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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 childen’s books: they'll read it all, one overdue book at a time.
 
Stephenie Meyer had terrible timing when she released of Life and Death (2015) for the ten year anniversary of Twilight (2005). It coincided with a Tumblr movement called Twilight Renaissance, where a bunch of Twihards armed with the internet started psychoanalyzing her characters. A second wave of the Twilight Renaissance was born with the release of Midnight Sun (2020). That’s where I come in to fact check who is most dangerous in the Stephenie Meyer worldview: men or vampires? And how doe ...
 
Join actor Keri Russell ("The Americans"), producer Stephenie Meyer (author of "Twilight"), actor JJ Feild ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), and director Jerusha Hess ("Napoleon Dynamite") as they discuss their new film, "Austenland." The romantic comedy stars Russell as a Jane Austen–obsessed fan who goes to a theme resort in the English countryside in the hopes of finding her own Mr. Darcy.
 
Tired of the same-old serious book analysis in podcasts? Well, we were. To solve this, Ryan and Callum started Smug Book Club. A podcast that gets literature 'lit' and puts the 'ok' into books. Every fortnight, the team releases an episode on a book. It can be old, new, classic or not, anything is up for discussion. Expect foul-language and spoilers, but don't worry if you haven't read the novel, we've done it for you. Follow us on Twitter: @SmugBookClub
 
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Celebrated author and essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates entered the world of fiction in 2019 with The Water Dancer. A combination of his appreciation for superheroes and his years spent researching the Antebellum South, it's a book that tries to marry critique of American history with supernatural adventure. It also argues pretty hard for the power of reme…
 
Enjoy another episode of our newest show-within-a-show! We're reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few chapters at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. These episodes cover Chapters 15-27. In Episode 3, Don Quixote, the Kn…
 
This month we connect with New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shipstead about her new novel Great Circle, an enveloping, lyrical and ambitious novel about a 1940s female aviator and the modern-day actress who is hired to play her in a biopic. We enjoyed a fascinating discussion with Maggie all about how the megastardom of the Twilight stars i…
 
It's disorienting to read the tenth book in a longrunning detective fiction series without reading any of the books that came before, but Gaudy Night is noteworthy because its heroine Harriet Vane is a precursor to many many women found in today's mystery novels. Just come prepared for the romantic parts and the parts about English high society tha…
 
Danielle and Brittany are back to talk about the books they read in 2020 and so far in 2021! Website: https://www.heardherefirst.org/ Lost in a Book: https://www.heardherefirst.org/liab Support the podcast by purchasing your books via our Bookshop Affiliate link: https://bookshop.org/shop/heardherefirst Music: Broken Reality Kevin MacLeod (incompet…
 
Tom Sawyer, a 19th-century amalgam of Zack Morris and Dennis the Menace, has much to teach us about the joys of boyhood and adventure in the pre-Civil War United States. Twain, by extension, has plenty to teach us about racial stereotypes and how they can bog down even the most charming of adventure stories. Check out our previous Mark Twain episod…
 
April's bonus episode uses Caroline Paul and Wendy MacNaughton’s illustrated sort-of-memoir Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology as a springboard to talk about being a Cat Person, loss, pandemic brain, and the fact that more books for adults should be illustrated. Find out more about our bonus episode recordings at patreo…
 
Téa Obreht's award-winning debut novel is about a doctor in a war-torn Balkan country, piecing together her grandfather's life one story at a time. Is it a magical realism? Is it mostly about animals? Is it surprisingly resonant with our Current Societal Moment™? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this week's episode. Our theme mus…
 
This isn't an episode of Overdue, it's a Feed Drop! We wanted to share with you an episode of The History of Literature, a podcast about great stories and why we love them. To use host Jacke Wilson's words, the show "takes a fresh look at some of the most compelling examples of creative genius the world has ever known." It's brought to you by the f…
 
Clearly it is time we covered Beverly Cleary! In addition to her numerous books starring Ramona Quimby, the late titan of children's fiction penned several novels about a mouse named Ralph who rides a motorcycle. Not quite sure what else you need to know, to be honest. There's a kid named Keith. He and Ralph become friends. Also, we solve the energ…
 
