Between The Covers : Conversations with Writers in Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry

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Recent Reviews
  • Han VanderHart
    A favorite literary podcast!
    Truly a gold standard in podcasting, David Naimon is a consummate host (does not! interrupt! guests!), and listening regularly to Between the Covers is an entire education in itself. Do listen and support this podcast’s Patreon!
  • kushkaOR
    Astonishing and brilliant
    This is the food I need as an interdisciplinary musician. Thank you!
  • malfoxley
    Great show!
    David, host of the Between the Covers podcast, highlights all aspects of writing and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
  • objectplace
    Long form
    The long form allows for deeper conversations. The questions are well informed holding thoughtful twists going beyond the standard banter
  • pdx011
    The best of the best
    You just can’t get better than this. Reliably excellent episodes to sink into...
  • RosemariB
    Natalie Diaz!
    Natalie Diaz!! Wow, parts I & II, fantastic!
  • Sra. O
    Insightful!
    Just listened to the episode with Jenny Offil about Weather... wow! Great job! Illuminating conversation, it was hard at times to connect with an unhinged narrator!
  • steph1927
    Very meaningful discussions
    Insightful and eye opening, even if you haven’t read the work they are discussing. David thinks critically and is remarkably well-researched: carefully composing his questions and directing the conversation. Truly the best podcast to which I’ve had the pleasure of listening.
  • AnthonyCMoore
    Thanks David!
    Really love the show and your preparation for your guests. The interviews are in-depth and provide really insightful tips for nonfiction writers.
  • didilea
    Between the Covers w David Naimon is close reading for writers
    No one reads as insightfully or prepares as well as David Naimon. His questions are doorways that lead us deeper into literary works and elucidate the creative process of writers. I don’t think there is a more valuable podcast for readers and writers anywhere. This is the cutting edge of understanding what literature can do for us now.
  • Disappointed_gamer
    A tad difficult to listen to
    I wanted to like this but I can't get past the lip smacking and other mouth noises. The EQ or mic settings need to be adjusted for David to prevent these sounds from coming through.
  • Mindspray
    Reading Rainbows
    Great chats with authors I’ve mostly never heard of. Still a worthy time passer.
  • Daveiii
    Great Conversations
    Between the Covers might be my favorite podcast to fall asleep to. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, but I mean it as anything but. David Naimon has insightful, deeply felt questions and invites his guests to answer with equally rich, personal responses. There’s something so comforting about these interviews that makes them perfect bubbles to drift off towards
  • Bobbi from Bloomington
    The most intelligent podcast available
    I am so glad I found Between The Covers. This is honestly the most intelligent conversations and interviews I have ever been privy to. Thank you so much.
  • Jsoc211
    Brilliant thoughtful interviews with writers
    I love this podcast
  • Matty G Maps
    Exceptional
    I absolutely love this podcast! Thanks to BTC I've learned about so many fantastic writers and books and especially love revisiting particular author episodes after reading the books that I learned about the first time through. David is easily the most reliably thoughtful and well-researched interviewer that I'm aware of; it's clear that a great deal of time goes into preparing for each interview and the results prove it!
  • Bernardeph
    5 Stars!
    Recent find for me. Immediately began pouring through the backlog. Has some of the most insightful interviews with a clearly engaged host in David.
  • Adie_A
    I don’t even like podcasts much but I love this one!
    People talk about books, people ask writers questions, and people do this stuff often but David Naimon is different. He actually reads each writer's work and actually thinks about it because the conversations he has with these writers and the questions he asks are insightful and hella thoughtful. Thank you David for creating this and continuing your work.
  • Astonished Barb
    Between the Covers
    As a writer and a reader, I get so much out of David Naimon's interviews. I end up reading a lot of the authors I hadn't heard of and love them--and appreciate them.
  • Scott Mcclanahan
    Fav new podcast
    The Catherine Lacey episode was phenomenal.
  • Gabriela Veritas
    My Favorite Podcast
    David Naimon’s thoughtful insights as a deep reader and masterful interviewer make Between the Covers my favorite podcast of any genre. Thank you, David, for the time, effort and soul you put into each and every episode. If I could, I’d add another star to your rating!
