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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 ...
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 ...
A weekly conversation with a non-fiction writer about how they got their start and how they tell stories. Co-produced by Longform and The Atavist.
A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman.
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.
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!
Audio Book Club
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.
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.
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
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!
The Book Review
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.
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
Classic lit with a modern tone, every other week. From the creators of Myths and Legends, comes an altogether same-but-different podcast set in the world of classic lit. These are the stories of Dracula, The Time Machine, The Three Musketeers. They're stories written by Jane Austen, Shakespeare, and H.P. Lovecraft, but with a casual, modern tone. Listen as Jason and Carissa Weiser breathe new life into the classics and tell the stories of some of the greatest books ever written.
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.
Books and Authors
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.
Illuminating conversation about books and reading
The definitive insider's guide to our current golden age of television, Ben Blacker's The Writers Panel is an ever expanding anthology of live convention panels and intimate in-studio interviews with the writers, producers, and show runners responsible for all the shows you can't stop watching. Over the course of nearly 400 episodes and counting, The Writers Panel has sat across from guests such as Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel ...
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.)
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.
Writers talk about reading. Hosted by Tod Goldberg, Julia Pistell, and Rider Strong.
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 Follow us on Twitter @WOWkuciFM and Facebook at Writers on Writing KUCI-FM.
World Book Club
The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
Circulating Ideas
the librarian interview podcast
Club Book
The Book Club Rewritten
CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers travels the country, conversing with authors and readers of all kinds. A new episode every Monday.
Led by James Naughtie, a group of readers talk to acclaimed authors about their best-known novels
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.
Short stories and commentary by writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason.
Get Booked
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.
Home of the Alexandria Archives!Broadcasting @ 12 AM twice a month on Alexandria University student radio, the WHAU Signal!IA IA, Wendigos!
All the Books!
All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and enthusiasm regarding the week's new book releases.
After Words
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 9pm ET Monday at 12am ET
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 ...
Enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics.Find out more at and
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?
An intimate fortnightly conversation with authors and the objects that inspired their books. #PenguinPodcast
We are a diverse group of readers who have a rowdy old time discussing a wide diversity of short literary fiction.
Reading Glasses
Do you love books? Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join hosts Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better on Reading Glasses! Reading Glasses is a podcast designed to help you get more out of your literary experiences. As professional creatives and mega-readers, Mallory and Brea are experts on integrating a love of reading into a busy lifestyle. Reading Glasses listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read pile ...
"The delivery and banter can get quite base at times."
***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 ...
A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.
Formerly known as BooksPlus, in 2018 The Bookshelf is a program for dedicated readers and those who wished they read more. What are we reading, loving, being surprised or challenged by? What’s new and what have you missed?
All About Books is a weekly NET Radio book review and discussion program hosted by Pat Leach, Director of Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE. Updated Thursdays.
Mixture of advice and expert interviews to provide guidance on all of the common problems you face when doing a literature review.
This show is an offshoot of the CraftLit podcast, bringing you all the book-chat and audiobook audio with none of the personal and crafty chit-chat you find on CraftLit. If you like audiobooks and you WANT to like classic literature, then this show was designed for you. The show is on semi-permanent hiatus. If you're looking for more books, checkout CraftLit. At the beginning of each episode you'll hear a timecode for the end-of-crafty-chat and the start-of -book talk so you can skip to the ...
An occasional series of readings of ghost stories by a writer now better known for his social satire. Introduce and read by Richard Crowest
The Book of Life features interviews with authors, illustrators, musicians, filmmakers, web creators, and others to bring you the backstory on the Jewish arts. Host: Heidi Rabinowitz Sponsor: Feldman Library at Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida
Books and Nachos
On Books and Nachos you will find people just like yourself letting you know what to buy and what to skip on your next visit to the bookstore. From science fiction to horror to nonfiction, Books and Nachos covers it all with a modern pop-culture asthetic other book reviewers lack.
