HUSH Podcast #112 – Jay Asher on books outside your comfort zone

Jay Asher on Books Outside Your Comfort Zone HUSH Podcast TSCPL Topeka

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Miranda Ericsson Jay Asher Lissa Staley HUSH podcast TSCPL

Librarian Miranda Ericsson, Author Jay Asher, and Librarian Lissa Staley chat about books, writing and reading on the HUSH podcast at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

In this episode we’re hosting Jay Asher, author of four books for young adults. His debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller, and was released as a Netflix series in 2017. His first graphic novel, Piper, comes out Halloween 2017. He spoke at the library about the importance of using fiction to talk about uncomfortable subjects, his writing process, rejection and his path to publication.

On the podcast Jay Asher shares his recommendations to help you find the perfect pick for the “A Book Outside Your Comfort Zone” square on your Reading Bingo card.  Spoiler alert: It’s his book, Thirteen Reasons Why, which tells the story of a high school student who committed suicide.

Listen in as HUSH co-hosts Miranda Ericsson and Lissa Staley interview Jay Asher and bask in the warm glow of chatting with an amazing author and human being. See their recommendations for “A Book Outside Your Comfort Zone.”


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Reading Bingo prize update

Reading Bingo prizes are now available for pick up in the Red Carpet room at the library. Readers who completed a straight-line or diagonal bingo (5 books) can choose a book for even more reading fun!

Learn more about prizes for straight line or diagonal bingo and grand prize entry forms!

What’s next?

HUSH Upcoming Episodes

Thanks for listening! Email your recommended books for future episode themes so we can share them with listeners:

  • October 21, 2017 – Reading Bingo! with guests who strongly recommend the 2Book Topeka book “The Alienist” by Caleb Carr as your choice for “A Book set in the Past”

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.