  • gloriaNoto
    Thank goddess
    A deeply important and needed show
  • saxon75
    Wonderfully intelligent discussions
    This is certainly the most erudite, intelligent, intellectual literary show I’ve heard. What I love about this show is that the conversations, led by host David Naimon, always have depth to them but I never get the feeling that I’m being left out. Quite the contrary, these conversations are inviting and generous, and I always look forward to a new episode.
  • herheadinfilms
    An Exceptional Podcast
    I love David Naimon's "Between the Covers" podcast. David conducts in-depth interviews with all the best literary writers working today. Every episode gives me something to think about or makes me look at something in a different way. It's a pleasure to listen to this podcast, and I'm so grateful for it!
  • Moyer to self
    A most thoughtful and engaging writing podcast
    David Naimon delights and impresses me with every episode. He is able to meet wonderful authors in their own writing, bringing insight to texts and in depth focus on both story and technique. Not many readers are as insightful and thought-provoking in their connections to and considerations of modern literature. Thanks to David: a humble and a gracious host, who lets his guests and their writing take the spotlight in every episode. He takes listeners on adventures deep into the workings, characters, and landscapes of wonderful works of words with fantastic interviews.
  • RT8248
    This is catnip to a certain kind of person
    David Naimon is an amazing reader. I've got to believe that every writer he interviews must go away afterward with a new understanding of their own writing. Cetainly the listener does. If you love to read -- and think about what you are reading -- you will enjoy this broadcast. If you read AND write, you make it a regular part of your life.
  • #mbj
    wonderfuly done
    A wonderful way to learn more about the authors and books I love and explore those I don't yet know. The host is exquisitely well prepared and asks great questions while respectfully keeping the focus on the author and the work.Really well done!
  • Indiesummit
    A Wealth of Creative Inspiration
    If you're a writer, this podcast is the next best thing to reading. David Naimon's craft-focused interviews provide the context behind the writing as he teases the how's and why's out of the authorial decisions we find on the page. It's a remarkable resource, not just in terms of the the tactics and techniques writers employ to deliver powerful prose; but also in terms of inspiration and fresh perspectives on how we tell stories. Subscribe now!
  • Kyle Minor
    Reader
    The best books podcast.
  • Sort of a Librarian
    Howdidyougetthatjob?podcast
    David Naimon is a terrific interviewer and his guests are the best. Don't miss the Ursula Le Guin interview.
  • Reviewer in California
    Sensitive and insightful
    If you like books you must subscribe.
  • Lily B-D
    Best lit podcast around
    Great authors, insightful host, engaging conversations. An all-around fantastic podcast.
  • Hannah McNeely
    Best author podcast!
    I absolutely love this show! David Naimon is such a good interviewer. He's thoughtful and does extensive research. He's clearly a good reader and he makes the guests comfortable and open about their work. So glad I stumbled upon this show!
  • HCMarks
    Required Listening for Readers AND Writers
    David Naimon is a writer's reader whose insight into an author's oeuvre allows him to plumb from them deep inspection and knowledge. His interview style is reserved, yet firm--he comes to his conversations with a map, and I'm only too happy to take the journey along with him. A must-listen.
  • AnnaMonnaPia
    Soundings
    In water the term “soundings” is used to measure depth. David Naiman’s interviews are soundings that represent that plunge. In order to accomplish this, David shows up prepared, respecting the artist, and nudging them to plunge deeper. When David questions, I hear amazement and delight in the author's voice. It’s not the same old droll; in fact, David’s insights energize them. And they’re most surprised that he’s actually read their book from cover to cover. I think David’s podcast represents the best of American interviews with authors in media today.
  • PKullberg
    Best ever!
    Not just book reviews, but explorations into the craft of writing, the writing life, the meaning of literature and the role it plays in our lives. Incredibly well researched and thought out. These interviews make me a better writer and a better reader. Top notch.
  • cvmarm
    Great podcast about top authors
    This podcast is fantastic. Interview subjects have included award-winning authors such as George Saunders, Kelly Link, Junot Diaz, Claudia Rankine, Roxane Gay, William Gibson, Karen Russell, Anthony Doerr, and many more. The host, David Naimon, has a charming personality and asks thoughtful, probing questions. You can tell he thinks carefully about the material and about the author's place in the world of literature. Love it!
  • MariaLoreD
    My favorite podcast!
