Posted on August 3, 2023 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

I took a whirlwind trip last weekend that involved driving to catch a bus to catch a plane.

Sound stressful? Not when you have great reading material!

Well, I read on the bus and the plane, but opted for a different route in the car, of course.

Not audiobooks ... podcasts about literature!

A friend recently recommended the podcast Wilder, which explores the life and legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her beloved novels.

(A quick content warning: the show is narrated by a lifelong Laura fan who nevertheless is willing to take a modern look at the books. So if you prefer your nostalgia to remain uncomplicated, I would actually not recommend that you listen to this podcast.)

Once I caught up on that, it was time to catch up on a podcast I already listened to and loved, Noble Blood.
There were a few literary or literary-adjacent episodes that I'd missed — and was delighted to hear.

One, from late last year, introduced listeners to Marie-Catherine Le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d'Aulnoy, the French author who coined the phrase contes de fées (fairy tales) to describe her work.

And the other, from more recently, shared the wild history of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, the father of novelist Alexandre Dumas père.

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