Book experts Joe Skelley and Emma Dwyer join highly rated podcast delivering book recommendations, author interviews and more


CLEVELAND – February 9, 2022 The Professional Book Nerds, the highly rated podcast for book lovers by book lovers, welcomes two new co-hosts: Joe Skelley and Emma Dwyer. With 1.8 million downloads of more than 600 episodes, the podcast reaches readers and librarians in 100 countries, providing expert book recommendations, author interviews and exploring all things books. Joe and Emma joined the weekly podcast in January alongside founder and co-host, Jill Grunenwald.

“I’m thrilled to have Joe and Emma as my new co-hosts as Professional Book Nerds enters its next chapter,” Grunenwald said. “They each bring a fresh perspective on favorite books, and I can’t wait to see what new must-reads they recommend to our listeners.”

The hosts have a deep knowledge of the literary world and work daily with public libraries, uniquely positioning them to reflect on the publishing industry and provide recommendations for readers around the globe. The Professional Book Nerds, which is sponsored and supported by OverDrive, features interviews with hundreds of authors ranging from debut authors to Pulitzer Prize winners. The podcast was created in 2015 and is available through iTunes (4.5 star rating), Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio FM and anywhere people download their podcasts. OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools.

“When Professional Book Nerds say ‘professional’ they aren’t kidding,” said Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie and The Project. “There’s something so affirming and wonderful about talking to someone who not only loves what they do but infuses their approach to their work with the kind of humor, smarts, joy and cleverness this team does. And not only that, but the hosts connect authors to readers just like them. Professional Book Nerds is one of the greats in this biz.”

Marie Benedict, New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room, The Mystery of Mrs. Christie and The Personal Librarian, added, “I adore the Professional Book Nerds! I’ve been fortunate enough to have interviews with them for nearly all my books, and the impact the Professional Book Nerds have had on my book sales, social media reach and the championship by librarians is immeasurable. Not only do they share insights and enthusiasm about my books with a wide range of prospective readers, but they are so much fun!”

Jill is the creator of the Professional Book Nerds podcast and works closely with public libraries, academic and corporate libraries both in the U.S. and abroad. Joe manages the tour route for OverDrive’s Digital Bookmobile and helps introduce new users to the Libby library reading app through virtual training sessions. Emma is a Product Trainer at OverDrive, where she provides expert assistance on digital reading to public libraries and brings a great deal of library, publishing and book knowledge to her team.

Meet the new co-hosts by listening to their first Professional Book Nerds podcast.

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About OverDrive

OverDrive strives to create “a world enlightened by reading.” Serving a growing network of 76,000 libraries and schools in 94 countries, OverDrive delivers the industry’s largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other content through award-winning apps. The Libby reading app for libraries is one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, the Sora student reading app is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019, and Kanopy is the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges. Acquired in 2021, offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017.


David Burleigh
Director of Brand & Communications