About CraftLit

CraftLit® Is a Podcast about Having Fun with Classic Literature!

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You can think of the CraftLit podcast as a weekly audio show for people who

It may not sound sexy
(ooh, you look so hot carrying that musty tome with you!) but there’s no question about all the amazing benefits classic lit can give you.

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What’s the Show Format?

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CraftLit contains four segments

So Why CraftLit?

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the Actual History

In April 2006, Brenda Dayne, host of Cast-on, the knitting podcast, put out a final call for submissions. I’d been kicking around an idea of writing and recording an essay for her series on the Greek Muses and how they connected to knitting.

I, however, am multi-crafty and didn’t stick to knitting. Neither did CraftLit’s listeners – and nowadays, plenty of listeners aren’t crafty at all. Some skip ahead to the book chat, some tune in to listen just to the crafty chat and horde the book-talk until a book is finished. There’s no one-size-fits-all in our podcast world, so don’t hesitate to jump in.

In April 2006, Brenda Dayne, host of Cast-on, the knitting podcast, put out a final call for submissions. I’d been kicking around an idea of writing and recording an essay for her series on the Greek Muses and how they connected to knitting.

I, however, am multi-crafty and didn’t stick to knitting. Neither did CraftLit’s listeners – and nowadays, plenty of listeners aren’t crafty at all. Some skip ahead to the book chat, some tune in to listen just to the crafty chat and horde the book-talk until a book is finished. There’s no one-size-fits-all in our podcast world, so don’t hesitate to jump in.

At the 11th hour I sent her my essay on Melpomene and how knitting helped my students and me recover from our evacuation on 9/11. The end result was the start of CraftLit, originally conceived as a way to get knitters (busy hands) some quality audiobooks to listen to while they worked away.

Who’s Hosting the Shindig?

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Hello! I’m Heather Ordover and I love books
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  • Host & Producer of CraftLit
  • Online-education specialist
  • Author of young adult fiction
  • Awarded teacher

As long as I can remember I’ve been surrounded by books. But I also love the spoken word. Both parents read to me when I was little and that definitely influenced the many ways I like to ingest text.

I suppose it’s not that odd that I became a teacher, then a podcaster, then an author/speaker/designer… along with having my two wonderful boys and giving birth to a different project – Crafting-a-Life, Inc. and its imprint Crafting-a-Life Books. Not surprisingly, my company specializes in educational media and Annotated Audiobooks™ – treating literature and history with a light touch and serious enthusiasm.

I’ve centered the wheel of my work-life around a simple hub – the goal of helping you craft a good life by finding and sharing things you’ll love and fun.

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