Bookable: Creative Insomnia With Karen Russell

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PRINTCast: The PRINT Podcast Studio is a curated collection of cutting-edge podcasts we love about design, creativity, branding, books, and further subjects afield. Soon, we’ll have a dedicated digital listening room. In the meantime, we present Bookable from host and author Amanda Stern—“an audio exploration of a great book—usually a new one, sometimes classic or even obscure, but always one hundred percent worth knowing about.”

The latest episode features Karen Russell.

Here’s more from the Bookable team:

Have you had trouble sleeping lately? Did you take a pill for it? What if sleeping pills no longer worked and your insomnia was so acute it could kill you? In Sleep Donation, Karen Russell creates a scenario where the cure for insomnia mirrors the corporate greed we’ve come to expect from big pharma … and it’s a total nightmare. From sleep transfusions and corrupt toilet barons to a virulent nightmare so terrifying people choose to die rather than risk having it, this novella just might keep you up at night.

About the Author: Karen Russell won the 2012 and the 2018 National Magazine Award for fiction, and her first novel, Swamplandia! (2011), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, the “5 under 35” prize from the National Book Foundation, the NYPL Young Lions Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and she is a former fellow of the Cullman Center and the American Academy in Berlin. She currently holds the Endowed Chair at Texas State University’s MFA program, and lives in Portland, OR, with her husband and son.

This episode was produced by Andrew Dunn and Amanda Stern. It was mixed and sound-designed by Andrew Dunn, who also created Bookable’s chill vibe. The host is Amanda Stern. Beau Friedlander is Bookable's executive producer and editor-in-chief of Loud Tree Media.

Music: “Books That Bounce” by Rufus Canis, “Uni Swing Vox” by Rufus Canis, “Reprise” by Arms and Sleepers, “Pendulum” by Sun Shapes, “Pocket” by The Flavr Blue, “Tangerine” by Oatmello