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S4 E39: Ruth Reichl, Emily Nussbaum, and Emilie Pine

In this episode meet Ruth Reichl, author of Save Me the Plums; Emily Nussbaum, author of I Like to Watch; and Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self. Each of these nonfiction writers shares work inspired by her life, whether it’s a memoir about her career or essays about personal-yet-universal experiences. And find out which writer would cast Julia Whelan as her dream narrator.

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S4 E36: Ocean Vuong, Jamil Zaki, Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi

In this episode meet Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous; Jamil Zaki, author of The War for Kindness; and Winona Guo & Priya Vulchi, authors of Tell Me Who You Are. By sharing their stories, these authors are breaking down barriers from language to race in order to help people find commonalities and connection. Discover which author would have a famed Dead Poets Society actor narrate their audiobook.

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Author Alexandra Villasante on Finding Her Perfect Narrator

By Alexandra Villasante, author of The Grief Keeper

There’s an inherent magic contained in audiobooks that triggers my earliest memories of being read to by my mamá. Whether it was Caperucita Roja or Mouse Tales, the memory of spoken words blooming into action, like a comfortable dream or beloved movie, is something I’ve always cherished—even after learning how to read for myself. Read more

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Q&A with Jennifer Ryan, author of The Spies of Shilling Lane

Jennifer Ryan knows how to write vivid and engaging stories that take place during World War II. Her debut novel, The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, was set in a small British village during that time period; now, her latest work, The Spies of Shilling Lane, travels out of the countryside and into WWII-era London. Read more

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S4 E35: Larry Diamond, Amanda Little, and Elliot Ackerman

In this episode meet Larry Diamond, author of Ill Winds; Amanda Little, author of The Fate of Food; and Elliot Ackerman, author of Places and Names. Each of these authors tackles necessary and timely subjects in their audiobooks, from the alarming rise of anti-democratic politics around the world to climate change. Listeners will come away with a new understanding of the world after hearing from these authors. Plus, find out why one author would cast Will Ferrell to read his audiobook.

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S4 E34: Jennifer Pastiloff, Megan Monahan, and Ayaz Virji

In this episode meet Jennifer Pastiloff, author of On Being Human; Megan Monahan, author of Don’t Hate, Meditate!; and Ayaz Virji, author of Love Thy Neighbor. These authors share messages of happiness, lightness, and hope in their audiobooks. They will inspire listeners to find each of these feelings in their own lives, and to make a change within themselves and in the world around them. And hear how one author couldn’t decide between two dream narrators: Idris Elba and Michelle Obama.

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S4 E33: Jane Green, Leah Hager Cohen, and Belinda Luscombe

In this episode meet Jane Green, author of The Friends We Keep; Leah Hager Cohen, author of Strangers and Cousins; and Belinda Luscombe, author of Marriageology. At the heart of each of these audiobooks is the idea that relationships shape us, from friends and families to lovers and spouses. Indeed, these women are excited about the relationship between themselves and you, the listener. Plus discover which author found accent inspiration from the Game of Thrones audiobook.

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S4 E32: Robert Knott, Eric Liu, and Jill Lepore

In this episode of This Is the Author, meet Robert Knott, author of Robert B. Parker’s Buckskin; Eric Liu, author of Become America; and Jill Lepore, author of This America. From a beloved and uniquely American genre of fiction to meditations about our country today, the United States of America plays a big role in what inspired each of these authors’ audiobooks. Plus, find out which author has been told he sounds just like actor Rob Lowe.

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Q&A with Amy Rose Capetta, Author of The Lost Coast

Young adult author Amy Rose Capetta knows how to write engaging, fantastic stories. Her work has earned multiple starred reviews and has even won a Kirkus Best YA Book of the Year (for The Brilliant Death). In fact, her latest release, The Lost Coast, has received a starred review Booklist; they describe it as “a slow-burning, mystical, and romantic character study.” Read more

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