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Join the Ministry of Stories on unique adventures through lands of fire and dragons. Meet greedy unicorns and pig presidents and help us hunt for missing emojis and doughnuts. Each episode features a short story written and read by children who attend writing clubs at the Ministry of Stories. Created with the generous support of Matt Hill and Penguin Random House Audio. Thanks to our funders: the Breadsticks Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.
 
For the last few decades there's been a revolution in the knitting world, and we go behind the scenes to gain insight into what inspired and motivated the knitting superstars who were part of this exciting time. Join us every two weeks on Vogue Knitting Knitterviews as we interview the influencers who contributed to making the knitosphere what it is today. Brought to you by Penguin Random House Audio: “Listen while you knit."
 
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In this episode, meet bestselling author Fannie Flagg, and creator of the parenting blog No Idea What I'm Doing, Clint Edwards.The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg:https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/623785/the-wonder-boy-of-whistle-stop/Father-ish by Clint Edwards:https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/669558/father-ish/…
 
S5 Ep 64: November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo, a time when new writers and experienced authors alike participate in a single self-directed goal: write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. To celebrate the creative pursuit, this special episode of This Is the Author is a compilation of some of our favorite autho…
 
S5 Ep 63: In this episode, meet journalist Paola Ramos, entrepreneur and best-selling author Seth Godin, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Janna Levin.Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/616730/finding-latinx/The Practice by Seth Godin: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/653661/the-practice/Bla…
 
S5 Ep 62: In this episode, meet doctor and clinical professor of Ontolaryngology Jonathan Aviv, University of Pennsylvania Dean of Admissions Eric J. Furda and bestselling author Jacques Steinberg, and financial educator and founder of “The Budgetnista” Tiffany Aliche.The Acid Watcher Diet by Jonathan Aviv, MD, FACS: https://www.penguinrandomhousea…
 
S5 Ep 61: In this episode, go behind the mic with Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, actor and humorist Nick Offerman, and Tony Award-winning song writer Anaïs Mitchell. Step into the recording booth and hear what it was like for these artists to write and record their audiobooks, how the experience of reading their work affected them…
 
S5 Ep 60: In this episode, meet bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Michael Curry, artist and curator Riva Lehrer, and poet, editor, and writer Heid E. Erdrich.Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry and Sara Grace: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/605848/love-is-the-way/Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer: https://www.penguinrando…
 
S5 Ep 59: In this episode, meet contemporary art curator Jennifer Dasal, journalist and science writer Emily Willingham, and writer and editor John Jeremiah Sullivan.ArtCurious by Jennifer Dasal: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/611497/artcurious/Phallacy by Emily Willingham: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/621131/phallacy/…
 
S5 Ep 58: In this episode, meet lead pastor of the New Life Fellowship church Rich Villodas, and global speaker and Protestant evangelist Anne Graham Lotz.The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas and Pete Scazzero: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/623185/the-deeply-formed-life/The Light of His Presence by Anne Graham Lotz: https://www.pe…
 
S5 Ep 57: In this episode, meet ballet dancer Misty Copeland, artist and producer D.J. Steinberg, and playwright, musician, and educator Amyra León.Bunheads by Misty Copeland: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/545451/bunheads/Firebird by Misty Copeland: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/314568/firebird/Kindergarten, Here I Com…
 
S5 Ep 56: In this episode, meet Shelby Forsythia, podcast host and author of Your Grief Your Way, Ambi Kavanagh, podcast host and author of Chakras & Self-Care, and Kathryn Nicolai, podcast host and author of Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep.Your Grief, Your Way by Shelby Forsythia: https://www.p…
 
S5 Ep 55: In this episode meet, actor, speaker, and Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany, advocate and activist Erin Brokovich, and journalist Matthew Yglesias.Walk Toward the Rising Sun by Ger Duany: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/552032/walk-toward-the-rising-sun/Superman's Not Coming by Erin Brockovich: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio…
 
