Catherine Lacey on "Biography of X", unknowability, & the mysterious forces that draw people together.
March 21, 2023
This week, Angela welcomes back Lit Up’s first-ever guest, author Catherine Lacey, and delves into the making and imagining of her brilliantly textured new book, Biography of X.
Michael Cecchi-Azzolina on collecting a lifetime’s worth of New York City restaurant tales
March 7, 2023
This week, Angela welcomes the warm, generous, and in-the-know Maitre d’, Michael Cecchi-Azzolina, for a rollicking chat, drawing on his three-plus decades spent working in New York City’s hottest restaurants.
Reid Mitenbuler on getting swept up in explorer Peter Freuchen’s larger-than-life stories.
February 21, 2023
Angela speaks with nonfiction author Reid Mitenbuler about stumbling upon eccentric Danish adventurer Peter Freuchen and unraveling his enthralling life in new book "Wanderlust".
Kate Baer on ‘And Yet’ speaking truth through poetry.
January 24, 2023
Angela chats with Kate Baer, the Pennsylvania-based poet and bestselling author whose bold, self-possessed poetry explores motherhood, friendship, love, loss & so much more.
Tarajia Morrell on collaborating with Fatima Ali & uncovering characters through food writing.
January 9, 2023
Angela speaks with food and travel writer Tarajia Morrell about her remarkable collaboration with Fatima Ali on her 2022 posthumous memoir Savor: A Chef's Hunger for More.
2022 in books (plus a gift guide!) feat. Ruby Smith.
December 20, 2022
Recommended reads and a bookish holiday gift guide featuring Angela's Sugar23 Books colleague Ruby Smith!
The Cut’s Jen Ortiz on honing her editing skills and secret YouTube obsessions.
December 13, 2022
Angela chats with editor Jen Ortiz about magazine jobs, YouTube obsessions, and Meghan Markle’s cover story for The Cut.
Nimarta Narang on creating space for a multitude of South Asian stories.
November 29, 2022
Angela speaks with writer and editor Nimarta Narang about creating space for a multitude of South Asian stories through her role as Literary Editor at Brown Girl Magazine.
Susan Orlean on living with animals and following her curiosity.
November 15, 2022
Angela talks to New Yorker staff writer and prolific nonfiction author Susan Orlean about life alongside animals and following her curiosity.
Alyssa Shelasky on 'This Might Be Too Personal.'
November 1, 2022
This week on the podcast, Angela is joined by Alyssa Shelasky, editor of NY Mag's Sex Diaries (and soon to the be the star of the HBO series), writer, and author of 'This Might Be Too Personal'.
Laura Warrell on the 20-year journey to write her new novel "Soft, Sweet, Plenty Rhythm".
October 18, 2022
Angela speaks with teacher and author Laura Warrell. They discuss Laura's new novel, "Soft, Sweet, Plenty Rhythm", and the 20-year journey to getting it into the world.
Cody Keenan on his book, "Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America"
October 4, 2022
Angela welcomes Cody Keenan, author of "Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America".
Belletrist's Karah Preiss stops by to talk books, family and a lot more.
September 20, 2022
This week Angela welcomes Karah Preiss, Co-Founder of Bellatrist, to the show. They talk about how Bellatrist came to be, what she's reading right now, and the role books that have changed her life.
Kal Penn on his memoir "You Can't Be Serious".
September 6, 2022
This week, Angela speaks to the actor and writer Kal Penn about his memoir You "Can't Be Serious", now in paperback
Natasha Sizlo on "All Signs Point to Paris"
August 23, 2022
When Angela first heard Natasha Sizlo's story in 2020, she couldn't believe what she was reading, but she knew she had to be a part of telling it. Now, Natasha joins Angela on Lit Up to talk all about what inspired her to write her new memoir, ALL SIGNS POINT TO PARIS.
Isaac Fitzgerald on his memoir "Dirtbag, Massachusetts".
August 9, 2022
Angela welcomes her friend Isaac Fitzgerald to talk about his memoir Dirtbag, Massachusetts, which recently made its way onto the New York Times Bestseller list.
Safia Elhillo on her new book of poetry, "GIRLS THAT NEVER DIE".
