Michael Cart talks about the popularity of book discussion groups

podcastAre you a member of a book discussion group? If so, you are in good company! In this podcast, Infopeople’s book guy Michael Cart muses about book clubs, real and virtual. He also talks about writing fiction online using the popular app Wattpad.

Articles associated with this podcast: James Atlas’s “Really? You’re Not in a Book Club?” (New York Times, 3/23/14) and Judy Abel’s “Book Talk That Stays on the Page.” (New York Times, 9/22/13).


Michael Cart on Printz awards that might have been

podcastIn this podcast, Infopeople’s book maven Michael Cart asks seven award-winning authors what books might have won the Printz Award if the book prize had been established years, even decades earlier (the first Printz award was given to Walter Dean Myers for Monster in 2000). Their choices may surprise you!

  • Ellen Wittlinger: Celine by Brock Cole
  • M. T. Anderson: Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  • Garret Freymann-Weyr: Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack by M. E. Kerr
  • Terry Trueman: If Rock and Roll Were a Machine by Terry Davis and Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher
  • Gene Luen Yang: The Land of Nod Rockabye Book by Jay Stephens
  • Aidan Chambers: The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Helen Frost: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

You’ll have to listen to the podcast to learn why they chose these titles. And if you have title ideas of your own, Michael invites you to email them to him him at mrmcart@aol.com or submit a comment to this post!

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Michael Cart looks at the impact of ebooks on the reading experience

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart uses this New York Times Book Review article as a jumping off point to look at how ebooks change the reading experience. Sure, you can adjust the font size,you can carry loads of title around with you, and it’s easy to read at night with a handy backlight – all great things. But what about the distractions?

He also looks at the merits (or demerits) of the negative book review.

In the library with a comic book, episode 8

podcastIn the latest episode of “In the library with a comic book,” Jack Baur and Amanda Jacobs Foust interview special guest Morgan Rose Pershing of Santa Clara City Library.

In this wide ranging podcast, they discuss a variety of titles:

  • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
  • Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Velvet by Ed Brubaker
  • Winter Solider by Ed Brubaker
  • Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Maus by Art Speigelman
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • X-Men by Joss Whedon
  • All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison

Complete notes about the podcast can be found here.