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Frank Delaney's Re: Joyce
Weekly
 
Re: Joyce! On the international literary feast day of Bloomsday 2010, we launched a podcast to commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, "Ulysses", the action of which took place in 18 hours of June 16, 1904. Every week you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through the novel that's on every list of the greatest books ever written. And as Ulysses runs to some 375,000 words, and I mean to go through it sentence by sentence if I have to, in order to convey the full bri ...
 
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The Dead Authors Podcast
Monthly
 
Legendary time-traveling writer H.G. Wells (Paul F. Tompkins) welcomes literary giants to The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles for a lively discussion in front of a live audience. Unscripted, barely researched, all fun! Guests include Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Matt Gourley, Jen Kirkman, Andy Daly, Scott Aukerman, John Ross Bowie and many more! Follow us on Twitter: @DeadAuthorPod. For more information on The Echo Park Time Travel Mart and 826LA’s many tutoring and writing pr ...
 
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Longform
Weekly
 
A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start, how they work, and how they tell stories.Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.
 
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The New Yorker: Fiction
Monthly
 
A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
 
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The Sword and Laser (Audio)
Monthly+
 
Read along with the Sword and Laser book club! From classic science fiction to the latest gritty fantasy, we cover it. Subscribe for book discussions, author interviews, hot releases, and news from the genre fiction world!
 
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What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Recommendations | Literary Matchmaking
 
What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.
 
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Book Shambles with Robin and Josie
 
Using books as a jumping off point, hosts Josie Long and Robin Ince and a different special guest each week, dive into interesting, passionate and shambolic discussions. Part of the Cosmic Shambles Network.
 
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Slate's Audio Book Club
Monthly
 
Join Slate's critics for monthly discussions of new and important books. Read the book club selections and then listen in as our critics hold lively - and sometimes heated - debates about the works. Part of the Panoply Network.
 
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I Should Be Writing
Monthly
 
The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers: Award-winning podcast for newbie writers that's been online since 2005! If you're new and unsure how get (and keep!) going in your writing career, this is the show for you. Past shows have guest starred Connie Willis, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and so many more!
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
A poem each day, plus literary and historical notes from this day in history
 
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The Guardian Books podcast
Weekly
 
The Guardian Books podcast is our weekly look at the world of books, poetry and great writing presented by Claire Armitstead, Richard Lea, & Sian Cain. With in-depth interviews with leading authors and investigations into the thematic trends in contemporary writing, this is the perfect book worm’s companion
 
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Books on the Nightstand
Weekly
 
Illuminating conversation about books and reading
 
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The Book Review
Weekly
 
The world's top authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at The New York Times Book Review to talk about the week's top books, what we're reading and what's going on in the literary world.
 
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Overdue
Weekly
 
Overdue is a podcast about the books you've been meaning to read. Join Andrew and Craig each week as they tackle a new title from their backlog. Classic literature, obscure plays, goofy murder mysteries: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
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Book Riot - The Podcast
Weekly
 
Book Riot - The Podcast is a weekly news and talk show about what's new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading, brought to you by the editors of BookRiot.com
 
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Books and Authors
Weekly
 
This podcast features Open Book and A Good Read. In Open Book Mariella Frostrup talks to authors about their work. In A Good Read Harriett Gilbert discusses favourite books.
 
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The Writers Panel
Weekly
 
The Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Supah Ninjas, Supernatural, among others) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. Covering TV, film, comic books, music, novels, and any other kind of writing about which you'd care to hear. Proceeds from the live panels benefit 826LA, the national non-profit tutoring program.
 
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The Legendarium
Monthly+
 
The Legendarium exists primarily as a book club for fantasy and sci-fi, both the classics and the new classics.Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, and more.
 
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Literary Disco » Literary Disco
 
Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.
 
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The New Yorker: Poetry
Monthly
 
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Paul Muldoon.
 
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Helping Writers Become Authors
 
Helping Writers Become Authors provides writers help in summoning inspiration, crafting solid characters, outlining and structuring novels, and polishing prose. Learn how to write a book and edit it into a story agents will buy and readers will love. (Music intro by Kevin MacLeod.)
 
