Just like there are many, many books to read, there are many, many podcasts about books to listen to. We round up 10 of the book and publishing podcasts that should be on your radar.
The Vintage Podcast
Hosted by journalist Alex Clark, the Vintage Podcast features writers from across the Penguin Random House division’s output. A fairly formal podcast – the episodes could easily fit on to BBC Radio 4 – this is one for those who enjoy literary fiction, and it also features some great behind-the-scenes insights – a recent episode saw author Julian Barnes and his cover designer Suzanne Dean talking about their relationship and work together.
Midnight in Karachi
This podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create is hosted by Mahvesh Murad, who lives in Karachi, Pakistan, and is in conjunction with science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor.com, although it is publisher-agnostic.
The Self-Publishing Podcast
Going for more than three years now, The Self-Publishing Podcast is hosted by writers David Wright, Sean Platt and Johnny B Truant. Warning, this podcast can be NSFW, but it’s honest and fun. Topics covered include video game writing, great publishing apps and how to find your ideal reader.
Admittedly, this one’s a bit niche, but once a Potterhead, always a Potterhead. MuggleCast is the podcast from Harry Potter fansite MuggleNet.com, and is still going strong even though all the books and films have been out for years. The podcast is a great example of how fandom can really keep books alive for years and years.
Very new (only four episodes so far), this podcast is hosted by law student Rai and writer and journalist Alex. It explores the intersection of literature, wellness and black pop-culture. The podcast includes reviews, a 'What's Lit' section highlighting people doing something interesting, and a 'literature shade' section critiquing someone who has been controversial.
That’s What She Read
Hosted by two friends, Serena and Ravena, who discuss the books they've been reading. And as well as covering YA and adult fiction, the pair also discuss fanfiction they’ve read (recent episodes look at “Captain America” fanfiction).
The NYPL Podcast
The New York Public Library Podcast features writers, artists, and thinkers in “smart talks and provocative conversations” and is recorded in front of a live audience. Authors featured this year include Jhumpa Lahiri, Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz, but this podcast goes beyond books – Zadie Smith recently discussed Beyonce, among other things, with author Darryl Pinckney, while Def Jam co-founders Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin did an episode on music and meditation.
The Writer and the Critic
A bi-monthly podcast which sees writer Kirstyn McDermott and critic Ian Mond discussing a variety of titles, with a focus on speculative fiction. The most recent episode also discusses the issue of systemic bias in the publishing industry, prompted by some feedback from a listener.
The New Yorker Podcast
The New Yorker runs a number of podcasts, including one focusing on fiction, where authors join host Deborah Treisman to discuss the work of another writer. There is also a poetry podcast hosted by Paul Muldoon, with the same concept as the fiction podcast. Like the Vintage podcast, this is a very radio-friendly production.
Oxford Brookes Publishing Podcast
From the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, this podcast consists of recorded sessions from visits by industry figures including Eric Huang, Michael Bhaskar and Joanna Prior.