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Top 10 Literary Podcasts For Book Lovers

If you love books, then chances are you’ll love literary podcasts. Whether you’re looking for a podcast to listen to on your commute or your workout, or for a better way to stay updated on the latest books and authors, there’s a podcast for you. Here are the top ten literary podcasts not to miss.

  1. Backlisted:

One of the most popular literary podcasts around, Backlisted is hosted by Unbound. Presented by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller, Backlisted aims to give old books new life. In each episode the two presenters, alongside an invited guest, attempt to convince listeners to read an old book, whilst discussing the main reasons why it remains relevant and popular.

2. The Guardian Books Podcast:

Hosted by Richard Lea, Claire Armitstead and Sian Cain and produced by The Guardian, this weekly podcast features some of the most renown authors. As well as author interviews, they also discuss trends in contemporary writing, as well as examining classic works.

3. Banging Book Club:

If you’re interested in books about sex and gender, then Banging Book Club is the literary podcast for you. Over the course of 47 episodes, three friends read a book about sex or gender and discuss it on the podcast. As well as discussing their favorite parts of the book or its flaws, they also share their personal experiences which creates a more intimate and personalized podcast.

4. Freedom, Books, Flowers & The Moon:

The Times Literary Supplement produces this weekly podcast, whose title was inspired by Oscar Wilde’s question: ‘With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy?’ Through the lens of literature, aspects and trends in culture and ideas are examined and deeply interrogated each week.

5. Literary Friction:

Literary Friction is a monthly podcast which is hosted by two friends, Octavia and Carrie. If you’re looking for a more conversational podcast, then Literary Friction will be the one for you. As well as interviewing both new and established authors, Literary Friction also offers personal recommendations. The main aim of the podcast is to share and discuss books and ideas and each episode is designed around a theme.

6. Literary Disco:

Established in 2012, Literary Disco is hosted by three writer friends (Julia Pistell, Rider String and Tod Goldberg). The three hosts discuss all book types and genres. As well as fiction, they also read children’s books and YA, as well as poetry, plays and non-fiction books. Similarly, the guests vary from authors who suggest books to read and debate, to teachers, actors and librarians, offering a great array of opinions.

7. Reading Women:

Reading Women is a podcast aimed at discussing and sharing books written by women or featuring remarkable women. Hosted by Kendra Winchester and Autumn Privett, the podcast has a book club feel and seeks to reclaim the phrase ‘women’s literature’. Each episode is usually based around a theme, but authors are also sometimes interviewed.

8. So Many Damn Books:

If you’re looking for a fun literary podcast to listen to, then make sure not to miss So Many Damn Books. Hosted by Drew Broussard and Christopher Hermelin, each episode is accompanied by a themed cocktail designed by the hosts and linked to the guest author. Join them for a cocktail as they talk about publishing, literature, reading and all the books on your ‘to-be-read’ list with an established author.

9. Moms Don’t Have Time To Read Books:

Launched in 2018 by mother-of-four, Zibby Owens, Moms Don’t have Time To Read Books is the perfect podcast for busy book-lovers. In each short episode, Zibby interviews an author and in so doing, provides a way for book-lovers to stay up-to-date with the latest books. This is a highly popular and thoroughly entertaining podcast you won’t want to miss.

10. Read Or Dead: Read Or Dead:

Fans of mystery and crime novels will enjoy Read or Dead. This podcast, hosted by Katie MacBride and Rincey Abraham, releases new episodes each fortnight and covers all aspects of crime fiction, including cozy mysteries, thrillers and suspense books.


Whatever your preferred genre, there is a literary podcast for you. From serious, in-depth literary discussions to fun, themed podcasts, it has never been easier to keep up-to-date with the world of books.

Beatrix is a successful editor and writer at Academized, who writes articles about book marketing. She particularly enjoys offering advice and tips to new writers at Essayroo, helping them to market their books and better connect with their readers. An avid reader herself, Beatrix particularly enjoys crime novels and listening to podcasts during her daily runs.

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International Research and Review, Journal of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars




Call for Journal Papers 


ALL Scholars and researchers from across disciplines are invited to address issues in international education and studies. Papers are welcome on topics that can include, but are not limited to, our understanding of international studies, education, internationalization, globalization, teaching and learning in the context of international educational exchange and, within the university classroom, issues regarding curricular development, and other related topics. We welcome critical, qualitative, quantitative, and social scientific perspectives. For more information and guidelines, visit:

Webinar on Tackling racism in classic children’s literature

Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to host a webinar Thursday, July 9th at 2-3:30 pm CST on Tackling Racism in Classic Children’s Literature. We all know that there are outdated and racist classics on our shelves. These books reflect a homogenous past, yet they still thrive in an ostensibly multicultural present. How do we hold fast to intellectual freedom while solidifying our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness? Nashville Public Library spent a year asking that question and the resulting work can be replicated by other libraries seeking to apply an anti-racist lens to their collections. Join us as Klem-Marí Cajigas and Lindsey Patrick-Wright offer insight and suggestions for us to re-evaluate our own collections. This webinar was previously presented as a session at both TLA’s 2019 Annual Conference and at the 2020 PLA Conference.