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The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
 
The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast – A podcast about the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the writers that inspired him and the literature he inspired.
 
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The Self Publishing Podcast - Writing, Indie Publishing, and Marketing Advice for Writers
 
Want to publish and sell more books? Want to get your writing into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There's never been a better time to make money as a writer -- to take your books directly to readers and be in charge of your own business rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Full time authors Johnny B. Truant, David Wright, and Sean Platt (owners of the 2M+ words-per-year indie publishing comp ...
 
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Bookclub
Monthly
 
Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
 
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Homemade Stories
Monthly
 
Short stories and commentary shared by writer/storyteller Shannon Cason.
 
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Writers on Writing
Weekly
 
a weekly radio program hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and co-host Marrie Stone, on the art and business of writing. More on the show, writers, and writing at penonfire.com. Follow us on Twitter @WOWkuciFM and Facebook at Writers on Writing KUCI-FM.
 
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World Book Club
Monthly
 
World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.
 
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Podcast Episodes – The Narrative Breakdown
 
a Podcast about Story Craft for Creative Writers of All Mediums
 
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After Words
Weekly
 
Interviews with top nonfiction authors by journalists, public policy makers, legislators, and others familiar with their work. After Words airs each weekend at the following times: Saturday at 10pm ET Sunday at 12pm ET Sunday at 9pm ET Monday at 12am ET
 
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London Review Podcasts
Monthly
 
LRB-published writers read their own work, introduced by the editors of the London Review of Books. Recent podcasts have included Gillian Anderson reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Ingratitude’, Alan Bennett reading from his diary, Tariq Ali on his visit to North Korea and Jeremy Harding on migration. There’ll be something new every fortnight.
 
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The Rocking Self Publishing Podcast
 
Each week we interview some of the biggest names in self-publishing. In these in-depth interviews we look at where these authors started, how they made it, and how an aspiring self-published author can aim to do the same thing.
 
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The Author Hangout: Book Marketing Tips for Indie & Self-Published Authors
 
The Author Hangout is a Hangout on Air and podcast dedicated to helping authors navigate the self-publishing world.
 
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Get Booked
Weekly
 
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
 
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The Poetry Magazine Podcast
Monthly+
 
The editors go inside the pages of Poetry, talking to poets and critics, debating the issues, and sharing their poem selections with listeners.
 
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LA Review of Books
Weekly
 
The LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS, as its name suggests, looks out at the world of books from its perch on the Pacific Rim. Since the 19th century writers have bridled at New York’s seeming monopoly over publication. Bret Harte in The Overland Monthly, John Crowe Ransom and Robert Penn Warren in I’ll Take My Stand, and the other regionalists, along with other outsiders, people who felt excluded from the literary conversation, and writers and readers in a thousand places — including even New Yo ...
 
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Literary Roadhouse: One Short Story, Once a Week
 
We are a diverse group of readers who have a rowdy old time discussing a wide diversity of short literary fiction.
 
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The Smarter Artist
Weekly+
 
Author entrepreneurs Sean Platt, David Wright, and Johnny B. Truant answer questions, offer quick tips, and deliver keen insight to help creative people who want to make a good living off of their hard work. In just a few minutes a day, we promise to help you get smarter faster.
 
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Author Strong Podcast | Giving Writers the Tools They Need to Succeed!
 
Mat Morris and Nancy Elliott give their listeners the tools they need to succeed in today's publishing world. Mat shares the knowledge and experience he's gained over the last three years of being a full time writer to help Nancy, and all of the listeners, achieve their writing goals and make their dreams of writing for a living come true. Along the way, Mat and Nancy interview other amazing and best selling authors to find out exactly what they do to make themselves successful. Some special ...
 
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Poetry Off the Shelf
Monthly+
 
Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously.
 
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WRITER 2.0: Writing, publishing, and the space between
 
A writing show hosted by A.C. Fuller featuring interviews with authors, screenwriters, journalists, and publishing experts. The show will illuminate the writing process, explore the publishing industry, and discuss excellent books.
 
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A Podcast of Ice and Fire
Monthly
 
"The delivery and banter can get quite base at times."
 
