Literature Podcasts for Incurable Readers

Close Reads, a podcast produced by Goldberry Studios, is a show for people who love books—who really love books.

Originally launching in 2015, Close Reads is dedicated to deep reading and stimulating conversation about the best novels and short stories ever written. We have read and discussed works by Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Charlotte Bronte, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Wendell Berry, Dorothy Sayers, Flannery O'Connor, Evelyn Waugh, E.M. Forster, Ernest Gaines, J.R.R. Tolkien, Daphne DuMaurier, Charles Portis, and many, many others — with more to come!

Close Reads HQ

Here at Close Reads HQ you will find our free newsletter, which we send right before we start discussing a new book, as well as a bunch of great content that you can access when you subscribe. In addition to giving you access to that content, your subscription funds the production of our shows.

When you subscribe you gain access to:

  • Bi-weekly bonus episodes on longer novels (Anna Karenina, LOTR)

  • A new monthly column from Heidi White that contemplates the ways the themes of Duty and Desire show up in the books we discuss for the show

  • Close Rants videos where we, well, rant (in a fun way) about funny topics

  • Periodical discussions on new release books

  • Occasional book reviews from our team as well as guest reviewers

  • Interviews with authors and experts

  • An email that features a Book Cover of the Month

  • A monthly post with reflections from David Kern on his current reads

  • Access to live episodes discussing short stories once each quarter

  • Access to ongoing subscriber-only conversations through Substack’s “thread” tool

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THE DAILY POEM — An audio anthology of the greatest poetry ever written
Goldberry Studios also produces The Daily Poem, a podcast that offers one essential poem each weekday morning. From Shakespeare and John Donne to Robert Frost and E..E Cummings, The Daily Poem curates a broad and generous audio anthology of the best poetry ever written, read-aloud by David Kern (on Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursday) and Heidi White (on Mondays and Fridays). Some brief commentary is included and poems are often read twice, as time permits.

The Facebook Group

Close Reads is driven by a book-loving, conversation-loving, and all-around loving community of listeners. If you love good books and want to talk about them with other people, be sure to join the Close Reads Facebook discussion group.

You can also follow Goldberry Studios on Instagram here.

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Show Archives

We have received many questions about the Close Reads archives, since most podcast apps don’t go back further than around 100 episodes. Click here to see the full archive list of the earliest episodes.


Goldberry Studios 
Goldberry Studios is the team behind Close Reads, The Daily Poem, Withywindle, and Bibliography podcasts.
Heidi White
Teacher, editor, podcaster, and author. Specializes in Classical Education, literature, and the Christian imagination.
Tim McIntosh
Contributor to the show.
David Kern
Owner of Goldberry Books in Concord, NC. Host of Close Reads, The Daily Poem, co-host of Withywindle, a book podcast for kids.
Sean Johnson
Associate Editor (Reviews)