236 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 • 310 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

    Crafting with Ursula : Julie Phillips on the Writing Mother

    Crafting with Ursula : Julie Phillips on the Writing Mother

    Ursula K. Le Guin’s biographer, Julie Phillips, joins “Crafting with Ursula” to talk about the writing mother, how Le Guin’s embrace of both writing and motherhood influenced her engagement with feminism, as well as with story form, and ultimately how it prompted her to develop a philosophical framework from which to re-vision her own work […]

    • 1 hr 56 min
    Daniel Mendelsohn : Three Rings — A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

    Daniel Mendelsohn : Three Rings — A Tale of Exile, Narrative, and Fate

    Daniel Mendelsohn’s latest book you could say is about digression and about ring composition, a form of storytelling with digression at its heart. And yet this book, about digression, is not only his shortest and most concise, a mere 112 pages, but also somehow contains all the concerns of his previous books and much more, […]

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Vauhini Vara : The Immortal King Rao

    Vauhini Vara : The Immortal King Rao

    The Immortal King Rao is somehow three narratives in one, a historical novel set within a Dalit community in 1950s India, a near-future tech dystopia on the islands of the Puget Sound near Seattle, and an immigration story from the former to the latter. As a technology reporter herself, Vauhini Vara is interested in artificial […]

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Crafting with Ursula : William Alexander on Writing for Children

    Crafting with Ursula : William Alexander on Writing for Children

    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by them,” says Ursula K. Le Guin. “From within.” This is just one of many quotes that arise from Le Guin’s high regard for the child reader and for the unique intelligence of children. Her philosophy around the importance of the imagination and of imaginative […]

    • 2 hr 12 min
    Hernan Diaz : Trust

    Hernan Diaz : Trust

    Hernan Diaz’s debut novel In the Distance went on to become not only one of the great debuts of the year, but a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and the PEN/Faulkner award. His follow-up Trust is also a book that engages with and interrogates the stories that the United States tells about itself and […]

    • 2 hr 24 min
    Rae Armantrout : Finalists

    Rae Armantrout : Finalists

    The first time Rae Armantrout came on the show, in 2017, we looked at her poetry through the lens of her interest in quantum physics. Now, five years later, with the release of this double collection of poems, we look at her career-long desire to cultivate a poetics that encourages life to interrupt and interject […]

    • 1 hr 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
310 Ratings

310 Ratings

Sarah Matsui ,

Incredible, in-depth conversations on craft

Between the Covers is to me what Car Talk was to my father: the radio show that has earned our quiet devotion through its deep craft knowledge, curiosity, and the fun it adds to our lives. In one episode, host David Naimon described his preparation work as an attempt to 'center someone in the universe of their interests,' and this captured in part the magic of the show for me as a listener. Each episode feels like a deep dive and a sort of real-time longform essay co-written by Naimon and many of my favorite contemporary authors--it's magic. Tin House and Between the Covers are absolute gifts.

Han VanderHart ,

A favorite literary podcast!

Truly a gold standard in podcasting, David Naimon is a consummate host (does not! interrupt! guests!), and listening regularly to Between the Covers is an entire education in itself. Do listen and support this podcast’s Patreon!

kushkaOR ,

Astonishing and brilliant

This is the food I need as an interdisciplinary musician. Thank you!

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