This week, we head back in time to meet an author ahead of hers: Octavia Butler - an extraordinary trailblazer for Women of Color in the Science Fiction world, MacArthur Genius, and profound lover of books and libraries!
We continue our celebration of Black authors with Claude McKay: Extraordinary Harlem Renaissance Poet, World Traveler, Novelist, Communist, Converted-Catholic, Teacher, and Almost-Carpenter!
In this special Valentine's Day episode, we feature author love stories and letters, both wildly romantic and deeply tragical! Author highlights include Oscar Wilde, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Dickinson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath, and more!
We're kicking off our celebration of Black authors with Paul Laurence Dunbar, who, in his extraordinary but short 33 years, shaped the voice of Black poets in post-Civil War America.
Behind the iconic poem associated with Lady Liberty stands another formidable lady: Emma Lazarus! The subject of this week's episode, we dive into the history of the Jewish poet who changed the meaning of the Statue of Liberty and what it means to be 'American'.
"To our Dear and Loving Listeners..." - that's right! We're doing Anne Bradstreet, America's very first English-American poet! Need ideas for Valentine's Day poems? Anne's got you covered!
It's 2021, time for John Donne. This metaphysical poet sits second to none. Off to England, we hope that you can come - we got rakes and jail time - this episode will be fun!
This week, we celebrate the wild, bohemian queen, Djuna Barnes, who lived and wrote in an extraordinary way. Never heard of her? Give this a listen - her stories are well worth it!
Ever wondered what it was like to be a cowboy, pharmacist, and short story author? O. Henry could absolutely tell you, and this week, Jon will tell all of us about this prolific, down-to-the-wire author!
In this special Christmas-themed live episode, we take a closer look at some classic songs & stories including 'White Christmas', 'T'was the Night Before Christmas', and 'The Gift of the Magi' among others! Join us for these histories, interactive games, and a new LIT version of Jingle Bells!
The truly legendary George Eliot AKA Mary Anne Evans is our focus this week - including her wild successes, intense relationships, and a strange incident involving the Grand Canal in Venice!
Prepare to be spooked, delighted, and amazed as we engage in the shockingly nerdy history of the Brothers Grimm! This episode also features anthropomorphic sausages, so there's that...
This week we cover the queen of quips, the virtuoso of verse, the woman who puts the 'whore' in horticulture: Dorothy Parker. If you don't know her yet, you must! If you do know her, celebrate her extraordinary legacy with us!
This week, we explore fairy tale legend and Danish National Treasure (no really, he was actually called that), Hans Christian Andersen whose life was not exactly a fairy tale but did inspire them!
Need a myth, a man, a LEGEND in your life? Look no further than Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare's peer but superior playwright, spy, and general ruffian - this week's episode has got stories for you!
What do winning power walking medals and Dracula have in common? They were both important parts of Bram Stoker's life! Learn about the creator of the iconic vampire this week as we head off to Ireland!
This week, we're jumping over to England to explore the life of Christina Rossetti, poetess of some extraordinary feminist sonnets, The Goblin Market, and a rather tragic autobiographical short story, among other things! We've also included some bonus 'spooky' readings at the end for your Halloween enjoyment!
Shirley Jackson: author of some of our most iconic horror tales of all time, master of green mashed potatoes, and an advocate and trailblazer for women's autonomy and place in the world. Grab your broomsticks, folks - it's nearly Halloween - the perfect time to honor this extraordinary writer!
This week, we cover the wildly underrated Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of 'The Yellow Wall-Paper' among thousands of other works. Unpack her controversial legacy and learn more about the woman who wrote her own magazine, sewed her own 'species of brassière', and lived by her own rules.
Hitch a ride with Jon as he explores the colorful, passionate legacy of Sci-Fi author Douglas Adams! Don't forget your towel!