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LIfe’s a Drag — but this episode isn’t!

Tomorrow, Fri. May 20, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars returns! And today, Joe and Jill share nonfiction and fiction books with drag queens. They also discuss their recent opportunity to see Alyssa Edwards (S5, All Stars 2) live, favorite Drag Race seasons and Queens, and who they are rooting for to take the crown in […]
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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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In honor of #DragRaceAllStars7, Joe & Jill are sharing favorite fiction & non-fiction books featuring Drag Queens!

Today's episode features:
💄Their shared love for @AlyssaEdwards_1
👑Who they are rooting for in All Stars


Y’all! We’re going from vampires that ✨sparkle✨ to the slayer herself! Join Joe today as he interviews @evanrosskatz about his new book, Into Every Generation a Slayer is Born!

Listen now: https://professionalbooknerds.com/evan-ross-katz-author-of-into-every-generation-a-slayer-is-born/

Today on the pod, we started our dive into the @Twilight Saga… and we sure have some feelings about it.

Go listen to part one now! https://professionalbooknerds.com/the-twilight-saga-retrospective-pt-1/

#twilight #newmoon #twilightsaga #professionalbooknerds

The day is finally here! Emma spoke with @jenniferweiner about her new book, The Summer Place, and all things motherhood, how the pandemic changed everything, and lobster cobb salad. Check it out now!

Surprise! Emma had the pleasure of chatting with #EmilyHenry about her new novel, Book Lovers, and it was a dream come true. This book, this author...give it a listen! https://professionalbooknerds.com/interview-with-emily-henry-author-of-book-lovers/

With over 1 million downloads, readers and librarians turn to the Professional Book Nerds for book recommendations, author interviews and all things bookish.

🎙Meet the @ProBookNerds & get caught up on their latest episodes: https://professionalbooknerds.com/

Emma & @hollyblack discuss her new release, Book of Night (out 5/3), shadows, gloamists, iced coffee, and what it's like writing for adults on today's episode! Give it a listen!

actual convo w my sister:

her: i know HarperCollins!
Me: yeah, they—
Her: from the hunger games!
Me: no, that’s Suzanne Collins. HarperCol—
Her: oh right. she wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.
Me: ?? that’s Harper Lee.
Her: well then I don’t know her so I don’t care about this story

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