Want to find your next bingeable podcast? Don’t know where to start? Scared you’ve missed something? We have listed episodes from our amazing podcasters from the last week for you to check out!
Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: 429. Here She Is: Discussing Beauty Pageants and History with Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman
My guest today is Dr. Hilary Levey Friedman, Brown University professor and author of the new book Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America. I had a chance to read the book and was so eager to discuss it, in particular because of the ways in which public conceptions of beauty pageants overlap with public conceptions of romance. We talk about pageants, history, popular culture, and several surprising elements of the culture of Miss America – for example, the number of former pageant contestants who go into politics and public service.
Bodice Tipplers: Mary Renault’s The Persian Boy
Ever get super horny for Alexander the Great, conqueror of worlds? You will. Join us as we get classical up in here with Mary Renault’s 1972 The Persian Boy, a book about a traumatized teenager whose vast ambition centers entirely on jumping Alexander’s bones. Heads up – this book’s got all sorts of traumatic historical stuff in it including but not limited to forced castration, rape, enslavement, and up close and personal war.
Couple’s Talking Couples: Little Shop Of Horrors
My Imaginary Friends: POV, Narrative Voice & Drive – My Imaginary Friends: Episode 91
First Cup of Coffee with Jeffe Kennedy: October 23, 2020
Musings on the push-pull of staying true to want you want to write vs. being aware of marketability of the work. A bit more on unlikable heroines and the challenges therein – and how these considerations fit into your goals as a writer.
First Cup of Coffee – October 26, 2020: Another roadrunner sighting and ambush foiled. I’m also musing on the concept of “deserving” success and why it can feel awkward when people tell us that. Also, thoughts on positive take-aways from this pandemic year.
First Cup of Coffee – October 29, 2020: A microphone death, my new hair and makeup regime, the schedule for upcoming interviews, and musings on how authors tend write toward a core image, trying over and over to get it “right.”
Big Gay Fiction Podcast: Episode 264 – David Levithan’s “19 Love Songs” and Other Hits
This special episode features an event Jeff hosted for Barbara’s Bookstore in Chicago featuring author David Levithan. David talks about his most recent book, the short story collection “19 Love Songs,” and his tradition of writing a short story for his friends every Valentine’s Day. Among the other topics in this wide ranging conversation, David also shares what inspires his stories, what it was like to have “Two Boys Kissing” adapted as a choral piece, as well as the work he does to bring stories from new authors to the world. We wrap up with news of what’s coming next and some book recommendations.
Big Gay Fiction Book Club October 2020: “The Mystery of Brackenwell Hall” by Gillian St. Kevern: Jeff & Will dive into an excellent gothic romance with “The Mystery of Brackenwell Hall” by Gillian St. Kevern. As always, in this deep dive discussion there are spoilers ahead.
The Mermaid Podcast: Too Stupid To Live Podcast Crossover Episode
Becky Feldman of Too Stupid To Live podcast interviews Laura von Holt (Laura Lovely) about romance novels, mermaid theories and reviews Something to Howl About by Christine Warren. They talk about why Twilight is a great comfort watch, what Shakespeare got wrong about Romeo & Juliet, family sagas of The Little Mermaid and of course, romance novels!
The SSR Podcast: Episode 118: Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #1) (with Allison Winn Scotch)
For way too long, Alli underestimated one amazing character in the BSC world: Karen Brewer, AKA Kristy’s younger stepsister. Netflix’s 2020 adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club showed her just how amazing Karen is… and she’s thrilled to be turning the spotlight on her for Episode 118 and a discussion of Karen’s Witch.
The first book in the BSC spin-off series Baby-Sitters Little Sister, Karen’s Witch tells the story of what happens when our heroine becomes convinced that her dad’s neighbor Mrs. Porter is actually a witch named Morbidda Destiny. The book also touches on matters of divorce and blended families — all of which Alli and her guest chat about on this episode!