Listen: 10 Best-of-Books Author Podcasts

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‘Tis the season for “best books of 2016 lists” to help you discover what to read next. As your TBR pile grows, turn to Signature’s sister podcast, Beaks and Geeks, for a way to find out a bit more about a book before diving in. Check out some of our podcasts from this past year, featuring the books that still have everyone buzzing.

In this episode, Yaa Gyasi, featured in the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2016, discusses diaspora, history, and her ambitious debut novel, Homegoing.

Nancy Isenberg, author of White Trash, was also featured in the Times’s notable list. Here, Nancy shares her in-depth analysis of the history of poor whites in America.

On episode #136, Delia Ephron, featured in People’s Best Books of 2016, talks about writing, eating habits, and terrible bosses while she gives readers the scoop on her bestselling novel, Siracusa, a psychological thriller that follows two unhappy couples on their Sicilian vacation.

This episode features Jennifer Close, whose book The Hopefuls is a must-read from the election year. This book is a witty, invigorating, and very pertinent journey into the status mecca of D.C. culture, and it justly made Esquire’s the Best 25 Books of 2016.

Heather Havrilesky wrote How to Be a Person in the World, which also made Esquire’s the Best 25 Books of 2016. Here, Heather chats about her advice column, Ask Polly, compassion, and Game of Thrones.

Beaks & Geeks also interviewed five compelling authors featured in National Public Radio’s 2016 Book Concierge. First up is Helen Ellis, everyone’s favorite American Housewife.

Lyndsay Faye, author of Jane Steele, waxes literary on everything from classic literature and her influences to murder.

Amor Towles stunned readers everywhere with his 2011 debut novel, Rules of Civility. His new novel, A Gentleman in Moscow, is as captivating. In this episode of Beaks & Geeks, Amor chats about Russians, research, and Andre Agassi.

Dan Vyleta’s Smoke stands as one of the most original novels we’ve read this year. In this interview with Vyleta, Amy and the author get into technology in the Victorian age and more.

Finally, Colin Dickey’s Ghostland is a romp through the most haunted corners of the United States. In this conversation with the author, guest host Emily gets to the root of why we’re obsessed with ghosts.