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The Stacks

Traci Thomas

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The Stacks is your one stop shop to talk books and reading. Guests will join the host, Traci for two episodes of bookish conversations. In their first episode guests will talk about their reading habits, likes and dislikes, and much more. In their se...Show More
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Ep. 56 Wild Beauty by Ntozake Shange — The Stacks Book Club (Gabrielle Civil)

1:05:40 | Apr 24th

In honor of National Poetry Month, we're talking all things poetry for The Stacks Book Club. We're joined again by author, performance artist, and poet Gabrielle Civil, and we're discussing Ntozake Shange's poetry collection, Wild Beauty. If you're i...Show More
The Short Stacks 11: Miriam Toews//Women Talking

36:57 | Apr 22nd

On this episode of The Short Stacks our guest is award-wining author, Miriam Toews. We are discussing her new book, Women Talking, which is inspired by true events of a series of rapes within a Mennonite community in Bolivia. We talk about the diffe...Show More
Ep. 55 The Art of Performance with Gabrielle Civil

1:07:46 | Apr 17th

Today we have performance artist, author, poet, and professor Gabrielle Civil on the podcast to discuss the creative process, books that bite, overachieving Black girls, and books in translation. We spend time discussing Performance Memoir as a genre...Show More
Ep. 54 The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois — The Stacks Book Club (Ben Blacker)

59:47 | Apr 10th

Ben Blacker is back and we're talking all things theatre and oral history today on The Stacks, as we breakdown The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois. The book is an oral history of Angels in America, a classic American play about ...Show More
The Short Stacks 10: Bryan Washington//Lot

37:42 | Apr 8th

Today on The Short Stacks we're joined by debut author, Bryan Washington, whose debut book Lot is a short story collection set in Houston. Bryan talks street names as titles, his "day job", and what is next for him (trust me its exciting). Get yo...Show More
Ep. 53 Writing is Writing with Ben Blacker

1:09:51 | Apr 3rd

Today marks one full year of The Stacks, and what an amazing year it has been. The Stacks has every intention of making year two even better. To kick it off we have a real life renaissance man; author, comedian, and podcaster, Ben Blacker. We talk to...Show More
Ep. 52 I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid — The Stacks Book Club (Niccole Thurman)

48:48 | Mar 27th

Today we are dissecting our first thriller ever on The Stacks Book Club, and to help us do it, we have actress and comedian Niccole Thurman (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper). The book is Iain Reid's debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and ...Show More
The Short Stacks 9: Isaac Butler//The World Only Spins Forward

44:56 | Mar 25th

On April 10th, we will be discussing The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois for The Stacks Book Club. To get you ready for that conversation, we have co-author Isaac Butler on The (not-so) Short Stacks to talk about his background ...Show More
Ep. 51 Satire and Creative Outlets with Niccole Thurman

1:06:48 | Mar 20th

Our guest today is actress and comedian, Niccole Thurman, who is best known for being a citizen journalist onThe Opposition with Jordan Klepper, among other things. Niccole talks with us today about finding a creative outlet, dating challenges, and t...Show More
Ep. 50 Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister — The Stacks Book Club (James J. Sexton)

1:05:17 | Mar 13th

Lawyer and author James Sexton (If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late) is back on The Stacks to discuss Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister. In her newest book, Traister explains the revolutionary power of women's anger. In our discussion for Th...Show More
The Short Stacks 8: Lacy M. Johnson//The Reckonings

39:18 | Mar 11th

The Reckonings made The Stacks favorite books of 2018, and today we're talking with the author of that essay collection, Lacy M. Johnson. The Reckonings is a meditation on justice and mercy in relationship to some of the most complex issues of the cu...Show More
Ep. 49 Relationships and Recommendations with James Sexton

1:14:33 | Mar 6th

We're talking relationships today on The Stacks with long time divorce lawyer and author James J. Sexton. We discuss James' book If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late a guide on how-not-to be married. We get some good relationship advice, and...Show More
Ep. 48 Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah — The Stacks Book Club (Wade Allain-Marcus)

53:37 | Feb 27th

Friday Black is a genre-bending collection of short stories by debut author, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. It tackles the Black experience in America, consumerism, mental health and many other pressing issues of our day. Today on The Stacks, Wade Allain-...Show More
The Short Stacks 7: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah//Friday Black

39:50 | Feb 25th

Today on The Short Stacks we're honored to welcome author of this week's The Stacks Book Club pick, Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. We talk about his genre-bending short story collection, how the title and cover came to be, and what its like ...Show More
Ep. 47 Reading, Writing, and Representation with Wade Allain-Marcus