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The Sell More Books Show: Book Marketing, Digital Publishing and Kindle News, Tools and Advice
 
Authors, are you struggling to get the word out about your books? Discover the latest book marketing and self publishing news, tools and strategies. This is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. Every week you'll get helpful tips and ideas to make your book sales soar. Visit SellMoreBooksShow.com for detailed show notes and more info.
 
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I Don't Even Own a Television
Monthly+
 
This is a podcast about godawful books. Each episode, hosts Jay W. Friedman and Chris Collision sit down with some guests to discuss books that all of them wish they hadn't read. Humor, serious talk, progressive inebriation, who could ask for more?
 
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CraftLit - Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book Lovers
 
***Annotated Audiobooks for Busy Booklovers*** Since 2006 CraftLit has released serialized classic literature weekly—the way Dickens did it—but as an audiobook with audio annotations. Host Heather Ordover gives you some context and juicy tidbits before playing the next chapter of the current book. *** Listeners regularly call in to share their thoughts to be played in the next episode, which keeps the "book club" vibe going. *** The podcast has been in continuous production since 2006. Our c ...
 
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Kobo Writing Life Podcast
Monthly+
 
Interviews with authors, tips for self-publishing, digital publishing and using Kobo Writing Life
 
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All About Books | NET Radio
Weekly
 
All About Books is a weekly NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach. Updated Thursdays.
 
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The Writing Podcast
Monthly+
 
The Writing Podcast was founded in late 2014 in the wake of The Self Publishing Roundtable’s final host stepping down from the show. Adam and Lindsay (the newest hosts of SPRT at the time) decided it would be best to branch off into a new show rather than continue with one in which all original hosts and owners were no longer involved.So what are the similarities and differences between this podcast and the old?I am glad you asked, convenient narrator. Like Adam and Lindsay’s prior show, thi ...
 
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Adventures in SciFi Publishing
Monthly+
 
A science fiction podcast: bringing you authors of science fiction and fantasy since 2006: interviews, book reviews, news, free books, and more.
 
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Blinkist Podcast - Interviews | Personal Development | Productivity | Business | Psychology
 
The Blinkist Podcast makes big ideas personal. Your host, Ben, pushes past the usual talking points with authors, thought leaders, innovators, experts, entrepreneurs, and visionaries to find out how today’s biggest ideas really impact your daily life.Whether they’re in self improvement, entrepreneurship, motivation, psychology, or leadership, we go after the ideas that can help you live a little better everyday. Our mission is to find the people with the personal stories, knowledge of trends ...
 
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Rocket Talk Podcast – Tor.com
Monthly
 
Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe. And related subjects.
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
Even near the very end the frail cat of many years came to sit with me among the glitter of bulb and glow tried to the very last to drink water and love her small world would not give up on her curious self. And though she staggered — shriveled and weak still she poked her nose through ribbon and wrap and her peace and her sweetness were of suc ...…
 
The editors and Adrian Matejka discuss the essay "Family Pictures, Old & New" from the June 2017 issue of Poetry.
 
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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Shakespeare Monologues by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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I Don't Even Own a Television
 
From we, the podcasters, for you, the listeners, I, the Jury, by Mickey Spillane. Did You Know: Bad books actually have been around for more than 50 years!? This episode, we we dive into the past and journey to the source of a LOT of the kind of books with narrator/protagonists who take great pride in the thickness of their wrists. Nasty, bruti ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
My daughter and I paddle red kayaks across the lake. Pulling hard, we slip easily through the water. Far from either shore, it hits me that my daughter is a young woman and suddenly everything is a metaphor for how short a time we are granted: the red boats on the blue-black water, the russet and gold of late summer’s grasses, the empty sky. We ...…
 
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BooksPlus - Full program podcast
 
Today in a special Sydney Writers Festival event a poet, a stolen child and civil war. And yet there’s nothing poetic about the real story behind Caroline Brothers novel, The Memory Stones, set in the aftermath of Argentina’s so-called ‘Dirty War’. People were murdered, babies were stolen and adopted by members of the regime, and many other peo ...…
 
