Book and Author Podcasts for Adults

Are you stuck in a reading rut? The Book Case makes the case for books outside of your usual genre. Wander the aisles of your local bookstore with Kate and Charlie Gibson and meet fascinating characters who will open your appetite to new categories while deepening your hunger for books. This weekly series will journey cover to cover through the literary world, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, tastemakers, and independent bookstore owners. 

Books & Boba is a book club dedicated to spotlighting books written by authors of Asian descent. Every month, hosts Marvin Yueh and Reera Yoo pick a book by an Asian or Asian American author to read and discuss on the podcast. They also interview authors and cover publishing news. Notably, they read a wide-range of genres—from fantasy to memoir—so there’s something for everyone.

Celebrity Memoir Book Club: New York comedians Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton read celebrity memoirs so you don’t have to. Each episode features a different celebrity memoir—from Emily Ratajkowski‘s My Body to Will Smith‘s Will—and Claire & Ashley are simply hilarious.

Friends to Lovers: Each week, hosts Mackenzie Newcomb and Lily Herman use romance novels as a jumping off point to talk about sex, relationships, dating, and love.

Levar Burton Reads: In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life.

The New York Times Book Review: It is legendary. Naturally, it makes sense they’d have a podcast to complement their coverage. Each week, authors and critics join host Pamela Paul and editors at Times Book Review to talk about bestselling books, what they’re reading, and what’s going on in the literary world.

Novel Pairings: is a podcast “dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun.” Each episode, hosts Sara and Chelsey discuss one classic book and share recommendations for more contemporary reads that feature similar themes.

NPR’s Book of the Day: In need of a good read? Or just want to keep up with the books everyone’s talking about? NPR’s Book of the Day gives you today’s very best writing in a snackable, skimmable, pocket-sized podcast.

On the Road with Penguin Classics: is a literary podcast that takes a stroll around the world’s favorite books. In each episode, author Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a book in the company of remarkable readers. For example, in a season two episode, Henry travels to Dublin to discuss Irish novelist James Joyce.

Poetry Unbound: It promises to be, a poetry ritual, “an immersive reading of a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Unhurried, contemplative and energizing.” The show releases new episodes on Monday and Friday, about 15 minutes each, with the goal of helping you “anchor your life with poetry.”

Publisher’s Weekly: Choose from any of the following, based on your interests–click these links to subscribe to PW‘s podcasts on iTunes:
PW Radio | PW Comics World | PW KidsCast | PW LitCast | PW FaithCast

The Reading Culture: In our new podcast, The Reading Culture, host Jordan Lloyd Bookey will bring you along as we connect with diverse authors about their own journeys as readers and storytellers, as well as what experiences along the way motivated them to read more. Authors will share their perspectives on the cultural climate in children’s and young adult literature. And get excited for each guest’s unique, themed reading challenge for students and readers of all ages.

SFF Yeah!: It is a biweekly fantasy and science fiction podcast from Book Riot dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. Hosted by Jenn Northington and Sharifah Williams, the show focuses in on the sci-fi and fantasy literary world, and you will end every episode with so many new book recommendations.

The Stacks It is your one stop shop to talk books and reading,” the podcast description promises, calling the show “an intelligent, accessible, and entertaining conversations about books.” Host Traci Thomas invites authors on the show to discuss books as a lens to understand culture, race, and politics. 

Storykeepers: Let’s Talk Indigenous Books
It is a monthly podcast hosted by Jennifer David and Waubgeshig Rice. Each episode, they’re joined by a guest host to discuss books by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit authors. Their goal is to “bring conversations about Indigenous books to a wider audience in an audio book-club format.” And though they release only one episode a month, it’s worth the wait.

The Writer’s Voice: Ever wanted to hear a New Yorker writer read their story to you? Look no further than The Writer’s Voice, where New Yorker fiction writers read their stories from the magazine.