10 (more) book and publishing podcasts

10 (more) book and publishing podcasts

Back in April 2016 we published a list of 10 book and publishing podcasts you should listen to if you love the industry. Now, we've found 10 more for your listening pleasure.

Slate’s Audio Book Club
Slate's podcast was launched in 2006 on the back of the rising popularity of book clubs – when introducing the book club Slate said podcasting "has given us a new way to capture the back-and-forth dynamic of a real book club more faithfully". For the time poor book lover, being able to listen to a book club on the move is a great thing. In each episode the publication's critics talk about a work of fiction or non-fiction. Recent books include Rebecca Traister's All the Single Ladies, Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible and Hope Jahren's Lab Girl. Older episodes have looked at backlist books and classics such as Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. The first book ever discussed by the podcast was Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking.

Book Talk
Hosted by Scottish Book Trust, there are two Book Talk podcasts. The first focuses largely on interviews conducted by host Ryan Van Winkle. Guests include Val McDermid, Leigh Bardugo, Patrick Ness and Aarathi Prasad, and some podcasts also include other things, such as a performance by the Bookshop Band. The second Book Talk podcast is another audio book club, with each of its 20 episodes focusing on a different book. Books that are part of the club include Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, and Richard Flanagan's Man Booker Prize winner The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

The Lit Up Show
Created and hosted by Angela Ledgerwood, an Australian who edited Cosmopolitan magazine and now lives in the US, Lit Up is 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". Recent podcasts include Arianna Huffington talking about the science of sleep, politics and more (recorded live at Soho House) and Max Porter talking about his book Grief is the Thing with Feathers and his collection of shower gels.

The Guardian Books podcast
Presented by the Guardian and Observer's books editor Claire Armitstead and writer and subeditor Richard Lea, the Guardian Books podcast interviews authors (recent guests include Rose Tremain and Han Kang) and also takes a look at trends in contemporary writing, provides recommendations and has been around the world looking at literary festivals. It also incorporates live recordings of events, including Lionel Shriver at a Guardian Live event and Don DeLillo speaking to the Guardian Book Club.

Scottish Poetry Library
A podcast for poetry lovers or those wanting to get to know the form better, the Scottish Poetry Library podcast is a discussion about poetry, and also sees poets discussing not just their work, but also wider trends and world issues. The podcast's aim is to highlight poetry, both by emerging and established poets. There are hundreds of episodes available – the podcast started in 2009 and is still going.

The Arcade
From Penguin Random House Canada's Hazlitt Magazine (an online "writer-centric" publication) comes culture podcast The Arcade. Its 51 episodes featured guests including Kazuo Ishiguro, Ta Nehisi-Coates and Anne Rice, interviewed by host Anshuman Iddamsetty.

End of All Things
A podcast hosted by Rob Cutforth, End of All Things concentrates on interviews with writers, performers and poets in the north west of England. The podcast carries a warning for being “often sweary”. Recent guests include Jenn Ashworth and Andrew McMillan.

Book Slam
This podcast is from London-based literary nightclub Book Slam. The podcast (73 episodes, the last one from mid-2015) gives you the chance to hear readings and performances from the live events as well as backstage interviews and more.

Books on the Nightstand
It might be over now, but there are 390 episodes of Books on the Nightstand to listen to. This podcast, hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman, who both work in the publishing industry, gives book recommendations and talks about trends such as adult colouring books and much, much more.

The DIY Author Podcast
From self-publishing advice website DIY Author comes this podcast, which has 32 episodes in total. You can dip in and out depending on what area of self-publishing you need advice on (marketing, writing and so on). Guests include publicists, editors and more - a warning that some speakers do talk about their products a fair amount, as they’re obviously trying to get authors to use them.