S5 Ep 54: In this episode, meet novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru, poet and critic Dan Chiasson, and professor and author Deborah Tannen.Red Pill by Hari Kunzru: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/544565/red-pill/The Math Campers by Dan Chiasson: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/646885/the-math-campers/Finding My Father by D…
 
S5 Ep 53: In this episode, meet farmer and entrepreneur Sarah Frey, writer and clothes historian Kate Sekules, and chef David Chang.The Growing Season by Sarah Frey: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/610559/the-growing-season/Mend! by Kate Sekules: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/617245/mend/Eat a Peach by David Chang: https…
 
S5 Ep 51: In this episode, meet creator of the Lazy Genius movement Kendra Adachi, financial author Jason Kelly, and tech and lifestyle entrepreneur John Roa.The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/608850/the-lazy-genius-way/The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing by Jason Kelly: https://www.pen…
 
S5 Ep 48: In this episode, meet Madeleine Ryan, Christine Gutierrez, and David Eagleman. The human brain is a fascinating world unto itself, and each one of these authors takes a deep dive into that ever-changing neuro-landscape, exploring how our biology and our psyches process the world. Go behind the mic to hear their varied perspectives and lis…
 
In this episode, meet Chris Pegula, Tina Payne Bryson, and John Beede. Whether you are becoming a parent for the first time, seeking solid baby advice in a sea of information, or raising boys to become kind and compassionate men, each of these authors have parenting insights to share to help you and your family learn and grow together. Join them in…
 
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In another special Library Love edition of This is the Author, we hear from beloved authors who share their fondest library memories, and why libraries mean so very much to them. Listen to authors Eddie Glaude, John O'Leary, Conor Knighton, Matt Alt, and Kent Russell as they share their love for this vital c…
 
S5 Ep 47: In this episode, meet Daniel Nayeri, Paola Mendoza, and brother and sister co-authors Maia and Alex Shibutani. Storytelling, creativity, activism, and friendship are all themes that ring out in these behind-the-mic interviews. Listen in to hear more, plus discover a side of the "Shib Sibs" that you've never heard before.Everything Sad is …
 
S5 Ep 45: In this episode, meet Kelly Treleaven, Justin Taylor, and Meghan Leahy. Join each of these authors in the recording booth as they discuss their news books, the complexities of teaching and learning, and the intimacy that the audio format can bring to the written word.Love, Teach by Kelly Treleaven: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/…
 
S5 Ep 46: In this episode, meet husband and wife co-authors Harold Earls and Rachel Earls, Carlos Whittaker, and Becky Thompson. These authors have each written books about how their faith has helped them move forward in difficult times and live life to the fullest. Now, step into the audio booth to hear what it was like for them to record their au…
 
S5 Ep 43: In this episode, meet art curator Kimberly Drew and teenage entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer. Go behind the mic with these authors and find out not only what inspired them to write their books, but also what's unique about listening to the audiobook edition. Plus, get their most recent audio recommendations.This Is What I Know About Art by Kimb…
 
S5 Ep 42: Welcome to another episode of This is the Author In Conversation, a more personal behind-the-mic chat with our authors in the audiobooks studio. In this episode, we invite you into the sound booth with entrepreneur and business strategist Mike Michalowicz, author and narrator of The Pumpkin Plan and Fix This Next. Starting, maintaining, a…
 
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In this special Library Love edition of This is the Author, we hear from beloved authors who share their fondest library memories, and why their library means so very much to them. Listen to Erik Larson, Gail Caldwell, Anne Applebaum, Maria Konnikova, Rick Hanson, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, and Andy Boyle …
 
S5 Ep 41: In this episode, meet Will Doig, Anne Applebaum, and the storyteller known as "The Captain." These authors have written compelling narratives that combine history and current events, from Will Doig's tracking of China's advances in high speed rail, to Anne Applebaum's examination of how and why democracies around the world are turning tow…
 
