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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.
 
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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The Book Review
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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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Longform
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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.
 
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By The Book
Monthly+
 
Half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Join comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer as they live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing.
 
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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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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Books and Authors
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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.
 
“Lessons from the Screenplay” creator Michael Tucker and the LFTS team do deeper dives into the storytelling of individual movies and chat with the creatives behind those films.
 
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One Great Book
Monthly+
 
Each week Anne Bogel, host of What Should I Read Next?, tells you about just one great book in ten minutes or less.
 
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The Slowdown
Daily
 
Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
 
Every week, join award-winning narrator B.J. Harrison as he narrates the greatest stories the world has ever known. From the jungles of South America to the Mississippi Delta, from Victorian England to the sands of the Arabian desert, join us on a fantastic journey through the words of the world's greatest authors. Critically-acclaimed and highly recommended for anyone who loves a good story with plenty of substance.
 
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Writing Excuses
Weekly
 
Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.
 
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Start With This
Monthly+
 
The creators of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink believe the only bad writing is not writing. Start With This is a podcast gone creativity playground designed to put your ideas in motion. Each episode centers around a writing topic. Then they give listeners two short assignments: something to consume and something to create. Make something—anything. Then make something else.
 
The podcast for wanna-be fiction writers.
 
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
 
The H.P Lovecraft Literary Podcast
 
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Book Cheat
Monthly+
 
The book club podcast where Dave Warneke has read the book so you don't have to. Each episode Dave tells two special guests all about a classic novel or play, and by the end of the show, both you and they can pretend you've read it. From Austen to Tolstoy, Shakespeare to Hemingway... Devour a classic in a single sitting.
 
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The Penguin Podcast
Monthly+
 
Conversations with some our of leading authors and creative thinkers, as we seek to understand how they write and where their ideas come from. Guests bring to the interview a handful of objects that have inspired their work. #PenguinPodcast
 
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Reading Glasses
Weekly
 
Want to learn how to make the most of your reading life? Join Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara every week as they discuss tips and tricks for reading better! Listeners will learn how to vanquish their To-Be-Read piles, get pointers on organizing their bookshelves and hear reviews on the newest reading gadgets. Brea and Mallory also offer advice on bookish problems. How do you climb out of a reading slump? How do you support authors while still getting books on the cheap? Where do you hide the ...
 
A Way with Words is a fun and funny radio show and podcast about language. Co-hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett talk with callers from around the world about linguistics, slang, new words, jokes, riddles, word games, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, books, literature, folklore, and speaking and writing well. Email your language questions for the show to words@waywordradio.org. Or call with your questions toll-free *any* time in the U.S. and Can ...
 
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Backlisted
Monthly+
 
The literary podcast presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller. Brought to you by Unbound. Visit www.backlisted.fm
 
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The Legendarium
Weekly
 
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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New Books Network
Daily+
 
Podcasts with Authors about their New Books
 
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World Book Club
Monthly
 
The world's great authors discuss their best-known novel.
 
You'll get fun and friendly doses of writing advice in three short chunks: a Quick and Dirty Tip, a meaty middle, and a final tidbit. Grammar Girl covers everything from punctuation and grammar to style and voice. QuickandDirtyTips.com
 
The New York Public Library’s podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.
 
Screenwriters John August and Craig Mazin discuss screenwriting and related topics in the film and television industry, everything from getting stuff written to the vagaries of copyright and work-for-hire law.
 
Twice a week or so, the London Review Bookshop becomes a miniature auditorium in which authors talk about and read from their work, meet their readers and engage in lively debate about the burning topics of the day. Fortunately, for those of you who weren't able to make it to one of our talks, were able to make it but couldn't get a ticket, or did in fact make it but weren't paying attention and want to listen again, we make a recording of everything that happens. So now you can hear Alan Be ...
 
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Shedunnit
Monthly+
 
Unravelling the mysteries behind classic detective stories
 
Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly bedtime story podcast for the sleepless, the stressed, the anxious, the insomniacs--anyone who struggles with the endless brain chatter that keeps us up at night.In each episode, we calmly, quietly read something that's rather boring. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog. If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.
 
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All the Books!
Weekly+
 
All the Books! is a weekly show of recommendations and enthusiasm regarding the week's new book releases.
 
Amateur literary enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature.
 
As they explore the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, hosts Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese welcome readers of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and the other works in the Middle-earth legendarium to tune in as they discuss favorite passages from the books and films that started the worldwide fantasy phenomenon. Alan and Shawn engage in plenty of in-depth study of Tolkien's books, but with a healthy dose of self-effacing humor, pop-culture references, and bad puns. These are the ...
 
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Reading Women
Weekly
 
Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with talented women writers whose work we’ve loved.
 
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The Sword and Laser
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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Mostly Lit
Monthly+
 
Join Alex Reads and Raifa Rafiq in their journey to keep up with the millennial experience, while exploring the intersection between literature, wellness and pop-culture. Tune in weekly as they discuss everything that is ‘lit’ in a fun and insightful way! #ShowDemBooks Manager and Executive Producer Clarissa Pabi Contact us MostlyLit@gmail.com
 
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Get Booked
Weekly
 
Get Booked is a weekly show of personalized book recommendations.
 
