Libromania

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A podcast for the book-obsessed featuring interviews with contemporary authors, discussions about key figures and movements in literature history, examinations of various genres and current events in the lit world, and celebrations of book nerdom (book stores, book design, book collections, etc.)

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Why Do We Love the Smell of Old Books?
47:56

In this episode of Libromania, David chats with Cecilica Bembibre, a researcher at University College London, about the science behind the smell of old books: why people love it, why it matters, and what it means for the preservation of culture.


Cecilia Bembibre is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), University College London. She holds a degree in Communication from the University of Buenos Aires and an MRes from the Institute of Sustainable Heritage, The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (UCL). She is interested in historic smells and they ways we engage with the olfactory aspect in heritage spaces. You can read more about her work at www.smellofheritage.org.


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Jan 17, 2019
S.D. Smith, Jonathan Rogers, & Douglas McKelvey talk process and vocation
1:29:04

Welcome to Libromania, a new podcast for the book-obsessed from the Close Reads Podcast Network. Each week David Kern will be chatting with authors, biographers, designers, collectors, critics and other people who help make book's so worthy of our attention.


Here in chapter 4, David chats with middle-grade (as they call themselves) novelists S.D. Smith (The Green Ember series), Jonathan Rogers (The Wilderking Trilogy), and Douglas McKelvey (The Angel Knew Papa and the Dog) about their writing process, how they see their vocation, when they know a story is finished, their advice for young writers, and much, much, much more.


Join us for this in-depth contemplation of the trials and joys of the writing life.


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Jan 10, 2019
Why "To Kill a Mockingbird" is America's most popular novel
56:03

Welcome to Libromania, a new podcast for the book-obsessed from the Close Reads Podcast Network. Each week David Kern will be chatting with authors, biographers, designers, collectors, critics and other people who help make book's so worthy of our attention.


Here in chapter 3, we contemplate the incredible (and enduring) popularity of Harper Lee's 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, which was recently named "America's most-loved book" on The Great American Read. More than 4.3 million votes were cast and Lee's novel came in first place. But why do so many people love it so passionately? And why, even after all these years, do we continue to read it so often? To answer these questions David chatted with Adam Andrews, the director of the Center for Lit and the author of Teaching the Classics, about the literary merit of the book; and Dr. Joseph Crespino, professor of history at Emory University and the author of Atticus Finch: The Biography, about the book's place in the culture at-large.


Join us for this deep-dive into one of America's most beloved books.


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Jan 04, 2019
The Year in Movies, with Jeffrey Overstreet
1:45:21

Welcome to Libromania, a new podcast for the book-obsessed from the Close Reads Podcast Network. Each week David Kern will be chatting with authors, biographers, designers, collectors, critics and other people who help make book's so worthy of our attention.


Here in chapter 2, David goes off-book a bit and talks to film critic and novelist, Jeffrey Overstreet, about the year in movies. Jeffrey offers his ten favorite films of the year, which is capped by a few choices that might surprise most listeners.


Be sure to check out Jeffrey's film reviews (and other work) at lookingcloser.org.


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Dec 29, 2018
John Wilson on his favorite books of 2018
45:09

Welcome to Libromania, a new podcast for the book-obsessed from the Close Reads Podcast Network. Each week David Kern will be chatting with authors, biographers, designers, collectors, critics and other people who help make book's so worthy of our attention.


Here in chapter 1, David chats with John Wilson (former editor of Books & Culture, which he ran for 20+ years, and currently a contributing editor at the Englewood Review of Books and a book columnist at First Things) about the best books of 2018.


Be sure to check out John's First Things article on his favorite books of the year here: https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/12/favorite-books-of-2018


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Dec 16, 2018