55:59 | Feb 20th

Its time for another episode of The Stacks. Today our guest is actor (Insecure, Snowfall), director (French Dirty), and writer (Grown-ish) Wade Allain-Marcus. We talk about how TV shows are written, white savior narratives, and connecting with the em...Show More
Ep. 46 All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung — The Stacks Book Club (Vanessa McGrady)

56:13 | Feb 13th

All You Can Ever Know is an emotional memoir on adoption and identity by Nicole Chung. It is also this week's pick for The Stacks Book Club. We are again joined by author Vanessa McGrady (author of Rock Needs River) to discuss All You Can Ever Know. ...Show More
The Short Stacks 6: Nicole Chung//All You Can Ever Know

37:12 | Feb 11th

Today on The Short Stacks author Nicole Chung joins us to discuss her memoir, and The Stacks Book Club pick, All You Can Ever Know. The book addresses her transracial adoption, her decision to find her birth family, and becoming a mother. Nicole shar...Show More
Ep. 45 Vanessa McGrady on Adoption and Memoirs

58:29 | Feb 6th

Today on The Stacks, author and journalist Vanessa McGrady talks with us about her new book, Rock Needs River, a memoir about becoming a mother through open adoption. We also talk about micro-aggressions , dark and twisty memoirs, and some of Vanessa...Show More
Ep. 44 Rap Dad by Juan Vidal — The Stacks Books Club (Josh Segarra)

58:47 | Jan 30th

We are joined again today by actor, Josh Segarra (Arrow, Sirens, Orange is the New Black) to discuss Rap Dad by Juan Vidal. A sort of a coming of age story rooted in becoming a parent in the hip-hop culture, Rap Dad is part memoir and part commentary...Show More
The Short Stacks 5: Anita Devlin//S.O.B.E.R.

35:44 | Jan 28th

On today's episode of The Short Stacks we're joined by Anita Devlin, who co-wrote the story of her son's addiction in a joint memoir entitled S.O.B.E.R. Anita's journey through her son's (and co-author) addiction and recovery inspired her not only to...Show More
Ep. 43 Life as an Actor with Josh Segarra

1:00:41 | Jan 23rd

Josh Segarra is an actor of both the stage (On Your Feet) and screen (Arrow, Orange is the New Black, Sirens), and today he is our guest on The Stacks. Josh talks with us about acting, how reading fits into his life as a dad, and we go off on a tange...Show More
Ep. 42 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie — The Stacks Book Club (Tawny Newsome)

1:09:21 | Jan 16th

Today on the podcast we're discussing Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, and to join us for The Stacks Book Club, is actor, comedian, and podcast host, Tawny Newsome. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone set against the backdrop of fear and anti-...Show More
The Short Stacks 4: Juan Vidal//Rap Dad

38:06 | Jan 14th

On January 30th, we're discussing Rap Dad by Juan Vidal as part of The Stacks Book Club, and to get you ready for that chat, I talked with Juan about his process in writing Rap Dad, how he finds time to write with four children, and about his favorit...Show More
Ep. 41 Comedy, Race, Travel and Books with Tawny Newsome

1:09:57 | Jan 9th

We are joined by Tawny Newsome, a modern day renaissance woman. Tawny is known for her work as an actress, comedian, and podcaster. She is the co-host of the Yo, is this Racist? podcast, and The Super Group podcast. Tawny talks with us about racism t...Show More
Ep. 40 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz — The Stacks Book Club (Alec Penix)

55:52 | Jan 2nd

To kick off the new year, we're talking self-help with Don Miguel Ruiz's best selling book, The Four Agreements. Fitness guru and author, Alec Penix joins us for this The Stacks Book Club discussion. The book lays out four pillars to follow in order ...Show More
The Short Stacks 3: Best of 2018//Lauren Fanella

41:49 | Dec 31st, 2018

Its the last day of 2018, and we're celebrating with our very own wrap up, New Year's Eve show. We brought back friend of the pod, Lauren Fanella (who you might remember from episodes 15 and 16, where we talked about Reincarnation Blues by Michael Po...Show More
Ep. 39 Connecting Mind, Body, and Spirti with Alec Penix

53:49 | Dec 26th, 2018

We're getting you ready for your mind and body goals in 2019, with our guest celebrity trainer Alec Penix. Alec is the author of a brand new health and fitness book called Seven Sundays. It is a guided 43-day program that focuses on food, sleep, exer...Show More
Ep. 38 Open City by Teju Cole — The Stacks Book Club (Behzad Dabu)

