The Stacks

The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their second episode, they'll discuss The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) pick. Get ready for fun and thoughtful conversations about books and reading. 

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Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison -- The Stacks Book Club (DaMaris B. Hill)

Beloved is a classic American novel by one of the greatest novelists of our time, Toni Morrison. It is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week, and we are lucky to have author and scholar DaMaris B. Hill (A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing) to help us break it down. We talk about the legacy of slavery on Black Americans, how to discuss great works that we don't personally enjoy, intimacy as it relates to insanity, and Pulitzer Prize controversy.
There are spoilers on this week's episode.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe on The Stacks website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/22/ep-60-beloved

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01:15:13 5/22/2019

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We're joined today by Robert W. Fieseler author of June The Stacks Book Club Pick, Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation . In our conversation we get to know Fieseler, how this tragic event came into his life, where he found his sources, and the toll writing about trauma can have on an author. Our conversation is spoiler free, and serves as a great introduction for our TSBC conversation on Tinderbox , that will air on June 5th.

You can find everything we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/20/ss13 

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00:38:35 5/20/2019

DaMaris B. Hill is an author and scholar, and her latest book, A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing, is a collection of poetry dealing with the incarceration of Black women. Today on The Stacks she talks with us about how she came to be a writer, her perfectionist spirit, and the books that have inspired her along the way.

You can find everyhting we talk about on today's episdoe including a full list of the books mentioned over on The Stacks Website: https://thestackspodcast.com/2019/05/10/ep-59-damaris-b-hill

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01:03:22 5/15/2019

Keltie is back! That's right, its time for The Stacks Book Club, and Keltie is here as we take a deep dive into Cheryl Strayed's collection of advice, Tiny Beautiful Things. We talk about this fantastic book, the best advice we've received, dealing with grief, being ambitious, and weddings. Basically, we're talking about it all. And the best part? There are no spoilers this week. 

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00:54:02 5/8/2019

On today's episdoe of The Short Stacks our guest is Damon Young. Damon is the co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, a senior editor at The Root, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker . We talk today about the anxieties of releasing a memoir into the world, public apologies, and getting blurbs from people you admire. There are no spoilers today.

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00:44:15 5/6/2019

The Stacks is thrilled to announce we are now part of The LadyGang Network on PodcastOne . Don't worry, there are no changes for you, we're still the same bookish podcast you love. In order to kick off our new partnership, we've got co-host of The LadyGang and correspondent on Entertainment Tonight , Keltie Knight. We talk about starting your own business, the value of a good first impression, and books about dogs.

