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Discussion Notes: Black Leopard Red Wolf For this discussion we read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. In two weeks we will read The Bridegroom Was a Dog by Yoko Tawada. Rated: Exlicit. SUPER Explicit! We were supposed to release this book discussion in April. However, this book really did a number of Gerald, Colette and Anais. The gratuitous violence and sexual violence made the book difficult to read. We finally discussed it in May, and were slow to publish for similarly anguished reasons. We start the discussion by focusing on what we did like about the book, and there was a lot to love and admire. James’s talent is undeniable. However those talents were at times difficult to appreciate. There was too much unnecessary (and at times borderline silly) violence to get through. We reserve our rants for the last 15 minutes of the discussion. We will be releasing the next three book discussion two weeks apart to help us get back on schedule. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Black Leopard Red Wolf | Marlon James | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 26 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Exit West In January we read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Next month we will read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. Rated: Clean Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, which was short listed for the 2017 Booker prize. At the heart of this book is a romance, tested by a civil war, the painful life of a migrant on the run in foreign countries, and the labyrinthine system of fictitious doors that lead them on their difficult trip across the globe. All three hosts loved the book, it’s tone, and light element of magical realism that tied the story together. Sorry we’re late with this one! Gerald and Anais run the editing behind the scenes in whatever free time they can find in busy lives. Gerald’s moved house and had no internet for 2 weeks, and Anais couldn’t keep up with all the shows without him! April should be back on track. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Exit West | Mohsin Hamid | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 25 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Milkman In January we read Milkman by Anna Burns. Next month we will read Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean-ish Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss the 2018 Booker prize winner Milkman by Anna Burns. This challenging book examines gender, tribalism, the power of rumor, shame, and violence during The Troubles of the 1970s in what is presumably Belfast. As many reviewers before us have said, the prose can be difficult to read in long sittings. So we start there, get the complaints out of the way, then dive into all the rich storytelling, insights, and plot tendrils embedded in this breathtaking novel. We apologize for audio issues. Colette’s professional microphone had to be sent to the manufacturer to be replaced, and in the meantime we rolled the dice on a gaming headset, and the bet didn’t quite pan out, but it’s worth it for her invaluable insights and comments. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Milkman | Anna Burns | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 24 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: American Pastoral In December we read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Next month we will read Milkman by Anna Burns. Rated: Adult Themes, Clean Language Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss American Pastoral by Philip Roth, the Pulitzer Prize winning book of 1998 about how a happy and conventional upper middle class life is ruined from within. All three hosts thoroughly enjoyed the book, but took some issue with the repetitive prose. Nonetheless, the brilliant insights into humanity, immigration, assimilation, violence, and the futility of control sucked our hosts right into the plot and characters’ lives. They discuss the novel’s unusual framing device, clever setting, and much, much more. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post American Pastoral | Philip Roth | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 23 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Sing, Unburied, Sing In November we read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Next month we will read American Pastoral by Philip Roth. Rated: Difficult Themes, One F-bomb Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, a book the three of them thoroughly enjoyed. Despite being under 300 pages long, the novel felt full of spirit, meaning, and plot. Tune in to the gush fest and dig deeper into the themes Ward explores through her poetic prose, resonant symbols, and perfectly paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 22 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Crazy Rich Asians In October we read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Next month we will read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Rated: Explicit Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Though not technically a literary novel, we decided to read this story due to its cultural relevance and novel subject matter. Be forewarned that we discuss this book as lovers of the literary, and often find ourselves demanding more. Nonetheless, we find plenty of gems inside this book, appreciate its cultural significance, and were entertained, no small feat for any novel – literary or otherwise. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 21 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Manhattan Beach In September we read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Next month we will read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Rated: Explicit This week we welcome back Colette Sartor who joined us on the weekly short story discussion podcast to discuss “The Proxy Marriage” by Maile Meloy on Ep 123. Colette will be joining the bookclub as a regular host. Hooray! Gerald, Anais, and Colette discuss Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. In 2017, the novel was long listed for the National Book Award and selected by Time magazine as one of its top ten novels of that year. This historical crime novel gripped all three hosts  with its broody mood, brilliant prose, and vivid characters. Through discussion, they try to unravel meaning from Egan’s twisty, fast-paced plot. