Goodbye for Now, but We’ll Be Back!

March 17, 2020 — As Marlon and Jake wrap up Season 1, they reflect on what they've learned and what dead books and authors they want to discuss when they return for season two.

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Questions, Questions

March 9, 2020 — This week Marlon and Jake answer some of the questions that listeners have asked.

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Trashy Novels To Die For

March 2, 2020 — This week Marlon and Jake dive into one of life’s great guilty pleasures: the trashy novel.

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Movies Made From Books by Dead People

February 24, 2020 — Marlon and Jake put on their Hollywood sunglasses as they discuss the films adapted from books by dead people.

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Memoir and Autobiography

February 17, 2020 — This week Marlon and Jake delve into the very real lives of very dead writers with an episode about Memoir and Autobiography.

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Myths, Legends & Fables

February 10, 2020 — This week Marlon and Jake go back in time—way, way back—and revisit the myths and legends that have terrified and tantalized us for centuries.

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Epic Fantasy

February 3, 2020 — This week Marlon and Jake venture into fantasy: the imagined worlds of dead writers—from quests and dragons to magic carpets and pregnant kings.

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We’re here to tell the truth about books and authors we think are worth knowing about, and we’re going to be honest. Brutally, unsparingly honest. Which is why the authors have to be dead.

– Marlon & Jake

MARLON AND JAKE READ DEAD PEOPLE is a podcast hosted by the Man Booker Prize-winning and internationally bestselling author Marlon James and his editor, Jake Morrissey, Executive Editor at Riverhead Books. In each episode Marlon and Jake talk about authors—specifically dead authors. Authors they like. Authors they hate. Great books, terrible books, and books they love that you’d never expect them to. As a writer and an editor, Marlon and Jake have read thousands of books between them, and they’re not shy in expressing their opinions about them. Sometimes they’ll agree, sometimes they won’t, but in every episode they’ll tell you what they think – uncensored and with no holds barred. (That’s why the authors have to be dead.) So listen along to hear about the spectacularly good, the hilariously bad, and the brutally honest.