Episode 63: Blair Hurley’s The Devoted

This week's episode is a really special one, listeners. This time, we're in conversation with each other, and we're talking about the launch of Blair's debut novel, THE DEVOTED. Listen as we dive deep into the novel's journey from very ragged first draft to published book! Olivia was there at the earliest stages, and she'll be asking me all about the inspiration for the book, and the process of revision, rejection, and acceptance. Read article

Episode 62: The Winter of East 81st Street

Did you miss us? We're back, listeners, in time to start gearing up for Halloween, with stories from our special FEAR issue of Two Cities. This week, Robin Greene reads her dark memoir of a run-in with a disturbing stranger in "The Winter of East 81st Street." This week's episode contains some adult themes and may not be suitable for younger listeners, so please use your discretion. Read article

Episode 61: Interview with Willie Davis

We're back to our regular podcast schedule, listeners, and we're very excited to present our interview with writer Willie Davis about his debut novel, NIGHTWOLF. Willie chats with us about creating fictional spaces, the underside of superheroes and myths, and the characters that inspired this darkly comic novel. Read article

Episode 60: Poems and Stories of Illness and Mortality

In this episode, we're thinking about what it means to live in a human body, and how stories and poems can confront and make meaning out of illness and death. We read and discuss Two Cities author Charlene Langfur's poem "All of it Returns". Then we discuss some of our favorite recent reads that tackle the difficult subjects of illness and the inevitable passage of time. Books discussed include My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Atul Gawande's Being Mortal. Read article

Episode 59: The Summer Reading Episode

It's the summer reading episode, listeners! First, we hear a story from the issue; Mary Ann Presman reads her funny, poignant story "Picking up the Pieces." Then we discuss some of our favorite reads of the summer so far: Shanti Sekaran's Lucky Boy, and Tommy Orange's There There. Read article

Episode 58: The Art Edition

tcpodcastlogoArt and writing make a great pair. We discuss the poem Learning How Not To by Paul Ilechko from the June issue and the books The Art Forger and Self Portrait With Boy.

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Episode 57: More Summer Reading, Kennedy Sievers reading

Summer reading and the power of books. Kennedy Sievers reads her piece "The Answers are Written in the Book" from our blog. Also, hear us talk about The Orphan Master's Son and The Book That Matters Most. Read article

Episode 56: Poetry from the June Issue, Summer Reading 2018

We are excited that the June issue of Two Cities Review is out! Hear a poem from the new issue, Echo of Myself by Rebecca Beardsall, and learn what Blair and Olivia are reading this summer, including books that haven't come out yet or were written years ago and forgotten... Read article

Episode 55: Poetry from the Issue, Books that Make You Think

...And we're back, listeners! After a brief hiatus, we are back on schedule for the podcast with a great new episode of booktalk. First we hear Two Cities author E.J. Evans read "So Much of My Life Has Consisted of Longing", from the Spring issue; then we discuss books that have gotten us thinking and stimulated great discussions in our lives. What books have gotten you thinking lately? Read article

Episode 54: Interview with Dayna Patterson

This week we are so excited to present an author interview with Two Cities writer Dayna Patterson. Dayna wrote the stunning "The Disposal of Mormon Garments", which appeared in issue 16. We've made the piece available to read for free, so check it out — or you can hear Dayne read it aloud in this episode. (And enjoy our bonus outtake at the beginning of this episode — to give you a glimpse behind the scenes!) Read article