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Few literary terms are more hotly debated, discounted, or derided than the "Great American Novel." But while critics routinely dismiss the phrase as at best hype and as at worst exclusionary, the belief that a national literature commensurate with both the scope and the contradictions of being American persists. In this podcast Scott Yarbrough and Kirk Curnutt examine totemic works such as Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and Toni Morrison's Beloved that have been labeled GANs, exploring their th ...
 
Kann man Großbritannien durch den Reichtum an lyrischer Poesie verstehen? The Poetry Pod geht in seiner ersten Staffel „Britain through the Bards“ auf die Forschungsreise: Sechs spannende Episoden in englischer Sprache mit inspirierender Lyrik, spannenden Interviews und jeder Menge literarischer Überraschungen! Can Britain really be understood through its rich poetic heritage? The Poetry Pod sets off on a journey of discovery in its first series „ Britain through the Bards“: 6 episodes cramm ...
 
Some say children's tales... others say literary masterpieces. Some say old and irrelevant... others say current and life-changing. Putting to bed Sunday school theology, Pete and Mitch walk through the biblical narrative to reshape our childlike, simple views, and step into the complex, profound and life bringing truths waiting to be discovered.
 
Every week, join journalist and author Yomi Agedoke, and inspirational guests, including Elizabeth Day, Sara Pascoe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as they celebrate the best books written by women. They'll discuss this year's shortlisted titles, explore the life-changing books that sit on other women’s bookshelves and talk about what the future holds for women writing today. The Women’s Prize for Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, and has been running for over ...
 
Sometimes emotional, often droll, occasionally literary, and always explicit, the Grey Warder explores Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series, taking a topical look at characters, themes, plots, scenes, and all things Wheel of Time-related. For fans familiar with the books looking for something different. (Episodes are marked for spoilers.) | https://twitter.com/WarderGrey?s=09 podcastofthedragon@gmail.com https://discord.gg/syCqfgr
 
Intimate conversations and true stories of personal daring with emerging and accomplished writers. Writers read their essay, memoir chapter or story, then talk about it with writer/host Michelle Redo. An audio literary magazine, conceived, curated and hosted by Michelle Redo, an award winning 30-year public radio veteran, and new voice in podcasting. Original submissions accepted twice yearly.
 
Join me on an adventure. A literary romp through India. Bollywood and Books is a podcast for people who love travel, the written word and words into pictures - moving pictures. Discover magic, miracles and myths . . . from the Gateway of India and Bollywood in Mumbai to the canals of Kerala, and from the burning ghats on the Ganges in Varanasi to the Dalai Lama’s residence in McLeod Ganj. Experience India through chance encounters, conversations shared, and places stumbled upon as well as bo ...
 
Over twenty consecutive months, Charles Dickens enthralled readers with his monthly installments of the novel Bleak House, a complex and compelling portrayal of the English judicial system. Serialized in his own magazine, Household Words, between 1852 and 1853, the book is deemed to be his finest work and is his ninth novel. Using an innovative literary technique known as “free indirect discourse,” where the narrator himself speaks through the medium of one of his main characters, Dickens us ...
 
Hard core science fiction fans are sure to enjoy one of the most dramatic anthologies of the genre, “Dimension X.” The golden age of radio was a period in American history that spawned some of the most creative minds and prolific writers. In fact, this old time radio show paved the way for some of the more popular sci-fi writers today to mark their place in the literary scene. More notable among then new authors were Ray Bradbury and the brilliant Isaac Asimov. Dimension X featured stories t ...
 
Writer/entertainer Garrison Keillor (A Prairie Home Companion) on “The Innocents Abroad”: “…one of the best selling travel books of all time.” (The Writer’s Almanac, June 8, 2012) When you dive into Mark Twain’s (Samuel Clemens’) The Innocents Abroad, you have to be ready to learn more about the unadorned, ungilded reality of 19th century “touring” than you might think you want to learn. This is a tough, literary journey. It was tough for Twain and his fellow “pilgrims”, both religious and o ...
 
King Solomon’s Mines is the story of the leader Allan Quatermain and his adventurous group of followers on their mission to find the lost brother of an aristocrat, Sir Henry Curtis. Considered similar to Robert Louise Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, Haggard’s book proved to be another must-read adventure novel in the international literary world. The African desert hides underneath its sands myths and legends that lasted for centuries in the minds of the locals. Quatermain has a mysteriou ...
 
Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs was first published in 1913. It was the third book in an eleven part series known as the Barsoom Chronicles which relate to a sequence of exciting adventure tales set on the fictional planet of Barsoom. In the Barsoom series, Mars, assumed to be older than Earth, is a dying planet. “Barsoom” is the native word for Mars in the Martian language. The stories first appeared in serialized form in various magazines like All-Story, Argosy, Amazing Stories and ...
 
