PODCAST

Fully Booked Year in Review: 2020

BY MEGAN LABRISE • December 29, 2020

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.

Our Take On This Week's Bestsellers

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    SKIP IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    SKIP IT

  • Our Verdict

    SKIP IT

  • Our Verdict

    SKIP IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

  • Our Verdict

    GET IT

Advertisement

The Magazine: Kirkus Reviews

YA superstar Angie Thomas has written her best book yet with her prequel to The Hate U Give.

subscribe
  • The Kirkus Star

    One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.

  • The Kirkus Prize

    The Kirkus Prize is among the richest literary awards in America, awarding $50,000 in three categories annually.

    See the 2020 winners.

Great Books & News Curated For You

Be the first to read books news and see reviews, news and features in Kirkus Reviews. Get awesome content delivered to your inbox every week.

Thank you!