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Author: Jennifer Caloyeras

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Books Are My People is a podcast for book lovers with book news, book recommendations and ruminations on living a literary life in Los Angeles. Each episode will feature at least five book recommendations in various genres as well as bookish news and occasional guests. Jennifer Caloyeras is an author, voracious reader and writing instructor living in Los Angeles. www.jennifercaloyeras.com
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On this episode, author Kitty Cook visits and speaks about her novel, Sleeping Together. We also talk about Why Fish Don’t Exist, This Is How You Lose the Time War and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed: (click books to be taken to my bookshop.org shop)Sleeping Together  by Kitty CookWhy Fish Don’t Exist: The story of Loss, Love and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu MillerThis Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El Mohtar and Max Gladstone?The Orchard by David Hopen (a special thank you to Harper Collins and Netgalley for the advanced review copy)How To Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal M. FlemingLeave The World Behind by Ruman AlamWhere to find Kitty Cook:@kittycookbooksKittycookbooks.comEnrollment is open for my online, asynchronous young adult novel writing class. Thee class will last ten weeks and run from January 13th to March 23rd. Click here to learn more. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode, I talk about White Ivy, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa GyasiWhite Ivy by Susie YangAnxious People by Fredrik BackmanHow to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese LaymonMiss Iceland by Audor Ava Olafsdottir Other Books Mentioned:A Man Called Ove by Fredrik BackmanHeavy by Kiese LaymonHomegoing by Yaa GyasiSleeping Together by Kitty Cook Other things mentioned:Diesel, A Bookstore Go Fund Me PageToni Morrison’s house for saleCome see me speak about writing beginnings, the event is free. Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5 PM PST – 6 PM PSTPublic · Hosted by Library | Shoreline Community College I will talk about what make a successful beginning to a novel as well as share a few short excerpts from the start of some of my short fiction stories in order to help new writers get started with their NaNoWriMo journeys. Nanowrimo is national novel writing month, which began November 1st.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode, I speak with author Mallory Tater about The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed: The Birth Yard by Mallory TaterThe Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-EunHow a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie CelonaLeonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan HessionGhost Wall by Sarah MossSad Janet by Lucie BritschLeave the World Behind by Ruman AlamIf You Discover a Fire by Shaun Robertson Other Things Discussed:Get a glimpse at the new Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad limited TV series here.  If you like what you hear, please consider giving my Books Are My People a rating on i-tunes! It helps other listeners find the show. Are you a bookish person interested in being a guest on the show? Email me at booksaremypeople@gmail.comWant a book recommendation for yourself or a friend or relative? Email me at booksaremypeople@gmail.com and put the words: "Book Recommendation" in the subject line. Learn more about Mallory Tater:Mallorytater.comTwitter: @malatoninSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode, I talk about Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell, The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyWant to join my writing workshop on October 18th from 10 - 11:30 am? Click here to register and learn more. You can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Books Discussed: Hamnet – Maggie O’FalrrelThe Death Of Vivek Oji  by Akwaeke EmeziEvolving Vegan by Akwaeke EmeziThe Comback by Ella BermanBright and Dangerous Object by Annalise MacIntoshOther Things Discussed:Want to see a photo of my molting chicken?If you like what you hear, please consider giving my Books Are My People a rating on i-tunes! It helps other listeners find the show. Are you a bookish person interested in being a guest on the show? Email me at booksaremypeople@gmail.comWant a book recommendation for yourself or a friend or relative? Email me at booksaremypeople@gmail.com and put the words: "Book Recommendation" in the subject line. US library of Congress new AI tool Next episode, Mallory Tater author of The Birth Yard will be visiting.Up next for me: The Orchard by David by David HopenSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode Midge Raymond, publisher and author of My Last Continent, stops by for a visit. We share some of our favorite environmentally friendly reads including We Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyWant to join my writing workshop on October 18th from 10 - 11:30 am? Click here to register and learn more. You can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Books Discussed:African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song edited by Kevin YoungMy Last Continent by Midge RaymondWe Are Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy FowlerThe Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Strange As This Weather Has Been by Ann PancakeProtest Kitchen by Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina I continue to update virtual literary events on my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comDrop me a line at booksaremypeople@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss The Insomniacs by Marit Weisenberg, Luster by Raven Leilani and other great books! