Episode 17: Ann Friedman

“I really think that being obsessed with books and reading and other people’s stories has had a huge impact on pretty much every aspect of my life,” says journalist and host of the Call Your Girlfriend podcast, Ann Friedman. In this episode of The Spine, hear how she got away with checking out more than the 10 books allowed to children with library cards, how reading bell hooks shaped her understanding of feminism, and which books she did NOT like (hint: anything with petticoats and bonnets).

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Episode 03: Krista Bremer

Krista Bremer is the author of “My Accidental Jihad: A Memoir” and editor at The Sun. She shares with listeners of The Spine how she became a reader (including “the thrill of browsing” she still experiences at the library), how her reading informs and affects her writing, and her all-time favorite book (by Virginia Woolf). “I think fiction can be truer than nonfiction,” she said.

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Episode 01: Michele Filgate

Writer and reader Michele Filgate credits her grandmother for generating her love for books; for Michele’s 10th birthday, she even paid Michele’s $100 library fee. Who does she consider “the patron saint of book worms”? What kind of fan fiction did she write as a kid? And what was her role in Paul Harding’s “Tinkers” winning the Pulitzer Prize for literature? You’ll have to listen to find out.

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