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LIT Society is the hilarious weekly book podcast that’s making a global community of listeners fall in love again with reading. Thursdays, join life-long friends Kari and Alexis as they use books to explore pop culture and personal peculiarities. From Tolstoy to Toni Morrison, this is the virtual book club for you!

LIT Society is the hilarious weekly book podcast that’s making a global community of listeners fall in love again with reading. Thursdays, join life-long friends Kari and Alexis as they use books to explore pop culture and personal peculiarities. From Tolstoy to Toni Morrison, this is the virtual book club for you!


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LIT Society is the hilarious weekly book podcast that’s making a global community of listeners fall in love again with reading. Thursdays, join life-long friends Kari and Alexis as they use books to explore pop culture and personal peculiarities. From Tolstoy to Toni Morrison, this is the virtual book club for you!




ReLIT: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman is the deadpan tale of one woman's happy life in a simple occupation before conformity-obsessed friends, family members, and strangers pressure her into confusion and despair. Will she find her way back, or will she end up like a sandcastle, washed away by the current of conventionality? As Beyoncé said, "This is for the 30-somethings that didn't turn out exactly how mom and dad wanted you to be." Before diving into this dry humor, we discuss if anyone can indeed...


Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

America's first Black-American established towns are our theme this week, inspired by the author's hometown in the state of Florida. How did these towns form, and what's the story behind them? Alexis has the details. Then, it's on to our book... This Harlem Renaissance classic is the story of a woman too beautiful to be trusted and too innocent to be cautious. She battles nearly debilitating loneliness, floating through life unseen, despite marrying twice. At a time she least expected, she...


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

No matter who you are, you're sure to relate to this week's theme: How Our Ancestors Effect Who Are Today. In a real, measurable way, the family members who came before us affect who we are and how we live. We'll chat about how this has proven true in our own lives. Then, on to our book... Following the story of two sisters and the generations they birthed, this week's book covers each woman's journey from the tribe of their childhood to their children's lives and their children's...


Wild Card: Song Lyrics and Musical Storytelling (f/Author Dawnie Walton)

This week's is a wild card episode. We're discussing song lyrics and our favorite musical storytellers. We've also got a game — because you all love to put Alexis on the spot (and Kari is more than happy to oblige). Joining us this week is acclaimed author Dawnie Walton. A seasoned publication editor turned novelist - Walton has worked for Essence and Entertainment Weekly, to name only a few. Her experience gives her first-hand knowledge of both the music and publishing industries. The...


The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield

This week's episode is OUT OF THIS WORLD! First, we'll start with all the petty details of how NASA originated. It's like when that juice box bar opened in Chicago; Everyone went once for the IG pic and then never again. It's like that. By the way, did you know that only 12 men have walked on the moon? Unrelated fact, but true. Then it's on to our book... Chris Hadfield is a real-life astronaut. His first novel is set in an alternate reality where Apollo 13 is happening, not as an...


DIGGING DEEP DOWN IN THOSE ROOTS: Poetry of Black Hair, Culture, Resilience, Personal & Collective Trauma by Katina Horton

It's National Poetry Month, and we've got a special episode to celebrate this brilliantly unique form of literature. Whether or not you're a fan of poetic prose, we guarantee there's something for you. First, we're taking it back to AP English with a breakdown of poetic rhythm, including Shakespeare's fav iambic pentameter, in this week's theme, How to Read and Enjoy Poetry Correctly. Then, it's on to our book... Black moments distilled into easily digestible verse, this book reminds us...


Then She Was Gone: A Novel by Lisa Jewell

America's Most Wanted was a television show launched by a man who knew what it meant to lose a child forever, in the blink of an eye, to the hands of a monster. He took his pain and helped others find their missing children before it was too late. Today, we discuss how that man, Jon Walsh, lost his son and what we all can do to be a little safer in these streets. Then, on to our book... On the tenth anniversary of her youngest daughter's disappearance, one woman must choose to let go of her...


ReLIT: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

We're taking a well-deserved break this week, but here's a favorite episode from our past! What is love? Baby, don't hurt me. Alicia Berenson is a beautiful, brilliant painter married to one of the best-looking fashion photographers in the world. Her life is seemingly perfect, so it is so unbelievable that she'd shoot her husband five times in the face and then refuse to speak again. What happened to push her over the edge? It becomes the mission of psychotherapist Theo Faber to find the...


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Iconic American poet, activist, playwright, and holder of numerous awards and 50 honorary degrees, Maya Angelou, was a giant among humans- but like all giants, she started small before learning to grow. This, the first of her famous autobiographies, tells of her modest start and the beginning of her meteoric rise. The lesson — no matter what we've been through, we all decide where we're going. Before discussing Ms. Angelou, we'll talk about a subject dear to her heart, language. What's the...


