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Pultizer Prize winner Anthony Doerr on his new book Cloud Cuckoo Land

Pultizer Prize winning author (and Cleveland native!) Anthony Doerr joins Jill to discuss his new book Cloud Cuckoo Land. Anthony discusses the idea behind Cloud Cuckoo Land and how he created an original ancient manuscript. Today’s episode is sponsored by Fast Growing Trees. Visit FastGrowingTrees.com/PBN to save 15%
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Who we are


We’re not just book nerds, we’re Professional Book Nerds® (PBN) who work at OverDrive, the industry-leading app for eBooks and audiobooks through your local library and school. With over a half million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the PBN team for weekly expert book recommendations, author interviews and all things books.

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Meet the nerds


Adam Sockel

Adam Sockel is one half of the Professional Book Nerds podcast. He’s been working at OverDrive since 2010 where he’s responsible for helping new users discover OverDrive around the world and manages the OverDrive library blog.

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Jill Grunewald

Jill Grunenwald is the creator and other half of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast and loves talking about books almost as much as she loves reading them. She joined OverDrive in 2015 as a Collection Development Analyst, helping libraries select and purchase content for their users.

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What people are saying


“I love this podcast. They are thoughtful about the books they talk about, interview great authors, and give great recommendations!”

-Dawnrrice, iTunes user

“Their recommendations are fabulous and the author interviews are wonderful. there are many books I have read and enjoyed thanks to the Professional Book Nerds. And that is the best name ever. Can we get stickers or t-shirts?”

-Citrus Sunshine, iTunes user

“I visited the podcast twice this year, and it was an absolute joy both times. The questions are wonderful, the book nerdery is great, and it also happens to be a fantastic way to get the word out!”

-Marieke Nijkamp, author of This Is Where It Ends

“The PBN’s enthusiasm for literature comes through in insightful, well researched questions and their lively repartee with the authors”

-Margaret Coffee, National Accounts Manager

“I’m always looking for my next book. Friends’ recommendations are great but tend to stay in their categories. This podcast delivers a lot of options in a lot of categories I would never have been exposed to.”

-Karen, Professional Book Nerds fan

“Perfect podcast for anyone looking for what books to checkout next.”

-#LibraryLover🔥, iTunes user

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Recent news


Okay, y'all. The temperature has dropped. It's gray and overcast. I have candles burning in my home office.

SPOOKY SEASON HAS ARRIVED.

Read an Ebook Day is this Saturday, September 18! Use the hashtag #EbookLove to share what you're reading and find out what Team OverDrive will be reading in today's new episode!

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https://professionalbooknerds.com/read-an-ebook-day-recommendations-from-team-overdrive/

Read an Ebook Day is this Saturday, September 18! Use the hashtag #EbookLove to share what you're reading and find out what Team OverDrive will be reading in today's new episode!

Listen here 👇
https://professionalbooknerds.com/read-an-ebook-day-recommendations-from-team-overdrive/

Friend of the podcast @HDemetrios returns to discuss her new book CODE NAME BADASS. Learn about real-life spy Virginia Hall and how a trip to the @IntlSpyMuseum inspired Heather to find out more about this incredible woman.

🕵️Listen here 👇
https://www.overdrive.com/media/6070735/code-name-badass

🎧On today's episode of this podcast about books, Jill shares some books about podcasts.

It's like Inception but with, like, books.

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https://professionalbooknerds.com/books-about-podcasts-on-the-podcast-about-books/

When it's a rainy day I want to read.
When it's a sunny day I want to read.
When it's a whatever day I want to read.

Basically I just want to read all the time.

Listen to this week's author interview to hear @alicewriterland talk about her latest dark and twisty novel,
🪨 Rock
📃Paper
✂️Scissors

https://professionalbooknerds.com/alice-feeney-and-her-latest-dark-and-twisty-book/

On today's episode, Adam shares some news that he's leaving OverDrive for a new job and says thank you to everyone who has helped him be part of this wonderful bookish world.

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/adam-says-goodbye/

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