Japan makes lots of cartoons, so our planned cartoon episode ended up being all about anime junk: Kill la Kill, Neon Genesis Evangelion, The Vision of Escaflowne, and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. https://ia601503.us.archive.org/27/items/OLSP31Cartoons/OLSP31_Cartoons.mp3 Download the Podcast (archive.org page) Marie’s blog Cory’s blog Sourc ...…
 
Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press and Misha Glenny on The Master and Margarita
 
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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Shakespeare Monologues by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
Here floats the mind on summer’s dock. The knees loose up, hands dither off, the eyes have never heard of clocks. The mind won’t feel the hours, the mind spreads wide among the hours, wide in sun. Dear sun, who gives the vision but is not the vision. Who is the body and the bodies that speak into the dark below the dock. Who to the minnows in t ...…
 
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.com
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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CraftLit - Serialized Classic Literature for Busy Book Lovers
 
| Crafty (Life-saving) Chat | Time Bandits The undisclosed location: Lumberville General Store Chilling Tales & Simply Scary podcasts YouTube channel One of the free Twilight Zone-y episodes & their membership site Fuller’s Earth Clay or get on Amazon (affiliate link) Please feel free to tag episodes or send me tags to add to episodes or if you ...…
 
David Drake discusses Starliner, his science fiction novel that’s now reissued in trade paperback with an excellent new cover by Dominic Harmon. Drake talks about the genesis of the book, discusses the characters and plot, and reminisces about the great steam liners of yore, from which he drew inspiration; and part six of the complete serializa ...…
 
Jennifer Latson talks about “The Boy Who Loved Too Much”; Daniel Menaker discusses two new books about how to understand others and make ourselves understood.
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
You can take Vermont, the edge of the woods in tears even with spring’s sky-blue gown as you prowl through those trees bird whistle on a lanyard and compass tucked in your camouflage pants. I want Montana for myself, some little-known hot spring, glimpse of wild horses running, notebooks, novels, no plans as the sky rolls out its dazzling welco ...…
 
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 
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More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
Author Deborah Nelson joins Kate, Medaya, and Eric to discuss her new book Tough Enough about a five iconic 20th century women writers, plus one photographer, and their stylistic affinity - a rejection of sentimentality that challenged gender stereotypes. A fascinating discussion about six fascinating figures in the American pantheon: Susan Son ...…
 
Special guest Shawn Moksvold joins me to discuss Sir Fred Hoyle's "The Black Cloud." We talk about real science in Science Fiction and our conceptualization of aliens. We also think about Fred Hoyle's unique criticism of democracy. If you thought "The Handmaid's Tale" was scary in how it pertains to today, you won't want to miss this episode!*N ...…
 
Actors Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody, and author Alan Gratz join us this week to talk about the refugee crisis, and how they are giving voice to the children affected. First, we speak with Alan Gratz, a children's author whose most recent book, Refugee, hits shelves July 25, 2017. The book follows three children from three periods of history ...…
 
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The Sword and Laser (Audio)
 
New Game of Thrones Trailer! AHHHHH! Levar Burton reading stories on a new podcast! AHHHH! Haint plot hole in the Hum and the Shiver-- ahhhhh— maybe not that big a deal?By feedback@swordandlaser.com (Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont).
 
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I Should Be Writing
 
I know I know I know I always say these supportive things but sometimes it's hard to listen to myself. Recently I've been suffering from "first draft must be perfect" syndrome, and had to step back and actually look at myself and what I was doing. First drafts don't have to be perfect. Write it 100x on the board.…
 
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Book Shambles with Robin and Josie
 
A special mini-episode of Book Shambles this week as Robin and Josie go all broadsheet and breakfast TV and present their recommended summer reading, or nuclear winter if you prefer, list. Expect Rebecca Fox, Oscar Zarate, Kate Grenville, Sabrina Mahfouz, Nikesh Shukla and more. Support the podcast via Patreon at cosmicshambles.com/bookshambles…
 
Amanda and Jenn discuss under the radar favorites, witchy reads, beautiful prose, and more in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by OwlCrate, The Assignment (Lessons in Control series) by Jade A. Waters, and Ploughshares. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on S ...…
 
