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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading.  Make sure to check the website www.thestackspodcast.com for more details, including upcoming The Stacks Book Club picks.

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    Ep. 227 Funny but Not F*cking Around with W. Kamau Bell and Kate Schatz

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 62:20


    Emmy Award winner W. Kamau Bell and bestselling author Kate Schatz visit The Stacks to discuss their joint effort Do the Work!: An Antiracist Activity Book. They break down how the process of co-writing, how they decided to write for white audiences, and explain why we need an adult activity book for antiracism in the first place. We also ask, what do we do when we mess up; what makes a good apology?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/10/ep-227-w-kamau-bell-and-kate-schatzThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Connect with W. Kamau: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with Kate: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonCare/of – visit TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order.Patreon - go to patreon.com/thestacks for insider access and pick the tier that works for you, for as little as $5 a month.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 234 The Trees by Percival Everett -- The Stacks Book Club (Lisa Lucas)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 55:52


    Today, publisher Lisa Lucas returns to help us break down the 2021 crime novel The Trees by Percival Everett. In discussing the page-turning thriller, we admire the brilliance of the humor and history on every page, and the mastery Percival Everett himself. We also ask questions around the future, past, and present of the United States in the face of palpable political tensions.There are spoilers on this episode.Be sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our October book club pick will be!You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/28/ep-234-the-treesConnect with Lisa: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week's sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ep. 233 A Grieving Apocalyptic Historian with Saeed Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 57:55


    Today we speak with Saeed Jones - award-winning author of the new poetry collection Alive at the End of the World. Our conversation covers the art of embracing chaos and finding humor, and how Saeed considers his poems in relation to the reading and the performance of poetry. Saeed also explains why he thinks of all his poems as traps. The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/21/ep-233-saeed-jonesConnect with Saeed: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week's sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ep. 232 What Should the Rules Be with Andrea Elliott

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 60:28


    Andrea Elliott joins us to discuss her investigative reporting career and her Pulitzer Prize winning book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City. We go over how this remarkable story came to be, and how it shifted from what Andrea first anticipated. We also get into what can and should change about the ethics of journalism, and the challenge of protecting children from themselves in the media. The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/14/ep-232-andrea-elliottConnect with Andrea: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week's sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ep. 231 At the End of Every Day There's a Book with Lisa Lucas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 58:18


    Lisa Lucas, Senior Vice President at Pantheon and Schocken, is our first ever book publisher to join the podcast. We discuss the path that led Lisa to her current role and how she sees book purchasing as integral to the push for diversity in publishing. We also talk about what inclusivity does and should mean in the world of books.The Stacks Book Club selection for September is The Trees by Percival Everett. We will discuss the book on September 28th with Lisa Lucas.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/09/07/ep-231-lisa-lucasConnect with Lisa: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonTo support The Stacks and find out more from this week's sponsors, click here.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    Ep. 230 How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee -- The Stacks Book Club (Ingrid Rojas Contreras)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 64:07


    Author Ingrid Rojas Contreras joins us again to talk about our book club selection How to Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. Our discussion of this essay collection covers the artists' relationship to critical reviews, and how much day jobs and everyday life inform art. We also ask, how important is truth to fiction, and what constitutes a life well-lived? You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/31/ep-230-how-to-write-an-autobiographical-novelBe sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our September book club pick will be!Connect with Ingrid: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Missing Pages - subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Ep. 229 Destabilizing Whiteness with Mohsin Hamid

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 59:10


    Award-winning novelist Mohsin Hamid joins this episode of The Stacks to talk about his newest book The Last White Man. We discuss what inspired the story, his exploration of how whiteness works through fiction, and the ongoing conversation between a reader and the author. We also get into Mohsin's monastic writing rituals, his elite professors, and how his writing fills a need in his understanding of life.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/24/ep-229-mohsin-hamidThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Connect with Mohsin: WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Missing Pages - subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Libro.Fm – use promo code THESTACKS to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1 and to support your favorite independent bookstore.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Ep. 228 Grief is Love with Marisa Renee Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 60:47


    Today we're joined by entrepreneur and author Marisa Renee Lee, whose book Grief is Love: Living with Loss offers a framework for healing after tragedy. We discuss grief's connection to capitalism and white supremacy, and how our relationship with love is connected to our relationship with loss. We also ask, how can we help people who are grieving, and why are Americans so bad at it? You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/17/ep-228-marisa-renee-leeThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Connect with Marisa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonCare/of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order.Missing Pages - subscribe on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Ep. 226 A Literal Relationship with the Past with Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 58:02