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01:06:05 5/1/2019
In honor of National Poetry Month, we're talking all things poetry for The Stacks Book Club. We're joined again by author, performance artist, and poet Gabrielle Civil, and we're discussing Ntozake Shange's poetry collection, Wild Beauty. If you're intimidated by poetry, you'll love today's episode. We talk about how to approach poetry, where to start, and if there is such thing as a "good" poem (or if that even matters). Plus a whole lot more. There a no spoilers today. Purchase Wild Beauty on IndieBound or Amazon. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below helps support the show, at no cost to you. Wild Beauty by Ntozake ShangeEp. 55 The Art of Performance with Gabrielle Civil (The Stacks)Ask the Stacks -- askingthestacks@gmail.com Join The Stacks PackEp 162: The best bad ending you'll ever read--Traci Thomas (What Should I Read Next Podcast, Wondery)FREE Audible TrialFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange"Obie-Winning Actor Laurie Carlos Dies at 67" ( Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill.com)Jessica HagedornNappy Edges by Ntozake ShangeA Daughter's Geography by Ntozake ShangeRidin' the Moon in Texas by Ntozake ShangeExperiments in Joy by Gabrielle CivilAttack of the Difficult Poems by Charles BernsteinImmortal Poems of the English Language by Oscar WilliamsLouis UntermeyerThe Hollow Men by T.S. EliotMother to Son by Langston HughesTaking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice WalkerHenri MatisseSwallow the Fish by Gabrielle Civil Carrie Mae WeemsBarbara Chase-RiboudSally Hemmings by Barbara Chase-RiboudThick by Tressie McMillan CottomWhat Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon YoungA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinIf Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins, 2018)Titus Andronicus by William ShakespeareLove's Labour's Lost by William ShakespeareTwelfth Night by William ShakespeareReplicas (Jeffrey Nachmanoff, 2019)What Work Is by Philip LevineHow to Lose A Guy in Ten Days (Donald Petrie, 2003)VS podcast (Poetry Foundation) Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith[insert] Boy by Danez SmithSoft Science by Franny ChoiFloating, Brilliant Gone by Fanny ChoiPoetry Foundation--Poetry SubscriptionOcean VuongThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate MarshallThe BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic edited by Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, and Idrissa SimmondsPremonitions : The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry by Walter LewTinderNarrative MuseThe Color Purple (Steven Spielberg, 1985)The Color Purple by Alice WalkerTiffany HaddishZoe SaldanaNina (Cynthia Mort, 2016)Center Stage (Nicholas Hytner, 2000)Debbie AllenMarsai MartinLittle (Tina Gordon, 2019)Sweet Honey and the RockSalt by Nayyirah Waheednejma by Nayyirah Waheed Connect with Gabrielle's: Gabrielle's Facebook | Gabrielle's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
01:05:40 4/23/2019
On this episode of The Short Stacks our guest is award-wining author, Miriam Toews. We are discussing her new book, Women Talking, which is inspired by true events of a series of rapes within a Mennonite community in Bolivia. We talk about the differences between a first and eighth book, what other jobs Miriam might like to have, and what authors you should check out if you likeWomen Talking. There are no spoilers today. Get your copy of Women Talking, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Women Talking by Miriam ToewsAll My Puny Sorrows by Miriam ToewsA Complicated Kindness by Miriam ToewsThe Stacks Pack "Bolivia: 8 Mennonites Accused of Rape" (Reuters, The New York Times)"A Verdict in Bolivia's Shocking Case of the Mennonite Rapes" (Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, Time) Rachel Cusk Roberto BolañoVirginia WoolfThe BibleJoy WilliamsPat BarkerAlice MunroMargaret AtwoodNelson AlgrenNever a Lovely So Real by Colin Asher Connect with Isaac: Miriam's Facebook Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received Women Talking from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
00:36:57 4/21/2019
Today we have performance artist, author, poet, and professor Gabrielle Civil on the podcast to discuss the creative process, books that bite, overachieving Black girls, and books in translation. We spend time discussing Performance Memoir as a genre and we hear about Gabrielle's books Swallow the Fish and Experiments in Joy. Purchase Gabrielle's Books on IndieBound or Amazon. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below helps support the show, at no cost to you. Books Swallow the Fish by Gabrielle CivilExperiments in Joy by Gabrielle CivilBecoming by Michelle Obama (Audiobook)Thick by Tressie McMillan CottomOld in Art Schoolby Nell PainterRita DoveRigoberto Gonzales Janet MockI'm So Fine by Khadijah Queens Zetta ElliottNtozake ShangeNaomi Long MadgettWhen Fox is a Thousand by Larissa LaiSalt Fish Girl by Larissa LaiThe Island of Eternal Love by Daina ChavianoChildren of Blood and Bone by Tomi AdeyemiChildren of Vengeance and Virtue by Tomi AdeyemiBlack Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon JamesNalo HopkinsonTananarive DueOctavia E. ButlerA Wish After Midnight by Zetta ElliotKindred by Octavia E. ButlerHarriet JacobsSphinx by Anne GarrétaThe Bridge of Beyond by Simon Schwarz-BartMaud Martha by Gwendolyn BrooksMy Name is Asher Lev by Chaim PotockJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte War and Peace by Leo TolstoyA Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon JamesMarcel ProustOn the Come Up by Angie ThomasColor Theory edited by Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini-CastilloNo Archive Will Restore You by Julietta SinghSo You Want to be a Wizard by Diane DuaneWritten on the Body by Jeannette WintersonFreshwater by Akwaeke EmeziJhumpa LahiriHow to Complete and Survive A Doctoral Dissertation by David SternbergMy Body, The Buddhist by Deborah HayEnglish is Broken Here by Coco FuscoA Field Guide for Female Interrogators by Coco FuscoOut of Order, Out of Sight by Adrian PiperDirty River by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinhai Care Work by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-SamarasinhaiIf Beale Street Could Talk by James BaldwinSlow Holler Tarot DeckModern Tarot by Michelle TeaThe Creative Tarot by Jessa