The Avid Reader Show

The Avid Reader Show

Podcast af Samuel Hankin

The Avid Reader is a podcast for book lovers. Tune in for interviews, recommendations, and insider news from Sam Hankin, host and owner of independent bookstore Wellington Square Bookshop - 

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Episode 734: Estelle Erasmus - Writing That Gets Noticed: Find Your Voice, Become a Better Storyteller, Get Published
Successful essayist, columnist, writing instructor, and editor Estelle Erasmus will show you how to find your voice, write stellar pieces, and get published. In real-world, experience-based chapters, she coaches you to: - mine your life for ideas and incubate those ideas - choose the perfect format -- essay, op-ed, feature article, and more - research publications and follow editor etiquette - craft a perfect pitch - protect your psyche from rejection - revise your work for maximum impact - deliver what you promise, protect your work, and get paid Estelle Erasmus, an award-winning journalist, writing coach, and in-demand speaker, has written for over 150 publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, HuffPost Personal, Good Housekeeping, and Writer's Digest. She has been editor in chief of five national magazines and hosts the Freelance Writing Direct podcast. An adjunct instructor at NYU and frequent panelist for professional writing organizations, she lives in New Jersey. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - ​
53 min - 28. sep. 2023
Episode 733: Ben Purkert - The Men Can't Be Saved
A knockout debut novel that tackles a haunting question: What do our jobs do to our souls? Seth is a junior copywriter whose latest tagline just went viral. He’s the agency’s hottest new star, or at least he wants his coworker crush to think so. But while he’s busy drooling over his future corner office, the walls crumble around him. When his job lets him go, he can’t let go of his job. Unfortunately, one former colleague can’t let him go either: Robert “Moon” McCloone, a skeezy on-the-rise exec better suited to a frat house than a boardroom. Seth tries to forget Moon and rediscover his spiritual self; he studies Kabbalah with an Orthodox rabbi by day while popping illegal prescription pills by night. But with each misstep, Seth strays farther from salvation—though he might get there, if he could only get out of his own way. In his debut novel, Purkert incisively peels back the layers of the male ego, revealing what’s rotten and what might be redeemed. Brimming with wit, irreverence, and soul-searching, The Men Can’t Be Saved is a startlingly original examination of work, sex, addiction, religion, branding, and ourselves. Ben Purkert is the author of the poetry collection For the Love of Endings. His work appears in The New Yorker, the Nation, and the Kenyon Review, among others. He is the founder of Back Draft, a Guernica interview series focused on revision and the creative process. He holds degrees from Harvard and New York University, and he currently teaches at Rutgers. Men Can’t Be Saved is his first novel. Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - ​
54 min - 28. sep. 2023
Episode 732: Scott James Taylor and Sarah Thérèse Pelletier - Ladyhoppers
Sometimes to save the world, you've got to punch a few dragons… When the planet is being eaten by interdimensional parasites who literally tear holes in reality, what do you do? If you're Charlie Chase, you dive headfirst into an interdimensional adventure. Charlie knows her calling is a weighty one, but she trusts her mentor’s orders: Travel to another dimension, fix the tear, and get home to do it all over again. But when she gets stuck on an alternate Earth, she has to turn to the most unexpected of allies: a younger, more eccentric, more infamous version of the brilliant mind that sent her on her mission. This version of Vera Baum is as much socialite as scientist, who seems to embrace the notion that curiosity killed the cat, in the way that means she's determined to use up all nine of her lives blasting through a kaleidoscope of genre-bending realities. Things are going to get a lot worse before they get better, especially when they’re pursued by reality-eating parasites and a biomechanical hound hellbent on killing Vera. Ladyhoppers is a genre-hopping, multiverse-spanning, madcap buddy comedy packed full of flaming zeppelins, coffee shop romances, car chases, dragon punching scientists, and more pirates than you can shake a multi-limbed death machine at. Grab your spacesuit, drink an espresso, and hold on tight—it’s gonna be a bumpy ride! Buy the book from Wellington Square Bookshop - ​
23 min - 28. sep. 2023

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