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyYou can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Books Discussed:Born A Crime - by Trevor NoahThe Insomniacs – Marit WeisenbergMusical Chairs by Amy POeppelLuster by Raven LeilaniKasuma: The Graphic Novel by Elisa Marcellari Translated by Edward FortesNext up for me: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Other Things Discussed: Reclaim Her Name projectTrip FictionPublisher and author Midge Raymond will be here next episode. Check out some of her book ahead of time by clicking this link to my online bookstore. I continue to update virtual literary events on my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comDrop me a line at booksaremypeople@gmail.comFollow me on Instagram @jennifercaloyerasSupport the showSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode Julie Christine Johnson, author of The Crows of Beara, stops by for a visit. We share some of our favorite recent reads including The Vanishing Half, Disappearing Earth and other great books. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyYou can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Books Discussed:The Crows of Beara by Julie Christine JohnsonIn Another Life by Julie Christine JohnsonDisappearing Earth by Julia PhillipsThe Vanishing Half by Brit BennettInland by Tea ObrechGodshot by Chelsea BiekerThe Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke EmezHighway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmidI continue to update virtual literary events on my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comDrop me a line at booksaremypeople@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony, Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia and other great books! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyYou can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Books Discussed:Enter the Aardvark by Jessica AnthonyTurbulence by David SzalayGingerbread by Helen OyeyemiThis Was Our Pact by Ryan AndrewsMexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-GarciaOther Things Discussed: The Crows of Beara author Julie Christine Johnson will be here next week! Comicon at HomeI continue to update virtual literary events on my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comDrop me a line at booksaremypeople@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode Katy Yocom visits to discuss her novel Three Ways To Disappear and share some of her favorite reads. You can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Three Ways to Disappear by Katy YocomSleeping Together by Kitty CookParakeet by Marie-Helene Bertino2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas – Marie-Helen BertinoBlue Territory: A  meditation on the life and art of Joan Mitchell by Robin LippincottThe Return By Rachel HarrisonThe Soul of an Octopus: A surprising exploration in to the wonder of unconsciousness by Sy Montgomery Other Things Discussed: I continue to update virtual literary events on my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comDrop me a line at booksaremypeople@gmail.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss The Last Flight by Julie Clark, Devolution:  A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks and other great books!You can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link. Or click on the individual book titles below. Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:The Last Flight by Julie ClarkDevolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max BrooksAutobiography Of A Face by Lucy GrealyTruth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann PatchettWho Is Very Kelly? By Rosalie KnechtKeep up with virtual literary events on my blog at  www.jennifercaloyeras.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I get a visit from author JoeAnn Hart and we discuss her memoir Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race and Feminism in the 1970's as well as Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld and The End of October by Lawrence Wright and other great books!You can purchase all the books I discuss on this episode by clicking this link! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyJoeAnn Hart's Books:Stamford '76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race and Feminism in the 1970'sFloat AddledBooks Discussed:Stamped From The Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. KendiWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngeloNegroland by Margo JeffersonThe End Of Your Life Book Club by Will SchwalbeRodham by Curtis Sittenfeld All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony DoerrThe End of October by Lawrence WrightWho Was Changed And Who Was Dead by Barbara ComynsOther Things Discussed: Varsity Tutor Free CampVirtual literary events, check my blog at www.jennifercaloyeras.