Somehow long chilly evenings elicit the yearn for a good read– or then again it could be a good listen – in the wee hours. Think Late Night Library, the ever-expanding virtual library of podcasts and more, treasures to nourish the nocturnal need to know.
As always, there’s an audio treat to suit every taste – from discussions of literature to writer interviews, chats with award recipients, debut authors and more. And if you miss a favorite – or doze off mid-podcast – there’s always the posted link to recapture the moment.
Last week I happened to catch Angela Bole, Executive Director of the Independent Book Publishers Association – a breath of air in a best seller saturated world. She got me with this:
I think a multitude of voices is really what’s going to make society strong. And literature is the thing that really connects you, and makes you feel like someone who is not quite so alone, perhaps. In order to do that you need all kinds of different voices because people are so unique, and you need to enable all of these different voices to be found….Essentially, I think it’s so important that we have – and protect – these multiple ways that people are able to tell their stories and the multiple channels that people can tell them in. (Interview 10-21-14)
Bole picked up exactly where Leo J. Harris (see previous post) had left me thinking about his creative adventure with open access publishing.
This is the sort of serendipitous mind-opener you can find any night on Late Night Library. LNL offers an endless audio flow of ideas to ponder and introductions to emerging writers and like-minded folk who share their thoughts freely and fluently.
It’s folly to try to categorize or describe the many facets of LNL. As with any good library, it all depends on what you’re looking for. You want “gossip?” That’s Dog Eared and Dispatched where you can get the latest scoop on Amazon or what’s happening in the publishing game. Famous First Words offers the back-story on breakthrough books. The Rookie Report shines a spotlight on the newly published – or there’s WebComic – you can probably figure that one out
Though LNL emanates from the Portland, Oregon book scene, they somehow manage to catch the spirit – and the live feed – from hot spots such as this month’s Brooklyn Book Festival.
Next time the wind howls and the sun goes down about the time the kids get out of school, check out LNL to see what the LNL team is up to now.
Understand, of course, LNL is not just for night owls – they just have unique insights into the psyche of insomniacs. Others can click and enjoy 24/7. (http://latenightlibrary.org/about/)