Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper
S4 E26: Geraldine Brooks, Jason Baumann, and Stoney Stamper

In this episode meet, Geraldine Brooks, author of Foreign Correspondence; Jason Bauman, editor of The Stonewall Reader; and Stoney Stamper, author of My First Rodeo. From reconnecting with old pen pals to exploring integral and unknown pieces of LGBT history to sharing the ups-and-downs of fatherhood, this episode explores the importance of sharing stories and preserving voices from our pasts. And, find out how through recording her audiobook, one author was able to reconnect with her younger selves.

Learn more about their audiobooks:

As a young girl in a working-class neighborhood of Sydney, Australia, Geraldine Brooks longed to discover the places where history happens and culture comes from, so she enlisted pen pals who offered her a window on adolescence in the Middle East, Europe, and America. Twenty years later Brooks, an award-winning foreign correspondent, embarked on a human treasure hunt to find her pen friends.

For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it.

“Through his skillful curation, [editor Jason Baumann] offers a corrective for what is too often a sanitized, homogenous, and whitewashed portrayal of academics and professionals about the event sometimes termed ‘the hairpin drop heard around the world.’ … The first-person narratives collected here effectively spotlight the social inequalities surrounding the LGBTQ community, many of which persist today. A bold rallying cry that should help in the continuing fight for LGBTQ rights..” —Kirkus Reviews

The creator of the popular blog The Daddy Diaries shares a heartwarming collection of stories that reveal the ups, downs, and delights of being a family man, from a guy who never dreamed of being one.

“Fun, honest, and necessary. There aren’t many options for fathers and men out there sharing truth and keeping it real. Stoney manages to offer that in an engaging and hilarious way.” —Kalan Chapman Lloyd, award-winning author and attorney

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