59:30 | Dec 19th, 2018

This week actor Behzad Dabu (How to Get Away with Murder, The Chi) joins us again to discuss Teju Cole's novel, Open City. The book is a meditation on borders, terror, and belonging set against the back drop of a post 9/11 New York City, and centers ...Show More
The Short Stacks 2 – Jesse Byrd//Real Jungle Tales

33:45 | Dec 17th, 2018

We're talking all things children's books this week on our mini episode with award winning author Jesse Byrd. In addition to writing children's books, Jesse runs his own publishing house (Jesse B Creative), and does children's book project management...Show More
Ep. 37 Representation, Basketball, and Books with Behzad Dabu

1:05:08 | Dec 12th, 2018

Today on The Stacks, our guest is actor, producer, and activist Behzad Dabu. Behzad is most well known for his roles on How to Get Away with Murder and The Chi. We talk about plays that are great on the page, representation on screen, and his love of...Show More
Ep. 36 If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim — The Stacks Book Club (Aja Gabel)

56:17 | Dec 5th, 2018

Author Aja Gabel is back for The Stacks Book Club conversation this week. We're discussing If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim. The book follows one woman, Haemi Lee, her life and relationships during and in the years following the Korean War. Our co...Show More
The Short Stacks 1: Crystal Hana Kim//If You Leave Me

38:47 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Its time for our first ever Short Stack! These mini episodes will come out every other Monday, and feature a conversation with an author about their book and writing process. We are thrilled to have author Crystal Hana Kim for this inaugural episode....Show More
Ep. 35 Prodigies, Time Machines, and Beautiful Writing with Aja Gabel

1:01:28 | Nov 28th, 2018

This week on The Stacks our guest is author Aja Gabel. Aja's debut novel, The Ensemble, came out in 2018, and she talks with us about writing her book, cover design, which writers inspire her, and why she got a PhD in creative writing. We also talk m...Show More
Ep. 34 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison — The Stacks Book Club (Renée Hicks)

53:21 | Nov 21st, 2018

The Bluest Eye is the first novel of Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, it is also The Stacks Book Club pick this week. We dissect this American classic and discuss its many themes including race, beauty, love and abuse with Renée Hicks, founder of Book ...Show More
Ep. 33 Book Girl Magic with Renee Hicks

52:45 | Nov 14th, 2018

This week on the podcast, our guest is Renée Hicks, founder of Book Girl Magic, an online book club that centers books by and about Black women. Renée shares with us her journey into reading, how her reading has inspired the reading life of her child...Show More
Ep. 32 To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelmann — The Stacks Book Club (Heather John Fogarty)

54:07 | Nov 7th, 2018

When a mother, Amanda Stott-Smith, throws her two young children off of a bridge, one journalist tries to understand why. That is the premise of Nancy Rommelmann's true crime book, To The Bridge. This week, for The Stacks Book Club, we discuss this h...Show More
Ep. 31 All the Book Recommendations with Heather John Fogarty

52:54 | Oct 31st, 2018

Our guest this week is journalist Heather John Fogarty, whose work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Marie Claire Magazine, Playboy, and more. Heather previously worked as the wine and spirits editor at Bon Appétit. In today's conversation ...Show More
Ep. 30 How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt — The Stacks Book Club (Harris Cohn)

50:44 | Oct 24th, 2018

This week on The Stacks Book Club, activist and organizer Harris Cohn is back to chat about  How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. This book was recently featured by Barack Obama on his Facebook page, as a book that speaks to the...Show More
Ep. 29 Politics, Midterms, and Voting (oh, my) with Harris Cohn

1:03:14 | Oct 17th, 2018

This week we are joined by Harris Cohn. Harris' day job is in renewable energy, but his real super power is that he is an activist and organizer in his spare time. We talk this week about how Harris got interested in politics, how you can get involve...Show More
Ep. 28 Bad Blood by John Carreyrou — The Stacks Book Club (Nancy Rommelmann)

52:21 | Oct 10th, 2018

This week on The Stacks Book Club, journalist and author Nancy Rommelmann is back to discuss Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. We talk about the mind blowing story of biotech startup Theranos, and its founder ...Show More
Ep. 27 Talking Investigative Journalism with Nancy Rommelmann