This story opens with a lovely, poor and proud young woman who lives with her aunt. The young woman saves the life of a farmer who subsequently falls in love with her. However, the young woman inherits a fortune and moves away. On the flip side the farmer loses everything he has and travels around the country seeking employment. One evening the farmer helps to put out a blazing fire in a lonely farm. When the veiled owner comes out to thank him, he discovers that she is none other than the b ...
 
An English tourist in a small, rural town in the South of France discovers an ancient manuscript with a strange illustration on the last page. A young orphan is sent to live with his elderly cousin, a secretive man who is obsessed with immortality. A picture that tells stories that change according to who is viewing it. These and other delicious, goose bump evoking tales are part of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by Montague R James. A master of his craft, MR James was an academic and adminis ...
 
“A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, biting, clutching, covetous old sinner” is hardly hero material, but this is exactly what makes A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens such an unforgettable book and its hero, Ebenezer Scrooge such an extraordinarily enduring character. In the book's celebrated opening scene, on the night before Christmas the old miser Ebenezer Scrooge sits in his freezing cold counting house, oblivious to the discomfort of his shivering young assistant Bob Cratchit. Scrooge ...
 
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On today's episode, Julia, Rider, and Tod discuss Brandon Hobson's new novel, The Removed, that follows a Cherokee family in Oklahoma in the aftermath of their son's death at the hands of a police officer. Today's sponsor: This episode is supported by GreenChef. Go to GreenChef.com/90disco and use code 90disco to get $90 off including free shipping…
 
Izzy and Orlando enjoy a pre-ferry greasy spoon in Dover, get confused by Brexit rules in duty free and finally set sail for home. Izzy und Orlando genießen ein englisches Frühstück in Dover, werden mit den Brexit-Regeln im Duty Free konfrontiert und fahren schließlich nach Hause. Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und Or…
 
Stand-up comedian, podcaster and screenwriter Deborah Frances-White explains how a Helene Hanff book got her free tickets for life in London’s West End on this week’s Bookshelfie episode with Yomi Adegoke. Deborah is host of the hugely successful podcast The Guilty Feminist, which has also been made into a bestselling book. Her solo comedy shows ha…
 
Sarah Enni is the host and producer of First Draft and an author in her own right. This was a great conversation to wrap the TCL-Pandemic season, as Sarah and I got into therapy talk, making big life changes, the upsides of being "optimistically nihilistic" about publishing, the pros and cons of life hacking, and of course Burning Man. Thanks so mu…
 
Episode 1 - Why Bollywood and Books? [00:00:00] Join me on an adventure. A literary romp through India. Meet me at the corner of Patchouli and Chai, where books, cinema, and conversation collide. I'm Lovelace Cook. I'll be your tour guide. Welcome to Bollywood and Books. [00:00:23] Travel to India was never on my radar. I awoke one day like Rip Van…
 
No-one devours books like Sara Pascoe - on this week’s Bookshelfie she tells Yomi how reading novels you might disagree is a good antidote to an increasingly polarised world. Sara is a comedian, writer, actor, podcaster and presenter whose extensive TV credits include regular appearances on panel shows like Mock the Week, QI and Have I Got News for…
 
{Spoilers through Book 13, Towers of Midnight} Yes, it is absolutely possible to admire someone for being awesome and simultaneously cheer when she gets slapped! In this episode, the Grey Warder takes a look RJ's characterization of Egwene through The Dragon Reborn, and throws in a little analysis of Elayne and Nynaeve for good measure. Please supp…
 
Three essays to get you thinking about ways to prepare for Mother's Day...especially if it's a difficult holiday for you, including a virtual workshop/event featuring these three writers. It's Mother (Yourself) Day. Whether or not you still have your mother, and whether or not you are a mother, mothering ourselves isn't necessarily obvious or intui…
 
Join special guest - Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she discusses the five books which have shaped her career, and her latest release, Notes on Grief, with Yomi Adegoke. Chimamanda is an internationally acclaimed author whose novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Women’s Prize in 2007 and was adapted into a…
 
Izzy and Orlando get in a bit of a pickle at the Imperial War Museum and bump into poetry expert Jessica Bundschuh...... Izzy und Orlando treffen im Imperial War Museum die Lyrik Expertin Jessica Bundschuh . Gemeinsam mit Ihr schlendern sie durch das Museum und geraten in Probleme. Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und O…
 
In this season one finale, Nadine Kenney Johnstone steps in as guest host as Michelle reads her essay on moving to Maine, the discovery of an ancestral autobiography. Music credits for the series are the songs Make Me Brave and Nothing Like written, performed and produced by Phil Redo. Check out more of his music at Band Camp.…
 