    We're joined today by novelist and essayist Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose new book The Man Who Could Move Clouds combines memoir with rich storytelling and an excavation of family and Colombian history. We discuss magical realism as a nonfiction genre, why it's useful to believe in ghosts, and ask the question, what responsibility do we owe to our pasts?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/08/03/ep-226-ingrid-rojas-contrerasThe Stacks Book Club selection for August is How To Write An Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee. We will discuss the book on August 31st with Ingrid Rojas Contreras.Connect with Ingrid: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonLibro.Fm – use promo code THESTACKS to get 2 audiobooks for the price of 1 and to support your favorite independent bookstore.Patreon - go to patreon.com/thestacks for insider access and pick the tier that works for you, for as little as $5 a month.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 225 Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih--The Stacks Book Club (Elamin Abdelmahmoud)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 57:54


    It's The Stacks Book Club day, and we're discussing the classic Sudanese novel, Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We're joined again by Elamin Abdelmahmoud, author of Son of Elsewhere, to break down this novel that explores the tensions at the heart of colonialism. We also discuss the ways we project current events onto classic literature, how important an author's own biography is to understanding the text, and that ending!There are spoilers in today's episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/27/ep-225-season-of-migrationBe sure to listen all the way to end of the episode to find out what our August book club pick will be!Connect with Elamin: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Emjoy - visit letsemjoy.com/stacks and download the app for a free 14-day trial.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 224 Writing with Duende with Erika L. Sánchez

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 55:01


    Poet and author Erika L. Sánchez joins The Stacks to discuss Crying in the Bathroom, her new memoir about growing up in the 90s as a misfit daughter of Mexican immigrants. We talk about religion and mental health, being loud and funny, and finally feeling ready to write about difficult topics.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/20/ep-224-erika-l-sanchezThe Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Erika: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonLifestyle Intelligence (LQ) - go to lqapp.co/thestacks and click “Get the App” for a one-month free trial for all new users.Care/of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order.Emjoy - visit letsemjoy.com/stacks and download the app for a free 14-day trial.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 223 Our Existence as Protest with Caleb Gayle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 62:43


    Today we speak with journalist and professor Caleb Gayle about his new book We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity, and Power. In our discussion of his career and American history, we cover Black people in the Creek Nation, forty acres and a mule, and what it means to be a citizen. We also ask why we are so consistently taught not to remember, and who benefits from our forgetting?You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/13/ep-223-caleb-gayleThe Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Caleb: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonLifestyle Intelligence (LQ) - go to lqapp.co/thestacks and click “Get the App” for a one-month free trial for all new users.Care/of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order.Emjoy - visit letsemjoy.com/stacks and download the app for a free 14-day trial.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 222 Living In Between with Elamin Abdelmahmoud

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 66:37


    Our guest for this episode is Elamin Abdelmahmoud - political and cultural commentator, Buzzfeed News senior culture writer and author of the new essay collection Son of Elsewhere: A Memoir in Pieces. We discuss the meaning of "elsewhere" in his work, and the complexity of loving something that doesn't align with your politics. We also get into Black music, and great books on music.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/07/06/ep-222-elamin-abdelmahmoud/The Stacks Book Club selection for July is Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih. We will discuss the book on July 27th with Elamin Abdelmahmoud.Connect with Elamin: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonLifestyle Intelligence (LQ) - go to lqapp.co/thestacks and click “Get the App” for a one-month free trial for all new users.Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you use the code THESTACKS at checkout.Emjoy - visit letsemjoy.com/stacks and download the app for a free 14-day trial.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 221 White Negroes by Lauren Michele Jackson -- The Stacks Book Club (David Dennis Jr.)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 75:27


    Journalist and author, David Dennis Jr. returns to discuss our June Book Club pick White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue... And Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. Together we unpack writing for the white gaze, our feelings about (anti) racism since 2020, and the long tradition of categorizing Black artists as "urban" and white artists as "mainstream" no matter how similar their work. Plus, a peanut butter and jelly taste test to start things off.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/29/ep-221-white-negroes/Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our July book club pick will be! Connect with David: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Ana Luisa - go to shop.analuisa.com/thestacks and use code THESTACKS to get 10% off.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 220 Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way with Justin Tinsley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 72:49