This isn't an episode of Overdue, it's a Feed Drop! We wanted to share with you an episode of Storybound featuring Tommy Orange reading his short story "Copperopolis" with sound design by Ryan Dann. Storybound is a radio theater program from the folks at Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate. Each episode is a chance to hear a contemporary author read…
 
What if Cinderella didn't fall for Prince Charming? What if she developed a rich, endearing relationship with the King's Huntress instead? Malinda Lo's retelling of Cinderella blends cultural traditions and remixes key tropes, but also remains true to the folk tale's reverence for love and magic. (Listen, the big boat was floated while we were reco…
 
This month we're chatting to Laura Kay, author of the heartwarming new rom-com The Split. We chat to Laura about how she centered queer narratives, why main characters don't have to be likable and why Louise Rennison's Angus Thongs series remains a masterpiece to this day. Later, we dive deep into WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first …
 
Welcome to our newest show-within-a-show! We're reading Edith Grossman's translation of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes a few chapters at a time. Some Patreon supporters get these episodes monthly, but every two months we'll combine them for general consumption. These episodes cover Chapters 1-14. In Episode 1, we do some table-setting on the au…
 
OH MY SANDWORM WE DID AN EPISODE ON DUNE?!? But... this isn't that episode. This is an episode where we summarise everything that happened in the book. Why? WHY?! Easy — it's to refresh you on everything that happened in the magnificent novel, saving you all that reading (or re-reading) time. Anyway, enjoy our synopsis of Frank Herbert's 'Dune.' ON…
 
WATCH OUT, WOOOOOOORMS! That's right, the Smug Book Club boys are back and talking about one of their all time favourite novels: 'Dune,' by Frank Herbert. In this bumper-length episode (that just means we talked a whole load of nonsense for ages), we cover a veritable smorgasbord of topics. This includes: Our experience with Dune FRANK HERBERT FACT…
 
It's time to post at the top of the key and shoot some literary hoops! Pick and roll with us into a poetic novel about brotherhood, family, and passing the rock. Alexander's poetry in The Crossover is eclectic and energetic, which makes for a fun read whether you stan LeBron James or Nikki Giovanni or both! Our theme music was composed by Nick Lera…
 
What if the celebrated author of a classic children's novel wanted to write about Adult issues like spinsterhood, pariah-hood, and being told you only have a year to live? L.M. Montgomery asked this question of herself as she sat down to write The Blue Castle. Join us for a discussion of obnoxious families, fairy tales, and botched diagnoses. Check…
 
Welcome back to LLW, this month we speak to author Lucy Jago about her new novel A Net For Small Fishes, which examines two real life women who were at the centre of a 16th century English scandal. We speak to Lucy about her wealth of historical research, recentering female narratives and why tearing War and Peace in half is the way to finally get …
 
Returning guest Kamille Washington joins us this week to chat about A Promised Land, the first in former President Barack Obama's (planned) two-part presidential autobiography. We talk about the functions these books serve, both for the writer and the reader, and whether this book's recounting of Obama's early presidency squares with our experience…
 
N.K. Jemisin's award-winning Broken Earth trilogy concludes with two powerful magic users trying to harness the moon to bring about an apocalypse to end all apocalypses. We discuss how this book decides to stick its landing, including the impressive detour it takes to do an audacious amount of world-building for a closing entry in a series. Just co…
 
We're celebrating the fiction-filled and fictional holiday of Short Story Week by sharing two short stories with y'all this week. First up is The Comet, a speculative sci-fi tale by civil rights activist and writer W.E.B. DuBois from his collection Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil. After that is Woeful Tales from Mahigul, a short story collec…
 
Sources used in this episode: Auerbach, Nina. Our Vampires, Ourselves. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996. Meyer, Stephenie. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Meyer, Stephenie. Midnight Sun. Little, Brown and Company, 2020. Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. Atom, 2015. Waddell, Terrie. “Consensual and Non-Consensual Sucking:…
 
