Episodes
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
On this episode Angie speaks with Jen Silverman about her new novel, We Play Ourselves, inspired in-part by her own life as an award-winning playwright—minus the scandals! Angie and Jen talk about the blurred boundaries of a creative life, anger, why Jen draws sad pandas, and what lights her up. Jen's book, We Play Ourselves, is available now, and there's a link to purchase it on our website, LitUpPodcast.com Lit Up is a Podcast from Sugar23. It's hosted by Angela Ledgerwood. The show is...
Published 03/31/21
On this episode, Angie speaks with Kaitlyn Greenidge about her new novel, Libertie, inspired by the life of one of the first black female doctors in the United States. Angie and Kaitlyn talk about the complexity of mother daughter relationships, what the reconstruction era can teach us about 2021, and what lights Kaitlyn up. Kaitlyn's book Liberte is available March 30. Lit Up is a Podcast from Sugar23. It's hosted by Angela Ledgerwood. The show is produced by Liam Billingham. Mike Mayer and...
Published 03/29/21
Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she chats to the authors she loves most about books, life, and what lights them up.
Published 03/29/21
Published 03/29/21
All families are nuts, according Vicki Laveau-Harvie and there was no better place to explore her family's eccentricities than her Stella Award winning debut memoir The Erratics. Vicki talks with host Angela Ledgerwood about her experience growing up with, and escaping, a narcissistic mother and creating a new life for herself in France & Australia with her chosen family.
Published 10/30/19
The perfect life is different for everyone and what we all dream of but sometimes it isn’t everything we think it is. Elaine Welteroth lifts the veil on the perfect social media life in her new book More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are and talks about finding those little clues in your earlier life full of enthusiasm to help you on your journey to doing what you love.
Published 10/16/19
Addiction to technology is hard to get away from, but author Courtney Maum is taking a break from the internet and returns to talk about the preservation of art in her new book Costalegre with Host Angela Ledgerwood. Courtney talks about deep diving into an idea rather moving quickly from one to the next.
Published 10/10/19
Self reflection is one of the hardest things we can do to ourselves and Jia Tolentino covers this in her new book of essays Trick Mirror: Reflections of self delusion. Host Angela Ledgerwood talks with Jia on what inspires her essays and how we can learn to sit within the knowledge of things we've done in the past without changing ourselves.
Published 08/07/19
There were a lot of events that shaped America in the 1960’s – the Vietnam war, the first moon landing. Host Angela Ledgerwood talks with Kathleen on how she researched these events and the consequences of our actions for her new multi-generational novel – America was hard to find.
Published 08/01/19
Our past is made up of relationships, both good and bad, and these relationships shape who we are. Lisa Taddeo reveals to host Angela Ledgerwood the real-life experiences that inspired the three main characters of her new book, Three Women, and what she has learned about desire.
Published 07/24/19
Ocean Vuong explores race, class and masculinity within his storytelling. Better known for his honest and beautiful poetry, Ocean speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about his debut novel: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, and the power of breaking the silence for those less fortunate.
Published 07/17/19
Eat. Pray. Love’s portrayal of the inner-struggles we deal with and the raw emotions that come with these struggles is part of what made her book hugely successful. Elizabeth shares with host Angela Ledgerwood how taking a deep dive into your own emotions and your own character and its’ flaws can help you form these relatable characters in books.
Published 07/04/19
Eat. Pray. Love’s portrayal of the inner-struggles we deal with and the raw emotions that come with these struggles is part of what made her book hugely successful. Elizabeth shares with host Angela Ledgerwood how taking a deep dive into your own emotions and your own character and its’ flaws can help you form these relatable characters in books.
Published 07/03/19