S5 Ep 40: In this episode, meet Meredith Talusan, Susan Burton, and Gail Caldwell. These authors have each written nuanced and highly personal memoirs about the experiences that continue to shape their lives. Listen in to hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks. Plus, find out how mispronouncing a word during recording led one aut…
 
S5 Ep 39: In this episode, meet Matt Alt, A. Kendra Greene, and Kent Russell. In their new audiobooks, each of these authors takes a deep dive into the intersection of geography and culture, and the ways in which a product, artifact, or lived experience that is grounded in the local can expand into the global, influencing all of us. Listen in as th…
 
S5 Ep 38: In this episode, meet Andrew Coté, Jennifer Ackerman, and Maria Konnikova. It's remarkable what we can learn when we take the time to observe behavior, without obscuring it with what we think we know. Each of these authors writes about what can be learned when we truly open our eyes: to bees, to birds, and yes, to bluffs. Now, go behind t…
 
S5 Ep 37: In this episode, meet Wes Moore, Christine Montross, and Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Whether examining a city’s response to police violence, revealing the connection between psychological vulnerability and incarceration, or using the life and works of a visionary thinker to shine a light on race in America, each of these authors unearths complica…
 
S5 Ep 36: In this episode, meet Tenzin Priyadarshi, Tammy Mastroberte, and Galen Guengerich. A spiritual path is rarely straight forward, and each one of these authors has written about how experiences in their own lives, together with help from important guides and mentors, have lead them to where they are today. Listen in to hear them talk about …
 
S5 Ep 35: In this episode, meet the three hosts of The LadyGang podcast: Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek. In the Gang’s audiobook Act Like A Lady, they each share blissfully BS-free anecdotes from their lives so that you don’t feel so alone when you think about… whatever-it-was-you-did-that-one-time. Listen in to hear the Gang’s behind-th…
 
S5 Ep 33: In this episode, meet Michael Pollan, Judith Warner, and Conor Knighton. These three authors use their audiobooks to take listeners on journeys of discovery: discovery about the food we eat, about how adolescence shapes adulthood and how we parent, and discovery about National Parks throughout the country. And while all of these authors a…
 
S5 Ep 34: In this episode meet Liam Vaughn, Barton Gellman, and Jung H Pak. From the story of a trading prodigy who triggered the fastest US market crash in history to gripping profiles of whistle-blower Edward Snowden and North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, real people and events inspired these authors’ books. Although they each found the audioboo…
 
S5 Ep 31: In this episode, meet entrepreneur Meredith Fineman, technology reporter Alex Kantrowitz, and attorney Adrienne Lawrence. Each of these authors has taken a hard look at how engrained company cultures and established hierarchies can deeply and often negatively affect everything from worker productivity and innovation to employees’ basic ab…
 
S5 Ep 32: In this episode, meet novelist Maya Shanbhag Lang, writer Benjamin Taylor, and co-authors Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez. Each of these authors has combed through history—whether it’s of a personal relationship with a loved one or the cultural history of the Drag community—to create and share true stories of connection, inspiration, a…
 
S5 E30: In this episode, meet journalist Andy Boyle, psychologist Rick Hanson, and speaker John O’Leary. Discover how each of these authors started asking big questions---of others and of themselves—in an effort to uncover how we grow into the people we are, and what we can do when we’re ready to change as adults. Plus, find out whose experience na…
 
S5 E29: In this episode meet children’s book authors and educators Torrey Maldonado and M. Evan Wolkenstein. Using their own personal experiences of growing up, both writers create heartfelt, relatable tales that touch on universal issues of self-image and belonging. Each of the audiobooks will bring joy to young listeners, and provide opportunitie…
 
S5 Ep 25: In this special episode of This Is the Author, we meet bestselling authors Erik Larson and Lisa Wingate. You can hear them narrate an author’s note on their respective audiobook productions. Both authors used history as the basis for their books although one is fiction and one is non-fiction. In Erik Larson’s riveting narrative nonfiction…
 
