This American Wife Poisoner’s Handbook (how’s that for a blog post title?)

October is my favorite month; it is also, inevitably, the busiest month of the year. This year is probably the busiest yet (until next year, I’m sure, when I’m planning on getting hitched). Thursday is my biggest event of the year at my library, we’ve got Pulitzer-Prize winning author Deborah Blum coming to speak about her New York Times Bestseller The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. I’ve been working for weeks, choosing the best of our rare books to display and writing (hopefully) pithy descriptions of them. I’m also so excited because the lovely, hilarious Food Network stars Alie & Georgia came up with an amazing cocktail based on the book that they’re calling The Pit of Despair. I’ve pretty much done all I can think of to promote the hell out of this event, now I just have to wait and hope that people show up. So if you’re reading this and it’s before October 6, 2012, you should come! Details here.

Shortly after the event, I’ll be in the Bay Area for a week, taking a rare book cataloging class at the California Rare Book School. While I’m there, I’ll be doing my Ill-Gotten Brains lecture for the last time at a place called The Bone Room, which still makes me snicker because I’m 12-years-old. I look forward to spending money that I should be saving for the wedding, purchasing bones from various creatures.

Here’s some photos from my latest photo shoot for the hilarious folks of This American Wife. I was a fan of this incredible NPR parody podcast before I actually knew these folks, so I was really honored that they a) knew who I was and b) liked my work enough to hire me. As a former employee of NPR, it’s the little details of the parody show that particularly tickle me, you can tell that they listen to NPR with a lot of love in order to make fun of it so perfectly. I especially love the underwriting spoofs and Eric Martin‘s Robert Siegel impression. I’m so happy with how the shoot came out, particularly the group shots, which are based off of the promo shots for the This American Life TV show (which is amazing, by the way). To get a taste, why not check out the episode of This American Wife featuring Alie & Georgia? And that, friends, is what we call coming full circle.


Eric as Ira Glass

Jen Goldberg

Eric Martin

Paul Jay


Jen as Youth Reporter Sasha Bronstein







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