Ep. 64: Author Michelle Hoover Shares the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award Winners

Today we have a special episode all about the Massachusetts Book Awards! The winners and honorees were just announced yesterday.

My guest is author Michelle Hoover, the 2020 Coordinator for the Massachusetts Book Awards, who I served with as a lead juror in the children’s picture book and early reader category. Michelle will give some behind the scenes and help us add to our “to be read lists” as she shares the winners and honorees.

Michelle is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her latest novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection. Michelle teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program.  She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. 

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To learn more about Michelle Hoover and follow her on social media visit http://www.michelle-hoover.com

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Ep. 63: Steven Rowley, Author of The Editor

Today on A Bookish Home, I’m talking about all things books and writing with Steven Rowley, bestselling author of The Editor, which is now out in paperback.

This book is a fascinating window into the writing life and the author/editor relationship. The novel also explores a lesser known chapter of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s life, her time in publishing.

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“Filled with whimsy and warmth, the Lily and the Octopus author’s second novel centers on the complex relationship between a fledgling writer and his fabulous editor, the latter of whom becomes a mentor, friend, and maternal figure. Oh, and she happens to be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but that’s Mrs. Onassis to you.”

O, The Oprah Magazine

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“Steven Rowley has hit a home run. What a stunning portrayal of family this is. At equal turns laugh-out-loud funny and searingly poignant, Rowley has created a truly unforgettable story of a son trying to understand his mother. The Editor is one of those exceptional stories that is both a joy to read on every page and also deeply profound. It took my breath away.”

— TAYLOR JENKINS REID, AUTHOR OF DAISY JONES AND THE SIX

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Ep. 62: Fiona Davis, Author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Today on A Bookish Home, the podcast, I’m chatting with library fan and historical fiction author, Fiona Davis, whose new book is called The Lions of Fifth Avenue.

I loved the bookish mystery at the heart of this story and being able to step into the world of the New York Public Library during alternating time periods. Fellow bibliophiles will want to get their bookstore orders and library holds ready!

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“Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery … The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

 

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“Fiona Davis has again produced a first-class tale … intrigue seeps through until the final pages, revealing New York in the early 1900s, the beginnings of the feminist movement and the insidious sale of stolen rare books. It’s a literary delight.”— Authorlink

 

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Ep. 61: Kim Johnson, Author of This Is My America

This week, I’m sharing an interview with Kim Johnson, author of the phenomenal and timely new young adult book, This Is My America.

Teens and adults alike, this is essential reading that provides a window into Black Lives Matter activism as well as the human impact of racism in our criminal justice system through the characters of Tracy and her family. 

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“Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists.”

– Kirkus, starred review

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I hope you order This Is my America or pick it up at your local library. And if you are a teacher or librarian, this is a must purchase for your classroom or library shelves.

My prediction is before long there won’t be room for all the award medals on the cover of this classic in the making.

 

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Ep. 60: Amy Poeppel, Author of Musical Chairs

This week I’m delighted to welcome Amy Poeppel to the podcast, author of the new novel, Musical Chairs. This is my favorite kind of summer novel. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages by the pool, unless it’s to pause and laugh out loud, or to stop and savor some beautiful observation about life and relationships.

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“A story of deep friendship . . . a story of motherhood, of daughterhood, and of sisterhood—when to help, when to let go, and when to celebrate. It is also a story of fixing up a house. A story of music. A story of aging. A story of being scared to change and yet still wanting to. And a story of falling in love…A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.” –Kirkus starred review

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“Full of Amy Poeppel’s trademark warmth, wit, and humor, Musical Chairs is a literary love song that will leave readers swooning as they wax rhapsodic with the pure joy of reading. Pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and let the music take you away.”

– Pamela Klinger Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

 

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Ep. 59: Maggie Doherty, Author of The Equivalents

This week, Maggie Doherty joins me on the podcast to discuss her new book, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. Maggie Doherty is a literary scholar, historian, and critic based at Harvard and has written a fascinating account of an experiment in combining intellectual pursuits and motherhood by providing “a room of one’s own” at Harvard for a select group of women in the 1960s.

