Mostly Lit brings live show to FutureBook

Mostly Lit brings live show to FutureBook

Alex Reads, Rai, and Derek Owusu, the creators of the books and pop-culture podcast Mostly Lit, are to bring their live show to the FutureBook Conference. Hotly-tipped by iTunes as one of the best podcasts of 2016, this year Mostly Lit has been named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017. The trio will host a 45-minute event focused around the themes and ideas of the publishing and innovations conference.
 
"Mostly Lit Live: The future of publishing in the age of the podcast” will take place during an extended lunch break at the December 1st conference, with Reads, Rai and Owusu hosting an interactive show in front of the FutureBook audience. The trio will also attend the conference, and use their experiences as part of a unique film as the podcasters reflect on and interact with the publishing world.
 
The three 20-somethings will take to the stage to discuss their current reads, their views on digital reading and the audiobook, and the growth of their own podcast. They will also task the FutureBook audience to participate in the live chat, with discussions that will explore the intersection of literature, technology, publishing and pop-culture.
 
Having interviewed the likes of Malorie Blackman, scripted and produced over 70 episodes and organised four sold-out live events since 2016, Mostly Lit operates as an independently managed podcast (having recently left the ShoutOut Network).
 
Alex Reads, Rai and Derek Owusu said: “We’re so excited to bring Mostly Lit Live to FutureBook! The Lit in ‘Mostly Lit’ is a double entendre, delineating our passion for books whilst also signalling that our podcast is about much more than ‘literature for literature sake’ – it’s about what things are cool, current, and interesting, and how, more often than not, books are a part of that. One of our key aims with Mostly Lit is to deconstruct the image of the reader as ‘bookish’ and ‘solitary’. Through our podcast and social media we promote the message that anyone and everyone can be a reader; and we strive to create a more inclusive publishing and media landscape, which also reflects that message.”
 
Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, said: “It is always FutureBook’s intention to show as well as tell, and alongside the rise of the audiobook there has been an incredible burst in podcasting. Mostly Lit brings together a love of books and the power of conversation to effect change. As publishing seeks to broaden its reach Mostly Lit shows the way, both in its use of the medium to talk to its audience direct and in its advocacy of reading across boundaries.”
 
The FutureBook Conference takes place on 1st December, and this year also includes separate streams on the AudioBook market and EdTech sector. For more information and  to book tickets visit the conference website.
 
Follow Mostly Lit on Twitter @mostlylit and listen to them on iTunes and Soundcloud.