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Manhattan Beach | Jennifer Egan | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 20 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Here Comes the Sun In August we read Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn. Next month we will read Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Rated: Explicit This week the bookclub makes due with just Gerald and Anais! In spite of scheduling conflicts and the hurricane in Hawaii, the discussion  went on! Our two hosts tackle Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn and grapple with the shades of darkness in this beautifully written novel that dwells on difficult and heavy themes. Through discussion, Gerald and Anais tease apart the plot from the themes and discover the moments they enjoyed most, and the moments that left them bewildered. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Support us on Patreon We’re still a self-funded podcast. We work hard every week to bring you the best content possible.   Psst: Full list of books discussed on the podcast >> The post Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 19 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Reservoir 13 In July we read Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Next month we will read Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn Rated: Clean Erika Liodice, author. Winner of the 2017 Costa Novel Award, Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor challenges reader expectations by subverting mystery tropes and dwelling on the aftermath of a disappearance, such as it may be. Gerald, Maya and Anais were joined by Erika Liodice. She is the author of Empty Arms: A Novel as well as the new children’s book series High Flyers: Rookie of the Year.  Erika pens “The Indie Way” column on the popular fiction writing website, Writer Unboxed, and is a contributor to Author In Progress, the Writer Unboxed team’s first anthology. To learn more about Erika and her work, visit erikaliodice.com. Interview with Erika Anais sat down with Erika to discuss her novel which is also focused on a missing girl of sorts, and to discuss her more recent adventures in writing children’s books and racing pigeons. Yes, really, racing real pigeons. The interview is available to our patrons on Patreon.   To become a patron, you determine how much to donate to Literary Roadhouse to keep our show going. Support us on Patreon We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post Reservoir 13 | Jon McGregor | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 18 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: The Sympathizer In June we read The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Next month we will read Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Rated: Explicit Guest Gael Gilliland, found of The Legacy Recorder Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize, this gripping novel centers around a mole in the Vietnamese army. The story follows his journey after he flees Vietnam. The book  is often funny, sometimes horrifying, and always clever. Gerald and Anais were joined by Gael Gilliland. She is the founder of The Legacy Recorder (www.thelegacyrecorder.com) which  helps people preserve their favorite moments and wisdom for generations to come. The Legacy Recorder works with both individuals and assisted living facilities to help preserve individual’s life stories. If she looks familiar, that’s because Gael had previously joined our weekly show for a discussion of The Kitchen Child by Angela Carter.  We’d love to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 17 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: The Heirs Next month’s novel: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen Rated: Adult Themes Susan Pogorzelski, YA Author and Editor In May we read The Heirs by Susan Rieger, a character-driven novel chock full of thrilling plot twists. Gerald and Anais were joined by guest host Susan Pogorzelski (www.susanpogorzelski.com), the author of the Gold in the Days of Summer novella series. She’s a YA author who founded Brown Beagle Books (www.brownbeaglebooks.com) to help emerging writers share their literary vision and develop their writing talents.   All three hosts loved the story which Anais and Susan described as a mature, subdued soap opera. Gerald fell in love with Eleanor, Susan loved Sam, and Anais could not stand Jim. Surely characters that elicit such strong responses must be vivid and worth the read. The hosts also analyzed the novel’s prose and themes. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Tell us below! Or on Twitter @litroadhouse or in our FB group. Join the Literary Roadhouse Readers FB Group Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post The Heirs | Susan Rieger | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 16 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Lincoln in the Bardo Next month’s novel: The Heirs by Susan Rieger Rated: Explicit The bookclub read the 2017 Man Booker Prize winner Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. The hosts are split with Anais vehemently defending a novel she loved that Gerald disliked and Maya found disappointing, even as she saw its merits. While Gerald liked the beginning, it quickly went downhill for him, while Maya felt the experiment didn’t quite pan out. Anais  enjoyed the book so much and found it so funny that she, while reading, yelped with excitement. And you? We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post Lincoln in the Bardo | George Saunders | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 15 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Swing Time Next month’s novel: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Rated: Clean On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, and Tamara discuss Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, a vibrant story about race, class, and long-term friendship. All three hosts gush about the novel’s characters and prose, and marvel at how astutely Smith draws her characters. When it comes to discussing plots, opinions diverge. Stay for nuanced recommendations about why to read this story, and for a discussion on what we want from fiction. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post Swing Time | Zadie Smith | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 14 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: The Association of Small Bombs Next month’s novel: Swing Time by Zadie Smith Rated: Explicit themes and language The Literary Roadhouse Bookclub is back after a (year) long hiatus! And we’ve made some behind the scenes staff and systems changes to return to a regular monthly schedule. We missed you, and hope you let your friends know the bookclub is back on. If you missed us and want to help us thrive, consider contributing to our expenses at patreon.com/literaryroadhouse. On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, and Tamara discuss Karan Mahajan’s sophomore novel The Association of Small Bombs, a gritty story that explores the character of terrorism in India. At first, our hosts struggle to piece together this fragmented story structure, but slowly, through deep discussion and analysis, begin to understand the clever theme and lessons embedded in the narrative. Along the way, they find a new appreciation for Mahajan’s celebrated novel. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post The Association of Small Bombs | Karan Mahajan | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 13 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: White Light Next month’s novel: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan Rated: Explicit themes and language On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, and Maya gush over this literary novel that delves into the artistic process, loss, body image, and relationships, both romantic and familial. The hosts analyze the novel’s characters, themes, motifs, and framing devices. All three hosts were impressed with the way traditional and visual art is threaded throughout the novel to highlight emotional beats and themes. In particular, Maya loved the poetics and raw craft. As for Anais, the astute renderings of fictional characters so they resembled people she'[s encountered in life was hair raising. Meanwhile, Gerald fawned about the depth of the themes which lurked beneath a simple plot. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post White Light | Vanessa Garcia | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 12 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: A Head Full of Ghosts We’re back! Listen to the opening clip to learn more about our break and what you can do to prevent future breaks. Namely, support us! Either at patreon.com/literaryroadhouse and/or by leaving a review on iTunes. Next month’s novel: White Light by Vanessa Garcia Rated: Adult Themes, No Explicit Language Join us as we discuss Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts with author John L. Monk. John writes and podcasts from Virginia. Has has a degree in cultural anthropology, boldly does the dishes, roots out evil wherever it lurks, and writes his own stunts. If A Head Full of Ghosts whet your appetite for the spooky, check out John’s supernatural thriller, Kick. You can learn more about John at his website, john-l-monk.com On today’s show, Anais, Gerald, Maya and John discuss this strange horror story by Paul Tremblay that mixes classic possession stories with modern day reality TV. The hosts analyze the novel’s views on religion, the spectacle of reality TV, memory, and mental illness. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 11 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Underground Airlines Next month’s novel: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Rated: Clean Na’amen Gobert Tilahun This month we welcome Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, a California-based writer whose words have appeared in io9.com, Fantasy Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Stone Telling, Full of Crows, The Big Click, faggot dinosaur, Spelling the Hours, Eleven Eleven and others. Recently, he was named one of 13 Bay Area Writers to Read in 2016 in 7X7 magazine. In June, Night Shade Books published his debut novel The Root. Set in modern-day San Francisco, this second-world epic and urban fantasy brims with gods, sinister government agencies, and worlds of dark magic hidden just below the surface. To learn more about Na’amen, visit his website at naamen.org. On today’s show, Tamara Woods returns as a regular host. Anais, Gerald, Tamara and Na’amen discuss Ben Winters’s controversial novel, Underground Airlines. In Underground Airlines, the Civil War never happened and four southern states still old slaves. Victor hunts down fugitive slaves who cross into the free states, and must reconcile his race and his past with his job. The hosts analyze the novel’s politics, historical re-imagining, cast of characters, and the effectiveness of the thriller-genre narrative. While talking about race can prove thorny, we embrace the discussion rather than shy away from it. We’d like to hear from you Did we miss something? Let us know what you think of the novel in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the right. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post Underground Airlines by Ben Winters | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 10 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep Next month’s novel: Underground Airlines by Ben Winters Rated: Clean Tamara Woods This month we welcome back Tamara Woods, author of The Shaping of an Angry Black Woman, and writer behind the PenPaperPad blog. She has been writing for 20 years, and has a passion for poetry. Tamara is working with Literary Roadhouse behind the scenes to publish a poetry podcast soon. She was recently in New York interviewing poets. If you’re interested in poetry and want to support her podcast, please consider donating at Literary Roadhouse’s Patreon campaign. Every show we produce brings with it additional costs, so every bit helps. Join Anais, Gerald, and Tamara in their discussion of Joanna Cannon’s debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Grace and Tilly, two young girls in an English suburb in 1976 look for a neighbor who has gone missing. The hosts analyze the novel’s ensemble cast, the rich prose, and the novels many themes. While all three hosts enjoyed the novel, they agreed that the first third of the novel felt different than the last 2/3rds. For Gerald, the rich imagery from the first third tapered of later in the book. Meanwhile, Anais found it difficult to reconcile the wise voice of the first third of the book with a ten year old child’s point of view. As for Tamara, she enjoyed the mystery’s suspense and gasped at key points as twists and clues were revealed. This episode ends with a religious epiphany! Listen to find out who is God. Did you enjoy Joanna Cannon’s mystery? Let us know what you think in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the left. