16 episodes

In this podcast, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager brings you intimate, entertaining, and revealing conversations with her favorite writers. Hear from authors as they share their creative process, their love of books, and what inspires them to share their stories with the world. Join Jenna as she continues her mission to connect readers, create conversations and share her love of reading. Follow ‘Read with Jenna’ for new episodes every week.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 647 Ratings

In this podcast, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager brings you intimate, entertaining, and revealing conversations with her favorite writers. Hear from authors as they share their creative process, their love of books, and what inspires them to share their stories with the world. Join Jenna as she continues her mission to connect readers, create conversations and share her love of reading. Follow ‘Read with Jenna’ for new episodes every week.

    Luke Russert: "I'm Still a Work in Progress"

    Luke Russert: "I'm Still a Work in Progress"

    Savannah Guthrie and her former coworker Luke Russert share a heartfelt conversation about Russert’s journey around the world, which he embarked on after the death of his father, journalist Tim Russert.

    • 31 min
    Tara Westover: “I Wanted a Different Life”

    Tara Westover: “I Wanted a Different Life”

    Tara Westover tells Jenna Bush Hager about her sheltered upbringing and the route she took into the outside world, which she also recounts in her blockbuster memoir “Educated.”

    • 34 min
    BONUS: Book Picks for the Holiday Season

    BONUS: Book Picks for the Holiday Season

    Rumaan Alam, the bestselling author of "Leave the World Behind", a Read with Jenna pick, joins Hoda & Jenna with his recommendations for good books that would make great gifts to share the joy of reading this holiday season.

    • 6 min
    Mo Willems: "My Books Are an Invitation to Be Creative"

    Mo Willems: "My Books Are an Invitation to Be Creative"

    Author and illustrator Mo Willems talks to Joe Fryer about 20 years of his "Pigeon" book series, and how he hopes his stories inspire play and imagination in children. Up next for Willems? An opera.

    • 23 min
    Steven Rowley: “Inspired by a Very Real Love Story”

    Steven Rowley: “Inspired by a Very Real Love Story”

    While New York Times bestselling author Steven Rowley writes about life and love with heart and humor in his novels, his own real life romance is one for the books. Rowley joins Jenna Bush Hager to talk about his latest book “The Celebrants,” a recent Read with Jenna pick, and why he believes all parts of life — the happy, the sad, the messy and the beautiful — are worth celebrating. The two are joined by Rowley’s husband and author of “Big Gay Wedding”, Byron Lane, to discuss the couple's beautiful love story, one as romantic and inspiring as the stories you’ll find in the pages of their books.

    • 31 min
    Helen Ellis: “Marriage Is Play”

    Helen Ellis: “Marriage Is Play”

    Essayist Helen Ellis joins Jenna Bush Hager to talk about the secrets to a successful long-term relationship, drawing from Ellis’ newest release, “Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge: Intimate Confessions from a Happy Marriage".

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
647 Ratings

647 Ratings

Calvinfenny ,

Will you post more?

I have really enjoyed listening to Jenna‘s podcast. I’ve gotten to hear from some authors that I’ve already read, and I’ve been encouraged to read books from authors I’ve never read before. Really wondering why there have not been more posted? Will Jenna be recording more podcasts?

displace Aggie ,

Reading with Jenna

Keep the episodes coming!

Redk14 ,

Love the authors you've interviewed

Why have the podcasts stopped! 🥲

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