The LoveReading Podcast

The LoveReading Podcast

The LoveReading Podcast is a monthly mix of book-related conversation associated with the popular book recommendation website Hosted by author and editor Elena Lappin, it contains interviews with writers, publishing professionals, journalists, readers, book sellers, and book reviewers, discussing books and other themes related to literature of various genres, and the arts. We will also cover relevant current events such as book festivals, prizes, etc.

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Stories We Tell and Stories We Hide

Episode 2

Host: Elena Lappin
Duration: 1:07:07


The LoveReading Podcast is a lively mix of interviews and conversations about books and arts. This month, Elaine Castillo discusses the hidden and shared narratives in the lives of Philippino immigrants in her dazzling debut novel America Is Not The Heart. Louisa Young reveals the heartache behind writing her memoir You Left Early, about her fiancé Robert Lockhart’s battle with alcoholism, and talks their shared love of music. In Where Books Come From, literary agent Jonny Geller and film producer JJ Lousberg debate the relationship between books and film in the age of Netflix. Lucy Scholes returns with her new Book Post for June, previewing The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, Florida by Lauren Groff, and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh. Elena Lappin introduces her first Top Pick: Small Country by Gaël Faye, a powerful debut novel about a childhood and family torn apart by war and genocide.



00:00 - Teaser

01:01 - Intro

01:59 - Elaine Castillo

18:44 - Louisa Young

33:12 - Where Books Come From with Jonny Geller and JJ Lousberg

49:32 - Book Post with Lucy Scholes

54:58 - Elena Lappin’s Top Pick (Gaël Faye)

64:48 - Outro/Credits

Lives are changed by the books people read

Episode 1

Host: Elena Lappin
Duration: 52:23


This first episode, presented by author and editor Elena Lappin, features novelist Salley Vickers and her new novel The Librarian. Critic Lucy Scholes discusses new books she looks forward to reading and reviewing in Book Post, and literary agent Gaia Banks shares her top tips for writing and getting published in Where Books Come From. The podcast includes a reportage from the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Awards, featuring interviews with judges Andrew Holgate and Tessa Hadley, and the winner Courtney Zoffness. Actor Tim Dewberry reads from My Face for the World to See by Alfred Hayes.



00:31 - Book Post with Lucy Scholes

08:12 - Salley Vickers Interview

23:45 - Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award: Andrew Holgate, Tessa Hadley, Courtney Zoffness 

37:46 - My Face For the World to See by Alfred Hayes, read by Tim Dewberry

43:28 - Where Books Come From with literary agent Gaia Banks


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