All Episodes

How Manga Took Over American Bookshelves

Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Akira, Sailor Moon, Demon Slayer, Death Note.

Unraveling the Myth of Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway and the myth of a hero.

How Do You Write a Bestseller?

Here are the tent-pole blockbuster books that support the publishing industry.

Literary Icons You NEED to Know From the Harlem Renaissance

Harlem Renaissance is one of the most iconic periods in American literature, here's why.

Dune, The Most Important Sci Fi Series Ever?

Learn about the history and adaptations of the 1965 novel DUNE.

Are Graphic Novels... Novels?

We're breaking down how the graphic novel went from the comic book store to the classroom.

The (Stephen) King of Horror

We lead you through the dark and twisted world of Uncle Stevie, the King of Horror.

The Fiery History of Banned Books

Let's explore how the seemingly innocuous book has survived centuries of the ban hammer.

The It’s Lit! Musical Episode

A lot of the bread and butter of musical theater is built off of books!

War and Peace and Everything Else

In this day and age of publishing, books like War & Peace are something of a relic.

The Constructed Languages of JRR Tolkien

A less-discussed aspect of Tolkien is the way he used constructed language in his writing.

The Byronic Hero: Isn’t it Byronic?

Brooding, sensual, violent, intelligent, and single-minded.

Why We Still Love Little Women, 150 Years Later

Before women were asking “Am I Carrie or Samantha?”, they were asking “Am I Jo or Amy?"

How Fictional Pandemics Reflect the Real Thing

Explore how fictional pandemics have evolved over time.

Afrofuturism: From Books to Blockbusters

What is Afro-Futurism and what is its place in Black storytelling?

The Case for Fan Fiction

We explore how fan fiction writers were able to come out of the proverbial closet of shame

About It's Lit!

It’s Lit! is a series of smart, funny video essays from PBS Digital Studios about our favorite books and why we love to read. Hosted by Lindsay Ellis, the series delves into topics like the evolution of YA, how science fiction mirrors our own anxieties, and why the book is sometimes just a _bit_ better than the movie.

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