• Episode 6 Love, Punctuation, and the Oxford Comma
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  • Episode 5

    The 17-Year-Old Who Invented Science Fiction

    In this episode, the story of how a 17-year-old named Mary Godwin came to write Frankenstein and in doing so write the first great work of science fiction. 

  • Episode 4

    The United States Versus One Book Called “ULYSSES”

    In this episode, the story of how an unlikely cast of characters brought James Joyce's Ulysses to America, got it legalized, and changed how we understand what literature can do. 

  • Episode 3

    The World’s Most Glamorous Librarian

    In this episode: the life of Belle De Costa Greene, the most glamorous and influential librarian in early 20th Century America, who kept a life-long secret that could have ended her career.

  • Episode 2

    How Did Independent Bookstores Avoid Going Extinct?

    In this episode, we look at the remarkable turnaround in independent bookstores in the U.S. After thousands closed from 1995 to 2008, over the last decade more bookstores are setting up shop...and staying open. How did it happen? And will it continue?

  • Episode 1

    Is It 1984 Yet?

    In this inaugural episode, we consider the resurgence of interest in George Orwell's 1984, and the story of how 1984 came to be in the first place.

  • Episode 0

    Introducing Annotated

    This is a teaser/preview of the first episode of Annotated, Book Riot's new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.