This Is the Author S7 E45 Images of Alison Mariella Désir, Dani Shapiro, and John Crist
On the Podcast: Alison Mariella Désir, Dani Shapiro, and John Crist

In this episode, meet Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women founder Alison Mariella Désir, author of Running While Black, writer and Family Secrets podcast host Dani Shapiro, author of Signal Fires, and stand-up comedian John Crist, author of Delete That. Listen in as each of these authors describe what it was like to record their audiobooks, and what they learned from their time in the studio.

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Listen to clips from the audiobooks mentioned in this episode:

Running While Black draws on Désir’s experience as an endurance athlete, activist, and mental health advocate to explore why the seemingly simple, human act of long distance running has never been truly open to Black people. Désir dives into how the fitness industry has the opportunity to lead the charge in changing this—–and in so doing fulfil its promise of empowerment.

Author: Dani Shapiro
Read By: Dani Shapiro

Signal Fires opens on a summer night in 1985. Three teenagers have been drinking. One of them gets behind the wheel of a car, and, in an instant, everything on Division Street changes. In Dani Shapiro’s first work of fiction in fifteen years, she returns to the form that launched her career with a riveting novel that examines the ties that bind families together—and the secrets that can break them apart.

Author: John Crist
Read By: John Crist

With self-deprecating wit, John Crist chronicles his meteoric rise as an online and stand-up comedian. And he doesn’t gloss over the ways his own life choices did not align with his online image—a gap between perception and reality that eventually led to a stint in rehab.

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