288 episodes

Author interviews with today's best writers — established & up-and-coming — in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Hosted by David Naimon & Tin House in Portland, Oregon. --The Guardian's 10 Best Book Podcasts --Book Riot's 15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers --the most intense and awesome podcast I've ever been a part of–Gary Shteyngart

Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry David Naimon, Tin House Books

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    • 4.8 • 384 Ratings

Author interviews with today's best writers — established & up-and-coming — in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Hosted by David Naimon & Tin House in Portland, Oregon. --The Guardian's 10 Best Book Podcasts --Book Riot's 15 Outstanding Podcasts for Book Lovers --the most intense and awesome podcast I've ever been a part of–Gary Shteyngart

    Alexis Wright : Praiseworthy

    Alexis Wright : Praiseworthy

    Today’s guest is one of the most important and celebrated writers in Australia today, Alexis Wright. We look together at the ways Wright reshapes the novel form to honor Aboriginal notions of story, of time, and of scale. To find a different sound and voice for the novel, one that is multiple and collective. both […]

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Nam Le : 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

    Nam Le : 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem

    Over the past fifteen years, Nam Le has published a book in each genre. Best known for his phenomenal 2009 debut story collection The Boat, he followed it with his 2019 debut nonfiction On David Malouf, and now, this year, his debut poetry collection 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem. What is remarkable about […]

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Anne de Marcken : It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over

    Anne de Marcken : It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over

    Writer, interdisciplinary artist, editor and publisher Anne de Marcken discusses her new book It Lasts Forever and Then It’s Over. Winner of the Novel Prize, and thus published simultaneously in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, by New Directions, Fitzcarraldo Editions and Giramondo respectively, de Marcken’s new book is a deeply philosophical and metaphysical, heartbreakingly funny […]

    • 2 hr 11 min
    Canisia Lubrin : Code Noir

    Canisia Lubrin : Code Noir

    Award-winning poet Canisia Lubrin talks about her debut fiction, Code Noir. The fifty-nine stories in this collection are each prefaced by one of Louis XIV’s fifty-nine “Black codes,” the rules of conduct in France and its colonies regarding slaves and slavery. And each of these codes, each of these edicts, is also engaged with, manipulated and […]

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Diana Khoi Nguyen : Root Fractures

    Diana Khoi Nguyen : Root Fractures

    Today’s conversation, with poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen, is not to be missed. Both of her books, Ghost Of and Root Fractures, engage with and are shaped by her brother’s absence and the family silence surrounding it. Two years before his suicide, her brother quietly removed the family photos from their frames on […]

    • 2 hr 39 min
    Álvaro Enrigue : You Dreamed of Empires

    Álvaro Enrigue : You Dreamed of Empires

    Today’s conversation with Álvaro Enrigue about his latest novel, You Dreamed of Empires, translated by Natasha Wimmer, is set during the relatively undocumented first encounter between Moctezuma and Hernán Cortés. The novel dilates the knife’s edge moment when the Aztec emperor invites the conquistador, with his small band of Spanish soldiers, into the palaces of […]

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
384 Ratings

384 Ratings

P.P. Bub ,

Exquisite

David’s careful, deeply curious attention to texts, and the smart and enthusiastic connections he makes among them, is an aural antidote for the speed and superficiality with which so much other discourse charges itself in the name of commercial optimization. These are beautifully rendered, important conversations. Thank you, David!

Daly City Dollar Tree ,

Hilarious

David Naimon interviewing a guest reminds me of Bruce Springsteen in concert, speaking between songs. We hit all the tangents, head forward, move back a little, make a circle, then another tangent and maybe another circle before we get to the end of his question. At the end, we’re not sure what the question is. Maybe we’re not even sure what happened or where we’ve been, but just like how, at a Springsteen concert, it makes the song sound sweeter, Naimon turns the interviewee’s words into pure gold.

Imparcticle ,

The ideal book podcast

I can say unequivocally this is truly the ideal podcast for literature. No other podcast reveals the spirit of a book quite like this one—the interviews with authors is rich in both content and language. I love listening to the words chosen to express thinking, in addition to the pleasure of listening to the content of those words. As soon as I listen I remember why I love reading and each episode brings new ways to appreciate literary conversation. Of the many hundreds of podcasts, this one is essential and a classic. Thank you for creating this!

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