Storybound

Storybound

Storybound is a radio theater program designed for the podcast age. In each episode, listeners will be treated to their favorite authors and writers reading some of their most impactful stories, designed with powerful and immersive sound environments. Brought to you by Lit Hub Radio and The Podglomerate.

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October 19, 2021 43 min
For the next few weeks, Storybound will honor 2021 National Book Awards finalists who have appeared on this show by re-airing their episodes. This week, Robert Jones Jr. reads from his debut novel "The Prophets", with sound design and music composition from Josh Garrels. Robert Jones, Jr. is a writer from New York City. He received his B.F.A., magna cum laude, in creative writing, and M.F.A. in fiction from Brooklyn College...
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For the next few weeks, Storybound will honor 2021 National Book Awards finalists who have appeared on this show by re-airing their episodes. This week, Lauren Groff reads her short story "Flower Hunters" from her short story collection Florida, with sound design and music composition from Naomi LaViolette. Lauren Groff is the author of six books of fiction, the most recent the novel “Matrix” (September 2021). Her work has ...
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Elizabeth McCracken reads her short story, "It's Not You," backed by an original Storybound remix with Moon Hound, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Elizabeth McCracken is the author of seven books: "Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry," "The Giant’s House," "Niagara Falls All Over Again," "An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination," "Thunderstruck & Other Stori...
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Marian Crotty reads her short story "Halloween," backed by an original Storybound remix with My Son the Doctor, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Marian Crotty's first book, "What Counts as Love," was published through the University of Iowa Short Fiction Awards (John Simmons Award). The book was a semi-finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize and received the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for f...
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Leigh Newman reads her story "Howl Palace," backed by an original Storybound remix, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Leigh Newman's memoir about Alaska, “Still Points North” was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard prize and her new book "Nobody Gets Out Alive" is forthcoming next spring from Scribner. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s, the Paris Review, One Sto...
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Sarah Thankam Mathews reads her story "Rubberdust," backed by an original Storybound remix, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Sarah Thankam Mathews grew up between Oman and India, and immigrated to the United States at seventeen. She was a Rona Jaffe Fellow in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a Margins Fellow at The Asian American Writers' Workshop. Her work has been featured in "Best Am...
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Jane Pek reads an excerpt from her story “Portrait of Two Young Ladies in White and Green Robes (Unidentified Artist, Circa Sixteenth Century)," backed by an original Storybound remix with Daniel Frankhuizen, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Jane Pek was born and grew up in Singapore, and now lives in New York. She has a BA in History from Yale University, a JD from the New York University School of Law, and an ...
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William Pei Shih reads an excerpt from "The Enlightenment," backed by an original Storybound remix with Modern Diet, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. William Pei Shih has had stories published in "The Best American Short Stories 2020," VQR, McSweeney's, Catapult, The Asian American Literary Review, The Des Monies Register, The Masters Review, and many others. He's received scholarships and su...
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Meng Jin reads an excerpt from her story "In the Event," backed by an original Storybound remix, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Meng Jin is the author of the novel "Little Gods," which was a finalist for the NYPL Young Lions Award and LA Times First Fiction Prize. Her next book, "Self-Portrait With Ghost, a Collection of Short Fictions," is forthcoming from Custom House in the summer of 202...
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Myriam Gurba reads her story "Writing Ourselves Into Bed," backed by an original Storybound remix with Zola Jesus, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist. She is the author of the true-crime memoir "Mean," a New York Times editors’ choice. O, the Oprah Magazine, ranked "Mean" as one of the best LGBTQ books of all time. Publishers’ Weekly describes Gurba as having...
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Anna Reeser reads her short story, "Octopus VII," backed by an original Storybound remix with The Bright Light Social Hour, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Anna Reeser’s short fiction is anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 2020 and is published in journals including Fourteen Hills, CutBank, and The Masters Review. She is an alum of the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshops, the Tin House Winter Works...
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Ruth Wariner reads an excerpt from "The Sound of Gravel," backed by an original Storybound remix with Shook Twins, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Ruth Wariner is an internationally renowned speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "The Sound of Gravel". At the age of fifteen, Ruth escaped Colonia LeBaron, the polygamist Mormon colony where she grew up, and moved to California. S...
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Scott Nadelson reads his short story "Liberté," backed by an original Storybound remix with Mount Comfort, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently "Aftermath," a memoir, "The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress," and a novel, "Between You and Me." His stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Th...
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Joseph Fink and Meg Bashwiner read excerpts from "The First Ten Years," backed by an original Storybound remix with Fake Shark, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Joseph Fink is the Creator of the "Welcome to Night Vale" and "Alice Isn't Dead" podcasts, and the New York Times bestselling author of "Welcome to Night Vale, It Devours!" and "The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Live...
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Tamara Winfrey-Harris reads an excerpt from "Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power," backed by an original Storybound remix with Au Revoir Simone, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Tamara Winfrey-Harris is a writer who specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics, and pop culture intersect with race and gender. She has been published in The New York Ti...
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Omar El Akkad reads excerpts from "American War" and "What Strange Paradise," backed by an original Storybound remix, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Omar El Akkad is an author and journalist. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives in the United States. The start of his journalism career coincided with the start of the war on terror, and over the followin...
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Nichole Perkins reads an excerpt from "Sometimes I Trip On How Happy We Could Be," backed by an original Storybound remix with Dustin O'Halloran, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Nichole Perkins is a writer from Nashville, Tennessee, currently based in Brooklyn. Nichole is a 2017 Audre Lorde Fellow at the inaugural Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat and a 2017 BuzzFeed Emerging Writers Fellow. She is also ...
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Matt Haig reads an excerpt from "The Midnight Library," backed by an original Storybound remix with Robert Wynia, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Matt Haig is an author for children and adults. His memoir "Reasons to Stay Alive" was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children’s book "A Boy Called Christmas" was a runaway hit and is translated in over 40...
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Morgan Jerkins reads an excerpt from her book "Caul Baby," backed by an original Storybound remix with French Cassettes, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, and now residing in Harlem, New York, Morgan Jerkins is the New York Times Bestselling author of "This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America" and "...
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Chuck Klosterman reads an excerpt from "Raised in Captivity: Fictional Nonfiction," backed by an original Storybound remix with Portico Quartet, and sound design and arrangement by Jude Brewer. Chuck Klosterman is an author and essayist. He's written eight books of nonfiction, including "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs," and two novels ("Downtown Owl" and "The Invisible Man"). He has written for publ...
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