CrispinThe Magicians by Lev GrossmanLes Miserables by Victor HugoGerminal by Emilé ZolaOld Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. ElliottThe Return of the Native by Thomas HardyMadame Bouvary by Gustave FlaubertThe Woman Lit by Fireflies by Jim HarrisonYes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica ValentiPinocchio by Carlo CollodiDumbo by RH DisneyWild Beauty by Ntozake ShangeThe Elements of Style by William Strunken Jr. and E. B. White Everything Else Ask the Stacks-- askingthestacks@gmail.com Join the Stacks Pack Jack Jones Literary Arts Us (Jordan Peele, 2019) Anna Martine Whitehead The Jam Handy The Accomplices Publishing Nightboat Press Coffee House Press Graywolf Press  Dorothy Project Dalkey Archives Press Small Press Distribution #babygotbacklist on Instagram (@allisonreadsDC) Wolfman Books McNally Jackson Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference Les Miserables (Claude-Michel Schönberg,1980) The Pantages Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1982) Connect with Gabrielle's: Gabrielle's Facebook | Gabrielle's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you.
01:07:46 4/16/2019
Ben Blacker is back and we're talking all things theatre and oral history today on The Stacks, as we breakdown The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. The book is an oral history of Angels in America, a classic American play about the AIDS crisis by Tony Kushner. We discuss government funded art, human rights, and so much theatre geek goodness. Plus, no spoilers. Listen and enjoy. Get your copy of The World Only Spins Forward, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan KoisAngels in America by Tony KushnerThe Short Stacks 9: Isaac Butler//The World Only Spins Forward (The Stacks)Join The Stacks Pack -- PatreonEp 20: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates with Jay Connor (The Stacks)The Stacks Anniversary SuperlativesHamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda, 2015)GrantlandThe Ringer"Rocked" (Bryan Curtis and Patricia Lee, Grantland)"The Malice at the Palace" (Jonathan Abrams, Grantland)Live from New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom ShalesThose Guys Have All the Fun by James Andrew Miller and Tom ShalesOskar EustisThe Public Theater George C. WolfeAngels in America (Mike Nichols, 2003)Justin KirkBen ShenkmanMeryl StreepAl PacinoTake Me Out by Richard GreenbergDamn Yankees (Stanley Donen, George Abbott, 1958)Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare"How Outrage Built Over a Shakespearean Depiction of Trump" ( Michael Paulson and Sopan Deb, New York Times)"A Universal Heart, Pounding With Hope" (Ben Brantley, The New York Times)Dear Evan Hansen (Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, 2016)Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)Cats (Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1982)Wicked (Stephen Schwartz, 2003)Robert MapplethorpeThe Nederlander OrganizationLin Manuel MirandaRENT (Jonathan Larson, 1994)When We Rise by Cleve JonesThe Names Project: AIDS Memorial QuiltEmile HirschInto the Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)The Normal Heart by Larry KramerAnd the Band Played On by Randy ShiltsSpring Awakening by Steven Sater and Duncan SheikBook of Mormon (Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, 2011) Emma ThompsonDebra MessingMary-Louise ParkerMarcia Gay HardenElia KazanZoe KazanAdam DriverBurn This by Lanford WilsonJeffery WrightBasquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996)Hunger Games (Gary Ross, 2012)Westworld (HBO)Nathan LaneStephen SpinellaAndrew GarfieldEllen McLaughlinAmerican Conservatory TheaterRuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)Ben Brantley8th Grade (Bo Burnham, 2018) Connect with Ben: Ben's Twitter | Ben's Instagram | Ben's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received The World Only Spins Forward from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
00:59:47 4/9/2019
Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by debut author, Bryan Washington, whose debut book Lot is a short story collection set in Houston. Bryan talks street names as titles, his "day job", and what is next for him (trust me its exciting). Get your copy of Lot, or any book mentioned on today's episode, on IndieBound, and support your local bookstore. Everything we talk about on today's episode can be found below in the show notes. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs, and shopping through the links below (mostly Amazon) helps support the show, at no cost to you. Lot by Bryan WashingtonBecoming by Michelle ObamaMilk TeaMat JohnsonThe AwlCatapultNicole ChungThe Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know (The Stacks) Aja Gabel"Waugh" (Bryan Washington, The New Yorker)Ep. 35 Prodigies, Time Machines, and Beautiful Writing with Aja Gabel (The Stacks)Brazos Bookstore"Bryan Washington's Playlist for His Story Collection 'Lot'" (Largehearted Boy)Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)Spa Night (Andrew Ahn, 2016)Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)The House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosWomen Hollering Creek by Sandra CisnerosVida by Patricia EngleA Good Fall by Ha JinAmerican Son by Brian Ascalon RoleyThe Leavers by Lisa KoA Lucky Man by Jamel BrinkleyAlexander CheeLacy M. JohnsonMichael ArceneauxCali Sandwich (Houston) Connect with Isaac: Bryan's Twitter | Bryan's Instagram | Bryan's Website Connect with The Stacks: Instagram | The Stacks Website | Facebook | Twitter | Subscribe | Patreon | Goodreads | Traci's Instagram To contribute to The Stacks, join The Stacks Pack, and get exclusive perks, check out our Patreon page. We are beyond grateful for anything you're able to give to support the production of this show. If you prefer to do a one time contribution go to paypal.me/thestackspod. Sponsors Audible- to get your FREE audiobook download and FREE 30 day trial go to audibletrial.com/thestacks. The Stacks received Lot from the publisher. For more information click here. The Stacks participates in affiliate programs. We receive a small commission when products are purchased through links on this website, and this comes at no cost to you. Shopping through these links helps support the show, but does not effect opinions on books and products. For more information click here.
00:37:42 4/7/2019

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