    Today we're joined by Justin Tinsley, senior culture writer at ESPN's Andscape and author of the new book It Was All a Dream: Biggie and the World That Made Him. We talk about the culture, legends, women, and controversies that shaped The Notorious B.I.G.'s life, and place his story into a greater context. Justin also shares how he worked on multiple projects while writing this book, and what he thinks comes next.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/22/ep-220-justin-tinsleyThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Justin: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Play On Podcasts - listen wherever you get your podcasts.Pocket Casts - go to www.pocketcasts.com/thestacks to redeem a 6-month free trial of Pocket Casts Plus.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 219 Genre Redlining with Leila Mottley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 59:07


    This episode we talk with Oakland native and 2018 youth poet laureate Leila Mottley about writing her debut novel Nightcrawling at 17, and the process of adapting a true story to fiction. Leila imagines how it would be different if she wrote the book now, and insists she's really not exceptional among the countless talented young writers out there.*Note: This was recorded shortly before the announcement of Nightcrawling as an Oprah's Book Club pick.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/15/ep-219-leila-mottleyThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Leila: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Many Lumens - listen at blackstarfest.org/ManyLumens or wherever you get your podcasts.Pocket Casts - go to www.pocketcasts.com/thestacks to redeem a 6-month free trial of Pocket Casts Plus.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 218 Hungry for History with Michael Eric Dyson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 68:34


    Today we speak with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson - academic, minister and author - about his new book Unequal: A Story About America, which he co-wrote with Marc Favreau. We discuss the lies around bootstrap politics and personal responsibility, and our culture's hunger for all things history (except when it's by or about Black people). We also examine how the white gaze shapes how Black history is taught.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/08/ep-218-michael-eric-dysonThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with Michael: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonVisit our sponsors Athletic Greens, Many Lumens, Vegamour and Pocket Casts to get special offers with your first purchase.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 217 Surviving in the Face of Death with David Dennis Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 67:47


    This episode we hear from cultural critic David Dennis, Jr - Senior Writer at ESPN's Andscape and author of the new book The Movement Made Us: A Father, a Son, and the Legacy of a Freedom Ride. We talk about the similarities and differences between Black Lives Matter and the Civil Rights Movement, the book that inspired David's storytelling, and what it means to survive when you're planning to die.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/06/01/ep-217-david-dennis-jrThe Stacks Book Club selection for June is White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue … and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation by Lauren Michele Jackson. We will discuss the book on June 29th with David Dennis Jr.Connect with David: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonVisit our sponsors Athletic Greens, Many Lumens, Ana Luisa and Pocket Casts to get special offers with your first purchase.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 216 Shine Bright by Danyel Smith - The Stacks Book Club (Novena Carmel)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 71:53


    It's The Stacks Book Club Day! Novena Carmel, musician and cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, joins us again to unpack Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith. We talk about Danyel as a cultural icon, what it takes to be a superstar. and the joy of disco as a threat to whiteness.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/25/ep-216-shine-brightBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our June book club pick will be! Connect with Novena: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Pocket Casts - go to www.pocketcasts.com/thestacks to redeem a 6-month free trial of Pocket Casts Plus.Ana Luisa - go to shop.analuisa.com/thestacks and use code THESTACKS to get 10% off. Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 215 It's Kind of Wonderful, but it's Kind of Awful with Danyel Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 67:47


    Today we're joined by Danyel Smith, author of this month's book club pick, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. Danyel is an award-winning journalist, the creator and host of the Black Girl Song Book podcast, and former editor and chief of Vibe, and editor at Billboard. This episode gets into the erasure of black women in pop music, holding music institutions accountable, and the cost of crossing over to the "mainstream".You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/18/ep-215-danyel-smithThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Danyel: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Nuuly - go to nuuly.com to get $20 off your first month when you sign up with the code THESTACKS20Care/Of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code STACKS50 for 50% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 214 How You Look and How You Feel Have to Meet with Van Lathan Jr.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 64:31


    This week, we speak with Van Lathan Jr., prolific podcaster, Oscar winning producer, and author of the new memoir Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation. Our conversation covers vulnerability, feeling [un]comfortable in our own skin, and the struggle of loving our bodies. We also get into mourning the future, and the journey of becoming who we think we need to be. You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/11/ep-214-van-lathanThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Van: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Nuuly - go to nuuly.com to get $20 off your first month when you sign up with the code THESTACKS20Care/Of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code STACKS50 for 50% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 213 Curating a Vibe with Novena Carmel

