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Poured Over is a show for readers who pore over details, obsess over sentences and ideas and stories and characters; readers who ask a lot of questions, just like Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer, a career bookseller who’s always reading. Follow us here for surprising riffs, candid conversations, a few laughs, and lots of great book recommendations from big name authors and authors on their way to being big names. New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).

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Poured Over is a show for readers who pore over details, obsess over sentences and ideas and stories and characters; readers who ask a lot of questions, just like Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer, a career bookseller who’s always reading. Follow us here for surprising riffs, candid conversations, a few laughs, and lots of great book recommendations from big name authors and authors on their way to being big names. New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).

    Matthew Quick on WE ARE THE LIGHT

    Matthew Quick on WE ARE THE LIGHT

    “I grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood. And you know, nobody was expected to be a novelist — that was not a thing, that was not a choice in my neighborhood. And when I made that choice, it was very strange to people. And it was a really hard thing for people to accept and my father and my grandfather did not understand that at all. And they discouraged me. But then once I succeeded, they really claimed that, and my grandfather would tell everyone…”
    Matthew Quick (The Silver Linings Playbook) joins guest host Allyson Gavaletz to talk about his new novel, We Are the Light, along with breaking cycles, writer’s block, connecting with people, collective trauma, running, Jungian analysis, the books and writers he loves to teach, his literary influences, what’s next for him and more. And we end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Madyson.
     
    Featured Books (Episode):
    We Are the Light by Matthew Quick
    The Ferryman by Justin Cronin
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
    Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
     
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff):
    A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman
    The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
     
    This episode of Poured Over was produced and hosted by Allyson Gavaletz and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

    • 52 min
    Adam Hochschild on AMERICAN MIDNIGHT: THE GREAT WAR, A VIOLENT PEACE, AND DEMOCRACY'S FORGOTTEN CRISIS

    Adam Hochschild on AMERICAN MIDNIGHT: THE GREAT WAR, A VIOLENT PEACE, AND DEMOCRACY'S FORGOTTEN CRISIS

    "One of the ways you can get into my cast of characters is by leaving a very detailed written record. Because that's what we historians have to work from, you're not allowed to make stuff up like a novelist can… And, of course, it skews, to some extent, the way history is written. Because the rich leave more records than the poor, men leave more records than women, white people leave more records than Black and so on.”
    Adam Hochschild (King Leopold’s Ghost) joins us on the show to talk about his latest book, American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis. Hochschild connects the dots between our America and an all-too familiar America of a century ago, riffing on power and deception, Woodrow Wilson’s legacy, undercover agents, labor organizers, the Espionage Act of 1917, what’s next for him and much more with Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer.


    Featured Books:
    American Midnight: The Great War, a Violent Peace, and Democracy’s Forgotten Crisis by Adam Hochschild
    Rebel Cinderella by Adam Hochschild
    King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
    The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
     
    Poured Over is produced and hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

    • 49 min
    Erika T. Wurth on WHITE HORSE

    Erika T. Wurth on WHITE HORSE

    "When I was a kid, I was super, super geeky, it was so nerdy. And all I read was dragon books, or ghost books, or elf books…someone tried to give me a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, and I just remember thinking, Where are the dragons? And when I went to do my doctorate in creative writing and literature —especially at the time, and even now, they kind of steamroll that out of you, they sort of train you to think that there are two things called literary and genre… if you're a good writer, and smart, you write literary (later on, I came to understand, that just meant realism). And that literary was a series of conventions that had nothing to do with genre. And then I just missed — I really desperately missed [genre] — especially horror, because it's something that's able to marry the darker, more realistic, gritty parts of fiction that I love so much, with kind of the nerdy stuff like ghosts and monsters."
    An urban Native of Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee descent, writer Erika T. Wurth joins guest host Allyson Gavaletz to take readers behind the scenes of her fabulous new novel, White Horse, and to talk about her own family’s story, clairvoyance, nostalgia, heavy metal music, finding comfort in reading horror, her favorite contemporary horror writers and much more. We end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Madyson.
     
