From Podcast to Page

By Lois H.

It’s safe to say that I’m a podcast fanatic. I listen while driving, cleaning, walking, and any other moment of the day that I can spare. I even listen to a podcast while I’m trying to fall asleep! This past weekend, I spent an inspiring two days listening to my favorite creators at PodCon2, a podcast conference started in Seattle last year.

In the last few years, this genre has really come into its own. Many news organizations have started podcasts to help keep you up to date with current events. (Try NPR’s Up First or Global News Podcast by BBC.). When I browse Apple Podcasts, the wide variety of creators and subjects amaze me. Even here at Sno-Isle Libraries, we’ve started a podcast about the ins and outs of our very own library system.

Recently, I’ve noticed an exciting trend—my favorite podcasters are writing books. Exciting news for readers who love podcasts! Here are some of the books in our catalog that have been written by podcasters:

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

When Phoebe Robinson and Jessica William’s stand-up comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens aired in April 2016, it became the #1 podcast on iTunes within 24 hours. It remained in that position for the following week! Robinson published her first book, You Can’t Touch My Hair, later that year and became a New York Times bestseller. Her skills as a writer and stand-up comedian shine through in this engaging collection of essays about being a Black woman in America. While 2 Dope Queens said its farewells in 2018, you can still tune into Robinson’s other podcast, Sooo Many White GuysHer second book, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay, came out in October 2018.

Bad With Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting your Financial Sh*t Together by Gaby Dunn

Gaby Dunn is trying to understand the American financial institution and she’s here to help you do the same. Her podcast Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn is an authentic look at how we interact with money. The first two seasons focus on Dunn’s personal experiences, while the third looks at American society as a whole. Dunn provides a queer and feminist lens to help us all become a little less bad with money. Her new book came out January 1, just in time for your finance-related New Year’s resolutions. Dunn also coauthored the young adult novel I Hate Everything But You with her YouTube co-creator Allison Raskin. A sequel will be coming out later this year.

Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death by Erin Gibson

Erin Gibson is the co-host of the podcast Throwing Shade, a political comedy podcast about women and LGBTQIA+ issues. The term “feminasty” comes from Gibson’s nickname on the podcast and it’s a role she has fully embraced in her first book. Gibson shows her stuff in these witty and provocative essays about issues that women face today, tackling topics like healthcare and the male-dominated cosmetics industry. I recommend Gibson’s audiobook version of Feminastywhich we have available as a downloadable audiobook. Because of her podcasting background, the book lends itself to being listened to. You do not want to miss her stunning witch cackle.

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint, Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy, with illustrations by Carey Pietsch

The McElroy family is a podcasting dynasty. The three brothers (Justin, Travis, and Griffin) got their podcasting beginning with the advice show My Brother, My Brother, and Me back in 2010. Since then, they’ve gone on to create numerous other podcasts and even a TV show. Last year, the first story arc of their hit show The Adventure Zone (a D&D podcast by the brothers and their dad) was transformed into a colorful graphic novel. Another graphic novel based on the second story arc, “Murder on the Rockport Limited”, will be coming in July of 2019. The McElroy’s also recently announced that they will are writing for Marvel Comics! War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery will be available April 2019.

Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

What started as one quirky and creepy serial fiction podcast about the town of Night Vale, turned into a diverse and independent podcast network with thirteen unique podcasts. Night Vale Presents has published several books over the past few years, including Welcome To Night Vale, a standalone fiction novel about the on-goings of this mysterious town. They have also published It Devours!, another standalone Night Vale novel, as well as Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe, which are collections of podcast episodes with commentary and illustrations. Their newest book, Alice Isn’t Dead (based on the podcast of the same name), was published last October.


What are some of your favorite podcasts? What other podcasts would be great in book format?

For other podcast books, check out a list of titles we have at the library below. And be sure to tune in to Sno-Isle’s Check It Out!

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8 responses to “From Podcast to Page”

  1. Abby R. says:

    Ah, I love when podcasts I love write great books, too! One of my favorite podcasts – The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe – just published a book with that title that is a great extension of what their podcast does in promoting scientific literacy and skeptical thinking. It’s a great guide to critical thinking and helping people sort the fact from fiction in their everyday lives. (Sno-Isle owns the book, too!

    • Lois H. says:

      Oh cool! I haven’t heard of that podcast! I’ll have to check it out. That’s the great thing about podcasts: there are always more to get hooked on.

  2. Lindsey A. says:

    I’m so happy about the podcast resurgence we’ve been seeing. In some cases I read the book before I listened to the podcast, like in the case of Adventure Zone, but now my brother and I are both fully immersed in their campaigns. I’m really pumped for the My Favorite Murder dual memoir coming out this spring, too! I was glad to see the Sawbones book in this list. I was just flipping through that and I’m not surprised it has a longish hold queue! Anyway, I love this topic.

    • Lois H. says:

      I’m obsessed with The Adventure Zone. I started with Amnesty in November and was completely hooked. I think I binged the entirely of Balance in the month of December! I also hadn’t heard about the MFM memoir yet! Very exciting!

  3. Isaac H. says:

    Great list! I loved Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours. I actually read the two books first, and they got me interested in the podcast. The same with Aaron Mahnke’s Lore.

    • Lois H. says:

      Thanks! That’s what’s so great about podcasts expanding to books…they hook readers into a new podcast and podcast listeners into a new book! I would also highly recommend Within The Wires, which is another podcast by the Night Vale folks. It’s a sci-fi dystopian fiction podcast, told nonlinearly through meditation tapes, museum audio guides, and more!

  4. kathy maddux says:

    It’s interesting that under the section of “audiobooks”, everyone here are podcast fans. I don’t ever listen to podcasts – I’m an audiobook fan through and through! I listen to them on my hour and a half commute, to and from work, on every break at work, when I’m walking and exercising – all the time! You’ll see me laughing in the stores as I’m shopping, focused intently walking down the sidewalk – all as I’m listening to mysteries, thrillers, comedies – y’all can have your podcasts! I love the escapes from all the serious garbage I live through and listen to all day long! And since time is so precious and short these days, every minute I can get some “reading” in is a treasured minute to me!

    • Lois H. says:

      I love audiobooks too! Especially when I’m reading memoirs or biographies. Some of the fiction podcasts I listen to are very similar audiobooks that I have enjoyed as well. Many of them are serial so it’s like getting a new chapter every week!

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