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 60:23


    Today we're joined by musician and DJ Novena Carmel, cohost of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. We get into our childhood reading habits, Novena's radio show experience, and curating a playlist for the city. We also discuss finding one's own rhythm, being the daughter of a music legend, and the power of vibrations. You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/05/04/ep-213-novena-carmelThe Stacks Book Club selection for May is Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop by Danyel Smith.We will discuss the book on May 25th with Novena Carmel.Connect with Novena: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Page1 Books - visit www.page1books.com and use code: THESTACKS for 10% off everything except gift cards.Pocket Casts - go to www.pocketcasts.com/tcac to download Pocket Casts and redeem a 6-month free trial of Pocket Casts Plus.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 212 Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston - The Stacks Book Club (Nate Marshall)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 74:14


    We welcome back Nate Marshall today to discuss Cortney Lamar Charleston's poetry collection Doppelgangbanger, which grapples with the tensions that impact a Black boy's struggle through self-destructive definitions of manhood. We discuss the narratives around coming of age in the suburbs and the city, and ask ourselves, is there really such a thing as an objectively good poem?Be sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our May book club pick will be! You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/27/ep-212-doppelgangbanger/Connect with Nate: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Pocket Casts - go to www.pocketcasts.com/tcac to redeem a 6-month free trial of Pocket Casts Plus.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 211 A Radical Shift with Julie Otsuka

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 59:07


    Today we're speaking with Julie Otsuka, whose nationally-bestselling novel The Swimmers explores what happens to a group of obsessed recreational swimmers when a crack appears at the bottom of their local pool. Our conversation covers the art of crafting sentences and finding the right voice. We also discuss the joy of writing in cafes, and the element of surprise.There are no spoilers on this episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/20/ep-211-julie-otsukaThe Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Julie: WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Nuuly - go to nuuly.com to get $20 off your first month when you sign up with the code THESTACKS20Care/Of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order of $40 or more.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 210 A Warm Hug with Danny Pellegrino

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 57:57


    Today we're joined by the delightful Danny Pellegrino, author of How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories, a collection of essays about growing up as a closeted gay kid in small-town Ohio. We discuss the need to spotlight books in pop culture, the responsibility of media to tell stories that include gay characters, and how we handle grief. Traci also urges Danny to start his own LGBTQIA+ book club, watch out Reese!You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/13/ep-210-danny-pellegrino/The Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Danny: Instagram | Twitter | Podcast | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Nuuly - go to nuuly.com to get $20 off your first month when you sign up with the code THESTACKS20Care/Of - go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code stacks50 for 50% off your first order of $40 or more.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 209 A Poem is About Wonder with Nate Marshall

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 69:20


    In this episode we speak with the lauded writer, educator and MC Nate Marshall, whose latest poetry collection Finna was named one of NPR's best books of 2020. We discuss poetry's early-2000s pop culture heyday, its evolving cultural voice and our first introductions to the oft-intimidating, wonder-evoking art form.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/04/06/ep-209-nate-marshallThe Stacks Book Club selection for April is Doppelgangbanger by Cortney Lamar Charleston. We will discuss the book on April 27th with Nate Marshall.Connect with Nate: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonVisit our sponsors Athletic Greens, Vegamour and Magic Spoon to get special offers with your first purchase.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 208 A Mercy by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (Imani Perry)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 63:38


    Today on The Stacks Book Club we speak again with Imani Perry, author of the New York Times bestselling South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. In our discussion of Toni Morrison's novel A Mercy, we talk destroying ourselves over heartbreak, treating people tenderly and the book's central metaphor of the house. We also touch on the seduction of beauty, and breathlessness.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/30/ep-208-a-mercyBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our April book club pick will be! Connect with Imani: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Listen to Seizing Freedom, a podcast that illustrates the myriad ways Black people have fought for and defined their own freedom.Apostrophe - Save fifteen dollars off your first visit with an Apostrophe provider at apostrophe.com/thestacks when you use code THESTACKS.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 207 Ep. 207 Breaking Through the Black/White Binary with Julissa Arce

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 56:03


    Today we're joined by Julissa Arce, author, and education and immigration activist. On this episode we have a conversation around Julissa's third book, You Sound Like a White Girl: A Case for Rejecting Assimilation. We talk about the myths around U.S. citizenship, colorism in Latine communities, plus the histories that the Black-white binary excludes.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/23/ep-207-julissa-arceThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Julissa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Native - head to nativedeo.com/thestacks or use code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 206 Who Are You Loving When You Write with Destiny O. Birdsong

