Kevin Awakuni

Guest Appearances

October 16, 2015

New and old friends Alison Becker, Kevin Awakuni, Susanna Fogel, and Kevin Seccia join Nate this week for another spectacular Book Club episode of Reading Aloud! This week they get into “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen. It’s his most recent novel and it’s dense, it’s fun, and ultimately it’s a mess. Get into the Halloween spirit and get a head start on the next book club selection by picking up “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson and send in your thoughts on the book at

August 21, 2015

The Book Club is back on this week’s Reading Aloud with Nate Corddry! Kevin Awakuni, Robyn Clark, John Ross Bowie, and Susanna Fogel join Nate to discuss the characters that are hard to spend time with in “The Invaders” by Karolina Waclawiak. Pick up the Pulitzer Prize winning “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr to get a head start for the next book club episode and send in your thoughts on the book at

May 22, 2015

Nate has some Reading Aloud Book Club vets and a first timer on as he welcomes Emily Halpern, Kevin Awakuni, and Ele Woods for the 7th edition of the Book Club series of Reading Aloud in which they discuss Toni Morrison’s novel “God Help The Child. ” They’ll talk about dealing with childhood trauma, what parents do to children, and feeling emotionally distant from the book’s characters. Plus, everyone brings up what they believed to be fantastical elements in the book as they read listener questions. Make sure to pick up the next book for the upcoming book club episode which will be Stephen King’s “11/22/63” and send in your thoughts on the book at

December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Nate welcomes special guests Kevin Awakuni, Ele Woods, and Bill Savage to discuss Adelle Waldman’s “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.” in another edition of the Book Club series of Reading Aloud! They’ll talk about the protagonist being intellectually advanced but emotionally immature, the novel’s similarities to The Average American Male, feeling nostalgic of living in New York, and listener’s thoughts on the unlikeable protagonist. Get a head start on the next book for January which will be Denis Johnson’s “The Laughing Monsters” and send in your thoughts on the book at

November 14, 2014

Nate kicks things off with the always amazing Jason Mantzoukas as he reads a Tom O’Donnell piece entitled “OK, Maybe Our Apartment Is Too Small For A Bald Eagle” recorded live from UCB-LA. Then, Kevin Awakuni of Skylight Books joins Nate in the studio to chat about the popularity of the “How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety” zine, whether Amazon is spreading the word on books or destroying independent bookstores, what makes a good bookstore, why The Hobbit is underrated, and Dave Eggers’ “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” which leads Nate to read a passage from the best-selling memoir. Finally, Nate’s brother Rob Corddry tells us how he auditioned for the Blue Man Group before he reads Colin Nissan’s piece “It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers” live from UCB-LA. Don’t forget to participate in the book club by going out and buying “Wolf In White Van” by John Darnielle and send in your thoughts on the book at Also, come to Reading Aloud LIVE at UCB-Franklin on Sunday, November 23rd at 7pm! Get tickets at!