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Welcome to the Read it Forward Podcast, hosted by Senior Editor Abbe Wright. Every week, she sits down with authors to hear about their latest book, their writing process, and the books on their TBR pile. Abbe also shares what she's reading and serves up book recommendations that are sure to please. Listen along when you’re on the hunt for your next great read. It's Abbe's mission to comb her shelves to bring you the absolute best books out there.
 
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The Adaptables

Abbe Wright and Emma Shafer

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There’s nothing better than a book-to-screen adaptation. Except maybe dissecting the adaptation with your friends and debating whether or not it does the book justice! Enter The Adaptables, the podcast that dives into your favorite book-to-screen adaptations. Hosted by two binge-watching and book-loving besties, Abbe Wright (Senior Editor of Read it Forward) and Emma Shafer (Product Manager at Penguin Random House), this season is all about the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. Joi ...
 
IQPC provides business executives around the world with tailored practical conferences, large scale events, topical seminars and in-house training programs, keeping them up-to-date with industry trends, technological developments and the regulatory landscape. IQPC's large scale conferences are market leading “must attend” events for their respective industries.IQPC produces more than 1,500 events annually around the world, and continues to grow. Founded in 1973, IQPC now has offices in major ...
 
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S6 E73: In this episode, meet pastor and cultural thought leader Erwin Raphael McManus, nun and activist Joan Chittister, and celebrated Christian writer Philip Yancey. Hear how Erwin Raphael McManus’ lifelong study of Jesus as well as the concept of “genius” inspired him to write his book, how Sister Joan Chittister wanted to rouse a dialogue and …
 
S6 E72: In this episode, meet writer and director Hazel Hayes, writer and historian Rebecca Solnit, and marriage and family therapist Katherine Woodward Thomas. These authors have each written books about love---albeit very different kinds. Hear Hazel Hayes on how she came to write a love story in reverse, Rebecca Solnit on discovering George Orwel…
 
S6 E71: In this episode, meet journalist Ali Nolan, journalist Josiah Hesse, and comedian Emily Winter. Listen in as Ali Nolan describes what inspired her to write a marathon training guide for women, Josiah Hesse on how cannabis edibles improved his running routine, and Emily Winter on how to bring more joy into your life by embracing the wonderfu…
 
S6 E70: In this episode, meet leadership coach Carey Nieuwhof, executive director of the Stanford d.school Sarah Stein Greenberg, and entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz. Each of these authors bring formidable experience to the subjects of work, leadership, and innovative thinking. Hear Carey Nieuwhof address the prevalence of burnout and what to do abou…
 
S6 E69: In this episode, meet sex advice columnist Dan Savage, designer and artist Adam Kurtz, and owner of Gallows Hill Witchery Sandra Mariah Wright. From questions of sex and love to personal transformation and the joys of discovering the magical energy around you, these authors share a world of insights with listeners. Plus, hear what it was li…
 
S6 E68: In this episode, meet civil rights and education litigator Qian Julie Wang, criminal defense lawyer Jarrett Adams, and former chair and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi. Each of these authors decided to share their personal stories and histories in the hopes of helping people learn, grow, and, ultimately, build a better world. Listen in as they t…
 
S6 E67: In this episode, meet poets Robin Coste Lewis, Phillip B. Williams, and Elisabet Velasquez. Step into the recording booth and learn how these authors’ books of poetry and a novel-in-verse came to be. Plus, hear what each writer learned about themselves during the recording process.Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis: https://www.…
 
S6 E66: In this episode, meet actress Elisa Donovan, columnist and writing teacher Rick Bragg, and writer, director, and producer Nick Davis. Step into the studio and hear Elisa Donovan on how dreams can lead us out of despair, Rick Bragg on how his life was transformed by a poorly behaved stray dog, and Nick Davis on writing a dual biography of th…
 
S6 E65: In this episode, meet journalist Elisa Boxer, life coach Andrea Owen, and “Anxiety Sisters” Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek. Listen in as Elisa Boxer shares what inspired her to write a children’s picture book biography of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Andrea Owen on busting out of rigid societal expectations, and the Anxiety Sisters on how to p…
 