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We didn’t plan to discuss Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans during a particularly fraught period in the United States’ immigration debate. But if this book or our discussion can help anyone develop more empathy for those who come to the US from elsewhere, it will have done its job (or one of its jobs, anyway).…
Discover 6 steps writers can take to specifically optimize their ability of thinking clearly on their way to sharing vivid and coherent dreams with readers.
This week, Rebecca and special guest co-host Josh Christie discuss bookstores offering Airbnb rentals, Barack Obama's recent reading list, the ongoing audiobook boom, and more. This episode is sponsored by: Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen Me, Myself and Them by Dan Mooney Remind Me Again What Happened by Joanna Luloff The Great Courses Plus Links di ...…
Kilt and Gore try to unwind after another tough job... Credits Alexandria Archives is a Miscellaneous Nerdery Production and is produced by Nicole Jorge, Uri Sacharow and Aaron Redacted. Audio editing by Scott Thomas. Jone……………………………..Joanna Gaskell Kilt..................................................Aaron Redact ...…
Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about her pull towards the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago. She talks about the unexpected origins of the novel, her massive amount of research, and the ways empathy can only take a writer so far. She shares techniques for getting inside a character's ski ...…
Hanan Al-Shaykh and Nada Awar Jarrar what it is to write about their country, Beirut.
"The president is missing," you say? "Christ, I wish!" Sorry, that's not what this book is about, though. This episode drops the bucket down into the ever-reliable well of James Patterson and when we pull it back up we find that it's also got a few viscous droplets of ol' Bill Clinton mixed in. In The President Is Missing, we encounter a red-bl ...…
Maryland Congressman John Delaney, the first Democrat to declare for president in 2020, offers his vision for America. He's interviewed by Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee.
It happens to most of us one time or another. But how do you snap out of the dreaded reading slump? We enlisted the help of Just the Right Book regular Michael Kindness to give us some tips and recommendations. Books in this episode: The Oracle Year by Charles Soule Dictionary Stories: Short Fictions and Other Findings by Jez Burrows…
Joseph Crespino talks about his biography of Harper Lee's fictional character, and Philip Dray talks about “The Fair Chase: The Epic Story of Hunting in America.”
Editors Eric Flint and Walt Boyes and story authors Virginia DeMarce, Paula Goodlett and Gorg Huff, Griffin Barber, Robert Waters, Bjorn Hasseler, and Caroline Palmer discuss their contributions to Grantville Gazette VIII, an anthology of stories set in Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire alternate history universe—a series featuring a twentieth century ...…
Heather is off in Scotland but Anne is still with us - although a week late which is my fault (Justin, Mr. Editor) but the chapter is just as good as always. Here are some rather judgemental looking sheep to keep you company alongside Chapter 26.
This week, Liberty discusses The Guest Cat, Waiting for Gertrude, and more great older books. This week's episode was sponsored by Book Riot's Annotated podcast.
Author Tayari Jones joins co-hosts Eric Newman and Medaya Ocher to talk about her latest novel, An American Marriage, that tells the story of an African-American couple that gets separated when the husband is falsely accused of a crime and receives a twelve year sentence. Tayari relates her inspiration. How she set out to research the impact of ...…
Kate and Cassie are joined by readers and reviewers, historian Stephen Gapps, novelist Peggy Frew and essayist Michael Dulaney.
Why we think Amazon may have been cribbing off us, the reality TV connection to ancient Greece, and the raging 2X audiobook debate speeds along.By (Tom Merritt and Veronica Belmont).
It's the middle of June and we have your latest book news in our mid month check in. Also our new website has LAUNCHED so please check it out at! Don't forget, the Books & Boba May 2018 pick is Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee For additional thoughts and discussion on the monthly pick, visit the Books & Boba Goodreads group. Follow ...…
Guest: Carla de Guzman | Host: Kat Mayo | Audio producer: Rudi Bremer | Recorded: 8/04/2018 Sydney When I met author Carla de Guzman over lunch, we had so much fun bonding over cheese wheels and gelato that I knew I had to have her on the podcast. Carla writes plus-size heroines living or travelling in different parts of the world, and she’s pa ...…
Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight alters the rules about how big a novel’s canvas can be; it gives the feeling of completeness without telling all the secrets.By (KCRW, Michael Silverblatt).