July 26, 2022
On this week's episode, Angela speaks with Safia Elhillo about her new book of poetry "GIRLS THAT NEVER DIE".
Christopher Hermelin of 'So Many Damn Books' on how to break out of a reading rut.
July 12, 2022
Fellow books podcast host Christopher Hermelin joins Angela for a special crossover episode!
Lisa Taddeo returns to talk about GHOST LOVER.
June 28, 2022
Angela loves talking to Lisa Taddeo, who is on Lit Up for the third time this week.
Abi Morgan on This Is Not A Pity Memoir.
June 14, 2022
Angela talks to Abi Morgan, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning playwright and screenwriter best known for The Iron Lady, Shame, The Invisible Woman and Suffragette.
Elizabeth Day on the struggles that define us and make us stronger, and her new novel "MAGPIE".
May 31, 2022
Today on the podcast Angela welcomes Elizabeth Day, a journalist, broadcaster, and author of five books, including her latest, the domestic thriller "Magpie"
Zarqa Nawaz on her career & making fun of ISIS in her new book "Jameela Green Ruins Everything".
May 17, 2022
This week, Angela talks to documentarian, writer, and comedian Zarqa Nawaz, whose new book, "Jameela Green Ruins Everything", is out now.
Clemency Burton-Hill on surviving a brain injury and how it changed her relationship to music.
May 3, 2022
Angela speaks with musician, author, and broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill. Clemency wants to make classical music more accessible, and has brought this mission to her work at New York Public Radio, WNYC, and the BBC.
Re-Release: Max Porter on love through grief.
April 19, 2022
This week we're revisiting Angela's conversation with Max Porter about his book Grief Is The Thing With Feathers.
Pamela Paul on the art of boredom, and what we've lost to the Internet
April 5, 2022
This week on Lit Up, Angela speaks with Pamela Paul, formerly the editor of The New York Times Book Review and now a Times Opinion Columnist.
Stephan Lee on the phenomenon that is K-Pop.
March 23, 2022
This week on the show, Angela talks to Stephan Lee, author of K-Pop Confidential and the upcoming K-Pop Revolution.
Jason Diamond on suburbs, cardigans, Russian literature, the Martini, and more.
March 8, 2022
This week on the podcast Angela talks to Jason Diamond, contributor to GQ and author of The Sprawl and Searching For John Hughes.
Sheila Heti on God's First Draft, social anxiety in the meta verse, and Feldman, the, loyal, snoring dog beside her.
February 22, 2022
This week on the podcast, Angela is joined once again by Sheila Heti, whose book, Pure Color, is available now.
Maeve Higgins on her big family, migration, and making fun of Angie.
February 8, 2022
This week on Lit Up, Angela speaks with comedian, podcaster, actor, and her friend Maeve Higgins.
Wajahat Ali on how you too can become American.
January 25, 2022
This week on the pod, Angela speaks with Wajahat Ali, author of the new book "Go Back To Where You Came From and Other Helpful Recommendations On How To Become American".
Book and TV critic Hillary Kelly on her most anticipated books of 2022.
January 11, 2022
It's a new year, and we're so excited to be joined by Hillary Kelly, a book and TV critic at Vulture, The New Yorker, and LA Times. Angela and Hillary talk about the books they missed in 2021, and what to look forward to in 2022.
Angela got you a Christmas present! Plus an end-of-year review.
December 21, 2021
Angie and her producer Liam chat all about some of their favorite moments of the year, and then they give you a Christmas present.
Uli Beutter Cohen on subways, books, and the next 10 thousand years.
December 7, 2021
This week on the podcast Angela chats with Uli Beutter Cohen, who spent the last 7 years riding the subway and asking people what they were reading.
Ann Patchett on a remarkable friendship, the importance of Snoopy in her life, and much, much more.
November 23, 2021
This week Angela talks to Ann Patchett about her book "These Precious Days".
Emily Ratajkowski on why writing feels like a feminist act.
November 9, 2021
This week Angela talks to model, entrepreneur and writer Emily Ratajkowski.
Brendan Borrell on the race to the Covid vaccine
October 26, 2021
The full inside story of the high-stakes, global race for the lifesaving vaccine to end the pandemic.
