Taking a road trip? Queue up recent episodes of some of these popular literary podcasts for interviews, readings, and discussions of work from your favorite authors.
- Bookworm ★ He’s one of the best readers in the country, and in a half-hour format, Michael Silverblatt goes deep with authors, often enlightening them on their own work. The show, from KCRW public radio in Santa Monica, features new releases in a mix of genres and an emphasis on fiction.
- Fiction from The New Yorker ★ Each month, a New Yorker author reads a story from the magazine’s archive, discussing craft and reflecting on the work with Fiction Editor Deborah Treisman. Or if you’d rather hear new fiction, try The Author’s Voice, in which current work is read by the author.
- Damien Barr’s Literary Salon ★ Sit in on a reading and questions with a UK audience in this lighthearted salon hosted by Scot Damien Barr.
- BBC World Book Club ★ Big name authors discuss their best-known work with a small group and callers from around the world.
- Selected Shorts ★ Short pieces on a theme are read by actors before a live audience at NYC’s Symphony Space.
- On Being with Krista Tippett ★ Populating the airwaves with fascinating guests from astrophysicists to zoologists, Krista Tippett may just have included your favorite poet. Subscribe to the podcast, and check out her literary archives at the new Poetry Radio Project.
- The Lit Up Show: ★ Hosted by Angela Ledgerwood, this weekly podcast is a favorite of local food writer Christina Nifong. It features interviews with celebrated writers and promises that, “no topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird.”
- Annotated Book Riot’s audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.
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