1:07:39 | Oct 3rd, 2018

This week we are joined by author and journalist, Nancy Rommelmann. Nancy talks to us about her newest book To The Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder, her process as an investigative journalist, and about the time she traveled to see John ...Show More
Ep. 26 Less by Andrew Sean Greer — The Stacks Book Club (Zeke Smith)

1:01:34 | Sep 26th, 2018

We are thrilled to discuss this year's Pulitzer Price winner for fiction, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, for The Stacks Book Club this week. We are joined by guest, Zeke Smith. Zeke is known for his time as a contestant on Survivor (Survivor: Millennials...Show More
Ep. 25 Talking Fame and Identity with Zeke Smith

1:04:12 | Sep 19th, 2018

Today on The Stacks we are joined by Zeke Smith. Zeke is a writer and trans activist who you may know best from his seasons on Survivor (Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, Survivor: Game Changers). This week we talk reality TV fame, self-identification...Show More
Ep. 24 Motherhood by Sheila Heti — The Stacks Book Club (Jo Piazza)

53:57 | Sep 12th, 2018

Its time for another episode of The Stacks Book Club, and this week we are discussing Motherhood by Sheila Heti. We are joined again by author Jo Piazza (Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win, How to Be Married) to discuss Motherhood, a book about one woman's...Show More
Ep. 23 Talking Women in Politics with Jo Piazza

58:48 | Sep 5th, 2018

This week on the show, we have author and journalist Jo Piazza as our guest. Jo's most recent release isCharlotte Walsh Likes to Win, a novel about a woman running for senate in the 2018 midterm elections. It is very of the moment, and is the Marie C...Show More
Ep. 22 The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner — The Stacks Book Club (Becca Tobin)

52:31 | Aug 29th, 2018

Becca Tobin (Glee, Lady Gang) is back for The Stacks Book Club, and we're discussing Rachel Kushner's newest book The Mars Room. This gritty novel tells the story of Romy, a young mother who has been incarcerated for two life sentences. We see Romy i...Show More
Ep. 21 Talking Fiction & Hollywood with Becca Tobin

1:01:47 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Our guest this week is Becca Tobin. Becca is most well known as an actress and a co-host of the podcast, Lady Gang. Today we walk  about Becca's podcast becoming a TV show, how reading helped her deal with grief, and her love of fiction that feels a ...Show More
Ep. 20 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — The Stacks Book Club (Jay Connor)

1:09:53 | Aug 15th, 2018

We're thrilled to have writer and host of The Extraordinary Negroes Podcast, Jay Connor, back with us this week for The Stacks Book Club,  discussing Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This episode is spent talking about the three major th...Show More
Ep. 19 Extraordinary Reading with Jay Connor of The Extraordinary Negroes

1:05:12 | Aug 8th, 2018

This week our guest is Jay Connor. Jay is a writer, and the creator and co-host of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Jay discuss his winding life path through many cities and many careers. We also talk about what books Jay is into and what writers h...Show More
Ep. 18 Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes — The Stacks Book Club (Ashley North)

51:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

Stylist and CEO Ashley North is back this week for The Stacks Book Club and our discussion of Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. The book is Rhimes' memoir on the year she decided to say yes to everything and use the power of yes to change her life. The b...Show More
Ep. 17 Talking Fashion and Reading with Stylist Ashley North

57:25 | Jul 25th, 2018

Our guest this week is celebrity stylist, TV personality, and CEO of her own lifestyle brand, Ashley North. Ashley is most well known for being Kevin Hart's stylist and now she's sitting down with The Stacks to discuss reading. She talks about the no...Show More
Ep. 16 Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore — The Stacks Book Club (Lauren Fanella)

1:00:46 | Jul 18th, 2018

This week Lauren Fanella is here for The Stacks Book Club. We're talking about Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore. In the book, Milo, a human who has been reincarnated almost 10,000 times, is on a quest for perfection and everlasting life. The book...Show More
Ep. 15 Talking Unconventional Women with Lauren Fanella

1:03:23 | Jul 11th, 2018

This week our guest is Lauren Fanella, Lauren is a book reader and reviewer on #bookstagram, you might know her as @literarylauren_. Lauren is a lover of books by and about unconventional women, she reads for joy, and she's not scared of a big sad bo...Show More
Ep. 14 The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg — The Stacks Book Club (Ross Asdourian)

44:55 | Jul 4th, 2018

This week, author Ross Asdourian is back to discuss our The Stacks Book Club book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. We talk about how habits work, the habits we want to change, and we look at two current...Show More
Ep. 13 Writing Your Book with Ross Asdourian

