Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater Be Scared of Everything by Peter Counter It Came From the Closet edited by Joe Vallese Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
52 minutes | Sep 28, 2022
104 - Books We Should Have Read By Now
Inspired by Jette's recent blog post, we dive into some of the books we should have read by now—whether it's because they touch on current issues or because they've been on our shelf for ages. Turns out we have a lot of these books, so we made a pact to read at least one book from our list before the end of this year. Listen to find out which ones we chose! Books & Authors Mentioned Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. James Baldwin – Giovanni's Room, Another Country, The Fire Next Time, The Devil Finds Work 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph Rib King by Ladee Hubbard Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes Ghost World by Daniel Clowes Dennis Lehane Blood Meridien by Cormac McCarthy The Stand by Stephen King Dune by Frank Herbert The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee Persuasion by Jane Austen The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Gone Girl by Gillian Glynn Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
67 minutes | Sep 14, 2022
103 - How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
In Episode 103, Gen and Jette dive into Gen's book club pick - How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. After seeing this book everywhere and reading so many rave reviews of Chee's work, we knew we had to read it. Obviously, we are now obsessed. An amazing read if you do anything creative. We're both now headed into Autumn feeling inspired and ready to write and create and more. Show Notes: So... can we go to the Iowa Writers' Workshop? Highly recommend watching the documentary The Times of Harvey Milk If you're a writer, you should read On Writing by Stephen King or Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont There were definitely other things we talked about but we were bad at taking notes! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
65 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
102 - Book to Screen - Little Women
In Episode 102, Gen and Jette head back to the 1800s with Little Women in another edition of our Page to Screen series. We talk about Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel and the 1994 and 2019 films. Show Notes Yes Jette is still obsessed with her trip to Concord MA and her visit to Orchard House This was the first book that managed to stump us both but we swear we will finish reading it eventually LOL There were definitely other things we talked about but we were bad at taking notes! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
47 minutes | Aug 17, 2022
101 - Setting As Character
In episode 101, Gen and Jette talk about the settings that feel so alive they become an entire character in the novel — the haunted houses, the seaside towns, the cities that feel like living, breathing entities, we're here for all of it! Show Notes Make sure to check out Gen's blog post, which inspired this episode. We, uh, talked about a lot of books. Find (most of) them listed below! In our next episode we'll be talking about Little Women the novel, as well as two of the film adaptations from 1994 and 2019 Books & Media Mentioned Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Wilder Girls by Rory Power Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin Another Country by James Baldwin The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh L.A. Confidential The Shining by Stephen King Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman Batman Sin City by Frank Miller Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers The Martian, Project Hail Mary, and Artemis by Andy Weir Home Before Dark by Riley Sager We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Slade House by David Mitchell Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong Jaws by Peter Benchley The Dark Library by Cyrille Martinez Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi Walden by Henry David Thoreau Dune by Frank Herbert Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
58 minutes | Aug 3, 2022
100 - 100th Episode Hangout Celebration
It's our 100th episode! We're celebrating by talking about all our favourite moments from the podcast over the last few years, including our favourite episodes, interviews, and books. The podcast has evolved a lot since we started and we've both expanded our reading — which was the entire point! Achievement unlocked. We're so excited to keep growing and evolving. A huge thank you to all of our listeners for sticking with us and helping make this community so amazing! Show Notes: The coffee shop that Jette visited in Concord is Haute Coffee. Be sure to check out Coach House Books, one of our favourite indie Toronto publishers! Have you listened to our top five most listened to episodes? Here they are in order: 1. The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan 2. The Institute by Stephen King 3. Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman 4. To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins 5. Another Country by James Baldwin Visit Hay-on-Wye, Wales to visit all the bookstores. Our next episode is all about setting as character. We'll be drawing a bit on our blog post, and exploring more books that fall in this category. Will we talk about Mexican Gothic again? Probably. Keep an eye on our Instagram account so you can join our Little Women watch party! We'll be having two — one for the 1994 adaptation and one for the Greta Gerwig adaptation. Books and Authors Mentioned The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas Paper Houses by Dominique Fortier Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Renee Marie Lavoie Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja Fun Home by Alison Bechdel The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade Be Scared of Everything: Horror Essays by Peter Counter Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn Fairy Tale by Stephen King Sadie by Courtney Summers Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn & Cliff Chiang Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
65 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
099 - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
In Episode 98, Gen and Jette discuss The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This episode falls into our #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt series, which lets us jump on the train of a popular book to see what all the fuss is about and if it lives up to the hype. Evelyn Hugo has been all over Instagram and TikTok and we can see why! Just like with Daisy Jones and the Six, Jenkins Reid crafts an impeccable fictional story that slides so neatly into real history that you'd think it actually happened. If you're looking for your next summer read, look no further! Show Notes We might just be Taylor Jenkins Reid super fans now. Time to work our way through her entire catalogue. And maybe reread Daisy Jones? It was a lot of fun looking into the Taylor Jenkins Reid Universe, which loosely connects Daisy Jones, Evelyn Hugo, and Malibu Rising in the same fictional history. We suspect her latest book, Carrie Sotto is Back, also fits into this timeline. As far as we can tell, Evelyn's third husband, Mick Riva, is the common thread in all of them. Daisy Jones and the Six has been adapted into a mini series and is set to release some time this year, though we don't have an exact date yet. All we can say is: Give it to us now! (We may or may not have a bonus episode once we've watched it.) We're celebrating our 100th episode next! Let us know your favourite episodes and what you'd like to see more from us in the future. Other Books & Media Mentioned By Taylor Jenkins Reid – Daisy Jones and the Six, Malibu Rising, Carrie Sotto is Back Stephen King By Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel, Sea of Tranquility Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
60 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
098 - Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
In Episode 98, Gen and Jette discuss their latest book club book, Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. It's our first time discussing a thriller and we had a grand spooky time. Sager's story within a story keeps you guessing right until the very end, making for a great #IcedCoffeeRead this summer. Notes The snake pit that Jette mentions in Manitoba is called the Narcisse Snake Dens. It's exactly what it sounds like! If you're not terrified of snakes, check out some of the videos on their website: The Grange House that was the first home of the Art Gallery of Ontario is definitely haunted. The website doesn't mention that it's haunted, but as former employees, we can assure you that it is. We had a bit of fun telling our own personal ghost stories. Now we want to know: do you believe in ghosts? Tell us all your ghostly encounters in the comments or DM us on Instagram! Our next episode we'll be talking about one of Bookstagram/BookTok's favourite books, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reed. Other Books by Riley Sager The Last Time I Lied Final Girls Lock Every Door Survive the Night The House Across the Lake Other Books & Media Mentioned The Sundown Motel by Simone St. James The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley The Guest List by Lucy Foley Agatha Christie The Walking Dead Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
64 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
097 - A Waiter In Paris by Edward Chisholm
In Episode 97, Gen and Jette collaborate with one of their favourite Toronto indie publishers, House of Anansi, to give you a preview of one of their upcoming new releases, A Waiter in Paris by Edward Chisholm. This memoir chronicles Chisholm's time in Paris, scraping out a living in a restaurant as he works his way up from runner to waiter. As former barista/servers/etc., we loved this deep dive into the world of waiting tables. We did a lot of reminiscing and commiserating because it turns out, no matter where you are, waiting tables doesn't really change. Show Notes Check out our other collaborations with House of Anansi — Episode 70: A Boring Wife Settles the Score, Episode 43: You Are Not What We Expected, Episode 39: Coming Up for Air and Pallbearing, Episode 20: Autopsy of a Boring Wife and Dual Citizens Chisholm's memoir is partly inspired by George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, so if you enjoy this one, be sure to check out Orwell's book also. In our next episode, we'll be discussing our latest book club read, Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. If you've read it, send us all your thoughts! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