Join new host Yomi Adegoke as she explores the Bookshelfie titles which have inspired writer and podcaster Elizabeth Day. Elizabeth is an award-winning journalist, the author of six books, spanning fiction and non-fiction, and host of the critically acclaimed hit podcast - How To Fail - which explores how failure can ultimately lead to success. She…
 
Ever since J. W. DeForest popularized the phrase "Great American Novel" in 1868 commentators have debated the limits of all three of its components. Does "great" necessarily mean a big "doorstop" book or is concision a worthy goal? Whose version America are we talking? And why the novel not a poem, play, or short story? In our inaugural episode we …
 
This week, Julia, Tod, and Rider celebrate Literary Disco’s ninth birthday by breaking out some book games. In Judging a Book by Its Cover, Rider reads the first few lines of a book while Tod and Julia try to guess the era, genre, author, and even the book itself. In Game Two, Julia and Rider try to decipher between a poem, a song, a popular song, …
 
{Spoilers through Book 12, The Gathering Storm} The Grey Warder takes a look at the Dark One's Chosen and breaks down their dirty dealings in Book 3, to unlock the puzzle and figure out exactly who is doing exactly what, and why are they doing it? (She also lies in the outro and says she was a guest on Way of the Leaf's Tavern Talk, not knowing it …
 
Tracey Baptiste is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the beloved Jumbies series and the New York Times Bestselling Minecraft: the Crash. This episode is not only brimming with the delicious process stuff we love here at TCL, it also gave me several potentially life-changing revelations when Tracey shared with me about recrea…
 
During 2020, in search of things to do from home, I started attending some of the virtual movie talks that writer and critic Walter Chaw gives with guests via the Denver Public Library. They’ve been a true highlight of All This, as Walter’s knowledge is wide and deep and generous. Like all good film critics, he’s also an insightful critic of cultur…
 
Lindsay Eagar is an author and writing coach with a recent ADHD diagnosis. She’s been very open about it online and generous with my personal questions, and I wanted to bring her on for a more topic-focused episode. In this case: our brains! Lindsay shares her background, symptoms, diagnosis process, and management strategies in ways that I found s…
 
Dave Connis is not only the legendary composer of the theme music for this very podcast, but also an author in his own right, with two YA novels out and a picture book on the way. The emotional theme music of this episode is honesty. Dave and I get into matters of art and faith, how a sudden loss changed his writing life and drive, and how not to b…
 
Fearless Writing author William Kenower talks about writing music as well as prose in this contemplation of some of the big topics and fears that face writers, creative types, and human beings. He's also host of the Author2Author podcast- great conversations with writers from all genres. His new book, Everyone Has What It Takes comes out in June of…
 
Izzy and Orlando get lost in the Peak District and bump into two unlikely guests..... Izzy und Orlando verlaufen sich im Peak District und machen hier zwei merkwürdige Bekanntschaften……. Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und Orlando Schenk, Mitglieder des Sprecherensembles der Akademie Interview guest #1: John Schöllgen …
 
Sarah Malone reads a chapter from her memoir depicting a single night from early on in a thirteen year abusive relationship. Sarah talks candidly about the tenacity to get through day to day, as well as the lifelines she received by the way of positive feedback, kind words and success in the workplace when away from her home. Sarah is on the Board …
 
{Spoilers through Book 13, Towers of Midnight} The Grey Warder starts The Dragon Reborn by looking at Perrin's changes. Why is he waving away the wolves? What's motivating his choices? From his growing formidability to his burgeoning ta'veren nature, she examines how it comes to be that, while Moiraine was focused on Rand, the quiet one left a pile…
 
Peg Conway's memoir The Art of Reassembly will come out later this year. And this is the link to her book group for adults bereaved in childhood. Would you want an ebook of the essays you've heard in Daring to Tell? Would you want to read other essays or stories inspired by the series? Email me, Michelle@MichelleRedo.com.…
 
Orlando and Izzy have fish and chips at the beach, see a Selkie and make fire with poet Matt Panesh. Orlando und Izzy essen Fish & Chips am Strand und machen ein Lagerfeuer mit dem Poeten Matt Panesh. Dort sehen sie zudem die schottische Sagengestalt einer Selkie. Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und Orlando Schenk, Mit…
 
Writer Frank Huyer is also an ER physician and reads a piece from his most recent book White Hot Light: Twenty Five Years in Emergency Medicine. It is a meditation on loneliness and a candid look both the coldness and kindness of humanity, not just in others but also within ourselves. This is an interview he did with Pen America where he discusses …
 
