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13 Dec 2018

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    BOTNS #390: Hello… Oops!

    Sadly, we have come to the true end of Books on the Nightstand. Happily, this final episode is filled with bloopers!     Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now. The deadline is July 31, 2016. While entering, you can opt-in to a mailing list, where we can keep you updated on BOTNS news. We can't guarantee what we will be sending out via this list other than that we will share our two monthly selections that will go to the winners of the sweepstakes.   If you'd like to join the mailing list for possible future BOTNS news, but can't enter the sweepstakes because you live outside the US, or because you've reached this page after the sweepstakes has ended, you can sign up here.   Ways to interact with Books on the Nightstand, as well as with Ann and Michael, going forward: The Books on the Nightstand Goodreads Group Older episodes of the podcast Twitter: @annkingman and @mkindness Litsy: @mkindness

  • Posted on 07 Jul 2016

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    BOTNS #389: All Good Things… Part Two

    A preview of fiction titles we're looking forward to in the next nine months. _______________________________________________ Don't Forget! Although this is the final "regular" episode of Books on the Nightstand, there will be an episode 390 - filled with hilarious bloopers! _______________________________________________ Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! While entering, you can opt-in to a mailing list, where we can keep you updated on BOTNS news. We can't guarantee what we will be sending out via this list other than that we will share our two monthly selections that will go to the winners of the sweepstakes. (Something many of you asked for!) If you'd like to join the mailing list for possible future BOTNS news, but can't enter the sweepstakes because you live outside the US, you can sign up here. Tell me what to read this summer! Go here to vote on which of  six titles I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't read I should read before Labor Day.   Audiobook of the week (05:37)  My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, narrated by Hillary Huber, is Ann's pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   Fiction Preview (11:39)                   There's a ton of great fiction titles coming out in the next 9 months. Here are our picks: DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball The Dream Life of Astronauts by Patrick Ryan Dr. Knox by Peter Spiegelman The Last One by Alexandra Oliva The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers Dark Matter by Blake Crouch The Nix by Nathan Hill Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead The Ballroom by Anna Hope Nutshell by Ian McEwan Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch The Apartment: A Horror Story by S.L. Grey The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore The Mothers by Brit Bennett Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas Untitled Novel by Hannah Tinti Ill Will by Dan Chaon   That brings us to the end of last full episode of Books on the Nightstand. THANK YOU to all of you who've been with us on this bookish journey, whether from episode 1 or episode 389. You  have all made this worthwhile! -- Ann and Michael

  • Posted on 29 Jun 2016

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    BOTNS #388: All Good Things… Part One

    A preview of non-fiction titles coming in the next eight months.   Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you'd like to join the mailing list for possible future BOTNS news, but can't enter the sweepstakes because you live outside the US, you can sign up here. We can't guarantee what we will be sending out via this list other than that we will share our two monthly selections that will go to the winners of the sweepstakes. (Something many of you asked for!)   Tell me what to read this summer! Go here to vote on which of  six titles I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't read I should read before Labor Day.   Audiobook of the week (03:35)  Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, narrated by Robert Petkoff, is my pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   Non-Fiction Preview (06:52)                         Lots of great non-fiction titles coming out in the next 8 months or so. Here are our picks: How to Be a Person in the World by Heather Havrilesky Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin We Are Not Such Things by Justine van der Luen Hero of the Empire by Candice Millard Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky Eyes on the Street by Robert Kanigel Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich The French Chef in America by Alex Prud'Homme In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett A Lowcountry Heart by Pat Conroy A Truck Full of Money by Tracy Kidder Bellevue by David Oshinsky Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami Doctor Who: Whographica by Steve O'Brien The Inkblots by Damion Searls

  • Posted on 21 Jun 2016

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    BOTNS #387: Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full