S6 E63: In this episode, meet Editor-in-Chief of Highlights Magazine Christine French Cully, founder of PrepMatters Ned Johnson, and disability activist, podcast host, and public speaker Emily Ladau. Hear Christine French Cully reflect on the ways Highlights has brought joy and comfort to children (for 75 years and counting!), Ned Johnson on langua…
 
S6 E64: In this episode, meet national security reporter Spencer Ackerman, journalist Carla Power, and investment banker and professor Jonathan Knee. Go behind the mic to hear what is was like for these seasoned writers to record their latest books on audio: Spencer Ackerman on what engaging in endless war has done to America, Carla Power on the co…
 
S6 E62: In this episode, meet columnist Leigh Montville, journalist Dan Koeppel, and psychiatrist Anna Lembke. Hear Leigh Montville on discovering the joys of audiobooks, Dan Koeppel on collaborating with his cousin and emergency room doctor Robert Meyer, and Anna Lembke on the influence of her patients on her writing.Tall Men, Short Shorts by Leig…
 
S6 E61: In this episode, meet Time magazine senior writer Jeffrey Kluger, author and creative writing teacher Carolina de Robertis, and poet Sharon Olds. These writers have looked to both outward events and inward creativity to find ideas and inspiration for their work. Tune in to hear Jeffrey Kluger on bringing his novel to fruition from its premi…
 
S6 E60: In this episode, meet science journalist and author Melinda Wenner Moyer, sleep researcher and neurologist William Chris Winter, and children’s and YA author Cammie McGovern. Listen to Melinda Wenner Moyer talk about drawing inspiration from science to inform parenting, hear William Chris Winter draw out the nuances of children’s sleep issu…
 
S6 E59: In this episode, meet author and photojournalist Deborah Copaken, writer and activist Rebecca Walker, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside. In their audiobooks, these authors muse powerfully upon struggles with identity and offer perspectives on their unique experiences. Listen to Deborah Copaken on breaking down bar…
 
S6 E57: In this special episode of This Is the Author In Conversation, meet bestselling author Robin Cook, author of Viral, in conversation with the audiobook narrator Scott Brick and audiobook director Richard Brewer.Viral by Robin Cook, read by Scott Brick: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/author/5610/robin-cook/…
 
S6 E58: In this episode, meet entrepreneur and career coach Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin, organizer and writer Daniel Sherrell, and Washington Post reporter Lizzie Johnson. Bringing years of insight from their respective careers, these authors speak candidly about their experiences and learnings. Hear Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin on the intersectio…
 
S6 E56: In this episode, meet author and podcast host Doree Shafrir, educational leader Tracy Swinton Bailey, and former Marine fighter pilot and political candidate Amy McGrath. Tune in to hear Doree Shafrir discuss the joys and occasional weirdness of being a late bloomer, Tracy Swinton Bailey reflect upon equity and inclusion in education, and A…
 
S6 E55: In this special episode of This Is the Author In Conversation, meet rising country star Jimmie Allen, author of My Voice Is a Trumpet, in conversation with Mary Beth Adair – who is both the narrator of his audiobook, and his former kindergarten teacher! Tune in to this celebration of the many types of voices that can make change. Plus, hear…
 
S6 E54: In this episode, meet poet Adrian Matejka, artist Pik-Shuen Fung, and writer David Searcy. If you love poignant stories that are told straight from the heart, tune in to listen to these writers discuss the inspirations behind their work. Hear Adrian Matejka on the power of music in the pandemic, Pik-Shuen Fung on grief and art, and David Se…
 
S6 E53: In this episode, meet former CIA spy Christina Hillsberg, Stanford University Professor of Psychiatry Karl Deisseroth, and Brennan Center Fellows Director Theodore R. Johnson. Weaving personal stories with academic and professional theories, these authors share decades of insights into human minds and relationships. Hear Christina Hillsberg…
 
S6 E52: In this special episode, meet author, journalist, and screenwriter Grady Hendrix. If you’re a horror movie fan and you’ve ever thought about what happens to the last characters standing when the credits roll, tune into this episode to hear Grady share the inspiration for his new thriller, The Final Girl Support Group. Plus, hear the story b…
 
S6 E51: In this episode, meet journalist and television presenter Rachel Johnson, former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, and New York Times bestselling author Kelly Williams Brown. These authors have written powerful stories straight from the heart, bringing years of experience and insight to listeners. Hear Rachel Johnson on turnin…
 
