*bakes a cake*
Like books and comics? Put A Blurb On It is a podcast in which Yash and Ardo – and sometimes special guests – discuss just those things. The teaser trailer was released July 21, 2017; the ninth episode (not including the trailer) was released four days ago.
The ninth episode is *drumroll* an interview with Jason Reynolds, author of (in counter-chronological order):
Um, yeah. That Jason Reynolds.*
Put A Blurb On It is available on soundcloud and on itunes (free!). One of the cool things Yash and Ardo do for their listeners is that they post a list and photoset of all the books mentioned in each episode so that if you want to remember a title but didn’t have pen and paper handy, it’s okay! They’ve got your back. You can find out what that fascinating book was and stick it on your tbr list or put a hold on it at the library without having to launch a comprehensive and exhausting google search armed only with a partial title or glimmers of a synopsis. Book lists are posted on the podcast’s facebook page along with other bookish news, and on tumblr along with select bookish fanart.
Be warned: the books and comics mentioned on Put A Blurb On It will seriously flood your tbr list. (You’ll thank Yash and Ardo after reading, of course.) The sound quality in the trailer and first episode is a little fuzzy, but it clears up after that. All the love to libraries with recording rooms!
The podcast tone is friendly and light-hearted even as Yash and Ardo give, for example, a list of books to counter white supremacy. Listening is like hearing a good friend chat about her favourite stories** and pass on the latest good news about upcoming books and book-based movies. The episodes are very easy listening – soothing, thoughtful book talk – even for listeners who are new to podcasts.
*I’m just going to boast a little about my friend Yash, who can speak to extraordinary authors intelligently and coherently and without dissolving into a puddle of awestruck tonguelessness. How does she do it.
**Which. Okay. Is exactly the case for me. 🙂
Benny, the titular young protagonist of Benny Doesn’t Like to Be Touched, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. ASD refers to a group of developmental delays and challenges that can include (according to the National Institute of Mental Health): Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others Repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests […]
“Ow! What was that for?” “I can’t believe you made me be good cop.” (p. 71) Casey Lyall’s Red Cedar fiction nominee (2017/2018) Howard Wallace, P.I. is — — am I allowed to say this?– probably my favourite of this year’s nominees (sorry to the others! I like you, too!), and one of my all-time favourite […]
“You know what I liked about your aunt?” Kiran said. “She always seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do next. She made you feel like that it was possible, to know the right choice.” (p. 11) At the opening of Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited, Jane is grieving for her aunt, Magnolia, […]
Red Cedar fiction (2017/2018) nominee Everyday Hero opens shortly after thirteen-year-old Alice and her dad have moved from Vancouver to Kitimat. A new town, a new school, a new start, that’s what Alice’s dad thinks. “No!” Dad’s voice was so loud I could hear it through my bedroom wall. “No, Lisa! We’ve gone through […]
Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills and connections to solve the […]
I want to preface this review by noting that I didn’t tag Yellow Dog under TBW’s Indigenous or First Nations tags despite a Cree protagonist and a narrative focus on relationship and culture, because those tags are for Indigenous-created stories. Although Miriam Korner has studied Cree language and culture, and co-wrote When the Trees Crackle with […]
Mark of the Plague (The Blackthorn Key #2) by Kevin Sands – Red Cedar fiction nominee 2017/2018 – is a middle grade mystery set in 1665 London (England, not London, Ontario), a puzzle-quest, and the story of the links between friends – and the crevices that divide them. Although this is the second in a series […]
The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 2) by Jordan Stratford and illustrated by Kelly Murphy – Red Cedar fiction nominee 2017/2018 – is a middle grade mystery, a story of utterly opposite sisters, and above all, about the friendships formed between remarkable girls. As in The Case of the Missing […]
Bear and Hare Go Fishing Bear and Hare are an adorable pair, and in this instalment of Emily Gravett’s charming series, Bear and Hair try their hands (er, paws) at fishing! Bear is less than successful, reeling in pretty much everything but fish, but he doesn’t give up, and his patience is eventually rewarded with […]