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Debutiful, the podcast, feature in-depth conversations with a debut authors about their first books, how they became writers, and what drives them. During the Covid-19 pandemic, additional episodes with authors who had book tours canceled were recorded as the #DigitalBookTour. Please subscribe below or you can listen to the most recent episodes in your browser via Soundcloud by clicking on each author’s name.

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Episodes

Melissa Faliveno

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Melissa Faliveno to discuss her debut essay collection Tomboyland. The two chat creative non-fiction, teaching young writers, and Roller Derby names.

Leah Hampton

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Leah Hampton to discuss her debut story collection F*ckface. The two chat about Appalachia, how she follows characters, and why research is just as important for stories as it is novels.

John Fram

Adam Vitcavage is joined by John Fram to discuss his debut book The Bright Lands. We discuss being an outsider, writing modern noirs, and police brutality in media. Please read his New York Times piece “How White Crime Writers Justified Police Brutality.”

Zaina Arafat

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Zaina Arafat to discuss her debut book You Exist Too Much. We discuss how she wanted to subvert expectations for what a Palestinian-American looks like as well as what it was like for her writing for American media outlets in a post-9/11 world.

Jean Kyoung Frazier

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Jean Kyoung Frazier to talk about her debut novel Pizza Girl. The two discuss pickles on pizza, basketball, and baking soda. Oh, and a little bit about how Frazier crafted such a hilarious yet dark novel about sexuality and desire.

Ilana Masad

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Ilana Masad to talk about her debut book All My Mother’s Lovers. The author discusses her career path as a critic and educator, how identity is discussed in the literary world, and gives book recommendations!

Sara Sligar

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Sara Sligar to talk about her debut book Take Me Apart. The author discusses how to properly pace a thrilling suspense, what genre means in 2020, and why she’ll always write the book she wants to read.

Chelsea Bieker

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Chelsea Bieker to talk about her debut book Godshot. The author discusses her mother-daughter relationships, how becoming a mother changed her writing, and religion.

Alexandra Chang

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Alexandra Chang to talk about her debut book Days of Distraction. The author discusses her time as a tech journalist, how writing her debut changed her personally and as a writer, as well as how style comes to be.

Brandon Taylor

Adam Vitcavage is joined by Brandon Taylor to talk about his debut book Real Life. The author discusses his transition from biochemistry to writing, Twitter, and writing a black, queer ‘campus novel.’

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg joins the podcast to discuss her book The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia. The author discusses how this true crime book / memoir / cultural analysis came to be, her work with Blue Stoop, and what books she loved recently.

Supersized Debut

This supersized debut episode features four conversations with some of 2019’s best debut authors. Featuring Kimberly King Parsons (1:15), Melissa Rivero (26:35), John Englehardt (46:45), and Lauren Wilkinson,(63:48).

#DigitalBookTour


Carter Sickels

The author of The Prettiest Star reads from his second novel and participates in a short interview.


Jessica Pearce Rotondi

The author of What We Inherit reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.

Kate Milliken

The author of Kept Animals reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.

Phuc Tran

The author of Sigh, Gone reads from his debut book and participates in a short interview.

Adrienne Raphel

The author of Thinking Out Loud reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.

Leslie Gray Streeter

The author of Black Widow reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.

Rachel Vorona Cote

The author of Too Much reads from her debut book and participates in a short interview.

Marco Rafalà

The author of How Fires End reads from his debut book and participates in a short interview.

David Moloney

The author of Barker House reads from his debut book and participates in a short interview.

R. Eric Thomas

The author of Here For It reads from his debut essay collection and participates in a short interview.

Megan Giddings

The author of Lakewood reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.

Hadley Moore

The author of Not Dead Yet reads from her debut story collection and participates in a short interview.

Michael Zapata

The author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau reads from his debut novel and participates in a short interview.

Celia Laskey

The author of Under the Rainbow reads from her debut novel and participates in a short interview.