34:13 | Jun 27th, 2018

We’re excited to welcome Ross Asdourian to our show this week. Ross is the debut author of a hilarious memoir, Broken Bananah: Life, Love, and Sex…Without a Penis, the story of that one time he broke his penis. We don’t just talk about Ross’ unmentio...Show More
Ep. 12 How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer — The Stacks Book Club (Aaron Dolores)

50:11 | Jun 20th, 2018

This week Aaron Dolores, founder of Black Arrow FC is back and we're discussing How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. This book takes a look at the world's most popular sport, and how changes in the soci...Show More
Ep 11. Talking Books and Soccer with Aaron Dolores Founder of Black Arrow FC

53:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

This week we're joined by Aaron Dolores, founder of Black Arrow FC, a lifestyle brand that focuses on the intersection of soccer and Black culture. The World Cup starts tomorrow, so we're talking about Soccer and how it relates to the Black experienc...Show More
Ep. 10 New Boy by Tracy Chevalier — The Stacks Book Club (Vella Lovell)

54:57 | Jun 6th, 2018

This week, actress Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex- Girlfriend, The Big Sick) is back on The Stacks. This week we're talking about New Boy by Tracy Chevalier. New Boy is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, in which modern day authors retell Shakespeare's ...Show More
Ep. 9 Talking Books with Vella Lovell

1:04:14 | May 30th, 2018

Actress Vella Lovell (Crazy Ex- Girlfriend, The Big Sick) joins us this week to nerd out on books. Vella talks about reading as an actor, examining scripts for clues to her character's inner workings, and being a good scene partner. Vella also talks ...Show More
Ep. 8 Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth — The Stacks Book Club (Sam Pinkleton)

43:01 | May 23rd, 2018

Choreographer Sam Pinkleton is back in time for The Stacks Book Club to take on true crime, with Vulgar Favors: The Assassination of Gianni Versace by Maureen Orth. Vulgar Favors examines the serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who murdered 5 men in 1997 ...Show More
Ep. 7 Talking Books with Sam Pinkleton

59:02 | May 16th, 2018

This week on the show we are talking all things books with Tony nominated choreographer, Sam Pinkleton, best known for his work on the Broadway show, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Sam and Traci discuss using books as an entry point to ne...Show More
Ep. 6 Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin — The Stacks Book Club (Chris Maddox)

48:52 | May 9th, 2018

On this week of The Stacks, we discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin with our guest, TV writer Chris Maddox. Giovanni's Room is a classic American novel written in 1956, and the topics of masculinity, isolation, and love deferred are as relevant ...Show More
Ep. 5 Talking Books with Chris Maddox

47:50 | May 2nd, 2018

This week I am joined by TV writer and actor, Chris Maddox. Reading is a huge part of Chris' professional life, and creative habit. Chris shares the kind of stories that excite him when he's looking to write new TV shows and books that have helped sh...Show More
Ep. 4 Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward — The Stacks Book Club (Sarah Fong)

56:33 | Apr 25th, 2018

On this week of The Stacks, PhD candidate Sarah Fong is back, and we're talking about Jesmyn Ward's memoir, Men We Reaped.    Our conversation dives into the deaths of five Black men in Ward's life, and what these deaths say about the greater exp...Show More
Ep. 3 Talking Books with Sarah Fong

44:51 | Apr 18th, 2018

On this week of The Stacks we are joined by Sarah Fong, a PhD Candidate in American Studies. Sarah is currently writing her dissertation on U.S. practices of social welfare, particularly as they relate to histories of slavery and colonization. This w...Show More
Ep. 2 Exit West by Mohsin Hamid — The Stacks Book Club (Dallas Lopez)

45:17 | Apr 11th, 2018

On this week of The Stacks, high school English teacher Dallas Lopez is back, and we're talking about Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. This is our very first The Stacks Book Club (TSBC) episode. Join us as we discuss the fears of leaving your home behind,...Show More
Ep. 1 Talking Books with Dallas Lopez

25:58 | Apr 4th, 2018

On this week of The Stacks we talk with High School English Teacher, Dallas Lopez. He tells us about how he used to hate reading, and how self-help books helped him to find his way into reading. We discuss books that Dallas loves, and books he doesn'...Show More
The Stacks Podcast — Coming April 4th

02:25 | Mar 21st, 2018

Welcome to The Stacks a brand new podcast all about books, hosted by Traci Thomas. The Stacks will be your one stop shop for talking about books. Traci will be talking with a guest for two consecutive weeks. Week one will be a bookish conversation ...Show More