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Max Brooks on Sasquatch, Minecraft, and a lifetime of storytelling

Ep. #514 – On today’s episode, Adam sits down with bestselling author Max Brooks. They chat about his latest books Devolution and Minecraft: The Mountain. They also discuss his lifetime love of audiobooks, growing up in a house filled with storytelling, and the importance of teachers. Sponsor: Literati Kids – Visit http://www.Literati.com/ProBookNerds for 25% off your first two […]
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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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@maxbrooksauthor joins the show to discuss DEVOLUTION, Minecraft, his love of audiobooks, growing up w/ amazing storytellers for parents, & the importance of teachers.

You'll also hear why he's wielding a homemade axe.🤣

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/max-brooks-on-sasquatch-minecraft-and-a-lifetime-of-storytelling/

🪓New episode!🪓

@maxbrooksauthor joins the show to discuss DEVOLUTION, Minecraft, his love of audiobooks, growing up w/ amazing storytellers for parents, & the importance of teachers.

You'll also hear why he's wielding a homemade axe.🤣

Take a listen: https://professionalbooknerds.com/max-brooks-on-sasquatch-minecraft-and-a-lifetime-of-storytelling/

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