100 episodes

A podcast about books, writing, reading, and raccoons. Hosted by Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, editors at Barrelhouse Magazine and authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. Winner of a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. You don't need to read the books to enjoy the show!

Book Fight Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister

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    • 4.4 • 228 Ratings

A podcast about books, writing, reading, and raccoons. Hosted by Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister, editors at Barrelhouse Magazine and authors of fiction and creative nonfiction. Winner of a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. You don't need to read the books to enjoy the show!

    Ep 408: Elizabeth McCracken

    Ep 408: Elizabeth McCracken

    We're joined by Elizabeth McCracken (author, most recently, of the novel The Hero of This Book, out Oct. 4 from Harper Collins) to discuss Mary Gaitskill's 2005 novel Veronica, a book that until recently Elizabeth was scared to re-read. We talk carnality in fiction, and the sweatiness of early 80s New York City. Plus: we compare notes on our time at the Iowa Writers Workshop, discuss trigger warnings for undergrad classes, and Elizabeth explains why for years she quietly pretended to have read Dostoevsky.

    You can order Elizabeth's newest book here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-hero-of-this-book/9780062971272

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 57 min
    Ep 407: Kevin Kearney

    Ep 407: Kevin Kearney

    We're joined by Kevin Kearney (author of the forthcoming novel How to Keep Time, and a staff writer for PopMatters) to discuss John McPhee's 1968 book The Pine Barrens, which taught America about the relatively small pocket of New Jersey that seemed to exist outside of time. We also talk to Kevin about his own book, and the process of finding a publisher for it, which can sometimes feel overwhelming or intimidating, especially for books that might not be a fit for one of the big commercial publishing houses.

    You can find out more about Kevin, and stay up to date on his work, at his website: https://www.kevinmkearney.com/. Also, you can preorder his book, which comes out on November 4: https://www.thirtywestph.com/shop/howtokeeptime

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 56 min
    Ep 406: Adalena Kavanagh

    Ep 406: Adalena Kavanagh

    We're joined by Adalena Kavanagh (work in Electric Lit, The Believer, lots of other places) to discuss three stories from Best American Short Stories 1985, an anthology that for some reason was lying around her house when she was a kid, prompting her to read some Serious Literary Fiction at a young age. Adalena wanted to revisit the stories to see if they would hold up, or even conform to her memories of them.

    You can find out more about Adalena, and follow her work, on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adalenakavanagh. Or on her website: https://adalenakavanagh.com/

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 405: Celeste Doaks

    Ep 405: Celeste Doaks

    We're joined by poet Celeste Doaks, whose most recent book, American Herstory, focuses on the experience of former first lady Michelle Obama's years in the White House, including the art and decor choices she made while living there. So it's fitting that Celeste had us read an essay by art historian Richard Powell about the official Obama portraits, which in many ways broke with established tradition for presidential portraiture.

    We talk about the relationship between writing and visual art, how to use art in a creative writing classroom, and the gender and racial politics of portraiture, among other subjects. Plus we close out the episode with Celeste reading a poem about lightning, so make sure you stay tuned for that!

    You can find out more about Celeste--including how to get a hold of her books--at her website: https://doaksgirl.com/

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep 404: Matthew Vollmer

    Ep 404: Matthew Vollmer

    We're joined by Matthew Vollmer, author of several books (most recently, This House is Not Your Home, 2022) and also our former grad-school classmate. We talk about our experiences at Iowa, and how our writing and teaching have evolved in the years since. Also Clarice Lispector's book The Hour of the Star, which Vollmer loves and Tom finds a little confusing.

    You can find more about Matthew--and links to his work--at his website, http://matthewvollmer.com/

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 403: Catherine Nichols

    Ep 403: Catherine Nichols

    We're joined by Catherine Nichols, writer and host of the Lit Century podcast, to discuss Katie Kitamura's novel Intimacies, which Barack Obama loved and at least one of us kinda hated. Plus: what makes an ideal audiobook, why Shakespeare would be useful in a fight, and the subtle joys of a semicolon.

    You can find Catherine on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/clnichols6. And check out the Lit Century podcast here: https://lithub.com/author/litcentury/

    If you like the show, and would like more of it, we're releasing two bonus episodes a month to our Patreon subscribers, for only $5: https://www.patreon.com/BookFight

    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

bruschi!1!1 ,

Incredibly fun

Love that they balance taking about reading and writing with more light hearted jokes. Some literary podcasts take themselves so seriously that it can be like a lecture. This is more like sitting in on a conversation

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Mike and Tom, hosts of the podcast, highlight all aspects of great creative writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

K,L&R ,

Great for everyone

I have started listening to book fight a few weeks ago every day on my way to school. It’s always captivating and interesting and there’s always so much to learn. Knowing little literary and publishing jargon, Mike and Tom really open me up to that industry and it’s processes in a easy, understandable way. They also give a great professional opinion on the story, how it’s written, and why some books are good and bad. I’ve read a few of the books they’ve covered and they do a great job by not spoiling anything.

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