Adrienne Westenfeld on "Matrix", "Harlem Shuffle", "My Body", & other books you should read this Fall.
October 19, 2021
This week on Lit Up, Angela brings on Esquire editor Adrienne Westenfeld to talk about the books you should read this Fall.
Christine Pride & Johanna Piazza on interracial friendship, & their new book, "We Are Not Like Them".
October 12, 2021
Angela welcomes Christine Pride and Jo Piazza on Lit Up to talk about their new book, We Are Not Like Them, their own interracial friendship, how it informed their book, and what it's like to write with another person.
Stanley Tucci on Taste, life's journeys, and wooing through food.
October 5, 2021
Angela welcomes actor, director, writer, TV show host, and Instagram’s favorite bartender Stanley Tucci to Lit Up.
Annie Daley on wellness, self-care, and what those words mean all over the world.
September 28, 2021
Angela welcomes her old friend and colleague Annie Daly on the podcast to talk 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.
Reeves Wiedeman on his obsessive viral article ‘The Spine Collector.’
September 21, 2021
Angie and Reeves talk about the obsessive 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."
Liz Plosser on mornings, routines, and working from home.
September 14, 2021
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.
Parker Posey on her friendship with Nora Ephron, acting with integrity and the past lives of dogs.
August 31, 2021
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.
Min Jin Lee on the history of Korean families in Japan (from 2017).
August 24, 2021
For the next couple weeks, we’re going into the archives to play 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.
Katie Kitamura on the charismatic nature of power and her new novel, "Intimacies".
August 17, 2021
Angela speaks with Katie Kitamura, author of the new novel "Intimacies". They 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.
Meredith Westgate on guarding what we share with those we love, and her new book The Shimmering State.
Angela speaks with Meredith Westgate, author of the new novel "The Shimmering State". They talk about the pitfalls of sharing too much with your partner, the power dynamics in Hollywood for young women, and the power of dance.
Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi on how history lives in our bodies and the joy of riding horses.
August 3, 2021
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.
Stephanie Danler on confronting the past and the value of gentleness.
July 27, 2021
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.
Raven Leilani on art & failure, writing to her past self, and Six Flags.
July 20, 2021
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.
Lisa Taddeo on jealousy between women & the wisdom of French actresses
July 13, 2021
Angela speaks with Lisa Taddeo, author of the best-selling book "Three Women" and the new novel "Animal". They chat about being obsessed with their moms, jealousy between women, and the wisdom of French actresses.
Laura Dave on finding out who someone really is & different ways to be a mother.
June 29, 2021
Angela speaks with her friend Laura Dave, author of "The Last Thing He Told Me". They talk about being the hero of your own story, writing to Bruce Springsteen songs, and how every book is a love letter.
Gabriela Garcia on Cuba, mothers & daughters, and the link between cigars & literature.
June 22, 2021
Angela speaks with writer, poet, and immigrant justice organizer Gabriela Garcia, author of Of Women and Salt. They talk about the best intentions of mothers, machismo, and the importance of The Babysitter’s Club in Gabriela’s life.
Trent Preszler on the healing power of building a boat with your hands.
June 15, 2021
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".
Hala Alyan on family secrets and the charged history of the Middle East.
June 8, 2021
Angela welcomes Hala Alyan, poet, clinical psychologist and author of "The Arsonist’s City."
Clint Smith on reckoning with the history of slavery in america.
June 1, 2021
Angela welcomes Clint Smith, author of "How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America."
Lauren Oyler on who we are on the internet.
May 25, 2021
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.
Te-Ping Chen on being one in 1.3 billion people.
May 18, 2021
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.
Nadia Owusu on the healing power of a rocking chair.
May 11, 2021
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.
Elizabeth Gilbert on why being honest is better than being good.
May 4, 2021
Angie speaks with Elizabeth Gilbert about dancing, becoming interesting, and why being honest is better than being good.
Jess Walter on the ‘She-Dog of Anarchy’ Elizabeth Gurley Flynn.
April 27, 2021
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.
Jen Silverman on the art of the post-scandal comeback.
March 30, 2021
Angie and Jen talk about the blurred boundaries of a creative life, anger, and why Jen draws sad pandas.