S6 E49: In this episode, meet children’s author Melissa Wiley. Hear Melissa talk with her audio director, Christina Rooney, about the inspiration behind her stories and her experiences as a homeschool mom. Plus, discover the joys of reading aloud together with Melissa’s favorite family audiobooks and her recommended summer listens for kids.The Nerv…
 
S6 E50: In this episode, meet author Akwaeke Emezi, entrepreneur Poppy Jamie, and meditation teacher Susan Piver. These authors are thinking about some of the biggest questions in life, from identity to relationships. Tune in to hear Akwaeke Emezi on the experience of recording autobiographical stories, Poppy Jamie on the power of thought flexibili…
 
S6 E48: In this episode, meet businessman and diplomat Matthew Barzun, co-host of Pod Save the World Ben Rhodes, and reporter and MLB analyst Andy Martino. Step into the recording booth and find out why it was important to these authors to write their books—as well as narrate them.The Power of Giving Away Power by Matthew Barzun: https://www.pengui…
 
S6 E47: In this episode of This Is the Author, we welcome listeners to a special conversation between author Cameron Lund and narrator Rachel L. Jacobs about the Young Adult audiobook, Heartbreakers and Fakers. Listen along as Cameron and Rachel dive into the writing process and explore the inspiration behind the story. Enjoy this intimate behind-t…
 
S6 E46: In this episode, meet educator, RN, and poet Joyce Scott, DACA Dreamer and teacher Areli Morales, and author and illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Listen in as each of these authors describe the inspiration behind their children’s books and why it’s important to share stories to inspire and engage all children.Unbound: The Life and Art o…
 
S6 E44: In this episode, meet actor and activist Chella Man, author and musician Joseph Bruchac, and artist and author Tyler Feder. Tune in to hear these authors talk about writing for kids and teens and the importance of visibility, body positivity, and how we can better learn to care for both ourselves and others within a community.Continuum by C…
 
S6 E45: In this episode, meet writer, performer, and educator Leona Godin, TV writer and podcast host Danielle Henderson, and Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez, the husband and wife duo behind the band Johnnyswim. Discover why each author decided to write about personal subjects and what it was like recording them.There Plant Eyes by M. Leona…
 
S6 E43: In this episode, meet author Steven Rowley, poet Amit Majmudar, and author A.S. King. Listen in to learn what it was like for these authors to bring the characters and rhythms of their books to life, and how "the voices in their heads" translated into their narrative styles. Plus, behind-the-scenes insights, delightful mispronunciations, an…
 
S6 E42: In this episode, meet biologist Jonathan Balcombe, author and PBS host Steven Johnson, and journalist Michael Easter. This is an episode for curious minds: discover the essential role flies (yes, flies) play in our ecosystem, the reasons behind why we're living longer, and how to leverage the power of discomfort to improve health and happin…
 
S6 E41: In this episode, meet New York Times bestselling author John Green, New York Times best-selling biographer Ronald C. White, and veteran journalist and author Daniel Barbarisi. Listen in to discover what it was like for these authors to voice their work out loud (even when that means capturing President Lincoln's unique vocal cadence). Plus,…
 
S6 E40: In this episode, meet Cindy McCain, wife of the late Senator John McCain, activist and recording artist Sho Baraka, and NBA Champion, All-Star, and Olympian Chris Bosh. Listen in as these authors talk intimately about the intersection between our gifts and life's obstacles, and the transformative experiences that can arise from being in tou…
 
S6 E39: In this episode, meet pastor John Stange, author Sarah J. Robinson, and author Jon M. Sweeney. Each of these authors have written books inspired by the relationship between faith and practice, especially during hard times. Listen in to hear their reflections on writing, and on recording their audiobooks.Dwell on These Things by John Stange:…
 
S6 E38: In this episode, meet investigative journalist Carol Leonnig, Know Your Endo founder Jessica Murnane, and op-ed editor Sohrab Ahmari. Listen in as each of these authors examines what it means to get the story behind the story, whether that's investigating the secret service, navigating your health, or exploring how tradition can connect wit…
 
