2021 Webby Honoree in Podcasts, General Series - Arts & Culture. Host Amanda Stern takes a deep dive with authors talking about their books. "Like listening to a really delicious night of live theater for readers." --AARP Magazine


With Amanda Stern

Bonus: Adrian Tomine & Julie Orringer
"For me, in terms of who I am and who I was, it only could have come as a result of this kind of maniacal single-minded devotion to the craft."
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Nicholas Lemann: The Big Test
"When I published the book it was like 'this is crazy' and now there's a lot of stuff around this, so I think this system is going to get shaken up."
play 26:29

Etgar Kereto on Bookable

Etgar Keret: Fly Already
"Why do we want so much sexual intercourse and statistically most people do not want to have it with us?"
play 26:11

Michelle Lhooq

Michelle Lhooq: Weed
There's so much going on in the world of weed that folks have no idea about--a whole new culture that's emerging way beyond 420.
play 22:09


Amanda Stern is the founder of New York City's iconic Happy Ending Music and Reading Series, widely considered the gold standard for literary events. The long-running show was produced at Joe’s Pub and later at Symphony Space, ending its fifteen-year run in 2018.

Amanda has produced more than three hundred live events, hosted almost all of them, but her feet hurt so now she’s doing a podcast. Author of The Long Haul, eleven books for children, and the memoir Little Panic, Amanda lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Busy, who happens to be a dog. 

Photo credit: Lloyd Bishop

About the Show

2921 Webby Award NomineeHost Amanda Stern takes a deep dive with authors talking about their books. “One of the most exciting writing podcasts to debut this year.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

This is the book podcast everyone’s talking about. Bookable features established authors and emerging talent in conversation with host and author Amanda Stern, perhaps best known for creating the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series at New York’s famous Joe’s Pub and Symphony Space.

With an immersive sound experience designed around each episode, Bookable takes you on an audio exploration of a great book—usually a new one, sometimes classic or even obscure, but always one hundred percent worth knowing about.