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 57:23


    Our guest today is author and poet Destiny O. Birdsong. Destiny's debut novel, Nobody's Magic, is about three Black women with Albinism in Shreveport, LA. We talk about the ways Destiny approached representation and nuance when writing about Albinism, her personal training ground for crafting dialogue, and the pressures people can feel around grief.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/16/ep-206-destiny-o-birdsongThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Destiny: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Native - head to nativedeo.com/thestacks or use code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 205 Finding Ways to Heal with Stephanie Foo

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 57:04


    Stephanie Foo is a writer and radio producer, most recently on This American Life, and she is the author of What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma. Today we talk about Stephanie's journey toward healing from Complex PTSD , fighting model minority stereotype, and the lasting impact of generational trauma.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/09/ep-205-stephanie-fooThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Stephanie: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Listen to Seizing Freedom, a podcast that illustrates the myriad ways Black people have fought for and defined their own freedom.Apostrophe - Save fifteen dollars off your first visit with an Apostrophe provider at apostrophe.com/thestacks when you use code THESTACKS.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 204 A Journey South with Imani Perry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 60:13


    Imani Perry is the author of seven books including her latest, the New York Times bestselling, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon Line to Understand the Soul of a Nation. She is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture, and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Imani shares with us today about her writing process, inspirations, and sweet tooth.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/03/02/ep-204-imani-perryThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is A Mercy by Toni Morrison, we will discuss the book on March 30th with Imani Perry.Connect with Imani: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Listen to Seizing Freedom, a podcast that illustrates the myriad ways Black people have fought for and defined their own freedom.Apostrophe - Save fifteen dollars off your first visit with an Apostrophe provider at apostrophe.com/thestacks when you use code THESTACKS.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 203 I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue -- The Stacks Book Club (Tessa Miller)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 71:40


    Today for The Stacks Book Club we're discussing I Live a Life Like Yours, a memoir by Jan Grue, which explores his experiences as a wheelchair user in Norway. We are joined by author and journalist, Tessa Miller (What Doesn't Kill You) for this conversation on the importance of community, accessibility, and pushing back against stereotypical depictions of disabled people.There are no spoilers on today's episode.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/23/ep-203-i-live-a-life-like-yoursBe sure to listen to the end of today's episode to find out what our March book club pick will be! Connect with Tessa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Native - head to nativedeo.com/thestacks and use code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 202 Even the Bachelorette Gets Insecure with Rachel Lindsay

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 67:34


    Our guest today is Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette and author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths. Rachel is also co-host of the podcast Higher Learning and a corespondent on Extra. We talk today about her experiences in Bachelor Nation, working with a ghost writer, and when she knew she was ready to write this book.You can find everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/16/ep-202-rachel-lindsayThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Connect with Rachel: Instagram | Twitter | Higher LearningConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonVisit our sponsors Athletic Greens, Vegamour, and Native to get special offers with your first purchase.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Day 5 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Kiese Laymon

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 54:14


    In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. To wrap up Banned Books in The Stacks we've brought back friend of the podcast Kiese Laymon to help us make sense of this entire week of programming. Kiese is the author of the banned book, Heavy, as well as Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. We talk today about how it feels to have your work banned, what children have a right to know, and what else Kiese sees as tied to this wave of book You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/11/banned-books-day-5Connect with Kiese: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Day 4 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Timya Wright and Azar Nafisi

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 44:55


    In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do.We start today's episode with Mississippi high school student Timya Wright. Timya shares how she feels about adults telling young people what books they can have access to and the kinds of books she wishes were taught in school. Then we're joined by Azar Nafisi, the bestselling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and the forthcoming Read Dangerously:The Subversive Power of Literature in Troubled Times. We talk about Azar's about the need to nurture freedom. We also hear about authors Rebecca Carroll, R. Eric Thomas, and R. O. Kwon's favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/10/banned-books-day-4Connect with Azar: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonPurchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Day 3 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Ghazala Hashmi and Hannah Oliver Depp

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 51:19


    In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. We continue our conversation on banned books with Virginia State Senator Ghazala Hashmi. Senator Hashmi talks about the legality of book banning as well as the efforts that the governor of her state has put in place to report teachers for "divisive" lessons . Then we talk with Hannah Oliver Depp, owner of Loyalty Bookstores, about censorship versus curation.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/09/banned-books-day-3Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Care/Of - head to takecareof.com and use code STACKS50 to get 50% off your first order.Uncommon Goods -get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/thestacks.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Day 2 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Alison Bechdel and Kelsey Reynolds

