…and we need your help.

Forthcoming from Avid Reader Press, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book will be a revival of the white- and yellow-paged directory you remember, but instead of being filled with contact information, it will be full of ways to connect with books people love.

Browse through pages of fun, literature-inspired “adverts” and phone number listings. When one piques your interest, you can simply call Ishmael, dial the extension, and the corresponding story will play.

The Call Me Ishmael Phone book will help every reader tackle one of the most important questions in their life: What should I read next?

The Call Me Ishmael Phone book will feature some of our favorite calls, along with hundreds of brand new anonymous bookish stories that will only be available through the book.

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Here’s where you come in: Your voice and bookish story can be a part of the Phone Book.


All voicemails we receive during Summer 2019 will be considered for a CMI Phone Book listing. For tips, check out our guide to what makes a good Ishmael call.

Not ready to call, but excited to know when the book is ready? We’ll send you a note as soon as the Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is available.