A curated list of podcasts and radio shows that investigate, cajole, and celebrate the best in Canadian literature, writing, and publishing.

If you have any suggestions for Canadian podcasts about books, writing, and literary creativity please hit us up on Twitter.

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Bookish Radio Radio Show and Podcast

Bookish Radio is a literary radio show hosted by Kim Davids Mandar and Anna Bowen. 

The show airs Thursdays at 10AM on 93.3FM in Guelph, Ontario and worldwide on

Anna Bowen is a freelance writer and editor based in Guelph, Ontario.  She is the host of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival podcast. 

Kim Davids Mandar is a writer, teacher and researcher living in Guelph, Ontario. She is also a mom, a puppy walker and 1/3 of VESTURE vocal trio.

Find out more at

Can’t Lit Podcast

A monthly podcast on all things Canadian and Literature. Hosted by Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli and Jen Sookfong Lee. Last Monday of the month.

Long-time friends of the BOTR crew, the Can’t Lit hosts are some of the best and most dedicated writers, editors, and mentors in the Canadian writing community.

Daniel, Dina, and Jen are the best. The loose, conversational style of the podcast allows listeners to hear writers and people working in publishing discuss their craft and their lives in a very accessible way.

Check their website:

Fainting Couch Feminists Podcast

Writer and musician Mica Lemiski interviews women and non-binary artists about a range of topics (gender! politics! love! literature!) in a podcast best-suited to bitches, witches, and anyone who’s ever been called “hysterical.”

Follow FCF on Twitter and listen to their archive over on Soundcloud.

For more info please check out

Lit Mag Love Podcast

Lit Mag Love helps writers find places to publish where they may find their words cherished by readers.

Each episode features an interview with a literary magazine editor. Currently on hiatus until Fall 2018.

Hosted by Rachel Thompson.

Follow LML on Twitter and listen to their archive over on iTunes.

For more info please check out

Pondo’s Playground Podcast

In the realm of fiction, sometimes we encounter things which we cannot explain. Dimensions shift, science evolves, and occasionally magic mixes with romance to create a scenario which blindsides the reader.

Join Tiffany, Steven and Jon as they explore the art of the story and dabble in genres that may be way outside their comfort zone.

Follow Pondo’s Playground on Twitter and Instagram.

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Secret Feminist Agenda Podcast

Have you ever noticed how, when you don’t talk to another feminist for a few days or weeks, you start to gaslight yourself a little?

Second guess that micro-aggression, worry you’re reading too much into an interaction, wonder if maybe you’re just being too emotional? Secret Feminist Agenda is here to remind you that FUCK THAT your experiences of the world are real and valid. Also feminists are just inherently interesting.

Secret Feminist Agenda is a weekly podcast about the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives.

Hosted by academic and podcaster Hannah McGregor.

The Small Machine Talks Podcast

The Small Machine Talks is a monthly conversation that explores the poetry scene of Central Canada and beyond.

Its hosts are Ottawa poets, Amanda Earl and a.m. kozak.

The podcast features interviews with poets, publishers, and literary event organizers, discussions of recent and upcoming poetry events, calls for submission, talks on poetics, recent issues of online and print journals, books and chapbooks and sometime in the future, topics of interest to writers and readers of poetry. 

For more information check out The Small Machine Talks on