49 EpisodesProduced by Mary Mahoney

Chapters is an interview podcast that tells the stories of readers' lives through the books that have meant the most to them.

49 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

44 - Thomas Lawrence Long

December 3rd, 2018


On this episode, we talk to Thomas Lawrence Long, Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Connecticut where he studies and teaches on medical humanities and health studies, the history of …

43 - Erica Leeman

September 1st, 2018


On our latest episode we welcome guest Erica Leeman, an Arkansas native who moved to Boston to attend library school. A librarian …

42 - Trying to Get to You: The Reading Life of Elvis Presley (Revisited)

August 15th, 2018


On this episode, we mark the passing of Elvis Presley by examining his life as a reader. Elvis notoriously struggled with his intense fame and used books to answer spiritual questions, provide medical …

41 - A Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport (Revisted)

August 1st, 2018


40 - Joe Hourihan

July 17th, 2018


On this episode, our guest is Joe Hourihan. Joe is an attorney with four decades of legal experience. He is a native of Hartford, …


October 2nd, 2016


1 - Jordan McMillan Rees

November 1st, 2016


Join us for our inaugural interview in which we discuss The Baby-Sitters Club , Jane Eyre , Twilight , and much more!]]>

2 - Deb Bowen

November 1st, 2016


Deb Bowen is the co-host, along with Samantha Fey, of the podcast Psychic Teachers . Do we choose books or do books choose us? Join us as we listen to how books from The Witch of Blackbird Pond to

3 - Samantha Fey

November 1st, 2016


What do Anne of Green Gables , Little House of the Prairie and The Diary of a Psychic have in common? Listen as we learn how these and other books helped to shape the life of intuitive Samantha Fey, …

4 - Casper Ter Kuile

November 1st, 2016


On this episode, Casper Ter Kuile, co-host of the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast, shares parts of his life that have been …

BONUS Episode 1 - Bibliomancy

November 1st, 2016


Have you ever used a book to predict the future? Divine a fortune? On this first bonus episode of Chapters, we examine the history of bibliomancy, or the use of books to predict the future. Readers …

5 - Alexis Boylan (Bryn Mawr Bookstore - Part 1)

November 15th, 2016


This is the first in a series of interviews we conducted at Bryn Mawr Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts. On this episode, art historian and Bryn Mawr alumna Alexis Boylan shares the ways books such …

6 - Harry Potter and Friendship Tests

December 1st, 2016


This episode is a continuation of our conversation with Jordan McMillan Rees. Join us as we discuss Harry Potter, fan fiction, and the idea of books as friendship tests! For more information on our …

7 - Steven Domingues

December 15th, 2016


On this episode, Steven Domingues, co-host of the Pure BS Podcast joins us to discuss the books that have informed his life. From Goosebumps to the works of Stephen King, join us for a conversation …

BONUS Episode 2 - Holiday Cards

December 25th, 2016


Happy Holidays from all of us at Chapters! On this special episode, our listeners share stories of memorable holiday cards. ]]>

8 - Bryn Mawr Bookstore- Part 2

January 1st, 2017


Join us for part two of our visit to Bryn Mawr Bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts! Our guests, Barbara Powell and Cornelia Robart, share stories on books including Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, …

9 - Heather Parker

January 15th, 2017


On today's episode we hear about Caddie Woodlawn, Anne of Green Gables, Henry James, romance novels and the Chronicles of Narnia with guest Heather Parker!]]>

10 - Nick Hurley

January 31st, 2017


From the Berenstain Bears to Marc Bloch's Strange Defeat, join us as our guest Nick Hurley shares the books that have shaped his life. This is the first in a series of interviews we conducted in the …

11 - Rob Sullivan

February 15th, 2017


Has reading ever helped you in your grief? Join us as we welcome Rob Sullivan to discuss Superman and the ways reading can help us …

12 - Betsy Pittman

March 1st, 2017


Nancy Drew, the Boxcar Children, Laura Ingalls Wilder and romance novels - this episode with guest Betsy Pittman has it all. With a lifelong interest in history, Betsy offers really fascinating …

13 - Danielle Dumaine

March 15th, 2017


On this week's episode we join Danielle Dumaine to hear stories about My Side of the Mountain, Mrs. Dalloway, Maggie Nelson's Argonauts, and what it's like to be named after a famous romance novelist. …

14 - Graham Stinnett

April 1st, 2017


Join us as we talk to our guest Graham Stinnett, archivist at the Thomas J. Dodd Center at the University of Connecticut. We talk The Giving Tree, album liner notes, zines, vegan cookbooks, Moby Dick, …

15 - Abby Southwell

April 15th, 2017


What is it about girls and horse books? On this week's episode, we investigate the appeal of horse books by hearing from self-proclaimed "horse book expert" Abby Southwell. She also imagines an eat, …

16 - Allison Horrocks

May 1st, 2017


Meet Allison. Allison Horrocks grew up on American Girl books, the Dear America series, and Nancy Drew. Combining a love for history and detection, it can come as no surprise she's chosen to pursue a …