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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The Worst Bestsellers
Monthly+
 
We read stuff so you don't have to.
 
Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
 
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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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The Slowdown
Daily
 
Every weekday, Tracy K. Smith delivers a different way to see the world – through poetry. Produced in partnership with the Poetry Foundation.
 
Readings and conversation with The New Yorker's poetry editor, Kevin Young.
 
All About Agatha is a weekly podcast all about, well, Agatha. Agatha Christie, of course. The Queen of Crime, a real-life Dame of the British Empire and author of sixty-six mystery novels that spanned the Twentieth Century, defining a genre. Every month we revisit one of these novels in the order they were first published in the UK. Discussions range from plotting and interpretation to the impact of the beloved adaptations to an attempt at ranking them all. On the weeks in between, we take a ...
 
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LRB Readings
Monthly
 
Listen to our writers reading their pieces from recent (and not so recent) issues on the LRB Readings podcast, interspersed with occasional ‘close reading’ episodes, which consider poets through the lens of the pieces written about them in the London Review of Books archive.
 
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On this week’s show, we talk about books as physical objects and look at the history of Gilgamesh through centuries of translation. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/bookspodBy The Guardian.
 
Jerrell Everett is serious about creating her ideal reading life. When Jerrell had kids and found herself picking up books less and less, she took action to maintain her reading life by enforcing a routine. And when she decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took ac ...…
 
This week, Liberty and Vanessa discuss All This Could Be Yours, God Save the Queens, Last of Her Name, and more great books. This episode was sponsored Book Riot's Blind Date with a Book; and Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell and Wednesday Books. Pick up an All the Books! 200th episode commemorative item here. Subscribe to All the Books! using RSS, ...…
 
On this episode of Book Cheat Dave has read Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin In The Sun. Hearing all about this influential classic is Naomi Higgins and Danielle Walker from The Batch Bitch Podcast. Support Book Cheat on Patreon: www.patreon.com/DoGoOnPod Suggest a book for Dave to cheat: https://goo.gl/jxMdiW To get in contact, email bo ...…
 
It's our One Year Anniversary! Let's return to the book that kicked off our boring bedtime journey, and revel in the relaxation of A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses. Thank you to each and every one of you lovely listeners for supporting us. We look forward to boring you even more in the coming year. Support us on Patreon and get exclusive ...…
 
Jeff and Rebecca lament the double Booker prize and, to be honest, are just sort of bummed out by it and other stories this week. This episode is sponsored by: Win a Blind Date with a Book! Quantum by Patricia Cornwell Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky Best American Short Stories 2019 on Audio Links discussed in this episode: The double Booke ...…
 
The University of East Anglia's Creative Writing MA turns 50.By BBC Radio 4.
 
Williams talks about his new memoir, “Self-Portrait in Black and White,” and Stephen Kinzer discusses “Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.”
 
The Age of Miracles is a little bit science fiction, a little bit coming-of-age, and it effectively probes ordinary life not in spite of its un-real backdrop but because of it. **** You all keep telling me that the best part of the One Great Book bonus episodes we share on Patreon is that since they are all books that haven’t been released you’ ...…
 
What’s the first image that comes to mind when you hear the words “Paris” and “photography”? Is it a famous photo, perhaps an Atget, Brassai, or Doisneau? In her new book, Paris and the Cliché of History: The City in Photographs, 1860-1970 (Oxford UP, 2018), Catherine Clark explores the history of how and why photographic images have been centr ...…
 
Timely question, since I'm reading a stinker right now! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.comBy Mur Lafferty.
 
Author Dan Richards' new book Outpost is all about journeying into the wilderness and finding the edges of civilisation. But Robin and Dan got very sidetracked and didn't talk about that. So go get a copy of Dan's book after you've listened to a conversation about Wind in the Willows, miscast fictional detectives, Winnie the Pooh audiobooks and ...…
 
Amanda and Jenn discuss poetry, dinosaur books for grown-ups, Roman historical fiction, and more in this week’s episode of Get Booked. This episode is sponsored by our Blind Date with a Book giveaway, Quantum by international bestselling author Patricia Cornwell, and Change is the only Constant by Ben Orlin, in Hardcover from Black Dog and Leve ...…
 
Kristen and Jolenta's producer Nora answers listener questions! Is she a self-help believer or a skeptic? How did she become a producer? What was she like in high school? Plus, Nora shares a vocal treat with the ladies. You can subscribe to Jolenta and Kristen's new show, We Love You (And So Can You) on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you ...…
 
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The Colombian novelist and journalist Héctor Abad discusses his memoir Oblivion, a heart-breaking tribute to his late father. Héctor Abad Gómez was a medical doctor, professor and human rights campaigner in the city of Medellín, Colombia, whose criticism of the Colombian regime led to his brutal murder by paramilitaries in 1987. One of the most ...…
 
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