389 episodes

Poured Over is a show for readers who pore over details, obsess over sentences and ideas and stories and characters; readers who ask a lot of questions, just like Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer, a career bookseller who’s always reading. Follow us here for surprising riffs, candid conversations, a few laughs, and lots of great book recommendations from big name authors and authors on their way to being big names. New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).

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    • 4.7 • 240 Ratings

Poured Over is a show for readers who pore over details, obsess over sentences and ideas and stories and characters; readers who ask a lot of questions, just like Poured Over’s host, Miwa Messer, a career bookseller who’s always reading. Follow us here for surprising riffs, candid conversations, a few laughs, and lots of great book recommendations from big name authors and authors on their way to being big names. New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional bonus episodes on Saturdays).

    Crystal Hana Kim on THE STONE HOME

    Crystal Hana Kim on THE STONE HOME

    The Stone Home by Crystal Hana Kim is a story of mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, complicity and betrayal set in 1980s South Korea. Kim joined us to talk about the history that appears in her novel, oppression and storytelling, the importance of historical fiction and more with Miwa Messer, host of Poured Over.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang.                   
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.     
    Featured Books (Episode):
    The Stone Home by Crystal Hana Kim
    If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
    Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
    Paradise by Toni Morrison

    • 39 min
    Amanda Montell on THE AGE OF MAGICAL OVERTHINKING

    Amanda Montell on THE AGE OF MAGICAL OVERTHINKING

    The Age of Magical Overthinking by Amanda Montell combines witty and playful analyses of the way our brains work in the nonstop information age with personal stories that will make readers feel like talking to a best friend. Montell joins us to talk about the truth about cognitive biases, her extensive research process, the effects our society has on our thinking and more with guest host, Jenna Seery. We end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Jamie.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Jenna Seery and mixed by Harry Liang.                    
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.          
    Featured Books (Episode):
    The Age of Magical Overthinking by Amanda Montell
    Cultish by Amanda Montell
    Wordslut by Amanda Montell
    The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
    All Fours by Miranda July
    Mistakes Were Made (but Not By Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson
    The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
    Blue Sisters by Coco Mellors
    White Feminism by Koa Beck
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff):
    The Book of Delights by Ross Gay
    The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

    • 50 min
    Sarah Hart on ONCE UPON A PRIME

    Sarah Hart on ONCE UPON A PRIME

    Once Upon a Prime by Sarah Hart connects mathematics and fiction, encouraging readers to dig deeper into why they like to read what they like to read, using math as a guide. Hart joins us to talk about her path to writing, the unexpected parallels between seemingly different disciplines, some of her favorite mathematical literature facts and more with guest host, Jenna Seery.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Jenna Seery and mixed by Harry Liang.                    
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.          
    Featured Books (Episode):
    Once Upon a Prime by Sarah Hart
    Moby Dick by Herman Melville
    The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
    The Ruba'iyat of Omar Khayyam by Omar Khayyam
    The Eight by Katherine Neville
    When We Cease to Understand the World by Benjamin Labatut
    The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
    Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
    The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
    Ulysses by James Joyce
    The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    In Memoriam by Alice Winn

    • 42 min
    Carys Davies on CLEAR

    Carys Davies on CLEAR

    Clear by Carys Davies is a beautifully written short novel about the price of isolation and the desire for community. Davies joined us to talk about the importance of language in her writing, wilderness and western adaptations, writing concise stories and more with Miwa Messer, host of Poured Over. We end this episode with TBR Topoff book recommendations from Marc and Jamie.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang.                   
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.     
    Featured Books (Episode):
    Clear by Carys Davies
    West by Carys Davies
    The Mission House by Carys Davies
    In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
    Inland by Tea Obreht
    The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff
    Featured Books (TBR Topoff):
    Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
    At the Edge of the Woods by Kathryn Bromwich

    • 44 min
    Maggie Nelson on LIKE LOVE

    Maggie Nelson on LIKE LOVE

    Like Love by Maggie Nelson features essays and conversations, advice and introspection, spanning the decades of her career. Nelson joins us to talk about her many influences, the role of love in art criticism, vulnerability in writing and more with Miwa Messer, host of Poured Over.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Miwa Messer and mixed by Harry Liang.                   
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.     
    Featured Books (Episode):
    Like Love by Maggie Nelson
    Bluets by Maggie Nelson
    The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
    My 1980s and Other Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum
    Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz
    The Weather in Proust by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
    Black and Blur by Fred Moten
    Index Cards by Moyra Davey
    Suicide Blonde by Darcey Steinke
    The Seas by Samantha Hunt

    • 41 min
    Anne Lamott on SOMEHOW

    Anne Lamott on SOMEHOW

    Somehow: Thoughts on Love by Anne Lamott is full of empathy, heart and humanity, drawing on personal struggles and triumphs to showcase the wider truths of love and compassion. Lamott joined us to talk about the powers of connection, the impact of distractions in our lives, joy and wonder in creativity and more with guest host, Jenna Seery.
    This episode of Poured Over was hosted by Jenna Seery and mixed by Harry Liang.                    
    New episodes land Tuesdays and Thursdays (with occasional Saturdays) here and on your favorite podcast app.          
    Featured Books (Episode):
    Somehow: Thoughts on Love by Anne Lamott
    Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
    Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
    The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
    The Dry by Jane Harper
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
    Happy All the Time by Laurie Colwin
    On Writing by Stephen King

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

The most reader ,

For Book Lovers!

Wonderful podcast, very informative. It’s perfect for those looking for a book to read!

EditorFanboy ,

How I Find the Next Book I’ll Love

It’s that simple. I listen to these interviews, get intrigued by an author, and suddenly I’m absorbed in the book — and that author’s bibliography.

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Book Lovers Rejoice!

Miwa is a wonderful host and gets authors sharing stories beyond their books that make us love the books even more. Perfect to listen to on a drive or while doing yard work and other tasks that take you away from reading.

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