A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines

On today’s episode, we set up Celia Aniskovich, a New York City-based documentarian who co-produced the Netflix true crime series “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” and produced the mini series “Surviving Jefferey Epstein” for Lifetime. In 2021, she released a six-part podcast series for Wondery called “The Spy Affair” about alleged Russian spy Maria Butina. Celia is currently working on a feature-length film about disability rights.

When it comes to books, Celia recently read and loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines. She considers herself a romantic, and her dream Saturday is a lounge-y morning with pastries and a long walk. If tattoos only lasted one year, she’d spring for the line “Do it for the Fat Lady,” which comes from her favorite book, Franny and Zooey. Celia thinks everyone should watch the CW teen series “One Tree Hill,” and she is a snob about snobby people.

Who will recommend the best books for this booked and busy producer? Tune in to find out!

Round 1 Picks

Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

End of the World House by Adrienne Celt

Several People Are Typing by Calvin Kasulke

Round 2 Picks

When We Lost Our Heads by Heather O’Neill

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Go Home, Ricky by Gene Kwak

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Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.