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Bookpod.wordpress was a weekly blog about work, politics, love (mostly unrequited) and friendship. It was part of the “itinerant media project” at www.bookpod.org (now sunset).

Bookpod was a weekly podcast of audio essays by novelists, playwrights and non-fiction writers of lasting value. It debuted on January 4, 2010 and ended on December 13, 2010.

Participating podcast authors could hold any political or literary point of view as long as they did not advocate murder or the eradication of peoples and nations. Bookpod’s goal was to create a gallery of voices willing to engage in a literary, political and humane dialogue.

Interviews were conducted in person or via Skype/landline phone. Conversations were digitally recorded and took about twenty minutes. Editing was done by Barbara Finkelstein, Bookpod curator, to create a five-minute audio essay in mp3 format. Each audio essay was in the voice of the interviewee. It included a brief introduction as well as a valedictory that offered additional information about the author. Royalty-free music was by Kevin MacLeod.

New episodes appeared each Monday at 10:00 a.m. (NYC time). In addition to a short WordPress blog post, the website featured a sketch/cartoon; links to book-related news stories, and links to Web caprices. Bookpod was published 48 times in 2010.

Publication of audio essays was at the discretion of the series producer. Once essays appeared online, authors, newspapers and bloggers were free to link to them for publicity or educational purposes. Book retailers, publishers, not-for-profits and commercial enterprises could contact barbara@bookpod.org (sunset) to discuss advertising rates. None did, however, and hence the inevitability of ending the project.

All Bookpod audio essays and blog posts are copyrighted by Barbara Finkelstein. Sketches/cartoons are the property of individual artists and are published with their permission.

The opinions expressed in these audio essays belong to the speakers themselves. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the series producer.

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Francine Phillips  |  January 8, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Hi Barbara,

    I heard of your site through Karen Cunagin – Good luck in your endeavor – I think it’s a great idea, especially the part about linking to other platform-building efforts of authors and publishers. I will try to spread the word in San Diego.

    Francine Phillips

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