Shelf Talker

A curated episode list by Brooke Galbreath
Creation Date May 24th, 2019
Updated Date Updated September 23rd, 2019
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Episodes from podcasts centered on books and libraries
664: The Room of Requirement
Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 
James Frey wants to burn the world down
*Explicit language warning* Controversial American author James Frey doesn't care if he enrages you or breaks your heart, as long as his writing makes you feel something. James speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about using his book, Katerina, to examine his past and what could have been.
Parker Posey compares acting to writing
The solitary life of a writer. Actor Parker Posey chats to host Angela Ledgerwood about how her dog, Gracie, got her through the tough times when she was writing her memoir, ‘You’re on an Airplane,’ and the similarities between researching an acting role and writing.
Edward St. Aubyn: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels
Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, Mother’s Milk, and At Last: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels, recently adapted into a five-episode limited series on Showtime. Edward St. Aubyn speaks about its successful adaptation, and discusses the story of Patrick Melrose. This is a portrayal of a character assembled by the horrors of his life, with his terrors unstitched when things he didn’t believe in, such as rehabilitation and consolation, become true, bit by bit. Photos by Christopher Ho.  
 Edward St Aubyn's King Lear and the future of literary fiction - books podcast
The author explains how he reimagined Shakespeare’s thundering patriarch as a modern media baron in Dunbar, and we consider the plight of literary novelists
Interview with Sarah Bird
Listen to an exceptional interview by co-host Erika as she talks to Sarah Bird a great American novelist, screenwriter, and journalist. Sarah was born in 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her father was an officer in the US Air Force, and her family (a “Catholic family of eight”[1]), including her mother, Colista Bird, travelled with him around the US and the world during her childhood. This is the subject of the novel that Erika talks about with Sarah, The Yokota Officers Club the mother recognized signs of her daughter’s creative storytelling talent as young as kindergarten. Sarah attended the University of New Mexico, earning a BA there in 1973. Moving to the University of Texas at Austin, she went on to receive an MA in journalism there in 1976.[2] She is married to George Jones, and has one son, Gabriel Bird-Jones, born in 1989. The family lives in Austin, Texas. Bird was named Austin’s best author in 2001 by the Austin Chronicle, the year she also published The Yokata Officers Club that draws on her experiences as military brat. She has also written screenplays for the National Geographic Channel and Hallmark, as well as the CBS movie Yesterday’s Children. Another novel, The Flamenco Academy, came out in 2006. A new novel, How Perfect Is That, was published by Knopf in June 2008.
Episode 4: Sarah Bird
Novelist, Screenwriter, and Journalist Born in 1949 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sarah Bird grew up in an Air-Force family stationed in Japan. She discovered she wanted to be a writer after stumbling upon French photo romances. Including her latest novel, “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen,” Sarah is the author of ten previous books, most recently 2014’s “Above the East China Sea.” She has written screenplays for Paramount, CBS, Warner Bros, National Geographic, ABC, TNT and several independent producers. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Salon, and O Magazine. Sarah has been selected for New York Public Library’s 25 Books to Remember list, and recognized by Elle Magazine (Reader’s Prize), People Magazine (Page Turners), Library Journal (Best Novel) and a National Magazine Silver Award for her Texas Monthly columns. In 2012, Sarah was voted Best Austin Author for the fourth time by the readers of the Austin Chronicle; was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame; and received the Illumine Award for Excellence in Fiction from the Austin Library Foundation. In 2013, she was selected to be The University of Texas’ Libraries Distinguished Author speaker, and was featured on NPR’s The Moth Radio Hour. Sarah lives in Austin, Texas. Links Extras! Sarah was a photo journalist early in her career and we talk about her work covering off-beat and, primarily, African-American rodeos. Here’s some of her photos and also pix of her as a child/young woman. Sarah graciously provided a signed copy of her book Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen to support the Sanford Community Center. All proceeds are tax deductible and 100% go to benefit renovations through the Palacios Community Coalition (501c3) toward the Sanford Community Center. Contact your Studio of the Future Host, Sara Hickman, at for more information!
“I’m a podcast librarian.”
Ma'ayan Plaut is the podcast librarian at RadioPublic. But she’s not like the typical master of the Dewey Decimal System you know from your local public library. And she just so happens to be the only podcast librarian on the planet. In her three years at the company, Ma’ayan’s role has evolved from being a one-woman army recommending individual podcasts to solving the larger discoverability issues with podcasting.  Sign up for Giftogram with the code: weirdwork

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