by Dorian Randall
In this digital age, listening to talk radio is no longer limited to your car or the portable radio in your living room. Discussions about everything from relationships to politics are right at the tip of your fingers. And so is discourse about the ever-changing ongoings in the publishing industry. Scroll around and download free episodes from these podcasts about books and writing. Click on the titles below and go down the rabbit hole of bibliophilia.
In business for over 80 years, Kirkus Reviews debuted its weekly podcast in March 2017. Host Clay Smith, Editor of Kirkus Reviews, and his cohost cover everything from reviews of the latest releases to interviews with well-known and rising stars in the literary world. You can even call their hotline to get suggestions for your next summer read! Keep your ears open. Keep your eyes open even wider.
While Another Round covers a variety of topics from gender to race, episode 55 was dedicated to books for young African American girls. Join Heben, Tracey, writer Ashley C. Ford, and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks Marley Davis as they discuss inclusivity in the publishing world and their favorite childhood reads. Out of the mouth of babes…
NPR Books is a paradise for readers and writers searching for their next great read. Get reviews, author interviews, the latest news in publishing, and search the list of many genres from this national treasure. Whether you’re in the mood for memoirs, humor, literary fiction, graphic novels, or intimate interviews, NPR Books is sure to have what you need.
For a hilarious commentary on one British man’s quest to understand why his father began writing erotic novels, download My Dad Wrote a Porno. Rocky Flintstone (what pen name can be better than that!) started the Belinda Blinked series in 2014. Join Jamie, Flintstone’s son, and his friends, James and Alice, as they correct grammar, flesh-out plotlines, and interview followers of Belinda Blinked. WARNING: Don’t listen to this podcast will driving as fits of laughter may prove dangerous.
Do you have a favorite podcast about books or writing? Let us know in the comments section below. Our ears are always itching!