Episodes
It's a big week here at Lit Up. Angie sits down with Brendan Borrell, author of The First Shots, The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine, a book she is publishing through her job as Editorial Director at Sugar23 books.  The First Shots bring us inside the world of the vaccine race, and will soon be adapted for HBO by Adam McKay (Succession, The Big Short, Anchorman). You can purchase the book via the link on our website, lituppodcast.com In two weeks:...
Published 10/22/21
This week on Lit Up, Angela brings on Esquire editor Adrienne Westenfeld to talk about the books you should read this Fall. Adrienne and Angie also talk about TV, Hobbits, the changing ways men are writing about masculinity, and a lot more. You can read Adrienne's writing in Esquire and on esquire.com Next week: Brendan Borrell and The First Shots, his book about the COVID vaccine race.
Published 10/19/21
This week Angela welcomes Christine Pride and Jo Piazza on Lit Up to talk about their new book, We Are Not Like Them. They talk about their own interracial friendship, how it informed their book, and what it's like to write with another person. We Are Not Like Them is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com
Published 10/12/21
This week, Angela welcomes actor, director, writer, TV show host, and Instagram’s favorite bartender Stanley Tucci to Lit Up. Angie and Stanley talk about food (of course), living in Italy, and how you should always talk to whoever’s next to you. Stanley’s book, Taste, is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com
Published 10/05/21
This week, Angela welcomes her old friend and colleague Annie Daly on the podcast to chat about her new book Destination Wellness. They talk about the commercialization of wellness, the origin of the term self-care, and that time they crashed a wedding. They also talk about how to be a better traveler. Annie’s book is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com Next week: The Tooch.
Published 09/28/21
For the past 5 years, a mysterious figure has been tricking agents, famous authors, book scouts, and other unwitting participants into sending them their precious manuscripts. New York Magazine writer Reeves Wiedeman began an obsessive, exhaustive to figure out who this person is. Angie and Reeves talk about the exhaustive work (and danger) that went into finding the spine collector, as well as his book Billion Dollar Loser, The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neuman and Wework.
Published 09/21/21
With fall here in the US, and much of the world going in and out of lockdown, Angela is feeling like it’s a moment of transition, so she decided to talk to a friend and colleague for guidance. Liz Plosser is the Editor in Chief of Women’s Health, and she’s written a new book called Own Your Morning. Angie and Liz talk about changing routines, how your personal life can bring joy to your work zoom meeting, and how to survive working next to your partner. Let us know about your moment of...
Published 09/14/21
Angie misses New York. Yes, she still lives there, but she's missing the beautiful chaos of life before the pandemic in New York. Maybe that's why she decided to share one of her favorite episodes with the quintessential New Yorker Parker Posey. If you're a lucky New Yorker, you saw her walking in the East Village, crossing the street in a turban or with her little dog Gracie. Back in 2019, before the pandemic, Angie and Parker got together at an energetic New York spot to talk about her...
Published 08/31/21
For the next couple weeks, we’re going into the archives to give you some of our most requested episodes. This week, Angie talks with National Book Award Finalist Min Jin Lee about her smash novel Pachinko. It’s a timely conversation about complicated history and the experience of people who are persecuted where they live and have no choice but to flee. Next we’ll be revisiting Angela’s conversation with the one-and-only Parker Posey! Please tell your book-loving friends and family all about...
Published 08/24/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Katie Kitamura, author of the new novel Intimacies. Katie and Angie talk about how novels become different things once they are written, what it’s like being married to a writer, and catching your students on YouTube. Katie's new novel, Intimacies, is available now and you can purchase via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com.
Published 08/17/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Meredith Westgate, author of the new novel The Shimmering State. Meredith and Angie talk about the pitfalls of sharing too much with your partner, the power dynamics in Hollywood for young women, and the power of dance. You can purchase Meredith's debut novel, The Shimmering State, via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com.
Published 08/10/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, author of Call me Zebra and her new novel Savage Tongues. Azareen tells Angie about traveling with healing in mind, how mothers and daughters speak to one another, and the way riding a horse makes her feel.
Published 08/03/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Stephanie Danler, author of the best seller Sweetbitter and her new memoir Stray. Stephanie tells Angela about confronting her past, the dangers of magical thinking, and the value of gentleness. Stray is available now and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. Lit Up is a podcast from Sugar23. It's hosted by Angela Ledgerwood and produced by Liam Billingham. Mike Mayer and Michael Sugar are the executive producers. This...
Published 07/27/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Raven Leilani author of the award-winning book Luster. Raven tells Angie about her obsession with painting, writing as the act of speaking to your past self and failure being integral to making art. They also talk about Six Flags as a romantic destination. Lit Up is a podcast from Sugar23. It's hosted by Angela Ledgerwood and produced by Liam Billingham. Mike Mayer and Michael Sugar are the executive producers. This week's episode was edited by...