56 minutes | Jun 8, 2022
096 - Pride Reads 2022
It's June, which means it's Pride month, and to celebrate Gen and Jette dedicate Episode 96 to all things queer lit! We talk about a lot of different books in this one and realized that quite a few of our past episodes feature queer books and writers. Hell yeah! Show Notes Quite a few of our favourite books get mentioned in this episode and you can find the complete (as possible) list below of everything we talked about. If you're in Toronto, be sure to hit up Glad Day Bookshop in the Village. Keep an eye out for Gen's blog post this month — she'll be giving you her Pride reading wish list. Let us know all your favourite queer books! Comment below, DM us, tag us...we want all the recommendations! Books and Authors Mentioned The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado Jeannette Winterson – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body Kacen Callender – Felix Ever After, King and the Dragonflies The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong Heartstopper by Alice Oseman Casey McQuiston – I Kissed Shara Wheeler, One Last Stop, Red White and Royal Blue James Baldwin – Another Country, If Beale Street Could Talk, Giovanni's Room A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo Jedidiah Jenkins – To Shake the Sleeping Self, Like Streams to the Ocean Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee The Shale Project by Avi Silver & Sienna Tristen Fun Home by Alison Bechdel Tranny by Laura Jane Grace Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson Sadie by Courtney Summers Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu Trixie & Katya's Guide to Modern Womanhood David Sedaris Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
47 minutes | May 25, 2022
095 - Who Knew We Loved Science Fiction?!
In Episode 95, Gen and Jette finally take on the science fiction genre! We've put it off until now because neither of us thought we read much sci-fi, but it turns out we've read more than we thought and we actually love it! A lot of the books we talk about in this one might not be the ones that first come to mind when you think of sci-fi, but that's what makes the genre so interesting — there's so much variety! SHOW NOTES Did you catch Jette's not-reference to Paper Houses? We're going to cook up a recommendation list for getting into science fiction based on books you already like to read. The Octavia Butler book about vampires is not Lilith's Brood, it's Fledgling. Predictably, we couldn't help talking about some films as well. There's so much great science fiction out there! Is sci-fi secretly our favourite genre? We did our best to round up everything mentioned in the episode and list it below, but we talked about so much some things may have slipped through the cracks. Books, Authors & Films Mentioned Star Trek Back to the Future Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu Fauna by Christiane Vadnais The Imago Stage by Karoline Georges The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer Andy Weir – The Martian, Artemis, Project Hail Mary Alien Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton Blake Crouch – Recursion, Dark Matter, Upgrade, Wayward Pines Marvel Comics Vicious by V.E. Schwab Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven Octavia Butler – Kindred, Lilith's Brood, The Parable of the Sower Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente Isaac Asimov Ray Bradburty A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
48 minutes | May 11, 2022
094 - Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
In Episode 94, Gen and Jette discuss their latest book club book — Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. We couldn't stop talking about the style and structure of this novel written in verse. Acevedo writes such a full and vivid narrative even with her pared back style and we're in awe. Show Notes Keep an eye out for Elizabeth Acevedo's newest book, still untitled, expected to be released next year. Yahaira's wonderful girlfriend's name is Dre and we love her makeshift fire escape garden. We absolutely loved the way Acevedo used the visual layout of the words on the page to emphasize different words, phrases, and scenes. It got us thinking back to our episode about Because the Sun by Sarah Burgoyne. Our next book club book is the thriller Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. We'll be discussing it in our first episode of July. Next episode we'll be doing another genre breakdown, this time talking science fiction. It's a genre that covers a lot of ground and we can't wait to dive in. Other Books by Elizabeth Acevedo The Poet X With the Fire on High Inheritance: A Visual Poem Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you! Sign up for our newsletter and add us to Pinterest!
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