The Bookshelf Odyssey Podcast

Art the Bookworm

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a reader in possession of a good book, must be in want of another... Does that describe you? Then come along with me as I explore my bookshelves, read you stories, and talk to authors, as we search for your next great read!

The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Aug 26 2022
The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb
Season 2 begins! And we kick off with a great guest talking with me about one of the best books I've read all year: The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb. Brendan stops by to chat with me about his book, comic books, music, and so much more. He's a man of many talents, and I can't wait for you to hear what he has to say. Please note a portion of our interview does contain spoilers for the book but it is well-marked when we begin the spoiler discussions. See the time stamps to help navigate. In today's episode I also review the poetry book "It Rained Warm Bread" by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet and Hope Anita Smith. It tells the story of holocaust survivor Moishe Moskowitz in poetry. It was one of the recommended books by our recent guest Nancy Churnin. You can see my interview with her here:  Timestamps:00:00 Introduction 02:39 Book Recommendation - It Rained Warm Bread 09:26 Interview with Brendan Slocumb - introductions, what’s your favorite book, and comic book discussions 15:19 The Violin Conspiracy book discussion - NON SPOILERS 27:42 Discussion about the power of music 35:17 SPOILER DISCUSSION!!! DANGER! 38:11 What are your future plans 40:00 What Have You Read Lately? 43:45 Any advice for a new writer? 45:46 When did you learn that words have power? Books Mentioned: The Epic of Gilgamesh Karma by Michael Albee A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!   #booktube #podcast #reading
Pride & Premeditation: Interview with author Tirzah Price!
Jul 28 2022
Pride & Premeditation: Interview with author Tirzah Price!
Hello everyone! as we continue our celebration of Jane Austen July I'm excited to bring you this interview with author Tirzah Price. She is the author of Pride and Premeditation - a Pride and Prejudice retelling that's part mystery, part lawyer drama, part Regency romance. Tirzah and I talk about her novel and share our love of Jane Austen. We also talk about adaptations, modernizations, and basically gush over how wonderful Jane Austen is. Enjoy! Timestamps: 00:00 Intro and Meet Tirzah Price 03:15 What’s Your Favorite Book? 05:00 Our Experiences reading Jane Austen, first time experiences 08:04 Tirzah’s favorite Jane Austen 10:00 More thoughts on Persuasion 2022… and Austen adaptations 18:24 the story of Pride and Premeditation 26:28 What have you been reading lately  33:10 Any Advice for New Writers 35:13 When Did you discover that words and stories have power and a rabbit trail talking about Libraries Books mentioned: Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta More Than You’ll ever know by Katie Gutierrez Five Total Strangers by Natalie D Richards Jane and I a Tale of Austen Addiction by Susannah Fullerton Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!   #janeausten #booktube #authortube #janeaustenjuly #podcast #interview
Dear Mr. Dickens: a paper, a pen, and something to say, with author Nancy Churnin
Jun 16 2022
Dear Mr. Dickens: a paper, a pen, and something to say, with author Nancy Churnin
Nancy Churnin is my guest today - she has just published the award winning children's book "Dear Mr. Dickens". Beautifully illustrated, It tells the powerful story of Eliza Davis, a Jewish woman who wrote letters to Charles Dickens asking him to change how he wrote Jewish characters in his novel. We talk about her book and the importance of using your voice and the power that words can have. Eliza may not be as well known as Dickens, but they both had the same tools - paper, a pen, and something to say! This interview is longer than my usual ones go, but I think it will be worth the time. Nancy Churnin has so much to say about the issues of representation, the power our words can have, and encouraging everyone to speak up. And of course, we talk at great lengths about our love for Dickens' stories. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did in recording it. Nancy Churnin website: www.nancychurnin.com Dear Mr. Dickens:  Bookshop.org (affiliate link:)  Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 05:00 What is your current favorite book? 10:50 Discussion on Eliza Davis and "Dear Mr Dickens" 45:45 When did you realize words have power? 48:53 Advice for new writers? 52:08 Reading Recommendations Books Mentioned: The Last Battle by CS Lewis It Rained Warm Bread by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet The Artful Dickens by John Mullan And of course, we talked about all of Charles Dickens' wonderful books and stories! Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!
Author Jendayi Brooks-Flemister and Why You Should Always Take a Chance on Yourself!
May 17 2022
Author Jendayi Brooks-Flemister and Why You Should Always Take a Chance on Yourself!
My guest today is a new up and coming author of science fiction. She has published several short stories and is working on a novel. I sit down with Jendayi to talk about how she became a writer, the impact of reading diversely, and why taking a chance on herself turned out to be one of the best choices she's made. We also share some book recommendations! I've read Jendayi's short stories and I believe that we are seeing the beginning of a great writing career! Check out her works at and let me know what you think. Timestamps 00:00 intro 01:20 What is Your Favorite Book? 04:00 Becoming a Writer 12:23 current works and future plans 15:00 Discussion of "Welcome Home" 21:18 How to support a short story writer 24:20 Diversity in Reading 29:48 What have you been reading recently? Book Recommendations! 33:12 What Advice do you have for new writers? 35:12 When did you realize words have power? Books Mentioned: The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel No Gods, No Monsters: A Novel (The Convergence Saga Book 1) by Cadwell Turnbull The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!