S5 E26: In this episode, meet authors Teju Cole, Nina Renata Aron, and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. Step into the studio to hear each of them reflect on recording their audiobook, and particularly their thoughts on revisiting difficult or intimate scenes on the page and how voicing those scenes affected their narration. Plus, find out who once list…
 
S5 E27: In this episode, meet Bethany Saltman, Sarah Menkedick, and Kelsey Patel. In each of these authors’ audiobooks, they guide listeners through tricky life moments, whether it’s the anxiety of new motherhood or struggling with personal burnout. Discover what each woman learned about herself in their respective recording sessions -- and hear wh…
 
S5 E23: In this episode, meet Tony Wagner, Casey Schwartz, and Rana el Kaliouby. Go behind the mic with these authors and discover what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.Learning by Heart by Tony Wagner: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/600078/learning-by-heart/Attention: A Love Story by Casey Schwartz: https://www.penguin…
 
S5 E22: Welcome to another episode of This is the Author in Conversation, a more intimate behind-the-mic chat with our authors in the audiobook studio. This is Jennifer Rubins from Penguin Random House Audio, and I’m thrilled to invite you into my conversation with Emily Neuberger, the author of A Tender Thing, a beautiful debut novel set under the…
 
S5 E20: In this episode, meet Jerry Saltz, Sarah Urist Green, and Adrienne Raphel. Each of these authors is passionate about art, artists, and how the creative impulse can permeate the every day. Go behind the mic as they talk about recording their audiobooks, and the unique challenges and joys of translating the visual medium of their books into t…
 
In this second installment of our National Library Week special on This is the Author, we asked even more of our authors to share their fondest library memories. Listen to Glennon Doyle, John Von Sothen, Lee Hartley Carter, Emilie Pine, Ali Wong, Richard Russo, Terry McMillan, and Pablo Cartaya as they share anecdotes about their experiences as chi…
 
In this special episode of This is the Author, we’re celebrating National Library Week by asking authors to share some of their favorite library memories. Listen to Rebecca Solnit, Sarah Urist Green, Samantha Irby, Erin Lee Carr, Deepak Chopra, Janice Kaplan, Wendelin Van Draanen, Carolina de Robertis, and David Levithan highlight the wonderful opp…
 
S5 Ep 21: In this episode, meet Samantha Irby, Glennon Doyle, and Mike McHargue. Go behind the mic with these dynamic, charismatic authors and hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks. You may also learn a thing or two about mispronouncing words in a sweaty recording booth, listening to audiobooks in the shower, and more.Wow, No Th…
 
S5 E18: In this episode, meet Bess Kalb, Fanny Singer, and Terry McMillan. These authors have written remarkable new books about the complex, restorative, and joyous power of female relationships. Go behind the mic to hear what it was like for them to narrate their own audiobooks. Plus, find out which author recommends an audiobook that she says wa…
 
S5 E19: In this episode, meet Alex Halberstadt, Esther Safran Foer, and Carolyn Forche. Each of these authors has written about their search for hidden family histories in the context of world-altering historical events. Listen in and hear what it was like for them to read their audiobooks. Plus, find out whose recording session required them to pr…
 
S5 E15 - Welcome to another episode of This is the Author in Conversation, a more intimate behind the mic chat with our authors in the audiobooks studio. Today you’ll meet beloved, award-winning author George Saunders, and Sr. Executive Producer at Penguin Random House Audio, Kelly Gildea, who also produced and directed George’s many audiobook prod…
 
S5 E16: In this episode, meet Mara Hvistendahl, Robert Reich, and Charlotte Alter. These authors are each deeply knowledgeable about the urgent economic and political landscapes that are affecting our everyday lives. Listen to their fascinating behind-the-mic insights and hear what it was like for them to record their audiobooks.The Scientist and t…
 
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