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Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she chats to the authors she loves most about books, life, and what lights them up.

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    • 4.5 • 28 Ratings

Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she chats to the authors she loves most about books, life, and what lights them up.

    Cody Keenan on his book, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

    Cody Keenan on his book, Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

    This week on the podcast, Angela welcomes Cody Keenan, author of Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America. This book is a special one for Angela and Sugar23, as we are publishing this book in partnership with Mariner at HarperCollins.
    Cody spent years as President Obama's speechwriter, a position he held during some of the greatest moments and darkest days of Obama's presidency. Angie and Cody talk about meeting Obama for the first time, writing speeches for the first Black president, falling in love with a fact checker (his now wife), and how to free yourself when you're stuck as a writer (tip: read Baldwin or listen to Taylor Swift).
    Grace is available at the link above or wherever you get your books.
    Next week on the podcast: Laura Warrell, author of Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm.
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    • 43 min
    Belletrist's Karah Preiss stops to talk books, family, making TV , and a lot more.

    Belletrist's Karah Preiss stops to talk books, family, making TV , and a lot more.

    This week Angela welcomes Karah Preiss, Co-Founder of Bellatrist, to the show. They talk about how Bellatrist came to be, what she's reading right now, and the role books that have changed her life. They also talk about 'the biz,' and how to turn a book into a TV show or movie.
    Belletrist celebrates great books and the people who read them. Learn more at belletrist.com
    Karah and Emma's new series, Tell Me Lies, is available on HULU.
    Karah's recommendations:
    Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (her new novel, A Spell of Good Things, comes out next year).
    My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
    Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
    Like a House on Fire by Lauren McBrayer 
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    • 53 min
    Kal Penn on his memoir You Can't Be Serious.

    Kal Penn on his memoir You Can't Be Serious.

    This week, Angela speaks to the actor and writer Kal Penn about his memoir You Can't Be Serious, now in paperback. Angie talks to Kal about what led him to leave his role as a TV regular on House to work in the Obama administration, and a whole lot more.
    Kal's book, You Can't Be Serious, is available now.
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    • 53 min
    A Labor Day rerelease: Stanley Tucci

    A Labor Day rerelease: Stanley Tucci

    Hello Lit Up listeners!
    While you're making summery cocktails and making pasta salad this labor day week/weekend, we thought you'd like to enjoy the dulcet tones of Stanley Tucci. Today we're revisiting Angela's October 2021 conversation with the internet's favorite martini maker. We hope you enjoy, and that you have a lovely, sunny Labor Day weekend.
    -Angela, Liam, Olivia, Ruby, and the entire Lit Up team.
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    • 38 min
    Natasha Sizlo on All Signs Point to Paris

    Natasha Sizlo on All Signs Point to Paris

    When Angela first heard Natasha Sizlo's story in 2020, she couldn't believe what she was reading, but she knew she had to be a part of telling it. Now, Natasha joins Angela on Lit Up to talk all about what inspired her to write her new memoir, ALL SIGNS POINT TO PARIS.
    We'll be back in two weeks with Kal Penn!
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    • 44 min
    Isaac Fitzgerald on his memoir Dirtbag, Massachusetts.

    Isaac Fitzgerald on his memoir Dirtbag, Massachusetts.

    This week on the pod, Angela welcomes her friend Isaac Fitzgerald to talk about his memoir Dirtbag, Massachusetts, which recently made its way onto the New York Times Bestseller list.
    Isaac is known for championing others on the Today Show, but Angie asks him about his life, including why he waited a decade to write this book.
    Isaac's recent piece on being an uncle for Esquire can be read here.
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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Lisa Taddeo

Absolutely loved this interview with the author of Three Women. Insightful, intelligent and thoughtful conversation between two writers about how the book became what it was. The best interview I have listened to with her.

writerpainter ,

Intelligent discussions

Thank you for this smart podcast. Angela I love your interview style. I love the quiet nature of these interviews missing so often in podcasts.

J&Mum ,

Amazing interviews

I subscribed to this after watching Angela elegantly handle an interview during noise and evacuation at the Sydney Writers Festival. Listen to this not just for the writers, who are amazing, but for how Angela creates an incredible space for them to open up and have new insights about their work and lives.

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