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X KendiJust Mercy by Bryan Stevenson White Fragility by Robin DiangeloThis Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Dorand Between the World And Me by Ta – Nehisi Coates Want more? Check out these anti-racist reading lists:Ibrim X Kendi’s Antiracist Reading ListVulture’s Anti-racism Reading ListEnjoy Free Streaming of Bryan Stevenson's movie based on the book, Just Mercy through JuneDon’t forget,  Joe Anne Hart will be here in two weeks discussing her books including her recent memoir Stamford ’76, A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s Organizations to support:Criticalresistance.org – International movement to end the Prison INdustrail complexJoincampaignzero.org – A comprehensive website of urgent policy solutions, integrating recommendations from communities and research organizations. Blacklivesmatter.com – the BLM movements page circulating information and news as well as collecting donations.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
Books Are My People #24On this episode I discuss A Children's Bible by Lydia Miller, Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:A Children’s Bible by Lydia MilletI am Pilgrim by Terry HayesOne Day by David NichollsHappy & you Know it by Laura HankinWoman on the Edge by Samantha M. BaileyOther Things Discussed:My new webstie – check it out! www.jennifercaloyeras.comVirtual Silent Reading Party  Taika Waititi and many other actors did a reading of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach on YouTube.Author JoeAnn Hart author of  the memoir, Stamford ’76, A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s and the novel, Float, will visit  Book Are My People on June 29thSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Hidden Valley Road by Robert KolkerWe Ride Upon Sticks by Quan BarryThe Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene BertinoA Tender Thing by Emily Neuberger Other Things Mentioned:Article in Vox on AnxietyMovie Trailer for the New Shirley Jackson BiopickWhat I’m reading next: Rodham by Curtis SittenfeldWant to get ready for my June podcast guest? Then read Stamford ’76, A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s by Joe Anne HartSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin, The Southern Bookclub's Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Pretend I’m Dead by Jen Beagin The Southern Bookclub’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady HendrixThe Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone by Olivia LaingThe Dilemma by B. A. Paris In Five Years by Rebecca SerleOther Things Discussed:  PopSugar's BookclubEmily St. John Mandel speaks at L.A. Times Bookclub on May 19thGreat Books You Can Read In A DayReach out and say hello at Booksaremypeople@gmail.com  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandell, We Used to be Friends by Amy Spalding and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John MandelMedieval Bodies: Life and Death in the Middle Ages by Jack HartnellWe Used to be Friends by Amy SpaldingThe Herd by Andrea Bartz Other Things Discussed: Greenlight Bookstore author talks Politics and Prose author talks Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Separation Anxiety by Laura Zigman, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Separation Anxiety by Laura ZigmanThe Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace FlemingTemporary by Hilary LeichterOther things discussed:Dolly Parton reads bedtime storiesLittle Free Library GuidelinesTen Virtual Book Clubs Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss The Holdout by Graham Moore, Things in Jars by Jess Kidd and other great books!Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:The Holdout by Graham MooreThings in Jars by Jess KiddThe Man in My Basement by Walter MosleyA Terrible Country  by Keith GessenNight Theater by Vikram ParalkarOther things Mentioned: Gucci Osteria Mossimo Buttera @mossimobottera?Universal Films to release movies earlyDiesel Bookstore in Los AngelesFree code camp 450 Ivy League Courses to take online for freeCincinaati Zoo live videoBroadway HDSourdough TimWalter Mosley reads from The Man In My Basement Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin, Long, Bright River by Liz Moore and other great books! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Saint X by Alexis SchaitkinA Beginning at the End by Mike ChenReputation by Sara ShepardThe Impossible Fortress by Jason RekulakLong, Bright River by Liz MooreSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
On this episode I discuss Weather by Jenny Offill, When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald and other great books! Subscribe to Books are my People using RSS, iTunes, or SpotifyBooks Discussed:Weather by Jenny OffillWhen We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonaldThree Daughters Of Eve by Elif Shafak Heathcliff Redux: A Novella and Stories by Lily TuckOksana, Behave! Maria KuznetsovaThe Five Books vying for the Aspen Words Literary Prize:Patsy, by Nicole Dennis-BennLost Children Archive, by Valeria LuiselliLot, by Bryan WashingtonOpioid, Indiana, by Brian Allen CarrThe Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy LefteriSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=22705533)
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