    We recommend tons of podcasts, then rave about Anatomy of a Solder by Harry Parker, and The Girls by Emma Cline.   The Summer reading packet came home from Ann's daughters' school. In addition to reading David Copperfield, the students must choose one of the following contemporary books: The Handmaid's Tale, The Interestings, or The Poisonwood Bible. They also must read selected chapters from How to Read Literature Like a Professor, and also must keep a reading journal using the prompts included in the handout.  Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now! If you'd like to join the mailing list for possible future BOTNS news (no promises!), but can't enter the sweepstakes because you live outside the US, you can sign up here.   Audiobook of the week (10:30)  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, narrated by George Newbern, is Ann's pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   Podcasts to Keep Your Nightstand Full (14:07) When we announced the end of BOTNS, a common cry from listeners was, "What will I listen to now?" This podcast is your resource. Here are many bookish podcasts for you to check out! (Keep in mind, what's included here is just the list. For descriptions of the podcasts, be sure to listen to this episode.) Checkout the Podcasts - Books & Authors thread at the BOTNS Goodreads Group for an existing list of podcasts The Readers Literary Disco Literally Unplanned Adventures with Words Book Riot has several podcasts, including The Book Riot Podcast and All the Books Mashreads Drunk Booksellers Overdue What Should I Read Next? The New York Times Book Review Podcast Spoiler (the new podcast from the hosts of The Reading Room) PW More to Come A few Penguin Random House podcasts: Beaks & Geeks, This is the Author, and Book Club Appetizer Lastly, we recommend several non-bookish podcasts: Good Job, Brain Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Invisibilia Mystery Show Startup Reply All Boy vs. Girl The Archers   Two Books We Can't Wait For You to Read (39:55)       Ann recommends Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker. The novel follows British soldier Captain Tom Barnes, but, in a unique twist, the story is told from the points of view of objects that interact with Barnes: dog tags, boots, medical instruments used to keep him alive after an explosion powered in part by another "narrator" - a bag of fertilizer. I wholeheartedly recommend The Girls by Emma Cline. This debut novel follows a young teen in Northern California of the late 1960s, who gets pulled into a Charles Manson-like cult. The writing is astonishingly good and it will surely be one of my favorite books of 2016. Ann also loved The Girls, and mentions listening to You Must Remember This, a podcast about old Hollywood, that did several episodes about the Manson murders.

  • Posted on 14 Jun 2016

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    BOTNS #386: The Final Interrogation

    We answer your burning questions, and then recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.   Thank you to everyone who sent us messages, tweets, comments, etc. about the ending of Books on the Nightstand. Though you all shared your disapointment, nearly all of you said you understood why were bowing out now, and thanked us for the nearly 400 episodes.  Information on our special Two Dozen Books We Can't Wait For You to Read Sweepstakes is available here. Be sure to enter now!   Audiobook of the week (14:38)  Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, narrated by Ellen Archer and Robert Fass, is my pick for this week's Audiobooks.com Audiobook of the Week. Special thanks to Audiobooks.com for sponsoring this episode of Books on the Nightstand. Audiobooks.com allows you to listen to over 100,000 audiobooks, instantly, wherever you are, and the first one is free. Download or stream any book directly to your Apple or Android device. Sign up for a free 30-day trial and free audiobook download by going to www.audiobooks.com/freebook   The Final Interrogation (18:35) When we announced the end of BOTNS, we encouraged you all to write in with final Q&A questions. I won't recount every question and answer in these show notes (you can listen to the podcast for that!), but here are a few questions for which the answers have links: Jessie from Maine asked if we'll continue to recommend books via social media (yes - twitter: @AnnKingman and @mkindness, and Michael is using Litsy more). Yes, Heidi, the Books on the Nightstand Goodreads group will continue to exist! Joanne asked about becoming a more focused reader. Ann recommends taking a creative writing class (like the one she took at Grub Street in Boston), and also reading Francine Prose's Reading Like a Writer. Anne asked about how we create the podcast. Awhile back we wrote up our workflow for a presentation we did at BEA. You can find that info at the very end of these show notes.   Two Books We Can't Wait For You to Read (51:44)       I recommend The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. It is one book in a sea of books about happiness, but it is speaking to me in a way that other books haven't. Filled with 9 secrets informed by insights gleaned by the author as well as wisdom from past great thinkers, The Happiness Equation is showing me simple things I can do (and am doing) to be happier every day. Ann recommends Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It's the story of two half-sisters (each unaware of the other) in 18th-century Ghana. One is married off to an Englishman who is a slave trader, and the other is slave, sold by this man. The book then moves forward, tracing the descendants of these two women. Ann knows that this will end up being one of her favorite books of 2016.     Books on the Nightstand Podcast Workflow Michael and Ann each record on Zoom H2 microphones in their own home offices, while talking on the phone with headsets. Each uses a pop filter while recording to cut down on hard p and s sounds. We alternate editing duties on a weekly basis. The person who is not editing sends their .wav file to the one who is editing. Editor uses Audacity to combine the two files. Editor tightens the file by removing mistakes, coughs, etc. Intro music and intermission tracks are added. File is exported into MP3 format and uploaded to Libsyn (podcast host). Show notes are written in Wordpress, hosted at HostGator. URL of Libsyn file is plugged into Wordpress post, and post is published. Post is automatically distributed to iTunes, Instacast, Stitcher, etc. Show is linked and promoted through Twitter, and other social media networks. Approximate time - Recording: 1 hour  - Editing: 1 hour. - Show notes - 30 minutes.

  • Posted on 08 Jun 2016

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