Bonus Episode: Boarding School Novels with Meghan Phillips

In this special bonus episode, we chat with writer and editor Meghan Phillips about her obsession with boarding school novels. What makes a good boarding school novel, and why are they all sort of spooky? Plus, we give you lots of recs for our favorite boarding school reads—just in time for Halloween. Meghan is theContinue reading “Bonus Episode: Boarding School Novels with Meghan Phillips”

A Movie Buff Who Can’t Find Time to Read

On this episode, we’re setting up Sterling Melcher. Sterling is a multidisciplinary artist who lives in Philly. His work investigates the connections between performance, absurd philosophy, hard sciences, and the political landscape. He also manages a restaurant, so his weekends and nights are jam-packed, which keeps him from reading. Sterling’s favorite season is fall, forContinue reading “A Movie Buff Who Can’t Find Time to Read”

A Bookseller Used to Giving Out the Recs

Today, we’re setting up Nicole Brinkley, bookseller and manager at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, where she is the resident specialist in children’s literature and SciFi/Fantasy. Nicole is also host of the Misshelved podcast, which puts independent booksellers in conversation with authors they love. Recently, Nicole read and loved Year of the Witching and AContinue reading “A Bookseller Used to Giving Out the Recs”

A Chorus Manager Looking for Music-Filled Books

In this episode, we set up Chelsey Hill, a chorus manager and New York City-based illustrator. Chelsey’s work is inspired by eccentric New Yorkers, legendary musicians, and dynamite performers. Her work has been featured as part of the LinkNYC Urban Haiku program and the Women Conductor’s Series, and her clients include the Met Opera Chorus,Continue reading “A Chorus Manager Looking for Music-Filled Books”

Bonus Episode: Memoirist Emi Nietfeld on Accepting Your Past

In this special bonus episode, Rachel chats with Emi Nietfeld, author of the debut memoir, Acceptance. Emi’s story winds through the foster care system, mental health facilities, an arts high school, and Harvard University, chronicling the challenges of overcoming your past—while subverting the idea that we should want to. Emi talks about the process ofContinue reading “Bonus Episode: Memoirist Emi Nietfeld on Accepting Your Past”

A Penne Vodka Expert Finding Amore with a Beach Read

On this week’s show, we’re setting up Bria Schirripa. Bria is a product manager by day, and a writer and creator by night. She documents the latest happenings in New York’s charming West Village neighborhood on her page, the Bleecker Street Beat. Naturally, her dream Saturday consists of a walk in the neighborhood, in additionContinue reading “A Penne Vodka Expert Finding Amore with a Beach Read”

An Artist Who Wants to Fall in Book Love

On this week’s show, we’re setting up John-Paul Gurnett, a multidisciplinary artist. JP is the co-founder of Queer Nite and serves as communications director for BFF Omaha, both now long-running queer institutions in Nebraska. When not building community through arts engagement, he teaches English as a Second Language in a high school.  JP recently readContinue reading “An Artist Who Wants to Fall in Book Love”

Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters

On this week’s show, we’re setting up Shalita Grant, actress and founder of the company Four Naturals Hair. Grant is a Tony Award-nominated actress whose career on the stage includes runs at The Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater, where she originated the role of Cassandra in Christopher Durang’s comedy, Vanya and Sonia and MashaContinue reading “Shalita Grant Meets a Few New Characters”

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 MariaContinue reading “A Documentarian Who Loves Sweets and Strong Heroines”

A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds

Today, we’re setting up Molly Armstrong, a social justice lawyer who focuses on child welfare issues. Molly has received the prestigious Kathryn A. McDonald Award in Service to Family Court from the New York City Bar and was a Root-Tilden Scholar at NYU School of Law. She enjoys relaxing with a long walk, a goodContinue reading “A Social Justice Lawyer and Books About Sisters of All Kinds”