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A podcast about books, literature, reading, publishing, and more. Hosted by Emily Hughes and Kyle Deas.

Portable Magic Emily Hughes & Kyle Deas

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A podcast about books, literature, reading, publishing, and more. Hosted by Emily Hughes and Kyle Deas.

    Episode 18: What We've Been Reading in 2016

    Episode 18: What We've Been Reading in 2016

    This episode, Emily and Kyle catch up on what they've been reading so far in 2016 – including a long-overdue discussion of Scott Hawkins' The Library of Mt Char.

    They also discuss several new fantasy novels, Kyle's cookbook addiction, Helen Ellis' hilarious new book of short stories, and the inspiration behind the Pringles potato chip guy.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 08:00: Smoke by Dan Vyleta
    08:00 – 15:00: Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe
    15:00 – 23:00: American Housewife by Helen Ellis
    23:00 – 36:00: The Library at Mt. Char by Scott Hawkins
    36:00 – 40:00: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
    40:00 – 47:00: Simple French Food by Richard Olney
    47:00 – 55:00: Sunny's Nights: Lost and Found at a Bar on the Edge of the World by Tim Sultan


    What have you been reading so far in 2016? Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC!

    • 58 min
    Episode 17: Finding the Motivation to Read (& Gift Recs!)

    Episode 17: Finding the Motivation to Read (& Gift Recs!)

    This episode, Emily and Kyle discuss how they find the time and motivation to read, even amongst all the other distractions of modern life.

    Plus, for the second year in a row, they provide a comprehensive gift list for all the last-second holiday shoppers out there.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 10:00: What We're Reading
    10:00 – 40:00: Finding the Motivation to Read
    40:00 – 1:00:00: Gift Recommendations!

    What Emily's Reading:


    The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

    What Kyle's Reading:


    Slade House by David Mitchell
    2666 by Roberto Bolaño
    The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski


    How do you find the time to read? Did you Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 16: Which Books Will Become Classics?

    Episode 16: Which Books Will Become Classics?

    This episode, Emily and Kyle discuss which contemporary books will become classics. Along the way, they touch on Infinite Jest, Harry Potter, and many, many more.

    Plus, Kyle's been spending some time with Welcome to Night Vale and the newest encyclical from the Pope, while Emily's been immersed in Peter Clines' The Fold.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 16:00: What We're Reading
    16:00 – 1:00:00: Contemporary books that will become classics

    What Emily's Reading:


    Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu
    Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
    The Fold by Peter Clines

    What Kyle's Reading:


    Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor


    Which books do you think will stand the test of time? Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC!

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    Episode 15: Books We Read in High School

    Episode 15: Books We Read in High School

    This episode, we take a trip back to our awkward high-school years to discuss what we read, what we didn't, and what stuck with us.

    Plus, quick thoughts on Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora and Nicole Kornher-Stace's Archivist Wasp.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 16:00: What We're Reading
    16:00 – 1:20:00: Books We Read in High School

    What Emily's Reading:


    Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
    Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
    Faiths and Furies by Lauren Groff

    What Kyle's Reading:


    Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
    Out on the Wire by Jessica Abel

    We also discussed classic books that were probably on your high-school reading list.


    What did you read in high school? What books or teachers did you love or loathe? Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Episode Fourteen: Bill Bryson

    Episode Fourteen: Bill Bryson

    This episode, we take a closer look at the bibliography of the amiable travel, science, and memoir writer Bill Bryson. 

    Plus, our quick thoughts on China Mieville, The Devil in the White City, and pop history vs. scholarly history.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 10:00: What We're Reading
    10:00 – 53:00: Bill Bryson

    What Emily's Reading:


    Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville
    The Devil and the White City by Eric Larsen

    What Kyle's Reading:


    Cuba in Revolution: A History Since the 50s by Antonin Kapscia

    Bill Bryson Books We Discuss:


    The Lost Continent
    Notes from a Small Island
    In a Sunburned Country
    A Walk in the Woods
    I'm A Stranger Here Myself
    A Short History of Nearly Everything
    At Home: A Short History of Private Life
    One Summer: America 1927

    Other Works Mentioned:


    The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell
    Gulp by Mary Roach
    The Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams


    We love hearing from readers! Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC. 

    • 53 min
    Episode Thirteen: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

    Episode Thirteen: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

    This episode, we take a hopefully-not-too-grim look at the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction. Emily wonders why the genre attracts so many hyper-masculine writers and Kyle talks about one of his favorite and one of his least favorite novels.

    No spoilers to speak of in this episode.


    Episode Breakdown:


    0:00 – 9:00: What We're Reading
    9:00 – 1:00:00: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

    What Emily's Reading:


    The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    The Incorruptables by John Horner Jacobs

    What Kyle's Reading:


    Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Other Works Mentioned:


    "Sleep Donation" by Karen Russell
    "Black Moon" by Kenneth Calhoun
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlein
    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr.
    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
    California by Edan Lepucky
    The Stand by Stephen King
    "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury

    Buying books at Powell's by using these affiliate links helps support the show!


    Do you love or hate to read about the end of the world? Email the show at portablemagicpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us @PortableMagicPC! 

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

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LOSTEN UP BOOKLOVERS

This is the best literary podcast I've yet to stumble upon, and that's saying a lot because I am a podcast addict. Spending time with Emily and Kyle is like being back home with old friends; they're relatable, smart, and funny. You get a balanced perspective on whatever topic they happen to be tackling because one works in publishing and the other is just a regular ol' bookaholic. Seriously- if you love ( or even moderately tolerate) books and everything to do with them, listen to Portable Magic! My only problem with it is that they can't put out new episodes fast enough to sate my addiction.

mc1282 ,

Smart & Fun

Listening to this podcast is like hanging out with two smart, awesome friends. Emily and Kyle have lots of insights into books and publishing, and you can tell that they really love books. I always enjoy listening to this show, and I find lots of great book recommendations through it, too.

Shotintoeternity ,

Excellent literary podcast!

Portable Magic is an insightful and fascinating look at the contemporary literature scene by Emily Hughes and Kyle Deas. Each episode delves into a different aspect of the literary scene,ioffering in-depth book reviews and analysis in a way that's both sophisticated and engaging. If you want to learn something and be entertained at the same time, I highly recommend Portable Magic.

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