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Podcast Power: Damian Barr's Literary Salon


How Damian Barr enhances book culture through podcasting

Photo: Damian Barr by Honeybunn Photography
Damian Barr's Literary Salon honors and celebrates the tradition of creative minds coming together to discuss all aspects of their craft. It is "where the world’s best writers share new books and reveal their own personal stories. It’s where readers and writers meet through special live events and online content including revealing interviews, must-listen podcasts [and] brand-new stories."

Barr doesn't do it alone. "From 2021 [he] is joined by Guest Hosts including Sara Collins, Alexandra Heminsley, Sam Baker, Anthony Anaxagorou and Sathnam Sanghera."
From Barr: 

"The people who trust me to interview them often tell me things they haven’t told anybody else. They can tell I’ve done my research and they feel safe and respected - whether that’s on radio, on stage or in print. Sometimes it’s about asking the questions the audience really want to hear but really it’s about listening - really listening. Then responding honestly. Whoever I’m in conversation with. Whatever the outlet or platform."

The reputation and reach of the Salon continue to grow: 

"Our podcast features over 180 in-depth interviews ranging from emerging stars to established names including works-in-progress and world premieres. Starring: Diana Athill, Jojo Moyes, Tracey Thorn, Okechukwu Nzelu, John Waters, David Mitchell, Yaa Gyasi, Maggie O’Farrell, A M Homes, Garth Greenwell, Mary Beard, Natalie Haynes, David Nicholls, Armistead Maupin and many more…"
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Book Pages 

Reading Nook: Jeff & Will's Big Gay Fiction Podcast

"The Big Gay Fiction Podcast is for avid readers and passionate fans of gay romance fiction. Each week [hosts Jeff and Will] bring you exclusive author interviews, book recommendations and explore the latest in gay pop culture. Look for new episodes each Monday as well as select Thursdays." In their June 7 episode, Jeff and Will talk to YA authors Jason June (Jay’s Gay Agenda) and Emery Lee (Meet Cute Diary) about their books, their take on YA lit, and what Pride means to them. Visit the website to learn more! 
Pub Club: Minorities in Publishing
with host Jenn Baker

Minorities in Publishing was created by publishing professional Jenn Baker. The podcast "discuss[es] diversity (or lack thereof) in the book publishing industry with other professionals working in-house as well as authors and those in the literary scene." With Bev Rivero, Baker puts out two episodes per month, and to date, there are over a hundred episodes posted, with transcripts, on the website

In a recent episode, "Episode 106: Interview with Chris Gonzalez," "Ebook production specialist, literary mag editor, and author Chris Gonzalez discusses the balancing act of working in publishing and his creative pursuits, how he built a literary community when coming to New York City, and about his upcoming story collection I’m Not Hungry But I Could Eat publishing later this year." 

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