The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

By Mitchell Kaplan

Mitchell Kaplan has been a bookseller and has owned the independent bookstores Books & Books for over 35 years. He is also co-founder of the acclaimed Miami Book Fair. If you love books, writers or are a passionate reader, this podcast is for you. Enter The Literary Life where every Friday you’ll hear candid conversations with Mitchell and his guests.

  1. 1.
    Les Standiford on Why the Circus Is Key to Understanding Who We Are
    36:59
  2. 2.
    Patricia Engel on the Natural Human Instinct to Migrate
    25:15
  3. 3.
    Catherine Raven: Why We're More Like Animals Than We Think
    39:51
  4. 4.
    Kathie Klarreich: How Working with Prisoners Has Changed My Life
    34:51
  5. 5.
    Ross King on the Man Who Changed Bookselling
    45:38
  6. 6.
    Louis-Philippe Dalembert: "Migration Is Part of My Story"
    40:30
  7. 7.
    Richard Flanagan on Writing (and Rewriting) Through the Devastating Bushfires in Tasmania and Australia
    47:25
  8. 8.
    Quentin Tarantino, Debut Novelist
    41:44
  1. 9.
    Joshua Henkin on Writing for the Long Haul
    41:40
  2. 10.
    M.J. Fievre on Becoming a Haitian Writer in America
    57:57
  3. 11.
    The Books & Books Staff Picks Their Summer Reads
    45:55
  4. 12.
    Peter Osnos on Becoming a War Correspondent in Vietnam
    42:10
  5. 13.
    Why You Won't Catch Ralph Nader Whining About Food
    36:44
  6. 14.
    Cambria Gordon on the Lost Art of Penmanship
    32:41
  7. 15.
    Hanif Abdurraqib on Censoring the Desires of Whiteness in Storytelling
    29:38
  8. 16.
    Scott Berg and Alex Belth on the Timelessness of Jon Bradshaw's Journalism
    41:55
  9. 17.
    Russell Banks on the Transformative Magic of South Florida
    40:44
  10. 18.
    Fred Guttenberg on Gun Reform and the Hope of Young People
    38:02
  11. 19.
    P. Scott Cunningham on Miami's Poetry Scene
    22:17
  12. 20.
    Jen Spyra on Balancing the Zany with the Emotional
    29:14
  13. 21.
    Jenny Lawson on How Falling Apart Can Bring us Together
    43:13
  14. 22.
    Carol Edgarian: 'Every Book, You Have to Woo Your Readers Again'
    42:01
  15. 23.
    Dantiel W. Moniz on Writing Stories That Are Felt in the Body
    40:00
  16. 24.
    Tim Dorsey on Writing About Florida as a Floridian
    39:31
  17. 25.
    Gabriel Byrne on Tracing His Memories Through Past and Present, Fact and Imagination
    1:09:46
  18. 26.
    Maika and Maritza Moulite on What Real Allyship Looks Like
    37:32
  19. 27.
    Paul Yamazaki on His Fifty Years at City Lights Booksellers
    44:11
  20. 28.
    Daniel Halpern on the Secret Sauce of Ecco Press
    1:02:59
  21. 29.
    David Hopen on Translating the Pardes Legend to Modern Times
    36:09
  22. 30.
    The Team at Books & Books Recommends Their Holiday Picks
    50:29
  23. 31.
    Deesha Philyaw on the Pleasure of Writing the Lives of Dissatisfied Women
    44:59
  24. 32.
    Carlos Lozada: What Were—and What Now Are—We Thinking?
    1:00:57
  25. 33.
    What Must Happen Next? Russell Banks, Edwidge Danticat, Richard Blanco, and Fernand Amandi on the Current Election
    53:52
  26. 34.
    Pete Souza on When Generosity of Spirit Reigned in Politics
    28:41
  27. 35.
    Jill McCorkle on the Voice She Channels When It's Time to Write a Rant
    39:21
  28. 36.
    Allie Brosh: Everybody Wants to Touch Something in the Void
    51:09
  29. 37.
    "It's Our Turn Now": Writers Against Trump on the Fight for Democracy
    1:04:36
  30. 38.
    Ellis Cose on the Short Life and Curious Death of Free Speech in America
    48:50
  31. 39.
    Carl Hiaasen on Satire as a Product of Anger
    43:44
  32. 40.
    Ayad Akhtar on Why Deep Reading Really Matters (Now More Than Ever)
    34:26
  33. 41.
    Alka Joshi on Reimagining Her Mother’s Past in The Henna Artist
    31:13
  34. 42.
    Eric Weiner: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers
    35:24
  35. 43.
    Dr. Michele Harper: Healing Yourself by Understanding How to Heal Others
    34:12
  36. 44.
    John Freeman on How “Citizenship is an active thing”
    51:45
  37. 45.
    Ruth Behar on How Being a Lucky Broken Girl Made Her a Best-Selling Author
    42:49
  38. 46.
    Edwidge Danticat, on “Everything Inside,” Her Award-Winning Short-Fiction Collection, an Encore Episode
    52:32
  39. 47.
    Susan Wiggs on The Power and Magic of Bookstores
    27:22
  40. 48.
    Jim Carrey and Co-Author Dana Vachon on “Memoirs and Misinformation” with Special Guest Introducer, Judy Blume
    53:30
  41. 49.
    Kevin Kwan on How to Beautifully Skewer People
    47:11
  42. 50.
    Nicholas Griffin on The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980
    35:35

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