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Beth Novey

Beth Novey is a producer for NPR's Arts, Books & Culture desk. She creates and edits web features, plans multimedia projects, and coordinates the web presence for Fresh Air and Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!

She is the co-creator of the Arts Desk's signature curatorial projects — the podcast recommendation site earbud.fm, the annual Book Concierge, and the book-TV-movie guide Read, Watch, Binge. Beth has written career advice for "female" hurricanes, cataloged miserable ways to run a mile, explained why she might be your "secret" Facebook name ... and once convinced David Greene and Nina Totenberg to make a shot-for-shot remake of a dance scene in Love Actually.

Beth got her start at NPR as an intern for Radio Expeditions in 2005. She later served as the web producer for Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, This I Believe, Climate Connections and My Cancer.

She is a native of Baltimore, a graduate of Harvard University, and a right wing on her ice hockey team.

NPR's Books We Love, formerly the Book Concierge, has a new name and 360+ new titles handpicked by NPR staff and trusted critics. Find nine years of Concierge recommendations all in one place – that's more than 2,800 great reads.

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Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are literally the couple that met at the copy machine. They attended business events, went out to lunch, and from there, "we started sharing about our lives," Brian says. He was an illustrator, she was a writer, and "We thought, wow, we could really do some amazing things together."

The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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A lot of what we read and watch comes to us through recommendation algorithms. Amazon tells us: People who bought this book also bought this other book, and Netflix says: Because you watched this movie, we think you should watch this other movie. And we welcome our new recommendation robot overlords!

But this summer, we're going old school — because we haven't found an algorithm that says: If you loved this movie, you'll devour this graphic novel. (Or like this podcast, enjoy this short story ... you get the idea.)