It's time to read a prominent work by a preeminent Canadian (specifically Québécois) author! Join us in Montreal in 1942 and meet a family with lots of problems but lots of heart. Tremblay's known for insightful and whimsical character work, so it's fitting that we spend the bulk of the episode delving into the novel's deep roster of memorable char…
 
Ancillary Justice is a novel take on sci-fi's "collective consciousness" trope. What if, when cut off from the rest of its collective, an individual member of a collective consciousness just went on existing as an individual? And also what if they were thrust into the center of high-stakes intergalactic political drama? Our theme music was composed…
 
Sources used in this episode: Auerbach, Nina. Our Vampires, Ourselves. Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996. Baker, Lucy I. “Fans and Vampires at Home.” Hospitality, Rape and Consent in Vampire Popular Culture, 2017, pp. 53–68., doi:10.1007/978-3-319-62782-3_4. Meyer, Stephenie. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Meyer, S…
 
The second entry in N.K. Jemisin's award-winning Broken Earth series is centered on a mother/daughter pair of magic users, each learning new ways to use their abilities to heal their shattered world. It is, of course, the second book in a planned trilogy, so we discuss how well it sets up events that will be delivered on in the next book. Just comi…
 
It's a bit late, but this year we trade a sexy holiday book for a murder mystery holiday book. After a local businessman/pervert turns up dead, it's up to Holly White and her friends in the town of Mistletoe, Maine to figure out who did it and to clear her best friend's name. Find out how to join us for bonus episode recordings at patreon.com/overd…
 
For our first episode of 2021, LLW connected with Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age, the smash-hit novel long-listed for the 2020 Man Booker Prize. In our chat, Kiley discusses the novel’s themes of storytelling and social media, plus how she uses the writing process to get inside her character’s heads, why she chose the multi-layered title and …
 
Sources used in this episode: A., Van der Kolk Bessel. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin Books, 2015. Berry, Jennifer. “Codependent Relationships: Symptoms, Warning Signs, and Behavior.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 31 Oct. 2017, www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319873. Meyer, Steph…
 
It's not referenced as often as George Orwell's 1984, but Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is in some ways a dystopia that's closer to our current reality: a society modeled around a production line, designed to pacify its citizenry while maximizing consumption in whatever way possible. Or maybe that's just our read on it!! Our theme music was compo…
 
Sources used in this episode: A., Van der Kolk Bessel. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Penguin Books, 2015. Dugan, Andrew. “In U.S., 37% Do Not Feel Safe Walking at Night Near Home.” Gallup.com, Gallup, 14 Feb. 2019, news.gallup.com/poll/179558/not-feel-safe-walking-night-near-home.aspx. Meyer, Stephenie. L…
 
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember." Maggie O'Farrell's prize-winning novel Hamnet is one of remembrance -- a work of historical fiction about guilt, loss, and the people who live in the margins of a Great Author's biography. Come to marvel at how skillfully O'Farrell shunts William Shakespeare off-stage, stick arou…
 
Danielle and Brittany continue on their journey and try to make jokes amidst the serious tone of this book. Website: https://www.heardherefirst.org/ Lost in a Book: https://www.heardherefirst.org/liab Literary Cuisine: https://www.heardherefirst.org/literary-cuisine Support the podcast by purchasing your books via our Bookshop Affiliate link: https…
 
Sources used in this episode: Beauvoir, Simone de, and H. M. Parshley. The Second Sex. Landsborough Publications Limited, 1960. Meyer, Stephenie. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. Little, Brown and Company, 2015. Meyer, Stephenie. Midnight Sun. Little, Brown and Company, 2020. Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. Atom, 2015. Well, Tara. “Taking Back the …
 
Our friend Sophie Brookover (co-author of Two Bossy Dames) joins us this week to discuss Never Tell, a romantic thriller written under a nom de plume by prominent politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. It's about a talented criminal psychologist trying to move on from a violent past and the reporter she falls for after that past catch…
 
D&B welcome author of the Maynard Trigg and The Creature Beneath The Veil and friend of the pod, David McNeill, to discuss the first five chapters of After Alice by Gregory Maguire. David brings a unique view point, being a published author as well having deeply studied the original work by Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Maynard T…
 
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