Podcast fans talk about their favorite radio shows with the same enthusiasm readers talk about their favorite books. The Kansas City Public Library and KCUR 89.3 have smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND, an annual book exchange and podcast party hosted by the Young Friends of the KCPL and Generation Listen KC.
At last night’s event, attendees dropped off books they’ve already read and chose something new from others’ discards. They mingled and networked over book chat before gathering ’round the sound machine to listen to the most recent episode of Mortified.
KCPL’s party favor was a list of books that pair well with some of the best and most popular podcasts of 2015. Check it out below and catch a new read and a new listen at the same time.
Food, cooking, and tastes evolve, as the author demonstrates with journeys to Vietnam, Canada, India, and Los Angeles. You might rethink your diet after reading—or just order a cheeseburger. For fans of Gastropod.
Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
The city is full of a million stories and, in the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton tried to capture them all with his camera. A stunning and moving collection of portraits and anecdotes. For fans of Strangers.
Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, by Leanne Shapton
In the style of an auction catalog, readers are witnesses to the blooming, and eventual desiccation, of the relationship of Lenore and Harold. For fans of Mortified.
The Influencing Machine, by Brooke Gladstone
Media is big. Media is dark. It’s hard to find a place to park. Which is why we’re lucky to have Brooke Gladstone explain it all for us. Even luckier to get these explanations in graphic-novel format. For fans of On the Media.
The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, by Issa Rae
A debut collection of essays that are funny, smart, thought-provoking, witty, and the perfect hybrid of awkward and cool. For fans of Another Round.
The Real Thing: A Guide to Separating the Genuine from the Ersatz, the Man from the Boys, and the Wheat from the Chaff, by Kurt Andersen
An essay collection of pithy pronouncements and healthy skepticism on world culture including, but not limited to: candy, Charlie Chan, cholesterol, self-help quizzes, and sexy pieces of military hardware (not in that order). For fans of Studio 360.
Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood, by William J. Mann
Who killed William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association? Was it one of three ruthlessly ambitious and beautiful actresses? A demanding stage mother? A devoted valet? A gang of two-bit thugs? Did we forget to tell you this is a true story? For fans of You Must Remember This.
Welcome to Night Vale, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
If you’re new to the snarky little podcast, then let this snarky little book introduce you properly. Things are creepy, quirky, and darkly humorous in the sleepy desert town of Night Vale, where the residents are unfazed by women without faces, the PTA, and shape-shifting teenagers. For fans of the eponymous podcast.
It should come as no surprise that podcasts are peaking in popularity. Stories on the air are just as compelling as stories on the page!