Tom and Megan highlight two of the year’s best podcasts: Claudia Rankine and Julia Alvarez.
On this special episode, editor-in-chief Tom Beer joins host Megan Labrise for the Fully Booked YearinReview, reintroducing two of our favorite conversations from 2020: Claudia Rankine and Julia Alvarez.
In September, Rankine joined Beer to discuss Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf), a paradigm-shifting cross-disciplinary essay collection contending with the perceptual and experiential divide between Black and White Americans.
They talked about racism, the parallel realities of Black and White Americans, White privilege, and conversation as a tool for dismantling systems of oppression.
In April, Alvarez joined Labrise to discuss Afterlife (Algonquin), her first adult novel in nearly 14 years. This modern “Book of Job” is the story of a recently widowed retired English professor, living in Vermont, who’s striving to discover what her next chapter will be.
They talked about age, experience, grief, how those we’ve loved and lost can continue to live through us, and the strangeness of quarantine.
The Fully Booked Year in Review is sponsored by Amazon Original Stories’ new Faraway Collection and Tiller Press, publisher of So To Speak: 11,000 Expressions That Will Knock Your Socks Off.
Thanks for listening! And cheers to another great year in podcasting.
Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.