S6 E37: In this episode, meet poet Alessandra Narváez Varela, performer Laura Hankin, and poet Ishle Yi Park. Listen in as these three authors describe their new novels and what inspired them - whether that be rethinking how we talk about mental health, classic love stories, or infiltrating secret clubs. Plus, hear them share what it was like to re…
 
S6 E36: In this episode, meet actress and producer Julianna Margulies, forest ecologist Suzanne Simard, and speaker Ian Manuel. Listen in as each of these authors describe what inspired them to write their books, and get their behind-the-mic, off-the-cuff impressions of what it was like to record their audiobooks.Sunshine Girl by Julianna Margulies…
 
S6 E34: In this episode, meet authors Gregory Curtis, Lorenzo Carcaterra, and Sarah Sentilles. Each of these writers have written powerful memoirs that recount their experiences of love and loss. To hear these authors read their audiobooks is to be drawn into the intimacy of their experiences, and also struck by the universality of grief. Listen in…
 
S6 E35: In this episode, meet Hedley & Bennett founder Ellen Marie Bennett, bestselling author Greg McKeown, and award-winning Wharton Professor Katy Milkman. If you're an overthinker, in danger of burnout at work, or in need of a change (a real one!), tune in to this episode for an instant refresh. You'll learn what inspired these authors to write…
 
S6 E33: In this episode, meet poet and artist Tyler Knott Gregson, Internet superstar Jeffrey Marsh, and James Beard Award-winning chef Rodney Scott. Summer is about to begin, and it's time for fresh and feel-good listens. Hear poet Tyler Knott Gregson on the importance of light after a dark year, Jeffrey Marsh on his audio workbook for self-esteem…
 
S6 E32: In this episode, meet Acorns CEO Jennifer Barrett, Bulletin co-founder Ali Kriegsman, and career consultant Steve Dalton. Whether your goal is financial independence, closing on a job interview, or starting your own business (or empire) from scratch, you'll want to hear from these career pros-turned-authors. Plus, find out what it was like …
 
S6 E31: In this episode, meet life coach and speaker Martha Beck and writer and editor Gina Hamadey. These two authors share a desire to help listeners discover happiness. Now, listen in as they talk about their audiobooks and their recording experience.The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/book/636189/the-way…
 
S6 E30: In this episode, meet writer and investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe, actor and writer Mira Sethi, and musician Michelle Zauner. Whether it’s an explosive investigation, a lyrical collection of short stories, or a deeply personal exploration of grief, each of these authors stepped behind the mic to share their work. Hear what the …
 
S6 E29: In this episode, meet Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, and the first Asian-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mazie Hirono. Listen in as these authors describe how—and why—they were each inspired to share their remarkable life stories.In the Heigh…
 
S6 E28: In this episode, meet writer Cookie Hiponia Everman, actress Ali Stroker, and comedy writer and actor Rachel Wenitsky. Discover how each of these childrens' book authors uniquely experienced what it was like to bring their written words to life in the recording booth.We Belong by Cookie Hiponia Everman: https://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.c…
 
S6 E26: In this episode, meet co-authors Mike O'Toole and Hugh Kennedy, film critic David Thomson, and journalist Brian Castner. Whether you are a business buff looking for a jolt of inspiration, a film buff seeking behind-the-screen secrets, or a history buff questing after untold stories, you'll want to hear more about each of these author's new …
 
S6 E27: In this episode, meet the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils Jodi Cohen, coauthors Marc and Angel Chernoff, and writer and tech researcher Ximena Vengoechea. Healthy bodies, healthy minds, and healthy relationships: what better way to start the spring season? Listen in as each of these authors talk about what inspired them to write their books. P…
 
S6 E24: In this episode, meet writer and musician Jonathan Meiburg, professor of Sustainability Science Dr. Kimberly Nicholas, and professor of Journalism Dr. Sonora Jha. Listen in as each of these authors shares the inspiration behind their books, whether that be a connection found with a remarkable bird of prey, bringing "climate change feels" in…
 
S6 E25: In this episode, meet author, historian, and journalist James Carroll, journalist Grace Olmstead, and neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova. A powerful memoir by a former priest and National Book Award–winning writer. An intimate reflection on America's agricultural heartland and the consequences of "uprooting." A neuroscientist's explorati…
 
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