Why Why Why

The Books Podcast

We ask writers why they wrote the book they wrote, editors why they published the book,

and readers why they picked up the book and read it.

Episodes free every month or so from iTunes and Soundcloud.

August 19, 2019

Rudi Dornemann talks to Ng Yi-Sheng about his short story collection Lion City (download from iTunes or Soundcloud)

Yi-Sheng is an award-winning poet, a playwright, a translator, and a writer and editor of nonfiction, and Lion City is his first collection of...

April 23, 2019

Rudi Dornemann talks to Anoud about her short story "Kahramana" in the anthology Iraq + 100 (download from iTunes or Soundcloud)

Anoud is the pseudonym of an Iraqi-born author. 

Iraq + 100 collects stories by Iraqi authors all set  a century after t...

January 31, 2019

Rudi Dornemann starts our second season talking to Daniel Braum about his short story collection The Night Marchers (download from iTunes or Soundcloud)

Daniel is the author of two collections and organizes the Night Time Logic reading series in New Yor...

June 8, 2018

Linda Mannheim talks to Leone Ross about her short story collection Come Let Us Sing Anyway (download from iTunes or Soundcloud)

Leone is the author of three books and was in the historic photograph A Great Day in London, which brought together Black and Asi...

May 5, 2018

Linda Mannheim talks to Joanna Walsh about Seed, her Saboteur Award shortlisted novella (download from iTunes or Soundcloud)


Seed uses a new format, a digital space that readers access and explore on their phones, discovering new parts of the story as they...

March 19, 2018

Linda Mannheim talks to Irenosen Okojie about Speak Gigantular (download from iTunes or Soundcloud).

Speak Gigantular has been called “a startling short story collection from one of Britain’s rising literary stars, weaving together the grand aspects of myths a...

January 26, 2018

In our third episode, Linda Mannheim interviews Preti Taneja about her book, We That Are Young (download from iTunes or Soundcloud).

A recasting of King Lear in today’s Delhi, We That Are Young has been called “shockingly prescient and blackly comic, like...

December 7, 2017

In episode two, Linda Mannheim interviews Paul Scraton about his book, Ghosts on the Shore, which combines history, travelogue, and a dash of fiction (download from iTunes or Soundcloud).

Ian McMillan called Ghosts on the Shore, "a beautifully written book that bre...

November 10, 2017

For our first episode, we talk to the writer, the editor and a reader of Rowena Macdonald's The Threat Level Remains Severe.

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