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Interview with Eva Jurczyk, author of The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

On today’s episode, Jill is joined by Eva Jurczyk, author of The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, to discuss her new book. Eva shares her own personal experience working in a rare manuscript libraries, the sensitivity of writing about mental health issues, and the pair discuss real-life library thefts and geek out over […]
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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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“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?”

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“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.”

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Hello! Checked "get invited as a guest on a podcast" off my bucket list. Listen to @ProBookNerds while you shovel snow today and hear me talk about my favourite book thefts. Click the link or check it out wherever you get your podcasts https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5tZWdhcGhvbmUuZm0vcHJvYm9va25lcmRz/episode/NjVhODM3MGEtNzU1Yy0xMWVjLThiOTgtNjMyOTA5YjExYzUx

For something completely different, Jill is suggesting some reading resolutions that have nothing to do with the number of books you read!

(Like decluttering/reorganizing your bookshelf. Jill's books are organized by color. Don't @ me)

More here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/reading-resolutions-that-have-nothing-to-do-with-the-number-of-books-you-read/

Our friend Marie Benedict is back to talk about her new book HER HIDDEN GENIUS and the incredible Rosalind Franklin 🧬

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🎉🎉 First author interview of 2022 is @XochitltheG talking about her book Olga Dies Dreaming!

Listen here: https://professionalbooknerds.com/interview-with-xochitl-gonzalez/

The wait is over! The 2022 PBN Reading Challenge is Heeeeeeeere

Listen to today's episode for an explanation of some of the prompts then get your copy of the challenge and start reading


Witches and romance and non-fiction (and more witches), oh my! In today's episode, find out what books Team OverDrive loved in 2021

But seriously. There were a lot of witches. LOL

Listen here: http://www.professionalbooknerds.com/team-overdrives-favorite-books-of-2021

Today on the podcast, Jill is joined by @seressia to discuss her new book THE LOVE CON. They talk cosplay, conventions, and finding love at any size.

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