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One For The Books

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Crawford Family Forum

One For The Books is a new local literary series like no other and you’re invited. Traci Thomas (she/her), creator and host of The Stacks podcast is the bookish best friend you’ve been looking for. She and her guests will share their hot takes on the written word–novels, nonfiction, screenplays, it’s all fair game. We’ll have trivia, rants and raves, author interviews, and maybe even a little gossip.

Our first-ever One for the Books is on November 16. Traci will be talking about how we read and how we should be talking about what we read with guest Sam Sanders (he/him), the host of Vulture’sInto It podcast and Danyel Smith (she/her), former editor-in-chief Vibe magazine and author of Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. And since this isn’t your momma’s book club, there’s no required reading, but you can get a signed copy of Danyel’s book in advance or at the event from our partner bookseller, Reparations Club.

Traci Thomas is an avid reader and book lover who created the acclaimed podcast, The Stacks, in order to talk about books and the ways they shape our cultural understanding of race, gender, politics, and what it means to be alive. Weekly guests range from academic thought leaders to bestselling authors, from actors to politicians and more; you'll find Ibram X. Kendi, Angelina Jolie, Brit Bennett, Desus and Mero, Quentin Tarantino, and many more on The Stacks. Traci also writes a monthly bookish advice column on Traci lives in LA with her husband aka Mr. Stacks, and her twins, the Mini Stacks. You can find her on Instagram @thestackspod.

Sam Sanders is the host of Into It, the flagship culture podcast from Vulture which breaks down the culture and entertainment stories we can’t stop thinking about. He also hosts the podcast Vibe Check from Stitcher.

Sanders joined Vulture from NPR, where he was a correspondent and the host of the award-winning radio program and podcast, It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. Prior to It’s Been a Minute, Sanders was a member of NPR’s election unit, where he covered the intersection of culture, pop culture, and politics in the 2016 election, and embedded with the Bernie Sanders campaign for several months. He was also one of the original co-hosts of NPR’s Politics Podcast, which launched in 2015. Sanders joined NPR in 2009 as a Kroc Fellow, and held many roles within the organization including as a field producer and breaking news reporter.

In 2022, Sanders was named “Best Podcast Host” by The Ambies, and received the NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Award for “Excellence in Radio,” the iHeart Award for “Best Overall Host (male),” and the Los Angeles Press Club National A&E Journalism award for “Best Anchor / Host” in the radio and podcasts category

Sanders graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009 with a master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, with a double major in political science and music.

Danyel Smith is an author, award-winning journalist, and producer. She’s the creator and host the Spotify-exclusive Black Girl Songbook, a music and talk show that centers black women in music. A 2021 Yaddo Fellow, Danyel was a senior producer and editor at ESPN, and a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, where she co-founded HRDCVR, an innovative hardcover culture magazine. In addition to writing for NPR, The California Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Teen Vogue, and The New York Times, Danyel has served as editor of Billboard, editor at large at Time Inc., and editor in chief of Vibe. The author of two novels—More Like Wrestling (2003), and Bliss (2005)—Danyel lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Elliott Wilson.

This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture.

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