062917 – Annotated Launch PR

News Release
June 29, 2017
Contact: Jeff O’Neal


Telling stories about books, reading, and language, the first season presented by Hachette Book Group kicks off today with “Is it 1984 yet?”

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(Brooklyn, NY) – Annotated, a podcast telling stories about books, reading, and language became available for download today. “Is it 1984 yet?” will kick off the six-episode season, telling the backstory of George Orwell’s 1984, with future episodes touching on indie bookselling, the world’s most glamorous librarian, and the court case that changed the way the First Amendment was applied to literature. Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky host the podcast with episodes written by award-winning musical theatre bookwriter and lyricist Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design is by Kyle O’Neal.

“This podcast is different from the news, recommendations, and genre podcasts Book Riot produces,” said Book Riot Executive Editor Jeff O’Neal. “These episodes are short audio documentaries about the richness of books that readers of all stripes can appreciate.”

The first episode, “Is it 1984 yet?” traces the recent rise of the not-new 1984 to the number one spot on Amazon’s best-selling books list. Jeff and Rebecca explore the backstory of 1984, from how it became stock high school reading to its CIA-supported appearance on the silver screen, to how, seemingly, a January 22nd news interview thrust it back into our collective consciousness as the example of a political nightmare.

Listeners may subscribe to Annotated for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or via RSS through their podcatcher of choice. The first episode releases today, June 29, with future episodes releasing every two weeks on Thursday.

Annotated is presented by Hachette Book Group.

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