17 - Anna Newman

May 15th, 2017


What's it like to read in a new language? On this episode, we talk to Anna Newman, a librarian who shares stories about reading everything from the Secret Garden to Dante's Divine Comedy. We'll hear …

18 - Kathy Van Voorhees

June 1st, 2017


Whether taking in Forever by Judy Blume as a young reader, sneaking Sibyl from her mother's bookshelf, adopting Kurt Vonnegut's turns of phrase, or reading Stephen King's The Stand to gain some clarity …

19 - Liz Fleming

June 15th, 2017


Have you ever dressed up like your favorite author? Our guest, Liz Fleming, discovered The Old Man and the Sea at a young age, and dressed up as Hemingway to show her admiration. Join us on today's …

20 - Mark Barone

July 1st, 2017


Join us on this week's episode as we talk with Mark Barone about the Lord of the Rings, Stephen King novels, Game of Thrones, and more! We'll hear stories about stealing a book from a public library, …

21 - Matt from Pop Culture Died in 2009

July 15th, 2017


On this week's episode we talk to Matt, founder of the gossip blog and curated archive of celebrity culture, Pop Culture Died in …

BONUS Episode 3 - A Moby Dick Marathon at Mystic Seaport

July 20th, 2017


Every year, on July 31st, readers gather at Mystic Seaport on the decks of the last remaining wooden whaling ship to read Moby Dick …

22 - Erin Bartram

August 1st, 2017


Join us this week as we talk with historian Erin Bartram. We discuss Nancy Drew, Baby-Sitters Club, and the appeal of books for …

23 - Matt Blackburn

August 15th, 2017


On this episode of Chapters, we meet Matt Blackburn, a research analyst who lives in Boston. Matt shares his experiences with books that have defined his life as a reader from Goodnight Moon to Walden, …

24 - Melanie Newport

September 1st, 2017


On this episode, we talk with Melanie Newport. Melanie Newport is an assistant professor of History at the University of …

25 - Danny Byrne

September 15th, 2017


On today's episode we talk with Danny Byrne. Danny was raised on books that he's now sharing with his twins as a new dad (I Will Love You Forever, The Giving Tree, Berenstain Bears). He tells us about …

26 - Rachel Greenhaus

October 1st, 2017


On today's episode we meet Rachel Greenhaus. Rachel is a lapsed academic, professional cookbook editor, and over-enthusiastic home …

27 - Jolenta Greenberg

October 15th, 2017


Jolenta Greenberg is a New York-based comedian. She's a Moth StorySLAM winner and a sometime contributor for NY Public Radio and …

Chapters Yearbook 2017

December 15th, 2017


28 - Trying to Get To You: The Reading Life of Elvis Presley

January 8th, 2018


On our first episode of 2018, we mark the birthday of Elvis Presley with the story of his life as a reader. Fans may know Elvis from his music, movies, iconic fashion, or even from his famous home, …

29 - Porter Square Books Overnight Marathon

January 20th, 2018


After Trump took office one year ago today, Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts set out to create an event that would …

30 - Jason Derfuss

February 1st, 2018


On today's episode of Chapters we meet someone for whom the phase "this book saved my life" is literally true. On November 20, 2014, Jason Derfuss, then a senior at Florida State University, had just …

31 - Catherine Hammer

February 15th, 2018


On this episode, we meet Catherine Hammer, a librarian currently living in Florida where she works for the Broward County Library System. Before changing careers, she worked as a performer and musical …

32 - Eddie Guimont

March 6th, 2018


33 - Marisa Hicking

April 1st, 2018


Join us on our latest episode where we meet guest Marisa Hicking. Marisa is the Teen Librarian at Avon Free Public Library in Avon, Connecticut. On this episode we talk loving horse books, sci-fi, …

34 - Jacqueline Suskin

April 15th, 2018


On today's show, we talk to Jacquline Suskin, a writer and performance poet based in Los Angeles. She is the author of two books, …

35 - Dominique Taylor

May 1st, 2018


Our guest this episode is Dominique Taylor. Dominique is the creator of The Storyscape, a platform that creates media around literature. On this episode, we discuss: the Baby-Sitters Club, Sweet Valley …

36 - Katie from A Date with Dateline Podcast

May 15th, 2018


Today we talk to Katie, who along with co-host Kimberly hosts the A Date with Dateline Podcast, a comedy podcast that recaps episodes of Dateline. For anyone interested in true crime, this episode is …

37 - Reading Secret FBI Files with Matt Guariglia

June 1st, 2018


On this episode, we’re going to enter the vault with historian Matt Guariglia and examine FBI files – files created by the FBI to …

38 - "Somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond"- Poetry, Queerness, and a Listener Letter

June 15th, 2018


We asked our listeners what kinds of reading experiences helped them to understand their sexuality. In honor of pride month, we're …

39 - Chris Bouton

July 1st, 2018


On our latest episode, we talk to Chris Bouton. Chris is a historian turned jury researcher who is working on a book about slave …

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