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 54:37


    In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. On today's episode we're joined by Alison Bechdel author of the frequently banned graphic memoir Fun Home, and she shares why she hates having to talk about the banning of books. Then we get into a conversation about the comfort level of students with high school English teacher Kelsey Reynolds. We also hear from TV writer and actor Brandon Kyle Goodman, and actress and podcast host Becca Tobin, about their favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/08/banned-books-day-2Connect with Alison: Website | Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Day 1 -- Banned Books in The Stacks with Katrina Stokes and Thursday Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 49:35


    In light of the recent wave of book bannings taking place across The United of States, The Stacks is spending all week talking with people who are impacted by the bannings, ranging from students to educators, authors, and more, to help us think about what is at stake and what we can do. On today's episode we talk with the director of the Warren County - Vicksburg Public Library, Katrina Stokes about curating a collection and the process of banning a book in public libraries. Then we talk with Thursday Williams, an actor from the Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, and a current college student, about what's at stake for young people and the things we aren't taught in school. We also hear from authors Hanif Abdurraquib and Tessa Miller about their favorite banned books.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/07/banned-books-day-1Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 201 The Language of Chronic Illness with Tessa Miller

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 68:15


    Today we are joined by Tessa Miller, and author and journalist whose work focuses on chronic illness, disability, and health justice. We discuss Tessa's debut book, What Doesn't Kill You: A Life with Chronic Illness - Lessons from a Body in Revolt and how publishing a memoir brought on a whole new level of anxiety and insecurities around being a writer and living with chronic illness. We also talk about graphic language, writing for multiple audiences, and prioritizing books by disabled and/or chronically ill authors.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/02/02/ep-201-tessa-millerThe Stacks Book Club selection for February is I Live a Life Like Yours by Jan Grue, we will discuss the book on February 23rd with Tessa Miller.Connect with Tessa: Instagram | Twitter | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Listen to Seizing Freedom, a podcast that illustrates the myriad ways Black people have fought for and defined their own freedom.Libro.FM - get two audiobooks for the price of one when you go to Libro.FM and use the code THESTACKS at checkout.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 200 Passing by Nella Larsen -- The Stacks Book Club (Cree Myles)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 74:09


    Today on The Stacks Book Club we're discussing Nella Larsen's 1929 classic novel Passing. We're joined again by Cree Myles, the creative force behind Penguin Random House' All Ways Black, to discuss this story racial passing in the 1920's. This episode touches on the history of passing, the 2021 film adaptation, and the central question of freedom.There are spoilers on this episode.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/26/ep-200-passingStay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what our February Book Club pick will be.Connect with Cree: Instagram | TwitterConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Native - head to nativedeo.com/thestacks and use code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 199 A Tapestry of Microaggressions with Kendra James

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 65:45


    Today we're joined by Kendra James; writer, podcast producer, and editor, to discuss her debut book, Admissions: A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School. We talk about Kendra's experiences as the first African American legacy student at the Taft School in Connecticut, the ways she came to terms with the racism she experienced, and who she is writing for. We also talk pettiness, writing in the bathroom, and figure skating.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/19/ep-199-kendra-jamesThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Kendra: Twitter | InstagramConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonAthletic Greens - visit atheleticgreens.com/thestacks to get a free one-year supply of vitamin D and five free travel packs with your first purchase.Vegamour - go to vegamour.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Native - head to nativedeo.com/thestacks and use code THESTACKS to get 20% off your first order.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ep. 198 We'll Be Okay with Jason Reynolds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 68:17


    This week we've got a repeat guest, the unmatched talent that is, Jason Reynolds. We're talking about his new book, Ain't Burned all the Bright, a collaboration with his friend, artist, Jason Griffin. We talk today about creativity in 2020, working with collaborators, and our understandings and experiences around grief. You can hear Jason's first appearances on The Stacks here and here.You can find links to everything we discuss on today's show on The Stacks' Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2022/01/12/ep-198-jason-reynoldsThe Stacks Book Club selection for December is Passing by Nella Larsen, we will discuss the book on January 26th with Cree Myles.Connect with Jason: Twitter | Instagram | WebsiteConnect with The Stacks: Instagram | Twitter | Shop | Patreon | Goodreads | SubscribeSUPPORT THE STACKSJoin The Stacks Pack on PatreonMagic Spoon - get $5 off your next delicious bowl of guilt-free cereal at magicspoon.com/thestacks and use the code THESTACKS.Uncommon Goods -get 15% off your next gift, go to uncommongoods.com/thestacks.Purchasing books through Bookshop.org or Amazon earns The Stacks a small commission. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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