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So you watched Hamilton… Now what? Musical and book recommendations for all!

Ep. #460 – On today’s episode, Jill and Adam share some of their favorite musicals and book recommendations based off those productions. Yes, it’s obviously based off of Hamilton being out last weekend. Register to join our Social Justice Zoom event with Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal – https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GAPg11U0SMq6kz9iKqOgkA Buy a PBN t-shirt and support […]
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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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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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“I love this podcast. They are thoughtful about the books they talk about, interview great authors, and give great recommendations!”

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OKAY! So you've watched #Hamilton 10 times already. Now what?

How about a bunch of book recommendations based on some of our favorite musicals?

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Join the @ProBookNerds on 7/16 for a live social justice conversation with NYT best selling authors Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal.

Register: https://overdrive.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GAPg11U0SMq6kz9iKqOgkA

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