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. Please leave an iTunes review! It helps us attract a wider audience and keep growing. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 9 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: God Help the Child Next month’s novel: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon Rated: Adult Themes Lovelyn Bettison This month we’re joined by Lovelyn Bettison, author of Perfect Family and The Box. She is an avid reader of magical realism and a fan of Toni Morrison, who influences her work. You can buy her books on her website: lovelynbettison.com. Listeners of our weekly show may remember Lovelyn from our discussion of Zadie Smith’s “Escape from New York.” Join Anais, Maya, and Lovelyn as they discuss Toni Morrison’s latest novel God Help the Child. The book follows primarily Bride and Booker as they try to find their adult identities, but are weighed down by the burden of childhood traumas. The hosts analyze how Morrison’s prose departs from her usual style. At the same time, they highlight the ways in which this more subtle story remains quintessentially Morrison. For Lovelyn, the book’s magical realist elements tickled her imagination. Meanwhile Maya found the emotional of the book a bit muted. As for Anais, the relationship between shifts in point of view and theme seemed like a puzzle worth cracking. What is Morrison saying about childhood trauma, and is there hope? Listen and let us know what you think in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the left. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. We (try to) air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post God Help the Child by Toni Morrison |Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 8 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Tram 83 Next month’s novel: God Help the Child by Toni Morrison Rated: Explicit This month we discuss Tram 83 with John McCoy, host of Sophomore Lit, a podcast about your tenth grade reading list. Follow John on twitter @tracemcjoy Join John and Anais as they discuss Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel Tram 83. Set in a fictional city-state in Western Africa, the novel shares a name with a frenetic jazz club where alcohol and sex transact like currency. The hosts analyze Fiston’s unique prose and shifting tone. While, the narrator and point of view confound, they charm. Anais struggled to find the protagonist’s goal. Meanwhile John debated whether or not the characters represents individuals, or archetypes. To what extent does the novel echo the real world’s West African history? Does a setting like Tram 83 exist? How much of the story should be interpreted as allegory to the real world, and how much of it should be enjoyed as hyperbolic fiction? If you have any comments, please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Or, if you prefer, leave a voicemail by clicking on the feature to the left. By the way, we may play your voicemail on our next show, so tell us if you would prefer we did not. We air the first Friday of every month, and discuss the books on Twitter between shows using #LRHBookclub. The post Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila |Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 7 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: The Sellout Next Month’s novel is Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy Rated: Explicit for Adult Themes and Language Our guest this month couldn’t make it, but Anais, Maya, and Gerald dove in to this dark satire by Paul Beatty. The Sellout follows a black, urban farmer who, in an effort to restore the black community in his hometown of Dickens, decides to segregate his community. The novel touches on other dark moments in American black history such as slavery, minstrel entertainment, and the civil rights movement. Gerald enjoyed the novel for its fresh prose, humor, and sheer entertainment value, but, as an outsider to both the black experience and United States history, struggled to connect with the references and message on a personal level. Anais was delighted by the courage in the social commentary and the stream-of-consciousness narrative. Maya loved the slam poetry roots evident in the language, and the use of black culture’s ‘inside voice’, and related several points in the novel to her own experience as a black woman in the United States. If you have any recommendations for the bookclub, please let us know in the comments. We also have a voicemail system on the website. If you would like to leave a voicemail please click the green bar that says voicemail on the left. We may play your comment live on the show, unless you tell us not to. We air the first Friday of every month and discuss the books on twitter using #LRHBC The post Discussing The Sellout | Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 5 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Guest: Karan Bajaj Rated: Clean This week we have a treat for you! Literary Roadhouse  Discussions in a new intermittent extra podcast where we discuss literature and writing with authors and other literary figures. Our first guest is Karan Bajaj. Karan Bajaj is a #1 bestselling Indian novelist with more than 200,000 copies of his novels in print, both optioned into major films. Karan’s first worldwide novel, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent, will be published by Random House on May 3rd’ 2016. The book, called “The greatest adventure of our Generation” by The Daily Telegraph was inspired by Karan’s one year sabbatical traveling from Europe to India by road and learning yoga and meditation in the Himalayas. During our