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“The timely, never-before-told story of five brilliant, passionate women who, in the early 1960s, converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study and became friends as well as artistic collaborators, and who went on to shape the course of feminism in ways that are still felt today.”

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The Equivalents is such an exciting, engaging, and important book that I loathed doing anything but reading it. With great psychological acumen, and ever-mindful of the nuances of class, race, and gender, Maggie Doherty brings these women vividly to life, allowing us to hear them speak, to feel their conflicts and their triumphs. By the end, I was electric with insights into my own relationships and work, and, perhaps surprisingly, I felt very optimistic about the future. Being creative while female has never been easy, and our best hope for resolution is this variety of historical excavation, one that shows us how people have tried to resolve it before, so we may learn and keep pushing forward, newly enlightened.”
 
—Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own 

 

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Ep. 58: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Hello Summer

This week I welcome New York Times bestselling author and queen of the beach read, Mary Kay Andrews, back to the podcast. Her novels include Sunset Beach, The Weekenders, Summer Rental, her latest, Hello Summer and many more.

“Hello, Summer is another gem by the always wonderful Mary Kay Andrews.” -PopSugar

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We spoke last month about launching Hello Summer during the height of the pandemic,  the ways her early career as a journalist influenced this love letter to the small town newspaper, what she’s been reading and writing at home, and much more.

 

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Did you miss last summer’s episode with Mary Kay Andrews? You can still listen to episode 36, when we chatted about Sunset Beach and Mary Kay’s fascinating journey as a writer.

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Ep. 57: Julie Clark, Author of the Last Flight

This week, I’m excited to share an interview with Julie Clark we recorded last month. We discussed her new book, The Last Flight, life as an author during quarantine, her writing journey, and much more.

In a starred review, Kirkus called The Last Flight, “A tense and engaging womancentric thriller…Propulsive prose drives Clark’s tale of the intersecting lives of these two smart and resourceful women, and emphasis is placed on the importance of female friendship and support. Readers will surely find themselves hopelessly invested in Claire’s and Eva’s ultimate fates.”

Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific and a brief stint working in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. She is the author of The Ones We Choose and her new book is The Last Flight.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Ones We Choose

The Last Flight

Long Great River 

Oona Out of Order

Pretty Things

Goodnight Beautiful

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Ep. 56: Jean Van’t Hul Of The Artful Parent

This week I’m excited to chat with Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent. I find Jean’s books and blog so inspiring in terms of embracing art and creativity with my kids. If you’re looking for simple ways to bring art into your childrens’ lives and break up long days at home, this episode is for you!

Jean Van’t Hul helps parents, caregivers and teachers share art with the kids in their lives through her blog, The Artful Parent, her books, art classes, online courses and the Kids Art Club. A graduate of Wellesley college with a major in art history and studio art, she worked in various art and nonprofit fields before having kids and becoming passionate about children’s creativity. Jean is the author of the Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life With Art and Creativity and The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays With Crafts and Recipes. She lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. 

 

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Artful Parent 

The Artful Year

97 Orchard

Visit Jean’s blog The Artful Parent for more inspiration!

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Ep. 55: Anne Bogel, Author of Don’t Overthink It

This week I’m delighted to welcome author, podcaster, blogger, and book whisperer extraordinaire, Anne Bogel, back to the podcast.

Anne’s new book, Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is a timely and practical guide to taming some of the anxiety and stress swirling around our minds.

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Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Don’t Overthink It

Recipe for Persuasion

Evvie Drake Starts Over

The Unhoneymooners

Things You Save In A Fire

Royal Holiday

Party of Two

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The Summer Before the War

The Gown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

84 Charing Cross Road

Lovely War

The Jane Austen Society

 

Visit Anne’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and in particular get ready for her wonderful annual summer reading guide, coming soon! Anne also has two podcasts for bookworms, What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book.

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