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Poem Podcast from the Poetry Translation Centre
 
This week's poem is 'The Fruit Seller's Philosophy' by Kajal Ahmad from Kurdistan. The poem is read first in English translation by Mimi Khalvati and then in Kurdish by the poet Choman Hardi. If you enjoy this poem and would like to support the Poetry Translation Centre please visit our JustGiving Page. "My first reaction on receiving Choman Ha ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
May time grant you the lasting memory of the summer night on Jonas Ridge when we were walking the dogs, late— the white rail fence, our guide. When we turned back toward the cabin, darkness pressed against our faces and a host of fireflies flashed in the mist settling on the fields, blinking green from another realm, lighting the divide between ...…
 
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 
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Shakespeare Monologues by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 
More great books at LoyalBooks.comBy William Shakespeare.
 
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London Review Podcasts
 
‘It’s like the drunken lout at a party who can’t get anyone to like him.’ Andrew O’Hagan reads the Daily Mail.
 
Every year we ask a selection of TLS contributors what they'll be reading with those extra hours of daylight. In this episode, we're joined by Fiction editor Toby Lichtig and Arts editor Lucy Dallas to pick through the results and discuss our own selections. Plus, an exclusive interview with 2017 Man Booker International-winner, the Israeli nov ...…
 
Patricia Lockwood is a poet and essayist. Her new book is Priestdaddy: A Memoir. “[Prose writing is] strange to me as a poet. I’m like, ‘Well I guess I’ll tell you just what happened then.’ But the humor has to be there as well. Because in my family household…the absurdity or the surrealism that we have is in reaction to the craziness of the ho ...…
 
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Homemade Stories
 
An offer to perform in a 2Pac Tribute Karaoke show becomes a good life lesson.
 
This week on the MashReads Podcast, we read and discuss William Golding's classic tale of kids gone mad, The Lord of the Flies. The book follows a group of British school students who crash land on a deserted island, and must struggle to survive, unsure if or when they will be rescued. Then, inspired by The Lord of the Flies, we talk about our ...…
 
In the last of three original podcasts based on William Langland’s poem, our hero goes in search of an ideal Truth. But what does that mean?
 
In the second of three original podcasts, William Langland’s 14th-century poem is brought into focus against a contemporary backdrop of precarious labour
 
In episode one of a three-part series, the medieval ‘poem of crisis’ reveals a world of inequality, corruption and spiritual malaise that is all too familiar
 
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The Sell More Books Show: Book Marketing, Digital Publishing and Kindle News, Tools and Advice
 
Lindsay Buroker joined Bryan this week to talk big news in audio and Kindle Unlimited. After thanking their patrons Gods and Gigs, WordPress Security 101, and Pirates vs. Dragons, Bryan and Lindsay talked tips about time management, email scheduling, and Facebook Messenger Bots. This week’s top stories included Amazon buying Whole Foods, Facebo ...…
 
By olsen@tolkienprofessor.com (Corey Olsen).
 
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The Self Publishing Podcast - Writing, Indie Publishing, and Marketing Advice for Writers
 
**SPOILERS!** Since our last breakdown of movie moments writers can learn from, we’ve gotten interesting feedback, including people calling Sean ‘less of a writer.’ So today the guys are doubling down and bringing to light even MORE movie moments that all of us can learn from. What is an ‘earned moment?’ That and more on today’s Self Publishing ...…
 
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The Writer's Almanac with Garrison KeillorThe Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor
 
You wake wanting the dream you left behind in sleep, water washing through everything, clearing away sediment of years, uncovering the lost and forgotten. You hear the sun breaking on cold grass, on eaves, on stone steps outside. You see light igniting sparks of dust in the air. You feel for the first time in years the world electrified with mo ...…
 
Lia Purpura joins Paul Muldoon to read and discuss Carl Phillip's poem "White Dog," and her own poem "First Leaf."
 
Ryan is back, and we’re ready to finish our discussion of The Path of Daggers, book 8 of the Wheel of Time. We do some of our usual complaining about a few things, but mostly we defend “the slump” and give Robert Jordan some props for how much level-three stuff he fit into one conversation between two side characters.…
 
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