Olugbemisola Rhuday Perkovich, Elif Batuman, Tad Friend
On the Podcast: Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Elif Batuman, and Tad Friend

In this episode, meet children’s fiction and non-fiction author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of Mae Makes a Way, author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Idiot Elif Batuman, author of Either/Or, and The New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend, author of In the Early Times. Press play to hear the personal reasons they were inspired to write their audiobooks, and what they hope listeners will take away.

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Mae had a dream to make one-of-a-kind hats. But the path for a Black female designer was unclear, so Mae made a way, leaving her home in the segregated South to study at the Chicago School of Millinery. Mae had the skills, but craved the independence to create her own styles. Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich brings the life of fashion entrepreneur and civic organizer Mae Reeves to life in Mae Makes a Way.

Author: Elif Batuman
Read By: Elif Batuman

In Either/Or, a continuation of Elif Batuman’s The Idiot, protagonist Selin reaches certain conclusions about the universal importance of parties, alcohol, and sex, and resolves to execute them in practice—no matter what the cost.

Author: Tad Friend
Read By: Tad Friend

Almost everyone yearns to know their parents more thoroughly before they die. In In the Early Times Tad Friend finds his father’s journal, a trove of passionate confessions that reveals a man entirely different from the exasperatingly logical father he was so determined to be. It turns out that Tad has been self-destructing in the same way his father has—a secret each has kept from everyone, even themselves.

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