Jun 21

Welcome to those of you who heard about Books on the Nightstand from Michael’s June 21st appearance on NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

We’re thrilled to have you here, and hope you stick around for a bit.

About Books on the Nightstand


On Point with Tom AshbrookBooks on the Nightstand is a weekly internet audio show that focuses on books and reading. our goal is to keep book lovers excited about reading through great book recommendations and insights into the publishing industry. Listen to our most recent episode: BOTNS #133: We Have Opinions

Our shows average about 30 minutes, and we publish on Wednesday mornings. Most episodes follow our usual format:

  • Segment 1 is a brief conversation about something topical in the world of books and publishing.
  • Segment 2 is a longer discussion about a particular topic, such as “our favorite mysteries.”
  • Segment 3 is our most popular; we call it “Two books we can’t wait for you to read.” There, we each tell you about one great book that we recommend, usually a book that has just been published or will be published in the coming weeks. We feature a rather eclectic assortment of book recommendations, and don’t stick to any one particular genre.

You can listen to our weekly shows from this website, or you can sign up to receive new episodes via email. You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and other podcast services.

It’s a conversation

We love to hear from our listeners via our voicemail line [(209) 867-7323] and blog comments, and we love the Books on the Nightstand communities that have developed on GoodReads and Facebook. If you’re looking for book lovers who understand your obsession with reading, you’ll meet them through Books on the Nightstand. Some of us have even met in person: our first ever Books on the Nightstand Weekend Retreat was held last April in Manchester Center, Vermont, and was attended by more than 75 BOTNS listeners and 9 authors. Stay tuned for news about our plans for gathering in 2012.

About Michael and Ann

Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman are friends and colleagues who work for Random House, Inc., the world’s largest trade publisher. We spend most of our days in New England bookstores. That means that we talk about books all day long to other people who love to talk about books. Books on the Nightstand is an independent project, and we talk about books we love, no matter who publishes them. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that someone loved one of the books that we have recommended. Learn more about us here.

We believe that you can learn a lot about someone from their favorite books, so we are pleased to share with you our favorite books published in 2010:

Michael’s Top Five

Ann’s Top Five

We’d love to have you as part of the Books on the Nightstand community. Many thanks to the folks at On Point for inviting Michael to share his book recommendations!



  • Denise

    Hi Michael and Ann – just settled in to listen to my routine “On Point” podcast and was thrilled to hear that Michael was one of the guest discussants! Love both your podcast and Tom Ashbrook’s show. Glad to hear BOTN has made the big time!

  • Enjoyed the On Point podcast. In addition to Michael’s input I was happy to hear that there was a rep from my all time favorite book store; Elliot Bay Books in Seattle.

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