20 Free Literary Podcasts Worth Listening To

Nov 14, 2008

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Literary podcasts are a great way to hear about new stories and explore all of your old favorites. This list details where you can find some of the most popular literary podcasts, including podcasts based around classic literature, poetry and contemporary works like Twilight and Harry Potter.

Mugglecast

Mugglecast: The #1 Harry Potter Podcast Online

Popular Literary Podcasts

The following literary podcasts are among the most popular on the web. All of them are freely available and most of them can be subscribed to via RSS or iTunes.

  • Amazon Podcasts - Amazon podcasts feature interviews, exclusives, audio book recordings, book talk and much more.
  • NY Times Book Review Podcast - The NY Times Book Review editor discusses literature with authors, publishers, editors and critics in this weekly literary podcast.
  • Book Tour - NPR's Book Tour is a weekly podcast featuring readings and interviews with contemporary authors. Podcasts explore fiction and nonfiction alike.
  • Meet the Writers - This podcast from Barnes and Noble features exclusive audio interviews with today's top writers.
  • Selected Shorts - Selected Shorts is an award-winning podcast that features famous actors (from the stage and screen) reading short stories by famous authors. Each podcast takes about 60 minutes to listen to.
  • New Yorker: Fiction - This monthly podcast features a reading and conversation with Deborah Treisman, the fiction editor for the New Yorker.
  • Well Told Tales - This literary podcast brings listeners short stories (15 to 30 minutes) in audio form. Genre stories on Well Told Tales include crime, horror, mystery and sci-fi.
  • EcapePod - Escape Pod is devoted to science fiction. The podcast presents a new short fiction story each week from today's best science fiction authors.

Classic Fiction Podcasts

If you prefer classic literature to contemporary works, the following podcasts will probably appeal to you.

  • Classic Tales - This award-winning podcasts treats listeners to professional performances of unabridged classics. Some of the authors they have covered so far include Poe, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Twain and Wells.
  • Drake's Door - Alan Drake hosts an extensive collection of podcasts devoted to recordings of classic poetry and literature. More than 600 offerings are currently available.
  • Audio Literature Odyssey - This literature podcast is hosted by voice actor Nikolle Doolin. Doolin reads classic literature by Austen, Dickinson, Shakespeare and other literary greats.

Poetry Podcasts

If poetry is your literature of choice, you'll love these literary podcasts.

  • Classic Poetry Aloud - This podcast gives voice to poetry of the past. More than 300 podcasts have been recorded so far.
  • Poem of the Day - One of the Poetry Foundation's many podcasts, Poem of the Day offers the chance to listen to a new poem each day. Poems are read by professional actors to guarantee excellent delivery.
  • Cloudy Day Art - This poetry podcast is meant for everyday poets. Cloudy Day Art features poetry readings, interviews with poets and much more.

Harry Potter Podcasts

JK Rowling's Harry Potter series has inspired more podcasts than any other book series. The following podcasts are devoted entirely to the Harry Potter books.

  • Mugglecast - This award-winning podcast is the most listened to Harry Potter podcast. Regular hosts analyze the book series and discuss Harry Potter news, theories and more.
  • PotterCast - Pottercast is another wildly popular Harry Potter podcast. Hosts discuss the books and news for at least one hour each week and interview everyone from JK Rowling to Harry Potter editors.
  • SpellCast - Slightly different than all the rest, this Harry Potter podcast is dedicated to Harry Potter fanfiction. The podcast features fanfiction readings, writing and art tutorials, audio theatre and much more.

Twilight Podcasts

There are a growing number of podcasts that center around the much-loved Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Here are some of the most popular podcasts.

  • Imprint - This well-produced Twilight series podcast is hosted by the same people who are behind TwilightSource.com and Mugglecast. Imprint's main focus is literary analysis, but the hosts also discuss news and developments occurring within the Twilight fandom.
  • Twilight Series Theories - The girls at Twilight Series Theories discuss the Twilight series in detail and share news about the Twilight fandom.
  • Bloodsuckers - This podcast from the 'Girls Neck Door' is a little lighter in tone than some of the other Twilight podcasts. The hosts discuss everything from news to theories and feature special segments, such as the Cheesy Vampire Joke of the Week.