Published 07/20/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with Lisa Taddeo, author of the best-selling book Three Women and the new novel Animal. Angie and Lisa chat about being obsessed with their moms, jealousy between women, and the wisdom of French actresses.  Lisa's book, Animal, is available now, and there's a link to purchase via our website, LitUpPodcast.com Lit Up is hosted by Angela Ledgerwood. It's produced by Liam Billingham. Mike Mayer and Michael Sugar are the executive producers. The theme music...
Published 07/13/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with her friend Laura Dave, author of the best-selling book The Last Thing He Told Me. Angie and Laura talk about being the hero of your own story, writing to Bruce Springsteen songs, and how every book is a love letter. We're off next week, but we'll be back the week after! Have a great holiday weekend.
Published 06/29/21
This week on the podcast, Angela speaks with writer, poet, and immigrant justice organizer Gabriela Garcia, author of Of Women and Salt. Angie and Gabriela talk about the best intentions of mothers, machismo, and the importance of The Babysitter’s Club in Gabriela’s life. You can purchase Gabriela's book, Of Woman and Salt, via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com, and read more of her work at gabrielagarciawriter.com.
Published 06/22/21
This week on the podcast, Angela meets up IN PERSON with her friend Trent Preszler. He’s a winemaker, wooden boat builder, and author of the memoir Little and Often. Angie and Trent discuss what Trent learned about himself in the wake of his father’s passing, and how a beat up wooden toolbox changed his life. Little and Often is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUp Podcast.com. You can follow him on instagram @preszlerwoodshop. Lit Up is a Podcast from...
Published 06/15/21
This week on Lit Up, Angela welcomes poet, clinical psychologist and author Hala Alyan. Her new novel, The Arsonist’s City, is about a family spread between Lebanon and the US who come together after the death of their family’s patriarch. Angie and Hala talk about messy family dramas, the charged history of the Middle East, and how to cope in times of uncertainty. The Arsonist's City can be purchased via the link our (new!) website, lituppodcast.com, and you can learn more about Hala and her...
Published 06/08/21
This week on the podcast, Angela welcomes Clint Smith, author of How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. Clint shares stories about the places he visited and people he met on his mission to understand the legacy of slavery in the US. Angie and Clint also talk about the gift of poetry, how much we can learn about the past by talking to our elders, and, the best kind of jokes, according to his kids. How The Word is Passed is available now, and you can...
Published 06/01/21
This week, Angela welcomes Lauren Oyler to the podcast. They talk about dumb ex-boyfriends, apocalyptic mindsets, and why depressing books make them feel in step with the world. They also talk about Lauren’s new book, Fake Accounts. Fake Accounts is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. You can learn learn more about Lauren's writing at laurenoyler.com and follow her on twitter @LaurenOyler. Lit Up is a Podcast from Sugar23. It is hosted by...
Published 05/25/21
On this week’s episode, Angie speaks with author and journalist Te-Ping Chen, whose collection of short stories about China, Land of Big Numbers, is available now. They talk about robots cutting your noodles, funeral strippers, and hotline girls. Te-Ping’s book The Land of Big Numbers is available now, and you can purchase it via the link on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. You can learn learn more about Te-Ping’s writing at te-pingchen.com and read her work in the Wall Street Journal. Lit Up...
Published 05/18/21
On this week’s episode, Angie speaks with Nadia Owusu, the author of one of 2021’s most anticipated books, Aftershocks. Angie and Nadia talk about growing up all over the world, loving jazz, and the healing power of a rocking chair. Nadia's memoir, Aftershocks, is available now, and there's a link to purchase it on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. You can find more of her work at https://www.nadiaaowusu.com/ Lit Up is a Podcast from Sugar23. It is hosted by Angela Ledgerwood. The show is...
Published 05/11/21
Angie has been dancing in her apartment during covid. And her dancing reminded her of this convo from early 2020, before we were all stuck dancing in our apartments. On this episode, Angie speaks with Elizabeth Gilbert about dancing, becoming interesting, and why being honest is better than being good. Elizabeth's book, City of Girls, is available now, and there's a link to purchase it on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. You can find more her work at https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/ Lit Up is...
Published 05/04/21
On this episode, Angie speaks with award-winning author Jess Walter about his novel, The Cold Millions, inspired by his grandfather’s years crisscrossing the west by train, searching for work. Angie and Jess talk about how to make the best Manhattan, wealth inequality in the Gilded Age, and why the history of organizing in Spokane, Washington resonates today. Jess' book, The Cold Millions, is available now, and there's a link to purchase it on our website, LitUpPodcast.com. You can find more...
Published 04/27/21