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50 minutes | Oct 16, 2020
The Skillset Podcast %231: Rethinking Community Engagement%2C with Tamara King
Hosts Nicole Cooke & David Lankes talk with Tamara King, director of community relations at the Richland (SC) Public Library about the changing nature of community engagement in a time of pandemic, Black Lives Matter, & economic recession. Learn how the Richland Public Library’s “Let’s Talk” program has brought county residents together to have hard, serious conversations about race. And why it's important for libraries to support community efforts that are based in library values.
3 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
The Skillset Podcast with R. David Lankes and Nicole A. Cooke: An Introduction
In this short explainer, co-host R. David Lankes talks about the genesis of The Skillset Podcast, what the podcast seeks to add to the conversation around the future of libraries, and why the current crises transforming libraries is also an opportunity.
19 minutes | Apr 4, 2019
PW Insider 28: When Verse Goes Viral
PW’s new poetry editor Maya Popa recently spoke with several poets about the impact of social media on their work, audience, and sense of community. Here, she shares insights from Eduardo C. Corral, Rupi Kaur, Rachel McKibbens, Paisley Rekdal, and Danez Smith about the opportunities and challenges that poets face online.
24 minutes | Mar 28, 2019
PW Insider 27: The Past and Future of Space Travel
James Donovan, author of 'Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11,' describes the dramatic experience of the first moon landing and discusses the rising interest in space travel.
18 minutes | Mar 21, 2019
PW Insider 26: Traditional Mysteries%2C True Crime%2C and Genre Bending
As we prepare to close our 'Norse Code' feature on Scandinavian mysteries, PW’s senior editor and resident mystery expert Peter Cannon talks about the upcoming books he’s been reading, including a metafictional mystery by English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz.
17 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
PW Insider 25: Kate Tuttle on the NBCC Awards
The outgoing president of the National Book Critics Circle gives a recap of this year's awards ceremony, which celebrated writers, readers, and critics with an emphasis this year on community. Bonus track: An excerpt of Zadie Smith's acceptance speech for her book 'Feel Free,' which won the prize for Criticisim.
13 minutes | Mar 7, 2019
PW Insider 24: Andrew Albanese on the London Book Fair
Before heading off to London, Andrew Albanese unpacks blockchain, the rise of audiobooks, a push for open access in the academic market, and other issues at play in publishing's mid-digital age.
15 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
PW Insider 23: Spring Cookbook Trends
From piatti to tiki drinks, PW features editor Carolyn Juris highlights upcoming cookbooks that offer inspiration for home entertaining.
15 minutes | Feb 21, 2019
PW Insider 22: The Big Religion Books of Spring
From social issues like gun control and racism, to celebrity books, finding peace, and atheism: a look at the big trends and books in religious publishing for the coming spring.
19 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
PW Insider 21: Dave Cullen on Writing %27Parkland%27
Dave Cullen, author of 'Parkland' and 'Columbine' joins to talk about writing 'Parkland,' and the books that inspired his writing.
14 minutes | Feb 7, 2019
PW Insider 20: The State of Unions in Romance
In time for Valentine's Day, PW senior reviews editor Rose Fox joins to talk current trends in romance, from romantic comedies and stories about death to queer romances and trans characters.
13 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
PW Insider 19: The Books Being Acquired
2019 has already seen huge book deals. From the big names to the newcomers, PW's Rachel Deahl breaks down the deals you need to know.
11 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
PW Insider 18: Debut Writers to Watch in 2019
PW editor Gabe Habash joins to go deep inside some of the books featured in PW's semi-annual 'Writers to Watch' feature, which highlights debut authors.
9 minutes | Jan 17, 2019
PW Insider 17: The History and Future of the Millions
Since 2003, the Millions has been publishing literary think-pieces from authors who would go on to become big names. Millions editor Adam Boretz joins to talk about the future of the site now that it's under PW's umbrella.
16 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
PW Insider 16: The Grim Reality of Author Income
The Authors Guild's recently-published author income survey paints a grim picture about the state of author earnings. PW editorial director Jim Milliot joins to give context to why authors are earning so little and what it means for the industry.
18 minutes | Jan 3, 2019
PW Insider 15: Three Big Issues in Publishing
PW editor John Maher hosted a round table of rising stars in publishing and learned about what they see as the three big issues facing the industry.
16 minutes | Dec 20, 2018
PW Insider 14: The Year in Publishing Consolidation
2018 is closing a year of even more consolidation in the publishing industry. PW editorial director Jim Milliot joins to recap the year in mergers and acquisitions, and makes some predictions for 2019.
16 minutes | Dec 13, 2018
PW Insider 13: The Top Library Stories of 2018
Donald Trump, #MeToo, Michelle Obama and more: we recap the top stories for libraries in 2018.
14 minutes | Dec 6, 2018
PW Insider 12: The Big Books Selling This Holiday Season
What's selling this holiday season and why? From 'Becoming' to 'Fantastic Beasts,' PW's bookselling editor put this holiday season and its books in context.
19 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
PW Insider 11: Writing About Rape During %23MeToo
When Sohaila Abdulali started writing 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape,' she thought she was writing an "outlying book on an outlying topic." Then the #MeToo movement happened. We talked to Abdulali about how the book came to be, what she learned, and how the conversation about rape changed while she was writing it.'What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape' was one of 'Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2018. It is in stores now.
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