As video games continue to captivate kids around the world, Scholastic AFK—or "Away From Keyboard"—books aim to harness that gaming passion, and convert it into a literacy tool. To learn more about this initiative, we sat down with Michael Petranek, an executive editor at Scholastic, and Matthew J. Kirby, the author of the Assassin's Creed: Las ...…
Brea and Mallory talk about reader health and try listening to sped up audiobooks. Use the hashtag #ReadingGlassesPodcast to participate in online discussion! Email us at readingglassespodcast at gmail dot com! Reading Glasses Merch Links - Brit Lit Podcast Live Event with Paul Tremblay 7/1 Reading Glasses Transcriptions on Gretta Reading Glass ...…
This week on the MashReads Podcast, we chat with Lauren Groff, author of 'Fates and Furies,' 'Delicate Edible Birds,' and more, about her new story collection, 'Florida.' "This book is about Florida. But it’s not just the state, it’s about the state of dread and premonition and the desire to push outside the realm of domesticity and how to rais ...…
Amanda and Jenn discuss Octavia Butler read-alikes in this week's episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li and Annotated. Books Discussed: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper NK Jemisin An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon (trigger warning: sexua ...…
As mentioned on the last episode, Josie is now on maternity leave, but don't fret, we've still got lots of exciting episodes in store for you. Here is the recording from the London launch of The Happy Brain back in May. Robin chats to Dean Burnett about his new book, why The Daily Mail doesn't know what makes people happy, what happiness even i ...…
We're joined by Arkady Ostrovsky to discuss Russia’s long history of using sport as a proxy for war and invasion; E. J. Iannelli draws our attention to the rise and (perhaps...) fall of the automobile in the US, and the distinctly American phenomenon of the car as teenage male rite of passage Books Machines of Youth: America’s car obsession by ...…
A small town has big dreams that the success of their amateur hockey team will revitalize the local economy. What the community is willing to do to make their sports dreams come true, tears families and the town apart. “Beartown” by Fredrick Backman is one of the finalists for this year's, "One Book...…
Allison Pearson's latest book, “How Hard Can It Be” has already been optioned for TV by the producer of HBO’s hit series “Big Little Lies.” The book’s prequel, “I Don't Know How She Does It” sold over 4 million copies and inspired a film starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Roxanne recently sat down with the bestselling author to discuss her hilariou ...…
Helen Rosner is a food correspondent at The New Yorker. “I believe the things that are really important to me are structure over all and—forgive me, I’ve said this on other podcasts before—if I were going to get a tattoo this is what I would get a tattoo of is that it doesn’t matter what you say, it only matters what they hear. It’s my job to m ...…
Nikki and Becky from the BookBites book discussion group join us to talk about one of this summers 2Book Topeka selections After Tupac and Foster D. Every three weeks in 2018, join librarian hosts Thad Hartman, Lissa Staley, and Miranda Ericsson with special guests from the library and community. Listeners are encourage to read along throughout ...…
- Joshua Whitehead on Jonny Appleseed- Summer Reading: Kim Thuy and Michael Kaan- Check-in with Jarrett Martineau, host of CBC Radio's Reclaimed- Beverley McLachlin answers the Proust Questionnaire- Mystery book panel - Madeleine Thien on The Unceasing Storm by Katherine Luo- Rabindranath Maharaj on Adjacentland…
Discussion Notes: And of Clay Are We Created Find this week’s story here: And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende Next week’s story: The Drowned Giant by J. G. Ballard Rated: Clean The Literary Roadhouse hosts discuss “And of Clay Are We Created” by Isabel Allende, a short story loosely based on the 1985 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz vol ...…
Arundhati Roy joins Kirsty Lang for a special live edition of the Penguin Podcast. Arundhati burst onto the international literary scene 20 years ago with her novel ‘The God of Small Things’. Since then she has written non-fiction books and essays on contemporary politics, culture, human rights and environmental issues. She returns to the ficti ...…
What can we count on? What do we know is true? In this episode, host Jacke Wilson takes a look at a motley crew of inventive liars who set out to fool the literary world - and often did, at least for a while. From the ancient pseudo-Sappho to the escapee from a debauched convent, from the treasure trove of Shakespeare's lost works to the balloo ...…
Former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, Mark Weinberg, shares an intimate, behind-the-scenes look inside the Reagan presidency—told through the movies they watched together every week at Camp David. Movie Nights with the Reagans is a nostalgic journey through the 1980s and its most iconic films, seen through the e ...…
The brilliant Marcel Theroux returned to Shakespeare and Company to discuss his new novel The Secret Books.
