Portions of this blog post originally appeared in an article for Booklist
by Kansas City Public Library staff member Kaite Stover.
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 FM recently smashed the two formats together into one event, reBOUND, an annual book exchange and podcast party hosted by the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and KCUR Generation Listen KC.
This second edition of reBOUND, held at The Buffalo Room at Westport Flea Market on February 24 in the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, was a celebration of literary love. Attendees brought copies of their crushworthy books (or books they were ready to break up with) to swap with other guests. Many people attached notes about why their book was loved or unloved, and new reads were chosen from the communal pile of books attendees brought.
This year’s event also had an additional focus on podcasts. During the book exchange guests were invited to write down what programs they were currently listening to and comment on why they enjoyed them, then posted their notes on a shared board so others could see. Check out the recommendations submitted by guests over at kcur.org.
After mingling and chatting up books and podcasts, the group gathered ’round the sound machine for KCUR’s latest Podcast Party to listen to an episode of Mortified, a show that features adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) in order to reveal stories about their lives.
The final portion of the evening was a live stage program version of Mortified in which local presenters shared stories about childhood crushes, unrequited love, and romantic rejection by reading excerpts from their diaries and journals. Selected audio from the presentation is available here.
The Library’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.
8 Great Books to Pair with Your Favorite Podcasts
Looking for books that are similar to your listening tastes? The Kansas City Public Library has put together a list of reads for all you radiophiles and podcast lovers.
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.
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.
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 this sleepy desert town where the residents of Night Vale are unfazed by women without faces, the PTA, and shape-shifting teenagers. For fans of the eponymous podcast.
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.
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.
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.