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12 of the Best Literary-Related Podcasts

I’ve never really been someone who gets super revved up when it comes to e-books; I need a literal page of words in front of me or I will almost always get distracted and lose focus. I don’t think I ever even attempted to consume a story through headphones, as opposed to through pages or screens, until about a year-and-a-half ago when I suddenly found myself living without wi-fi for six months and needing something to replace Netflix for the nights when I was too sleepy to read but my mind demanded some form of entertainment.


So, I turned to none other than podcasts to keep me sane whilst wilting away from inside of my internet-less home. And…it was great! I love podcasts! I never even knew just how much I could love podcasts until I was forced to step out of my comfort zone and try them out; I have wifi now but you can be sure I still dive hard into podcasts on a regular basis. 


So, who feels like diving? Come with me and take the plunge into these eleven literary-related podcasts (books AND podcasts?! Be still, my beating heart!)



Welcome to Night Vale by Night Vale Presents

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide. — via Welcome to Night Vale



Between the Covers by David Naimon

Author interviews with today’s best writers — established & up-and-coming — in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Hosted by David Naimon, KBOO 90.7 FM, Portland, Oregon. — via Between the Covers



The New Yorker Fiction by The New Yorker

A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. — via The New Yorker



Lore by Aaron Mahnke

Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.

Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction. — via The Lore



The Catapult by Jaime Green

The Catapult is a podcast of new work read aloud. Twice a month we bring you writing that is beautiful, exciting, funny, and smart, read by the people who wrote it. Wherever you are, we will get new writing to you. — via The Catapult



Professional Book Nerds by Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel

Our team has a deep knowledge for the literary world and helps thousands of libraries with collection development, making us uniquely positioned to provide suggestions and recommendations for readers around the world. The Professional Book Nerds podcast is available through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Radio FM and anywhere people download their podcasts. — via Professional Book Nerds



Literary Disco by Rider Strong, Julia Pistell, and Tod Goldberg

We’re Julia, Tod, and Rider — three good friends who also happen to be huge book nerds. Scattered to the far reaches of Southern California, more Southern California, and mid-Connecticut, we desperately missed each other’s company and yelling at each other about Stephen King. We decided to rekindle these friendly intellectual discussions using the magic of the internet and fancy microphones.” — via Literary Disco



Lit Up by Angela Ledgerwood

Welcome to Lit Up, a podcast about books, writers and all things literary where no topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird, too personal or too controversial.

From the writers we love to read to the writers we happen to love, we go beyond the book and ask the authors who are sparking the world’s cultural conversations what they’re reading and what they are thinking, and sometimes, the truth about who they really are. Plus, we’ll always provide our candid takes on what’s new and exciting on and off the page.

Theme music by Marc Marder (copyright) 2016 — via Lit Up



AAWW Radio by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our live events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, quirky yet curated, dedicated to social justice but with a sense of humor and weirdness. — via AAWW Radio




Banging Book Club by Hannah Witton, Lucy Moons, and Leena Norms

We are Banging Book Club, three friends who decided to read a book about sex and gender every month. Every episode we bang out the blunders and best bits of our reads, on top of a little bit about our own experiences with all things banging. Basically, we’re the baddest bitches in the sex book genre and we want to take you along for the ride. For updates and a reading list follow us on Twitter & Instagram @bangingbookclub — via Banging Book Club



Book Fight by Tom McAllister and Mike Ingram

The Book Fight podcast is, in a nutshell, writers talking about books. Books we love. Books we hate. Books that inspire us, baffle us, infuriate us. These are the conversations writers have at the bar, which is to say they’re both unflinchingly honest and open to tangents, misdirection, general silliness. — via Book Fight 



fiction/non/fiction by Lit Hub

Lit Hub is a central place for writers, publishers, books, bookstores, librarians, and readers to congregate and celebrate books and literary culture. via — Lit Hub 







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