Fictional Bookshop Podcast

Fictional Bookshop Podcast

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Maybe we don’t have as much time to visit our favorite bookstores as much as we used to. But here you can step inside the fictional bookshop anytime and browse a chapter, and who knows, maybe you’ll find your next favorite book!

Join Liz Delton as she takes you on a journey to a fictional bookshop, where you’ll take a book off the shelf and enjoy the first chapter of a book. Maybe you’re walking down a rainy city street, and notice a bookshop you’ve never seen before. Or maybe on your trip down a sunny country road, you spy a quaint little bookstore, where you find treasures on its shelves.

Enjoy new, recent, or classic speculative fiction– a first chapter podcast with a twist! Listen from the beginning, or jump right in anytime! You can listen to one or all of them; in each episode you’ll be taken to a new bookshop, with a new first chapter to listen to.

Season 1

Episode 1: A rainy night to read The Starless Girl by Liz Delton (May 30, 2023)
Step inside the fictional bookshop on a rainy night on your way home, where you’ll pick up a YA fantasy book called The Starless Girl, by Liz Delton, and read the first chapter of this portal fantasy before you set out back into the rain.

Episode 2: A stormy morning to read The Awakening by Rachel Rener (June 6, 2023)
Step inside the fictional bookshop one morning as rain clouds gather on the horizon, where you’ll pick up a fantasy book called The Awakening, by Rachel Rener, and read the first chapter of this magical realism novel before you set out to begin your day.

Episode 3: A Warm summer night to read Power On (June 13, 2023)
Step into the fictional bookshop on a warm summer night, to check out a copy of Power On by H.L. Burke, a supervillain/hero story, before you wander back out under the starry sky.

Episode 4: A Midsummer’s Eve to read The Mechanical Masquerade (June 20, 2023)
Step inside the fictional bookshop on your way to a Midsummer soiree, where you’ll pick up a copy of The Mechanical Masquerade by Liz Delton, a cozy steampunk novella, and read a chapter before heading back out into the city.

Episode 5: A solitary night to read The Tenets in the Tattoos (June 27, 2023)
Step inside the fictional bookshop on your way home from the village’s summer celebration, where you’ll wander down a narrow alley to a bookstore. There you’ll find a copy of The Tenets in the Tattoos, by Becky James, and read a chapter of this fantasy novel before heading back home.
*Special guest episode: narrated by the author*

Episode 6: A curious day to read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (July 4, 2023)
On your way to a party, you spy some interesting shops, including a store that sells tea and books. You step inside to read the first chapter of an old favorite, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Episode 7: An enchanted night to read Anakisha’s Dragon (July 11, 2023)
Wander down a cobblestoned street to find the fictional bookshop, where you’ll browse a chapter of Eileen Mueller’s Anakisha’s Dragon, and read a chapter from this YA epic fantasy, before setting back out into the night. You’ll meet Yanir, a dragon rider, and his mount Syan, as they conduct what is seemingly a basic patrol over a nearby village, only to discover a brawl on the city streets, where a girl has been injured.

Episode 8: A darkening dusk to read Shattered Souls (July 18, 2023)
After walking along the beach after sunset, you spot a bookshop on the boardwalk, where you find Shattered Souls, by Emily Huffman. You read the first few chapters of the epic fantasy novel before setting back out into the evening.

Episode 9: A Rainy Day to read Regeneration (July 25, 2023) After rain strikes on your trip to a public garden, you spot a bookshop where you can take refuge until the storm passes, where you find Regeneration, by Cassie Greutman. You read the first chapter before setting back out into the drizzle.

Episode 10: A wind storm rages as you read Scorned Prince (August 1, 2023)As you head down an enclosed corridor of shops, the wind whistling across the panes of glass in the ceiling, you step inside a bookshop to peruse the first chapter of Brady Hunsaker’s YA fantasy novel, Scorned Prince.

Episode 11: A busy early morning to read The Red Umber Forest (August 15, 2023)
As you hurry into the nearby village to look for a gift, you spot a bookshop you’ve never noticed before, and head inside to read the first chapter of Kimberly Grymes’ YA Science-Fantasy novella, The Red Umber Forest.

Episode 12: An electrifying afternoon to read Witch Stone (August 22, 2023)
Lightning flashes as you head towards a nearby village and dash into the nearest shop, which turns out to be a bookshop. You find a copy of Witch Stone by Mandy O’Dell, and read a chapter before heading back out after the storm.

Episode 13: An evening of solitude to read Before the Shadow (August 29, 2023)
At the end of a long, solitary walk, you spot a bookshop, where you peruse the first chapter of David Green’s Before the Shadow, a prequel to the Empire of Ruin series. After reading your fill of the epic fantasy, you head back out into the evening light, though you’re eager to return to the bookshop next time.

Season 2

Episode 1: A brisk morning to read A Breaking of Realms (October 3, 2023)
This week, as you visit a mountaintop village, you spy a bookshop, where you step in from the brisk morning air to read the first chapter of A Breaking of Realms, by Jasmine Young.

Episode 2: A rainy autumn twilight to read The Girl Who Talks to Ashes (October 10, 2023)
On your way home from the apple orchard, you duck inside a bookshop to get out of the rain, where you read the first few chapters of The Girl Who Talks to Ashes, by Rachel Rener. You get immersed in this haunting story of time bending and sleuthing before heading back home.
[CW: Death of an animal.]

Episode 3: A perfect autumn day to read All Hallows Airship (October 17, 2023)
As you step off the train into a countryside village, you spy a bookshop were you read 2 chapters of Liz Delton’s All Hallows Airship, before meeting a friend.

Episode 4: A cloudy afternoon to read Shade of Light (October 24, 2023)
As you step inside an unfamiliar bookshop, you pull a brand new book from the shelf: Shade of Light, by Kimberly Grymes, and read the first chapter before setting out into a cloudy afternoon.

Episode 5: A dark all hallows night to read Lord of the Hollow Court (October 31, 2023)
Step inside the fictional bookshop on a dark All Hallows night amid the rustling leaves and spectral moon. Peruse the first chapter of Lord of the Hollow Court, by C.K. Beggan before heading back out into the night.

Coming up on November 7, 2023
All books read with the permission of the author.
To have your book read on Fictional Bookshop, email Liz for more information.