discussion, we dove deep into how travel and adventure affects his writing. His own spiritual hero’s journey and the reflections seen in his novels and the four one plan that Karan lives by; where he works a normal job for 4 years and then takes a 1 year sabbatical to refill his well of spirituality and creativity. This a wonderfully interesting discussion on writing, reading and life, we hope you enjoy it. THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT will be published worldwide by Random House on May 3, 2016. The book is about a Wall Street investment banker who becomes a yogi in the Himalayas and is both a page turning adventure through the hidden underbelly of India and a contemporary take on man’s classic quest for transcendence. The book is receiving excellent advance reviews with The Daily Telegraph calling it “The greatest adventure of our generation” and Sharon Gannon saying it’s “A superb meditation on effort and grace, on the level of Herman Hesse and Victor Frankl,” Karan is also a yoga instructor and you can get a free meditation course, a Quit Sugar in 7 days nutrition guide, a yoga flow video course and other gifts when you order your book today. Details at www.karanbajaj.com/yogamax Learn more about Karan: Website: www.karanbajaj.com Twitter: @realkaranbajaj Instagram: realkaranbajaj Facebook: www.facebook.com/author.karanbajaj If you enjoyed this extra content, please support our Patreon campaign. We would love to add Literary Discussions to our regular podcast line up but are struggling with the audio editing. Just as the great painters and writers of old relied of Patrons to produce their art, every dollar of support will get us closer to hiring someone to do the audio editing. An audio editor not only would improve the audio quality but would help up launch three planned future shows. www.patreon.com/literaryRoadhouse   The post Literary Roadhouse Discussions with Karan Bajaj appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Discussion Notes: Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist Next Month’s novel is The Sellout by Paul Beatty Rated: Clean This month author Michael La Ronn joins us to discuss Sunil Yapa’s novel, Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist. In addition to being a poet and author of fantasy novels, Michael is a host on the To Be Read Podcast. Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is a fiction novel set during the 1999 WTO protests in Seattle. With a small cast of characters, Sunil Yapa successfully examines the events of that eventful day as well as touching on themes of family and community. This debut novel successfully breaks rules in an engaging and rewarding way. Michael fit right into the Literary Roadhouse with his insightful in-depth analysis. Anais considered the politics of the novel interesting but wonders how it would be received by less liberal audiences, while Michael and Gerald found it balanced without the common political novel missteps. If you have any suggestions for the new bookclub please let us know in the comments. We also have a voicemail system on the website; if you would like to leave a voicemail and perhaps have us play your comments about this book, please click the green bar that says voicemail. We air the first Friday of every month and discuss the books on twitter using #LRHBookclub The post Your Heart is a Muscle The Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 4 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Rated: This episode has adult themes but does not have adult language Yay! The Literary Roadhouse Bookclub is here and this month we discussed the novel Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang. Tamara Woods joins us for this weeks bookclub discussion with wonderful input on the language and intimacy of the story. A poet, writer and founder of the Reverie Journal, Tamara reads deeply and we see that in this show. She is also the future host of our upcoming poetry podcast that will launch this summer. Inheritance was loved by the entire podcast and we enjoyed discussing the themes of family, identity, war and control. For the next month’s episode we will discuss Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. If you have any suggestions for the new bookclub please let us know in the comments. We also have a voicemail system on the website; if you would like to leave a voicemail and perhaps have us play your comments about Inheritance, please click the green bar that says voicemail. We air the first Friday of every month and discuss the books on twitter using #LRHBookclub The post Discussing Inheritance by Lan Samantha Chang Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 3 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
Rated Explicit for Adult Themes and Language This month Roz Morris joins us as guest co-host. She is a ghost writer, writing teacher and author of My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She was a wonderful addition to this weeks discussion lending her experience as a writing teacher and all around well-read person to deepen our analysis of Fates and Furies. To find more information about her, please visit her website. While Anais, Gerald and Maya enjoyed the novel, both Maya and Roz had issues with some parts of this much talked about piece. We discuss our differences, ideas, the language and structure in depth so do not listen if you want to avoid spoilers. Yay! The Literary Roadhouse Bookclub is here and this month we discussed Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. It led to quite the debate and I can’t wait for the next book. For the next month’s episode we will discuss Inheritance: A Novel by Lan Samantha Chang. If you have any suggestions for the new bookclub please let us know in the comments. We also have a voicemail system on the website; if you would like to leave a voicemail and perhaps have us play your comments about Inheritance, please click the green bar that says voicemail. We air the first Friday of every month and discuss the books on twitter using #LRHBookclub   The post A Discussion of Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff Literary Roadhouse Bookclub Ep 2 appeared first on Literary Roadhouse.
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Jan 2nd, 2016
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