Tackling Racism in Classic Children’s Literature with Klem-Marí Cajigas and Lindsey Patrick-Wright

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Klem-Marí Cajigas is the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life!, Nashville Public Library’s award-winning early literacy outreach program. She has been with Nashville Public Library since 2012, after more than a decade of academic training in Religious Studies and Ministry, including doctoral work at Vanderbilt University.

Lindsey Patrick-Wright was formerly the Youth Services and Continuing Education Coordinator for TSLA. She has been at Nashville Public Library for 9 years now, first managing the Children’s Department and is currently managing the Southeast Branch.

5 Cognitive Benefits Of Bilinguals

Believe it or not, being bilingual can make you smarter – it can open more doors to intellectual strength and benefits. No matter how old you are, learning two languages can be beneficial to the mind.

Here are five ways that being bilingual can have you reap the cognitive benefits.

1. Better Reading Skills

“Bilingual people are more likely to read and write in two or more languages,” says Owen Maloney, a lifestyle writer at Paper fellows and Australian help. “Although biliteracy is less heard of more than the word ‘bilingual,’ being biliterate is actually beneficial, because people who learn to read in both languages tend to develop stronger reading skills.”

With better reading skills via biliteracy, comes these benefits:

· Vocabulary memorization

· Phonological awareness

· Metalinguistics (able to recognize language as a system that can be manipulated and explored)

“Being bilingual opens doors to more literal opportunities, especially in an educational setting,” adds Maloney. “Without the benefit of biliteracy, just literacy in one language won’t leave any impact on the learner.”

2. Better School Performance

Bilingual students tend to outperform monolingual students in school. With tasks that require executive control, bilingual students are able to exhibit behaviors like self-discipline, perseverance, and other skills that enable them to achieve goals, no matter how complex or abstract they are. As for abstract thinking, it can be beneficial for bilingual individuals, since that’s needed in a person’s intellect and motivation, along with concrete ideation. In other words, they would be able to differ between abstract and concrete. Thus, complex school assignments are no problem for bilinguals.

3. Higher Vocabulary Range

Vocabulary is very significant to literacy, especially since it’s the heart of what words mean. And, a high vocabulary range is beneficial to bilingual individuals, because it plays into literacy development.

While monolingual students are only exposed to the vocabulary from one language (their native tongue), bilingual students are usually exposed to more words in both languages. As such, bilinguals are more likely to pick up on familiar words and phrases in the opposite language,

thus naturally exposing them to more and more vocabulary words, the spelling, and how the alphabet is interpreted in two languages.

4. Stronger Memory Bank And Attention Spans

The assumption (now a misconception) used to be that learning a second language can delay intellectual development, according to early linguists, contemporary research will tell you otherwise. In actuality, bilingual people have stronger memories and better attention spans. Since learning two languages takes remembering terminology and paying attention to how words are heard, written, and pronounced, this gives bilingual people strengths, whether in school or in a work setting. These skills result in both academic and behavioral gains.

5. Task Management And Multitasking

“When doing a multitude of tasks, bilingual people often perform better on them than monolingual individuals,” says Tyler Graves, a tutor at Essayroo and State of writing. “Since tasks require the ability to resolve conflicts, bilingual people are more likely to remain calm when tackling tasks that involve inhibitory control. Also, bilingual people are more likely to switch between two tasks when necessary, making them ideal multitaskers.”

Being able to control the input from the inhibitory part of the brain, as well as the ability to reflect better cognitive control when multitasking, bilingual people are more likely to complete tasks with little to no issues or delays, versus monolingual people who might be limited to these abilities.


These are only five of the cognitive benefits that aren’t fully realized, since learning another language isn’t encouraged enough. However, if one was to learn two languages at an early age (or even now, as you read this article), you can have your share of the cognitive benefits of improving metalinguistic awareness, memory, visual-spatial skills, and creativity. Plus, your social skills will improve significantly, since you’ll be able to talk to more people in their own language, thus dissolving the dreaded language barrier in school and or work.

Bilingualism not only develops your brain for the better, but also helps maintain its activity and architecture. Therefore, this powerful intellect can be beneficial, whether you’re a student or a scholar; even long-time public speakers use this intellect to get their messages across.

So, should you go bilingual? The signs point to “yes.” Being monolingual will only give you some knowledge; but bilingualism asks you “Why settle for less, when you can have the whole thing?” Molly Crockett  writes for  As marketing writer, she shares her lifestyle and personal development advice with her audience