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Best Book Ever

Sep 7, 2020

Libbie Hawker is one of my very favorite writers, and I was thrilled for the opportunity to have a good long book chat with her. We discovered a shared love of "atmospheric weirdness" in our books, and the fascinating sensory experience she has when reading and writing books. Libbie's favorite book, Dune, is a science fiction classic that I would never have picked up on my own, and it was a blast listening to Libbie explain the layers of it. Trust me, even if you don't like sci-fi, you will love this discussion.

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Host: Julie Strauss



Guest: Libbie Hawker



Discussed in this episode:

Dune by Frank Herbert (this is the first book, that I read with Libbie)

The Complete Dune Series Set (Books 1-6) by Frank Herbert

The Eye of the World: Book One of the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Baptism for the Dead by Libbie Hawker

Watership Down

Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand

Henry Darger at MoMA

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Octavia Butler

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Duplex by Kathryn Davis

The Silk Road by Kathryn Davis

Madam (Old Seattle Book 2) by Libbie Hawker

E.M. Forster (you know my favorite of his!)

Tessa Dare

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Kyle MacLachlan’s hair in Dune

Dune 2020 (as of this recording, there is no official trailer available, but I did find this very compelling compilation of stills from the upcoming movie)

Jadorowsky’s Dune (documentary film)

Blade Runner 2049

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick (inspiration for Blade Runner movies)


Arrival (Stories of Your Life) by Ted Chiang

Adrian Lyne’s Lolita

Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita


Discussed in our Patreon Exclusive Clip:

Dune by Frank Herbert

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Winter by Ali Smith

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables, The Complete Set by L.M. Montgomery

Autumn by Ali Smith

Spring by Ali Smith

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

How to Be Both by Ali Smith

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