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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. 

May 2, 2010

We were so very honored when Jennifer Entwistle and Vicki Hendrickson invited Books on the Nightstand to be part of the Newburyport (MA) Literary Festival! It was a wonderful day full of author talks and book signings. Our live Books on the Nightstand session took place in a stunningly gorgeous old church, with a crowd of about 75 people in attendance -- intimidating to be sure.  Jennifer moderated our discussion and did a fantastic job! And since technology was on our side, we were able to record the episode, presented here. It runs about an hour, including a Q&A session at the end.

As we begin the discussion, technology takes center stage: we talk about the history of Books on the Nightstand, how technology and social networking are changing the publishing industry. Then we move on to discussing online book discussion, which morphs into our ideas of what makes a good "book group book."

Michael and I each talk about some of our favorite recommendations for book clubs:

Then, it's a live version of "Two Books We Can't Wait For You To Read":  Michael talks about The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors by Michele Young-Stone, a novel about two people who come together through their individual experiences of being struck by lightning.  Ann tells about The Lake Shore Limited by Sue Miller, which is a powerful, thought-provoking novel about living and grieving in the wake of tragedy.

Lastly, some questions from the audience, which we attempt to answer. Please note that the audience members' questions cannot be heard on the podcast recording, but we've tried to repeat the question so that it's clear.

Links to topics discussed in this episode:

Book Blogs:

Books Podcasts:

NetGalley - Based in Newburyport, MA, this company works with publishers to make electronic advanced reading copies available to the media and book reviewers

Random House Readers Circle Author Chats - lists authors that are willing to call in to a book group discussion

Vintage/Anchor Reading Group Center - lists authors that are willing to call in to a book group discussion