This Episode Will Make You HUNGRY!! with Special Guest: Author Darci Hannah
Apr 27 2022
This Episode Will Make You HUNGRY!! with Special Guest: Author Darci Hannah
Today I'm interviewing cozy mystery writer Darci Hannah about her wonderful series called The Beacon Bakeshop Mysteries. "After catching her celebrity chef fiancé sizzling in the arms of another woman, Lindsey Bakewell left big city Wall Street for small town Beacon Harbor, Michigan to pursue her own passion as a pastry baker—and gets mixed up in someone’s sweet taste of revenge..." This is a fantastic series full of great characters, a cozy setting, intriguing mysteries - add a small dash of the supernatural (Lindsey's lighthouse might be haunted! - but aren't they all?) and you have the perfect recipe for a delicious new series. Ok, puns aside, this was a fun interview. Darci and I chat about all kinds of things - her books, her writing life, those awkward google searches mystery writers make, cooking, ghosts, pets, and of course lots of book recommendations! Find Darci: to find out all about Darci and buy her books! The Beacon Bakeshop Mystery Series: To buy these books or other great mysteries I recommend, check out my Mystery bookshelf at - it's an affiliate link, and a small portion of your purchase helps support the show at no extra cost to you. Darci's YouTube Channel: Find my other podcast: A Cozy Christmas Podcast: Other Books Mentioned: The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett (bookshop.org) Death of a Green Eyed Monster by M C Beaton: (bookshop.org) Murder in an Irish Village by Carlene O'Connor:  (bookshop.org) Unmissing by Minka Kent:  (bookshop.org) Find Me online:Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey  Discord:    Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodysseyTwitter: @odyssey_podcastInstagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcastYoutube: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.comI'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!  Time Stamps: 00:00 Introduction and news 03:05 Interview with Darci Hannah 46:30 3 Final Questions 46:45 When Did You Realize that Words/Stories Have Power? 48:11 What have you been reading recently? 56:10 What writing advice would you give to a beginning author. 01:00:22 Final Thoughts Help Support the Show: Rate and Review! I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read! Get prepped for the next episode:
Great Expectations Read Along 10: Oysters, Theaters, and Prisons... oh my!
Apr 7 2022
Great Expectations Read Along 10: Oysters, Theaters, and Prisons... oh my!
Welcome to part 10 of our Great Expectations read along book club as we talk about chapters 30-34. And I'm joined again this week with Carol! Today's chapters we discuss whether or not a barrel of oysters was a good gift for Pip to give Joe, we scratch our heads over Pip's experience of Hamlet as played by Mr. Wopsle, talk about Pip's constant connections to convicts and prison imagery, and then we make ourselves sad as we think about who is controlling Pip's destiny and the effects it has on both Estella and Pip. It's not all tears though, so come on in, make yourself at home, and join in on the discussion! Timestamps: 01:50 What is love?… thoughts on love and discussion of Miss Havisham’s character and trauma that she is working through. 06:00 Part 19 Chapter 30 in which we get sidetracked talking about oysters… and somehow, I manage to reference A Christmas Carol. Twice. 17:45 Part 19 Chapter 31 - in which we go to the theater for a ham-fisted performance of Hamlet 23:47 Part 20 Chapter 32 - in which we visit a prison and Pip reflects on the large number of convicts connected to his life. Also I get sidetracked on trying to figure out what familiar ghost of a shadow that Pip is seeing in Estella. This might be an inconsequential thing but it’s nagging me. 31:06 Part 20 Chapter 33 - in which Pip and Estella talk and see London, and we make ourselves sad thinking about the line… "We have no choice, you and I, but to obey our instructions. We are not free to follow our own devices, you and I.” 42:00 Wrapping it Up Satis House Coffee Mug:  Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!   #books #booktube #bookclub Reading Schedule April 11: Chapters 38-39 - End of Stage 2 April 18: Break and Catch up April 25: Chapters 40-42 May 2: Chapters 43-46 May 9 : Chapters 47-50 May 16: Chapters 51-53 May 23: Chapters 54-56 May 30: Chapters 57-59
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Great Expectations, Ch. 23-26
Mar 22 2022
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Great Expectations, Ch. 23-26
It's an exciting episode today - one of our readers, Carol, joins me at the microphone to talk about this week's reading of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, chapters 23-26.In these chapters Pip goes to three different homes and experiences three very different groups of people. Carol and I have a great time chatting about Pip and our hopes for him in the novel. Read along with us, and watch the video to see which characters we liked, which ones we adored, and who we find to be awful. So grab you cup of tea, settle in your favorite chair - and enjoy our discussion! READERS: We would love for you to join us on the next video, or a future one. Let me know if you are interested, and we'll make a plan to have you on. If you'd like a Great Expectations Satis House mug, you can find them at: - proceeds help support the show! Plus the mugs are fun to drink out of... Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction - Carol’s thoughts on the book, her history with Dickens, etc. 05:45 Part 15 chapter 23 18:26 Part 15 chapter 24 23:55 Part 16 chapter 25 29:30 Part 16 chapter 26 Reading the Week of: March 21: Chapters 27-29 March 28: Chapters 30-33 April 4: Chapters 34-37 April 11: Chapters 38-39 - End of Stage 2 April 18: Break, Catchup, Review of Stages 1-2 April 25: Chapters 40-42 May 2: Chapters 43-46 May 9 : Chapters 47-50 May 16: Chapters 51-53 May 23: Chapters 54-56 May 30: Chapters 57-59 Find Me online: Voxer: @artbookshelfodyssey Discord:  Facebook Group Page: @thebookshelfodyssey Twitter: @odyssey_podcast Instagram: @bookshelfodysseypodcast Youtube:  Email: bookshelfodysseypodcast@gmail.com I'm now a bookshop.org affiliate - check out my shop and find your next great read!