Roundtable discussion with Kenneth Biller (creator, Genius); Maggie Mull (Family Guy; Life in Pieces); and David Graziano (American Gods; Southland). CONNECT W/ BEN BLACKER & THE WRITER'S PANEL ON SOCIAL MEDIA: THE WRITER'S PANEL IS A CO-PRODUCTION OF THE FOREVER DOG PODCAST ...…
Harriett Gilbert and guests talk favourite books, including Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn (the first in his Patrick Melrose series) & The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Her guests are the journalist and broadcaster Tony Parsons, who started his career at the NME and went on to write Man and Boy and later ...…
Steve chats with Andromeda Yelton, software engineer and librarian at MIT, about her winding path to and through librarianship, Django cats and ALA candidate sorters, LITA’s plans and programs at ALA Annual, and why machine learning is good but will probably kill us all. Andromeda Yelton ( is a software engineer and l ...…
On this week’s show, we discuss the challenges – and joys – of becoming an author with Paula Cocozza and Preti Taneja
This week, Liberty and Rebecca discuss The Great Believers, Wicked and the Wallflower, Old in Art School, and more great books. This episode was sponsored by Harry's Trees and Me, Myself, and Them.
Leigh Kramer is a former medical social worker, and the author of a brand new novel about life, love, and loss called A Storied Life. Today Anne digs deep with former social worker and current author Leigh Kramer to discuss a tough, nuanced topic: grief. From instructive texts, to descriptive fiction, to tales-of-caution, the bookshelf has a lo ...…
This week, Jeff and Rebecca discuss Anthony Bourdain's legacy (literary and otherwise), the book Bill Gates is gifting to college graduates, the latest weird book thing you can do with your smart speaker, and much more. This episode is sponsored by: Mack Weldon Harry's Trees by Jon Cohen The Great Courses Plus Links discussed: Book Riot's $500 ...…
What was it about the first Mistborn book that netted Brandon Sanderson a job wrapping up the Wheel of Time series? That's the central question we attempt to answer in our discussion of Brando Sando's acclaimed novel. Join us for a discussion of allomancy, burning orange soda, fantasy heists, self-help magicians and more.…
As the foundations of story itself, plot, character, and theme must be present in every scene. Discover how to ensure these elements always do their job.
It's summer in Alexandria, and your girl Morning Wood has the DL on how to make the most of it. Credits Alexandria Archives is a Miscellaneous Nerdery Production and is produced by Nicole Jorge, Uri Sacharow and Aaron Redacted. “Yankee At The Sitting-Up" was written by Clayton Kroh and read by Scott Thomas. Audio editing by Scott Thomas. Mornin ...…
Michael Ondaatje, Nell Dunn on her book, Talking to Women and a postcard from Croatia.
Television and radio host Bill Press retraces his transition to progressive politics. He's interviewed by syndicated columnist Mona Charen.
Newbery Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate takes us behind the scenes of her middle grade novel WISHTREE.
Carl Zimmer discusses “She Has Her Mother’s Laugh,” and Henry Alford talks about “And Then We Danced.”
Just in time for Father's Day, we hear about bestselling author (and father of four) Michael Chabon's Father's Day plans. Still need a gift for dad? Pick up a copy of Chabon's new book "Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces".
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