    Featured Books (Episode):
    White Horse by Erika T. Wurth
    Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
    Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative by Chuck Wendig
    Mastering Suspense, Structure and Plot by Jane K. Cleland
     
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff)
    My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones
    Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica
     
    This episode of Poured Over was produced and hosted by Allyson Gavaletz and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

    • 44 min
    Sue Lynn Tan on HEART OF THE SUN WARRIOR

    Sue Lynn Tan on HEART OF THE SUN WARRIOR

    “They're rooted in our culture as well. And because of all that, I think they feel a little bit more real, even though they are fantastical magical realms…and there's also this timeless quality in a way as well….I do think also there is a lot of room for imagination to grow in these stories.” Sue Lynn Tan joins guest host Kat Sarfas on the show to take readers behind the scenes of her latest epic, Heart of the Sun Warrior, the stunning sequel to Daughter of the Moon Goddess, from world-building, favorite characters, resilience, to celebrating the mid-Autumn festival, what’s next and much more. And we end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Madyson.
    Featured Books (Episode)
    Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
    Heart of the Sun Warrior by Sue Lynn Tan
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff)
    Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani
    The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
    This episode of Poured Over was produced and hosted by Kat Sarfas and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes on Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

    • 48 min
    Jerry Saltz on ART IS LIFE

    Jerry Saltz on ART IS LIFE

    “We are writing our stories to the world, as opposed to just reading the old stories. And somehow, some way accidentally, intentionally, desperately on the case and caught off guard, Art is Life captures this huge sweep and ends about where we are now in the present—which is an epic place as well.”
    Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jerry Saltz (How to Be An Artist) is consistently one of the smartest, freshest and liveliest voices in art criticism and he joins us on the show to talk about his new book, Art is Life, and his finger-on-the-pulse perspectives of the art world, including: how art history is being rewritten, the problematic intricacies of the art market, the absolute need for museums and galleries to adapt to the current social climate, the evolution of art critique in social media and much more with guest host Allie Ludlow. And we end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Jamie.
     
    Featured Book (episode):
    Art is Life by Jerry Saltz
     
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff):
    The Secret Lives of Color by Karissa St. Clair
    Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel
     
    This episode of Poured Over was produced and hosted by Allie Ludlow and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

    • 54 min
    Patti Smith on A BOOK OF DAYS

    Patti Smith on A BOOK OF DAYS

    “I'm really driven by poetry. I'm really driven by language. But also, I'm driven by a desire to connect with the people. So I could have been a teacher. I could have been a politician. I could have been anyone that communicates with people verbally because I liked that. I wound up a performer, but it was all rooted in poetry. And as a book person, I have loved books since I was a toddler.”

    Writer, performer, National Book Award Winner (Just Kids), Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Patti Smith joins us on the show to take us behind the scenes of A Book of Days, connecting with readers, taking the pictures she wants to take (and leaving the rest to others), her love of mathematics, paying attention to marginalia in books, Arianna Grande and Harry Styles, Keanu Reeves (and the John Wick movies), dancing to pop music and much more with Poured Over’s host Miwa Messer. And we end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and guest bookseller, Grace.
    Featured Books (Episode)
:
    A Book of Days by Patti Smith

    Woolgathering by Patti Smith

    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

    2666 by Roberto Bolaño
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff)

    This Searing Light, The Sun, and Everything Else by Jon Savage

    Morning Glory on the Vine by Joni Mitchell
    Poured Over is produced and hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang. Follow us here for new episodes Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays).

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

redheadbooklover ,

A book lover’s dream!

I think this podcast is fantastic. I’m an aspiring writer and extremely devoted to literature. I love how the host asks smart, interesting questions. Everyone should give this a try!

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Not Only for Book Lovers

Yes, this podcast is created by America’s Bookstore but it isn’t only for book people. The host has a relaxed and witty style that will appeal to many podcast listeners!

graceoverdrama ,

Sept 10th episode

Love this podcast and variety of authors and genres and themes. I especially appreciate the panels of authors However, Please Please Please let the listener know if spoilers are included in episodes. The Sept 10th episode includes significant spoilers and novel is not yet released . Very disappointed.

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