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Book Club for Masochists: a Readers’ Advisory Podcast

Book Club for Masochists

A Readers’ Advisory Podcast about becoming better library staff by reading every genre, whether we like them or not! Every month we read books from a new, randomly picked genre; then on the podcast we discuss our reading choices, experiences, opinions, appeal factors, and other related topics as friends and library workers.
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This episode we take on books about Spies and Espionage, which meant extra painful reading for Anna. We tackle topics like how to pronounce John Le Carré’s name, if the Cold War is necessary for the spy-espionage genre, how to use Novelist to read diversely, whether we need a “Badass Women” subject heading, if spy novels are fundamentally boring, what to do when authors don’t write their own books, and if it ever hurts to call officers “dude”.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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Our “genre” this month (Zines!) is one that is close to our hearts. We discuss our extensive and not so extensive backgrounds in zine reading and creation, what distinguishes zines from other self-publishing efforts, how Matthew is a big cheater, whether the motivations behind writing zines is different from reading zines, when Amanda and Meghan used to be twins, the best time of day to make a zine, perzines, artzines, wordless zines, and Kirk/Spock fan fiction.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

Zines Read (in order of appearance):

  • Never Finish Grad School
  • Skillshot
  • Taking the Lane #1, #2, #9 by Elly Blue
  • Culinary Cyclist (zine?!)
  • Fix your clothes by Raleigh Briggs
  • Fashion (We couldn’t find it in the catalogue!)
  • Great Chicken Escape by Nikki McClure
  • Eggheads by Rick Quemado
  • Puddles of Cute by Leda Zawacki
  • Samurai Dreams #6
  • Velo Vixen #1, #2 by Rachel Krause
  • Long Distance #1 by Sassy Fran Circus
  • Dropping out for Students by Cavegirl
  • He/Her/Him Free/Frer/Frim by Adrian Prawns Sinclair, Sylvie LS, Jewels Generic
  • The Jaded Review
  • Astronaut and Alien by Jen Deberux
  • Fluffah by Kelsey Smith
  • A Field Guide to the Aliens of Star Trek: The Next Generation #1, #3, #6 by Joshua Chapman (aka Zachary)
  • Peach Melba

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Our genre this month (Religious Fiction) demands we take a look at what makes a book count as "religious fiction" (instead of just fiction about religion). Plus in our one hour and 48 minute episode, Meghan reads too many books (as usual), Amanda explains Sex Magicks, Matthew makes terrible jokes, and Anna fails to finish anything. BIG spoiler for the graphic novel Therefore, Repent! by Jim Munroe and Salgood Sam.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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In this episode we discuss Space Opera and all the endless tangents. This is a LONG conversation (we almost split it in two, but we’re trying to catch up episodes to our current reading topic). We talk about losing our solid footing on genre definitions, defining the term “worldbuilding”, when re-reading books from your youth goes horribly wrong, wondering just what is up with those TV and movie tie-ins, misogyny infecting Sci-Fi classics (Oh, hello there Sad Puppies), the delight of scientists reading Sci-Fi, and so much more.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Aboriginal, Indigenous, and First Nations Books.

This episode we're looking at another thematic genre/non-genre, so join us as we discuss the problems of reading aboriginal or indigenous characters written by non-indigenous authors, how we really didn’t get enough education in First Nations/Native Americans in school, and why it’s hard to find Australian Aboriginal or Sami books in Vancouver libraries.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Christmas and Holiday Reads.

It's Christmas in July as we talk about library displays, book stickers, the wonders of Terry Pratchett and Edward Gorey, Christmas and holiday series’, finding Christmas books in every genre, nostalgia, and coziness.

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Anna Ferri | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Cozy Mysteries.

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Amanda Wanner discuss why people read cozy mysteries, character vs. plot, how everything seems to be a series, and their favourite punny titles.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray | Amanda Wanner

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In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Books in Translation.

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, Matthew Murray, and Jorge Cardenas discuss the reasons for reading books in translation, publishing barriers to international works, the importance/effect of a translator, which language should you read a book in, the Canadian context, grants to read War and Peace, and what makes a great book.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Jorge Cardenas | Matthew Murray

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  • Do you seek out or avoid works in translation?
  • Do you ever feel like you are missing context/need more footnotes?
  • Have you read a book than was significantly better or worse in one language than another?
  • Are there genres that exist only (or predominantly) in non-English languages?

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In our ongoing quest to become better librarians by reading every genre (regardless of our actual interest) we tackle Religion (non-fiction).

Listen to your hosts Anna Ferri, Meghan Whyte, and Matthew Murray discuss how/whether reading non-fiction is different than fiction, Scientology, new religious movements, travelogues, biographies, how religion interacts with different cultures, accessibility, and Meghan geeks out about charismatic Christianity.

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

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Check out our Pinterest board and Tumblr posts for all the Religious non-fiction people in our club read (or tried to read), and follow us on Twitter!

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This episode we tackle a fantasy genre for the first time and once again ponder the question “How much history do you really want in your historical [genre]?” We encounter a lot of ghosts and westerns, but not nearly enough luchadores, wonder how steampunk fits into Historical Fantasy, and discuss the importance of research, the appeal of setting, and how authentic we should expect historical fiction to be in regards to race and gender. Plus: We say goodbye to Amanda :’(

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Anna Ferri | Meghan Whyte | Matthew Murray

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