A mother's story of her teenage daughter's struggle with depression and suicide attempts early in the Covid 19 pandemic. Writer Betsy Armstrong reads her essay about her daughter's suicide attempts, with her daughter's permission. In spite of having a background in crisis counseling a mom discusses the difficulties of treating depression when its i…
 
Dermatology Physician's Assistant Hope Cook digs deep to beat back burnout on the job, every time it creeps back. Hope also shares all her optimism, and ideas to stay motivation and inspired at her website And talks with other women who are transforming their own lives on her podcast, Recharting Your Life with Hope…
 
On today's special episode, we are live from LumaCon 2021 — a comic convention brought to you by a cohort of public libraries in Sonoma County, California. Today, we discuss the graphic novel Cruel Summer by Ed Brubaker, and then a Q&A with the live audience. This episode is brought to you by Literati Kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit m…
 
An 11-year old sees an intimate text intended only for her grandmother! What happens next is the definition of bravery. Here are a couple links to learn more about Madeline Murphy Rabb. https://magazine.iit.edu/summer-2016/creating-lifes-work-african-american-art https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/madeline-murphy-rabb-39…
 
{Spoilers through the end of the series} | The Grey Warder joins Seth and Aradia to talk about meeting the parents, toxic masculinity, and curbside grocery pickup. https://wotspoilers.com/wheel-of-time-spoilers-330-loc-ch-46-beyond-the-gate Links to WoT Spoilers episodes 247 and 248, where the Grey Warder guests for the Fires of Heaven, and talks a…
 
Amy Gentry is the author of three psychological thrillers for adults, one 33 1/3 on Tori Amos, and a bunch of shorter stuff. Her latest book is Bad Habits, which is here to scratch all your dark academia itches and also make you laugh and cringe. After chatting a bit about her book and her own background in academia, we dug into process and publica…
 
Caring for a spouse in the late stages of Lewy Body Dementia. Robyn Fisher's blog and podcast are at her website, as is a resource page for Lewy Body Dementia. She also has a YouTube channel that features Bill's music and the trio they had. A Long Walk is her podcast. The Forgetting is a podcast that features writer and journalist Greg O'Brien, in …
 
Today, for the first time in a while, Julia, Rider, and Tod tackle a single short story. We solicited our listeners via social media for recommendations, and a couple of you directed us to "The Neighbors" by Shruti Swamy, which is available online at Electric Literature and is part of the collection A House Is a Body. Learn more about your ad choic…
 
{Spoilers through Book 12, The Gathering Storm} | The Grey Warder lights a cigar and clears off her couch before exploring Rand's fundamental internal struggles through books 1 and 2, breaking down his path toward grudging acceptance. Click the link to watch the Grey Warder join the Way of the Leaf for Tavern Talk! How would lesbians have sex with …
 
Ready for some irreverent elder care insights? Writer Rachel Lee lost five parental figures in 5 years (and that was just from 2011-2015). And her website This-is-getting-old.com is there to make you laugh instead of cry while sharing stories plus valuable resources in order to help YOU navigate the waters of end of life care for elders. Write your…
 
Es geht im Dampfzug nach Nordengland weiter - Izzy und Orlando treffen hier den 'Door-to-Door Poet' Rowan McCabe...... Izzy and Orlando head up North on a steam train and bump in to door-to-door poet Rowan McCabe..... Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und Orlando Schenk, Mitglieder des Sprecherensembles der Akademie Gues…
 
For the first episode of 2021, author Maurene Goo and I jumped on the phone just hours after the inauguration, having kept our scheduled conversation in hope and faith but also ready to cancel. For many reasons, I’m so glad we didn’t have to. Phew! After processing world events for a bit, we dig into Maurene’s backstory, writing process, the upside…
 
Memoirs, Mothers, Authenticity and Unconditional Love Check out Nadine Kenney Johnstone at her website. Or check out her memoir Of This Much I'm Sure. Also, here's a link to the source of the Elizabeth Gilbert quote that Nadine referenced, plus the excerpt that she mentioned... "The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not …
 
Izzy und Orlando treffen sich, in der ersten Episode, im Pub und – zapfen das Lyrik-Fass an! Izzy and Orlando meet up , in the first episode, at the pub -and tap the poetry keg! Vor dem Mikrofon - In front of the microphone: Isabel Schmier und Orlando Schenk, Mitglieder des Sprecherensembles der Akademie Technische Umsetzung - Technical implementat…
 
On today's episode, we welcome one of our favorite authors on the podcast, George Saunders, to discuss his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, which takes a close look at seven Russian short stories and offers insight on reading and writing. This episode is brought to you by Amazon Publishing, publishers of the Faraway Collection. Download n…
 
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