Once upon a time, you had to be listening live to catch Bookmarked, the literary talk show hosted by Priscilla Leder on KZSM in San Marcos. Now Bookmarked is available as a podcast, and among its archived programs, you’ll find delightful, in-depth interviews with several of The Wittliff’s acclaimed writers.
Leder, a Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Texas State University, began partnering with The Wittliff in 2019 to feature Wittliff-related authors on her show.
“Something that keeps coming up with Wittliff writers is the connection between writing and the sense of place,” says Leder. “It might be Ann Weisgarber hiking through Capitol Reef National Park, Joe Nick Patoski having a beer in Scholz Beer Garden in Austin, or Severo Perez standing on a Riverwalk bridge in San Antonio—again and again, Wittliff writers have described how they take the feeling of a place into themselves and in turn create that place for their readers.”
Airing each Tuesday from 4-6pm, Bookmarked devotes a full two hours to its discussions, offering consequential insights all too rare in today’s media environment. Wittliff literary curator Steve Davis occasionally joins Leder as a co-host. Wittliff Lead Archivist Katie Salzmann also joined Leder as part of Bookmarked’s conversation on the writer Sandra Cisneros.
Leder now uploads her programs as podcasts available for download and listening on-the-go. Here are links to some of her recent shows featuring Wittliff-related authors: