A Playwright with an Italy Obsession

On this week’s show, we’re kicking off season two by suggesting new reads for Pia Wilson, a playwright and author of the new fiction podcast, If I Go Missing, the Witches Did It. Pia is the recipient of dozens of awards and fellowships, including a 2020 Newark Creative Catalyst grant. She was named a 2015 Sundance Fellow and has served as playwright-in-residence at both Marshall College and Middlebury College.

Pia recently read and loved Circe and Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?, but she is put off by books that are too violent toward women. She’s a self-proclaimed romantic who is studying Italian, and she’s a snob about coffee, bourbon, and hotel rooms. She loves when people can tell long, funny stories and host gatherings effortlessly, like Ina Garten.

Round 1 Picks

From Scratch by Tembi Locke

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec

Round 2 Picks

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Featured Bookstores

Montana Book Company in Helena, Montana

Loyalty Bookstore in Silver Spring, MD

Gramercy Books in Columbus, OH

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.