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Books on the Nightstand published our final episode in July 2016. This is a place for listeners to find old episodes. 

I'm sorry that we don't have show notes for all of the episodes, and that the episodes do not have consistent filenames. Still, we hope you find that the content is valuable enough to overlook those annoyances.

Thank you to all who have listened to BOTNS over the years and for those who are just discovering the podcast. 

Sep 27, 2011


Hype vs. buzz - when is it too much? Who's on your literary Mount Rushmore? Also, We the Animals by Justin Torres, and Habibi by Craig Thompson.

Hype vs. Buzz

In segment one, we try to differentiate between "hype" and "buzz," largely inspired by a post at the Redbox blog. We think that "hype" is manufactured, and...

Sep 21, 2011

So many great children's books hitting the Five-Oh over the next year; graphic novel recommendations for people who don't read graphic novels; Ann raves about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and I get my font-geek on for Just My Type by Simon Garfield.

Favorites Turn Fifty

2011 and 2012 will see the 50th...

Sep 14, 2011

 In this episode: A listener's plea for help, Man Booker shortlist 2012, Literary late bloomers, and 2 great books we can't wait for you to read.

We received an email from a listener who needs help: she's looking for the title of a science fiction book she read years ago, possibly published in the 1980s. An elderly,...

Sep 7, 2011

Hurricane Irene left us scrambling for power and phone service, so we didn't have time to put together a "regular" episode. Instead, this week we bring you, well... YOU, by opening the (voice)mail bag.


We got several voicemails about the study saying spoilers can actually enhance enjoyment of a story. Some of you...