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Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work we’ve loved.

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Reading Women releases new episodes every Wednesday. Each month features two episodes on the same theme—one highlighting a range of titles and one discussing two titles more in depth—and two author interviews with women writers whose work we’ve loved.

    Interview with Leigh Bardugo

    Interview with Leigh Bardugo

    In this week’s episode, Kendra and Joce talk to Leigh Bardugo, the author of Ninth House, which is out now in paperback from Flatiron, and The Lives of Saints, which is out from Imprint.

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    Lutz Get Down to Business
    We are two cousins from opposite ends of the globe who have way too many opinions about figure skating! So we decided to record ourselves talking about anything and everything that has recently gone down in the skating world.
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    Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

    Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

    Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo


    Author Bio
    Leigh Bardugo is the New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix) which spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, The Language of Thorns, and the King of Scars duology. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Leigh grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.
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    Ep. 100 | Reading Women Award | Fiction Shortlist

    Ep. 100 | Reading Women Award | Fiction Shortlist

    Kendra, Sachi, Jaclyn, and Sumaiyya announce the 2020 Reading Women Award Fiction Shortlist!
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    Reading Women Award Info Page

    Interview with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

    Interview with C Pam Zhang

    Q&A with Tara June Winch

    Books Mentioned

    The Yield by Tara June Winch (Harper Via)


    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (Riverhead)


    How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang (Riverhead)


    Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle (University of Kentucky Press)


    Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove Press)


    Against the Lovelace World by Susan Abulhawa (Atria Books)


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    • 34 min
    Ep. 99 | Reading Women Award | Nonfiction Shortlist

    Ep. 99 | Reading Women Award | Nonfiction Shortlist

    Kendra, Sachi, Jaclyn, and Sumaiyya announce the 2020 Reading Women Award Nonfiction Shortlist!
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    Things Mentioned

    Reading Women Award Info Page

    Interview with Wayétu Moore

    Sachi and Kendra’s Discussion of Minor Feelings

    Lupita’s Review of The Undocumented Americans

    Books Mentioned


    In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf)


    White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad (Catapult)


    The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayétu Moore (Graywolf Press)


    Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami (Pantheon)


    Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (One World)


    The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (One World)


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    • 34 min
    Interview with Raven Leilani

    Interview with Raven Leilani

    In the final episode of our series of interviews in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, Kendra talks to Raven Leilani, the author of Luster, which is out now from FSG. Sign up for the Miami Book Fair!
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    Books MentionedLuster by Raven Leilani
    Angela Recommends

    These Ghosts Are Family by Maisy Card

    Lakewood by Megan Giddings

    Bestiary by K-ming Chang

    Bunny by Mona Awad


    Author BioRaven Leilani's debut novel, Luster, is forthcoming from FSG August 2020. Her work has been published in Granta, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Yale Review, Conjunctions, The Cut, and New England Review, among other publications. She completed her MFA at NYU. Represented by Ellen Levine @ Trident. You can reach her at @RavenLeilani
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    • 32 min
    Interview with Naima Coster

    Interview with Naima Coster

    In the second installment of our series of interviews in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, Kendra talks to Naima Coster, the author of Halsey Street, which is out now from Little A. Sign up for the Miami Book Fair!
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    Books Mentioned
    Halsey Street by Naima Coster

    What’s Mine is Yours by Naima Coster

    Naima Recommends

    Want by Lynn Steger Strong

    The Mothers by Brit Bennett

    The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

    Author BioNaima Coster is the author of two novels. Her debut, Halsey Street, was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. It was recommended as a must-read by People, Essence, BitchMedia, Well-Read Black Girl, The Skimm, and the Brooklyn Public Library among others. Her forthcoming novel, What’s Mine and Yours, will be published in March 2021.
    Naima’s stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Rumpus, Aster(ix), Kweli, The Paris Review Daily, The Cut, The Sunday Times, and elsewhere. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree for 2020.
    Naima tweets as @zafatista and writes the newsletter, Bloom How You Must.  She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
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    • 31 min
    Interview with K-Ming Chang

    Interview with K-Ming Chang

    To kick off a series of interviews in partnership with the Miami Book Fair, Kendra talks to K-Ming Chang, the author of Bestiary, which is out now from One World. Sign up for the Miami Book Fair!
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    Books Mentioned
    Bestiary by K-Ming Chang
    K-Ming Recommends


    Ghost Forrest by Pik-Shuen Fung

    The Black Cathedral by Marcial Gala, Translated by Anna Kiushner

    Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin

    The White Book by Han King


    Author Bio
    K-Ming Chang / 張欣明 is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the debut novel BESTIARY (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her micro-chapbook BONE HOUSE, a queer retelling of Wuthering Heights, is forthcoming from Bull City Press’ INCH series in 2021, and she is currently working on a collection of short stories.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

alexis_m_22 ,

Amazing podcast!

This podcast has opened my eyes to so many good books! Love the conversations they have around women authors, but also the portrayal of women in literature! Definitely recommend!

Versace_294 ,

I learn so much with this podcast

I have never been a person who reads much. I love and respect books and even listen to the radio person’s bi-weekly show on books, but I never thought I could be a person who took less than 3 months to get through a 200-page book. This changed at the end of last year when I found Kendra and Autumn on Instagram by chance. I am that person who follows 3 book clubs on Instagram the way one follows fitness accounts in hopes of inspiring oneself to workout more or, in my case, read more. I figured out this ig page had a podcast and decided - since the radio in my car broke in the car wash and I had finished serial - that I would give these ladies (and books) a chance. I fell in love with the very first episode. I kept listening and writing down the books they talked about that appealed to me. Some of them are too difficult emotionally for me to read (ie. Salvage the Bones), but I am working my way through the 2019 Reading Women challenge and I am 3 books in in January alone! My favourite podcasts have been the one about Hermione and the one about the other Einstein. I admit I am not yet caught up with the episodes, but I am working on it. Through this podcast, I have been enlightened into the way books mimic your life as a reader and can help you through those times where your attitude sucks and things are not working out. Both Kendra and Autumn and the women in these books have taught me much about my life and I think I have grown immensely since I let books in through this podcast. Lastly, I would like to end by saying that these two ladies are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about books and the women who write them and those whose stories are being told. Their words sparked a love for books in me and taught me the importance that female literature has in my life.

alominor ,

Fantastic podcast

I love Kendra and Autumn for creating this podcast. We do need to read more women authors and to #reclaimhalfthebookshelf. The duo does great research and they’re just absolutely charming, my TBR is updated each episode! Love it!

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