Sad author news, a roundup of book news featuring girls and women, and two books we can’t wait for you to read.


Booklovers, especially Michael,  are mourning the passing of two authors that have touched many with their work.

Katherine Dunn, author of Geek Love, died at age 70.

Darwin Cooke, writer and artist of Michael’s favorite superhero graphic novel ever, DC The New Frontier, passed away at the age of 53.


audiobooksAudiobook of the week (04:49):

Be Frank With Me   Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson, narrated by Tavia Gilbert, is my pick for this week’s Audiobook of the Week.

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Women and girls in books and bookstores (09:49):


This week, we wanted to talk about three unrelated stories, and Michael realized that they all had women at the center.

The winner of Best Novel, Uprooted by Naomi Novik, was an Audiobook of the Week in episode #337, chosen by Michael.

Other winners:

Best Novella: Nnedi Okorafor for Binti

Best Novelette: Sarah Pinsker for “Our Lady of the Open Road,” featured in the June 2015 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction

Best Short Story: Alyssa Wong for “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” featured in the Oct. 2015 issue of Nightmare Magazine

Winner of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fran Wilde for Updraft


Two books we can’t wait for you to read (20:41):


Smoke   Vitamin N


Smoke by Dan Vyleta goes on sale Tuesday May 24th, but march down to your bookstore or library now and reserve your copy. It begins in an exclusive boarding school, and is set in a world that looks a lot like 1900 London, with one exception: when people think bad thoughts or do bad deeds, their body starts to emit thick black smoke. It’s atmospheric, compelling, and full of suspense and adventure.

Michael talks about Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life by Richard Louv. It’s a book of ideas of things to do outdoors with your family, and talks about the importance of being in nature for family togetherness and other benefits. It’s full of resources and ways to enrich your family life through nature.