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

What would you do if one of the people you admired most was accused of murder? Faced with this question, one teen decides to uncover the secrets her hometown’s been hiding for the last five years. She soon realizes that nearly everyone she knows is a suspect. What’s more, someone wants her quiet, and someone wants her dead. And You're listening to LIT Society. Let's GET LIT! 👩🏾‍🏫 🧑🏾‍🏫 Our Independent Bookstore of the Month: Café con Libros 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY...


Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Pack your bags! We're touring Egypt and the Nile River, courtesy of Alexis! This week's theme paints a picture so vivid you'll feel as if you're there with the pyramids. Enjoy! Then, it's time for our book: Suffering through his retirement, a world-renowned detective stumbles upon a glamorous young heiress and her new husband. Quickly, he discovers a love triangle that ends in a murder. Wealthy and beautiful, the victim is not short of enemies, but the person who did the deed was incredibly...


Still Alice by Lisa Genova

An indomitable enemy, it holds you captive in your body as it eats away at your mind. Until it stops your mind and your heart, it is relentless. It abducts those you love the most, leaving you alone until even the person in the mirror becomes a stranger. That enemy is Alzheimer's Disease, and one brilliant woman is blind-sighted when having to face it too soon at an age too young. The woman's name is Alice. The book is Still Alice by Lisa Genova. And You're listening to LIT Society. Let's...


Interview with Lisa Genova, American Neuroscientist and Author of Still Alice

Alexis sits down for an intimate chat with renowned author Lisa Genova after our discussion of her book, Still Alice. You can find more about Genova and her work here: __________ Find Alexis and Kari online: Instagram —; Twitter —; Facebook —; and our website Get in on the conversation by using #booksanddrama.


Wild Card: Memories, and How to Remember What Matters (No Book)

👩🏾‍🏫 🧑🏾‍🏫 Our Independent Bookstore of the Month: Café con Libros 724 Prospect Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11216 _________________________________________ It’s the first episode of the month, and you know what that means – A WILD CARD EPISODE! We’re discussing memories, and how to remember what matters. This is the first wild card episode produced by Alexis and it’s AMAZING. She takes us through the inner workings of our minds and ties this complex subject to...


American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

🕵🏽‍♀️ Who do you love? Who deserves your loyalty? And are the two one and the same? One young, brilliant, beautiful FBI officer is tasked with betraying her heart in devotion to her country. Her mission will take her from the high rises of New York to the roads of West Africa to the island of her motherland. Will she have what it takes when the time comes to pull the trigger, or will she find herself on the wrong side of the gun? Before diving into our book, we'll learn the truth about a...


His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

What do you know about arranged marriages? If you've ever watched The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Married at First Sight, Love is Blind, or a million other reality shows, you may know more than you think. This week, we're discussing arranged hitching and clearing up a few misconceptions about the practice. Then, it's on to our book: The search for happiness and peace is a difficult one, especially in a society that dismisses your thoughts and preys on your innocence. The distress of our...


The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

🦀 This week, we discuss crabs and who's got them. No, this isn't a new celebrity gossip segment. We're talking crabs in a bucket syndrome, a.k.a. crabs in a barrel syndrome, a.k.a. crab mentality, a.k.a. tall poppy syndrome. These monikers all describe a phenomenon where people (usually peers, family, or close associates) try to hold back, criticize, or sabotage a person they perceive as too ambitious, non-conforming, or successful. So, who are the crabs in your life? How can we reach our...


How To Journal for Improved Mental Heath (f/ Netflix’s Jo Franco) | Season 3 Premiere (No Book)

👩🏾‍🏫 🧑🏾‍🏫 Our Independent Bookstore of the Month: Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery 1714 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 _________________________________________ 🗣 Season three of LIT Society is here, and we’re proud to sit down for a chat with the gorgeous Jo Franco of Netflix’s hit travel series The World’s Most Amazing Vacation Rentals. Before conquering the world of travel vlogging for nearly a decade, learning countless languages, achieving her...


ReLIT: Remembering Laughter by Wallace Stegner

The premiere of season three is around the corner! A brand new episode is coming next week, Thursday, February 3rd. 'Til then, here's another favorite episode from our past! Before we get into this week's book, we discuss forgiveness. Can you imagine? What does it take to forgive someone, and how do you know you've genuinely forgiven a person in your heart? Also, why do we need to be forgiving in the first place? We'll get into it. And then it's on to the book that inspired this week's...


ReLIT: Educated by Tara Westover

Have you heard? We got cooties and so season three of our show will now start Thursday, February 3rd. So, here's another favorite episode from our past! Have you ever had to cut someone out of your life? No phone calls, texts, and your friends know not to invite both of you to the same event? This week, our theme, How to Cut Someone Out of Your Life, is inspired by Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover. Tara didn’t have a birth certificate until she was nine years old and she didn’t see her...