By now you must be well-aware of our love for podcasts. Whether you’re travelling, working or relaxing, in this golden-age of podcasting, there is no dearth of content. Ask us the best of the lot? Cue, literary podcasts. The question of what to read next is as terrifying as it is exciting. But in an age where phone screens have completely taken over our lives and at what cost, the world of books and beyond seems hard to get back to. Well, we’d say why not make the most of it? If you’re looking for a literary fix, and audiobooks and e-books aren’t really up your alley, fret not. We’ve got your back. Grab your ear buds, blanket and a hot cup of cocoa. Here are 7 book-based podcasts, for the nerd in you!
BoTCast (Books on Toast)
Writer and full time ‘pun-generator’ Anuya Jakatdar along with co-host VJ/RJ Sharin Bhatti, have taken their love for books a notch higher. Be it their common love for short stories or Harry Potter series or obsession with Sweet Valley High, Bhatti and Jaktdar, have managed to establish a close-knit community of like-minded voracious readers. Each episode of the video podcast features a celebrity guest with whom they discuss a wide range of genres, right from feminism in fiction, to graphic novels and even dystopian futures. While most of the guests so far have been from the Indian comedy circuit, several budding authors have also graced the show, including the likes of Zuni Chopra, and even comedian turned authors like Radhika Vaz and Kautuk Shrivastav. Also credited with organising open mics for upcoming writers, the duo started the podcast to convert their casual reading into something more legit. Most episodes are shot in Cuckoo Club, Bandra, Mumbai and starts with guests telling a bit about their current favourites.
The Penguin Podcast
Leading authors, creative thinkers and objects that have inspired them. The Penguin Podcast talks about all this and a lot more. A fortnightly conversation that seeks to understand the creative process of writers and what keeps them going. Initially hosted by Richard E. Grant, after he stepped down, the show was relaunched with celebrity hosts conducting each episode. The episodes are 30-minutes long, where the host talks to the guests about 5 objects that have shaped their writing. The podcast aims to bring listeners closer to their favourite authors and give them an insight into the behind the scenes of the literary world.
Black Chick Lit
A bi-monthly podcast, on literature by black women, Black Chick Lit discusses in detail, titles by and for African-American women. Each episode features books from across genres including non-fiction, urban fiction and YA. Each month the listeners are asked to share their opinions about the books discussed and the different aspects of a reader’s life. Run by hosts Molly and Dani, Black Chick Lit involves a bot of wine and lots of laughter and literature.
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books
A diehard romantic, are you? Well, we’ve got you covered. Just the right podcast to make you feel all kinds of warm fussies, Smart Podcast, Trashy books hosted by Sarah Wendell features authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals and editors. The most common topics of discussion include romance fiction, people who read it, write it and produce it and issues common among romance readers. Guests like Robin Bradford, Jye Wells and Amanda Carrie have made frequent appearances on the podcast.
There are fans and then there are superfans. And Binge Mode falls under the latter’s radar. A podcast specifically designed for the relentless fans, hosts Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion take a deep and analytical look into each aspect of popular book series including the likes of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. Targeting a very niche audience, the sheer amount of information might come across as overwhelming for prospective listeners, but has nevertheless been appreciated for the detailed analysis.
Books and Boba
Dedicated to books written by authors of Asian and Pacific descent, the podcast covers a wide range of genres like contemporary, historical fiction, sci-fi, thriller, graphic novels. Hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo also interview authors and cover publishing news including book deals and new releases.
Harper Collins Presents
A celebration of all things audiobooks, this podcast gives you a new perspective on the world of books, art and culture. It features HarperCollins authors, editors and creators in discussions about books and literature. Consisting of interviews of authors like Patricia Cornwell, David Croneberg and Garth Nix, the podcast aims to highlight the fun in the world of audiobooks.