    This is by far my favorite literary podcast. David Naimon offers the most in depth interviews with top literary writers and poets I've ever heard/read. David offers incredible insight into contemporary literature and issues facing readers/writers/artists today. He interviews my favorite writers and creates lively discussion and analysis of their most recent work. This podcast is especially of interest for aspiring writers and artists, because the discussions include a detailed analysis of the craft of writing as well as the content and far reaching importance of the literary work discussed. David is also so earnest and interesting that he puts his guests and listeners at ease. Unlike in some other interviews I've listened to, there's no snobbery or name dropping here, just an honest conversation with some of your favorite writers.
  • Diane the Reviewer
    Best Book Podcast
    David Naimon's interviewing prowess makes Between the Covers the best podcast about books. His breadth of knowledge about the writing world is impressive, and his insightful questions are astute.
  • kenajones
    The Powell's Books of author interviews
    David Naimon is an intelligent and amiable host and you can't beat the all-star list of authors he interviews on Between the Covers. Portland is fortunate to be a literary mecca, thanks mostly to Powell's, our world-class independent book store that books for readings the most interesting American writers working today. I'm particulary fond of David's interviews with Karen Russell and George Saunders, and get the idea both authors had an equally good time doing the show.
  • Bones Moulton
    Wish I’d Thought of That...
    Here’s what I love about David Naimon’s author interviews, (besides the stellar line-up): In just about every interview, there’s a moment in which the author responds to a question with “Wow, yeah, I wish I’d thought of that..do you mind if I use it?” Naimon often articulates these ideas that even the author has missed in her/his own text, and I love to listen to that discovery. It’s clear the authors appreciate such in-depth, serious interviews – kudos to Naimon for doing the research, and paying such close attention to detail.
  • cari luna
    I love Between the Covers
    Between the Covers is one of the best literary podcasts out there. David Naimon is an excellent, insightful interviewer, and his guests are top notch.
  • Disjantle
    Between the Covers is pretty awesome
    If you like to read, if you’re curious about the people who write what you like to read, if you wish you could talk to the people who write what you like to read … you should check out this fantastic podcast. The host, David Naimon, clearly delights in having a genuine conversation with a wide variety of authors, and the writers clearly know they’re discussing their work with someone who’s gone to the trouble of reading deeply, with insight and curiosity. That doesn’t mean these conversations can’t also be funny and reflective because they’re all that and more. Naimon is the essential reader-writer’s interviewer.
  • coenpaz
    insightful and intimate interviews
    The host and I must have similar taste, because nearly every one of these authors is on my must-read/have-read list. Mr. Naimon has a way of asking astute questions that take the interviewee off-guard — in a good way. This often leads to surprising digressions and answers that you won’t find in stock interviews elsewhere. I was asked to listen to the Parzybok interview for class, and I’ve since made my way through the entire catalog. Kudos!
  • Ishmael123
    no title
    I love this show. David Naimon is a generous and insightful interviewer - he gets terrific writers on as guests and always seems to come up with perfectly apt questions to get them talking in an interesting and revealing way.
  • Franklin Graff
    Fabulous
    The content of these author interviews is fabulous. I think I'm getting as much out of these interviews as I would have gotten out of an MFA program (also a lot cheaper).
  • H.Caulfield
    Awesome Program
    Love the authors chosen but also how much research and preparation the host seems to do
  • elenafelix
    Excellence
    What I really appreciate about the interviews in “Between the Covers” is the smart questions made by David Naimon. Each and every question is well prepared and goes deep into the author’s psyche. Each interview is approached with profound knowledge of the author’s work and career. For me every interview in “Between the covers” is a learning experience and I’m really grateful for that.
  • AlwaysHaveAnOpinion
    Good Questions Extend Enjoyment
    David Naimon's questions aren't simply more interesting than the typical interviewer. The questions involve the author in a more penetrating way. Occasionally, the author's response shows spontaneous delight. i've listened to reviews for books that I have already read, and felt the host opened up a pathway to extend the enjoyment I already felt. His questions about the author's actual writing experiences are interesting from a process perspective.
  • ideacog
    great novelist interviews
    David Naimon is a measured, warm, well-researched and insightful interviewer. And it doesn't hurt that the authors he chooses have coincided so well with my own reading interests. Bravo!
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