Up until recently, I’ve become obsessed with book podcasts. I’ve been aware of their existence for quite some time, but never have I become such a dedicated listener. That all changed when I became an iPhone user, because I’m able to download them on the go, which of course made my life that much easier. As a new listener, I’m become dedicated to eight podcasts in particular (which I’m about to share with you below), but if there are any that I may have missed, please feel free to notify me in the comments.
1. Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast
On a weekly basis, there is a new NYT Podcast from the Pamela Paul, editor of Book Review. She covers a variety of topics, book reviews, author interviews and industry news. If you prefer listening to podcasts via a webpage, visit this page to listen to their archive.
2. Books on the Nightstand
By far, Books on the Nightstand has to be my favourite podcast to date. Ann and Michael both have an ability to make you feel like they’re with you at a coffee shop chatting about their latest reads. Not only do they provide book recommendations, but they comment on questions and inquiries that viewers send in like, reading aloud to kids and abandoning books. If you’re not already listen to this podcast, I highly suggest starting with this one!
3. Say Wha?!
My pal Mo recommended I check out Say Wha?! This podcast features live literary comedy show where readers explore “deliciously rotten writing.” My personal favourite, thus far, has been the E.L. James podcast where Sara Bynoe reads from the naughty Fifty Shades Freed. They’re a new podcast, but they’re full of win!
4. The Arcade
From the makers of Hazlitt Magazine, comes The Arcade, a podcast that features authors sharing their stories, but also an exploration of stories from the creators of Hazlitt. Their recent podcast features a chat with the author of the most buzzed about book of the summer, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.
5. BookRiot: The Podcast
I’m a huge fan of all things BookRiot, so when I discovered that they had a podcast, I knew that I would become a dedicated listener. Their website sums up their podcast perfectly, “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.”
6. Writing Excuses
Writing Excuses may have the best subtitle I’ve ever heard/read, “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Filled with different explorations of writing escapades, this podcast is fun and innovative.
7. CBC: The Next Chapter
If you like Canadian books and writers, then you need to listen to The Next Chapter. Shelagh Rogers has great energy and her enthusiasm for Canadian literature shines through in each broadcast. Recently she spoke with Alison Wearing and her dad, Joe Wearing, about Alison’s memoir Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad, which was a great listen!
8. CBC: Writers and Company
If you’re new to this podcast, you’ve come at a good time, because Writers and Company is featuring some of their best shows from their archives over the Summer months. Eleanor Wachtel explores the world of writing and literature from today’s best writers.
As I said above, please feel free to suggest additional book (or any) podcasts that I should be listening to from here on out.