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Astral Projecting with Mike Albo, author of Another Dimension of Us

Today on the pod, Joe talks with Mike Albo about his new book Another Dimension of Us (out January 17). They dive into Mike’s process, what it was like growing up in the 80s, feedback from his authenticity readers, the excitement around his audiobook, and of course- curating a new age bookshelf. Readers can sample […]
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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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Emma Dwyer

Emma Dwyer is a Product Trainer at OverDrive, where she provides support to Public Library partners. Prior to joining the Training team, Emma was an OverDrive Content Specialist and she brings a great deal of library, publishing, and book knowledge to her current team.

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Joe Skelley

Joe Skelley manages the tour route for OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile and helps introduce new users to Libby through virtual training sessions. In college, Joe majored in promotional communications, and literature reading everything from the classics to local authors in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

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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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Today on the pod, Joe chats with @albomike about his new book, Another Dimension of Us. They dive into Mike's process, astral projection, authenticity readers, and so much more.

Listen now, wherever you get your podcasts or at: https://professionalbooknerds.com/astral-projecting-with-mike-albo-author-of-another-dimension-of-us/

Emma, Joe, and Jill are back for the monthly round up of books they’re most excited for coming out this month!

Emma chats with @monicaheisey about her novel, Really Good, Actually. They also discuss divorce at a young age, the triumph of oat milk, the best advice, @torontolibrary's reading challenge and more! https://professionalbooknerds.com/finding-the-funny-with-monica-heisey/

I called my grandma to wish her a happy birthday (she's 89) and she told me about how they were doing a Q&A game at her assisted living home. Her question was "Who is your favorite author?" She said, "My granddaughter." It's fine, I'm fine.

Read an exclusive excerpt of VERA WONG'S UNSOLICITED ADVICE FOR MURDERERS on Book Riot!!


We're so excited for all the books coming out in 2023! Hear our top 30 picks on today's episode. https://professionalbooknerds.com/pro-book-nerds-most-anticipated-reads-of-2023/

Today, Joe chats with @grady_hendrix about his new book How to Sell a Haunted House (out 1/17)!

In this conversation they talk about Grady's turn to gothic horror, designing jacket covers, and Lemony Snicket.

Listen now wherever you get your podcasts or https://professionalbooknerds.com/learning-how-to-sell-a-haunted-house-with-grady-hendrix/

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