Beyond the Book is presented by Literary Affairs a literary lifestyle company that has been promoting great literature and fostering a community of book lovers for two decades. Beyond the Book offers book club style salons with best-selling and literary debut authors, literary talks on classic novels, professionally facilitated book groups, panel discussions and cultural conversations related to current books. Each audio or video episode is curated by Literary Affairs founder and leader Julie Robinson to inspire thoughtful conversations and continue our mission of bringing together readers and writers. We know that we are not alone in feeling that reading books enriches our lives, deepens our humanity and helps us better understand and have compassion for the world we live in. With Beyond the Book podcasts you don’t just have to read a book you can experience it along with us.
JANELLE BROWN on PRETTY THINGS
This Beyond the Book interview with Janelle Brown was recorded in May 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of the paperback release, we are sharing this conversation about Pretty Things. Read the book, then enjoy this in depth book club-style conversation with Janelle Brown and Julie Robinson.
YAA GYASI on TRANSCENDENT KINDOM
In this episode we welcomed back Medici Book Club Prize winner Yaa Gyasi to discuss her latest novel Transcendent Kingdom. In this book club style conversation, Yaa talks about the shifts she had to make to create a completely different novel from her debut. She also told us what she read before and during the writing process that impacted her craft and how she approached race, culture and geography in her work.
LISA SEE on THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN
This Beyond the Book interview with Lisa See was recorded April 2020 at an online Books & Bathrobes event. In celebration of Women’s History Month we are publishing Lisa’s discussion about The Island of Sea Women. The in depth book club-style conversation with Julie Robinson focused on female friendships, loss, resilience and forgiveness.
LILY KING on WRITERS AND LOVERS
This Beyond the Book interview with Lily King was recorded at our first online Books & Bathrobes event. Lily discussed her novel Writers and Lovers in an in depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson. We are releasing this fun and informative talk in celebration of the paperback publication of Writers and Lovers. We know it will appeal to writers, readers and lovers alike as we are still experiencing life in a pandemic.
INAUGURAL POET RICHARD BLANCO
We ended our conversation last April hoping for another inaugural poet to speak to our nation and we were gifted with that and more. In celebration we are releasing our private America’s Food Fund fundraising event, with inaugural poet Richard Blanco in conversation with Julie Robinson, talking all things poetry and inclusive of poetry readings by Blanco.
AYAD AKHTAR on HOMELAND ELEGIES
An online Books & Bathrobes conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar about his novel Homeland Elegies. In this in-depth book club style conversation with Julie Robinson, Ayad discusses his delight in heightened language and takes us through this fascinating, brilliant and deeply personal novel and how it reflects the post 9/11 American landscape.
A really insightful deep dive into new literature with a great mission statement. Loved it, keep up the good work!
Such a treat. Helps you delver deeper into the book. Love it!
5 stars!!! +++
This podcast is truly in the title Beyond the Book. I am left so fulfilled after listening to each episode and highly recommend this to all book lovers out there who love diving much deeper!