Welcome to Lit Up, a podcast about books, writers and all things literary where no topic is off the table and no conversation is too weird, too personal or too controversial.
From the writers we love to read to the writers we happen to love, we go beyond the book and ask the authors who are sparking the world’s cultural conversations what they’re reading and what they are thinking, and sometimes, the truth about who they really are. Plus, we’ll always provide our candid takes on what’s new and exciting on and off the page.
Theme music by Marc Marder (copyright) 2016
Angela Ledgerwood is the creator and host of Lit Up, a weekly conversation with some of the world’s most the most provocative and celebrated writers. Guests have included Maggie Nelson, Hanya Yanagihara, and Ann Patchett. (See full list of guest on iTunes here.) She started her writing career interviewing artists for Interview Magazine, and most recently she was Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Books Editor-at-Large. Previously she was a features editor at Cosmo where she interviewed some of her favorite people including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Her nonfiction has been published in Marie Claire, Esquire, The Coveteur, and Condé Nast Traveler.
Through 2014-2016, Angela curated the Thompson Hotel Blog worldwide, collating 150 notable creatives for their Influencer series. In 2015, she collaborated with PEN America for their live DIY Series with guests such as artist, activist, and writer Molly Crabapple, and New Yorker cartoonist Marissa Marchetto. Throughout 2015-16 Angela hosted a series of conversations at Soho House in New York with media mogul Arianna Huffington, stylist Garance Doré, Padma Lakshmi, Jay McInerney, and Hillary Clinton’s former Innovation Advisor Alec Ross. Now she hosts events at NeueHouse in New York with guests such as The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah. Angela has moderated for major literary festivals in the USA, including the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival, Yale Writers Conference, Bryant Park Reading Series New York, and Brooklyn Bridge Summer Reading Series.
She was born in Sydney, Australia, where she graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce. She spent her final year of undergrad at Cornell University in New York, and later completed an MFA in Fiction Writing from Pacific University in Oregon. She is a proud member of The Wing in New York. She has lived in Sydney, Los Angeles, the Bahamas and now lives in New York.