Amanda Stern is a writer and literary event organizer. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Filmmaker, The Believer, Post Road, St. Ann's Review, Salt Hill, and Hayden's Ferry Review.
Have you ever signed up for one of those ancestry sites, or maybe sent in a sample of your saliva and received DNA results?  Well what can those results really tell you about the people and the traditions that inform your personal lineage? In Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots, author Morgan Jerkins takes a unique approach to understanding where she came and uncovers a wealth of incredible stories, traditions, and painful surprises. About the AuthorMorgan Jerkins  is the New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, which was longlisted for PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, and Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. Her third book, Caul Baby: A Novel, is forthcoming from Harper Books in April 2021.  She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. A recently named Forbes 30 under 30 Leader in Media, Jerkins regularly teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in the Nonfiction department. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, she’s currently based in Harlem and at work on television and film projects. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.  Music:"Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Jungles" by Isaac Aesili, "Every Corner In The Black Lodge" by 1939 Ensemble, "Molasses and Wine" by Heliix, "The Chase" by Principle, "Brainiac"  by Cold Storage Percussion Unit.
Americans have been raised on a system of myths about race.  We’ve invented stories to explain what we don’t understand, and it’s our belief in these often preposterous ideas that have shaped history. In A More Perfect Reunion, Calvin Baker seeks to dispel these myths as he writes about four key moments of racial awakening in American history, offering a solution and a path to move towards an integrated society.   About the AuthorCalvin Baker is the author of four novels, including Grace and Dominion, which was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. He teaches in Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and has also taught in the English Department at Yale University, the University of Leipzig, where he held the Picador Chair in American Studies, Long Island University, Graduate Department of English where he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor, Bard College, and Middlebury College. His nonfiction work has appeared in Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.  Music:"Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Rich Man's Road" by The Outview, "Progress" by Keen Collective, "Caña" by Sun Shapes, "Proclaim The Dawn" by LandMrks, "Days of the Blackbird" by Pierpaolo Ranieri.
The world puts you in a box -- geography, social class, family dynamics, gender, all things you’re born into with no say in the matter.  But life gets really interesting when you’re finally able to make choices to fix what feels wrong.  In Nicole Dennis-Benn's novel Patsy she writes about one woman’s journey to live a life that’s in congruence with her values, even at a steep cost to others. About the AuthorNicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn, New York. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.  Music:"Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Hear Me Hear Me" by Davy Era, "Heavy Eyelids" by Lullatone, "Night Stroll" by Podium, "Get Away" by Rawsrvnt, "You and Me" by Keen Collective.
Have you ever felt like you’re in a tunnel trying to dig your way out and are just getting nowhere?  Like there’s not even a light at the end? In Roxane Gay and Tracy Lynne Oliver's fantastical graphic novel The Sacrifice of Darkness, a man is pushed past his limits and the consequences are global as the world is shrouded in darkness. About the AuthorsRoxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. Tracy Lynne Oliver is attempting to make a new name for herself in this writing game. She has a magical novel that is anxious to see the light of day as well as a monstrous short story collection. If you know what's good for you, you'd contact her ASAP to call dibs on this greatness before you lose the next literary Beyonce. In the meantime, you can read her essay, "Love Letters" in Medium's "Unruly Bodies" series. Episode Credits:This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was edited, mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn who also created Bookable's chill vibe.  Our host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor in chief of Loud Tree Media.  Music:"Books That Bounce" by Rufus Canis, "Uni Swing Vox" by Rufus Canis, "Walk with Me" by Land of Legs, "Dimensions Distilled" by Frozen Mesa, "Electric Passion" by Keen Collective, "Maple" by Pastek, "In the Steps of Dust" by Jules Blueprints, "Loa" by El Buho y Barrio Lindo.
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Location
Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Episode Count
38
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
21 hours, 49 minutes
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