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What you missed on the Professional Book Nerds podcast in September: Adam Sass, Brigid Kemmerer, Courtney Summers & more


Oct 10, 2022

September was a whirlwind of a month on the Professional Book Nerds (PBN) podcast! If you’re new to PBN, welcome—we’re happy to have you here! We release two episodes every week; on Mondays we interview authors about their new releases, and on Thursdays we chat books and give tips for readers.

Let’s take look at some of September's episodes:

Adam Sass

Adam Sass, author of The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers

I got the chance to interview Adam Sass about his new book and talk about the importance of queer YA romance, the dangers of creating characters from people in your life and, of course, soy milk.

Adam is also the author of Surrender Your Sons.

Listen here 🎧

Brigid Kemmerer

Brigid Kemmerer, author of Defend the Dawn

Co-host Emma chats with Brigid about the second book in her Defy the Night series. They talk about parenting, writing messy characters and what it’s like to engage with readers in real life after a few years of virtual events.

Brigid is also the author of The Elemental series and The Cursebreaker series.

Listen here 🎧

Courtney Summers

Courtney Summers, author of I’m the Girl

Co-host Jill talks with bestselling YA author Courtney Summers about her new book. They talk about the inspiration behind the book, writing about teen girls for teen girls, the cultural systems that perpetuate violence against women and what it was like slipping Easter eggs into this new book.

Courtney is also the author of Sadie, The Project, All the Rage and more.

Listen here 🎧

Book chat

The One Where We Talk About Series

Emma, Jill and I are joined by our colleague Tiffany to discuss all things series and how to tackle them when it feels daunting. We share some of our all-time favorite series, if we prefer stand-alone books and our feelings about re-reading. Come for the tips, stay for the book therapy!

Tips for Shopping Your Shelf and Tackling Your TBR

If your to-be-read list is as long as mine, this is the episode for you. Emma, Jill and I are joined by our colleague Kristin to share some tips about how we “shop” our own bookshelves and TBRs to figure out what to read and when.

Want to hang out with us on social media? We’re on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @Probooknerds, and you can email us with any suggestions and questions!

Find these great books and more on Libby, the library reading app. Download Libby, find your library and start borrowing ebooks and audiobooks today!

The Professional Book Nerds are Jill, Emma and Joe—book nerds who dish out expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books on their weekly podcast. The Professional Book Nerds podcast is available through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio FM and anywhere people download their podcasts.


About the Author

Joe Skelley has always been a lover of reading and passionate about the library. His love of libraries brought him to OverDrive where he works on the Events team, working with the Digital Bookmobile and co-hosts the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Joe loves thrillers, magical realism, and the broad spectrum of YA. When he’s not working, Joe loves to listen to audiobooks and podcasts, watch YouTube, get too involved in a DIY project, and (most importantly) play with his Boston Terrier, Roscoe.


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