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Thompson Hotels NYC Influencers X Angela Ledgerwood


Lighting Up Literary New York

As the creator and host of the literary podcast Lit Up, Angela Ledgerwood is making a name for herself turning interviews with authors into an art form of its own. Born in Sydney Australia, Ledgerwood first came to the United States to study art history at Cornell University. While living in Los Angeles she got a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Pacific University, before making her way to New York and Interview Magazine, where she specialized in interviewing artists. As an editor at Cosmopolitan, she headed the magazine’s book coverage, wrote articles and interviewed and profiled Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Emily Mortimer, and more.

Ledgerwood’s passions came together in early 2015 when she launched Lit Up, taped at Embassy Row’s New York offices, which brings fascinating conversations with the most talked-about authors in the country—from Mary Gaitskill to Hanya Yanagihara to Sloane Crosley—straight into your earbuds. In just its first year, the podcast has been praised by everyone from to Marie Claire to Brooklyn Magazine for its fresh approach to the author interview. Here Ledgerwood shares how she would spend her perfect 24 hours in New York.

–       Start off with a yoga class with Aaron Dias anywhere you can find her. (She does private lessons too.)

–       Coffee and bookstore wander at McNally Jackson Books.

–       Neue Gallery for the Klimts and the Viennese Tea Room, and The Frick for the Fragonard Room.

–       Walk along the Highline.

–       New Whitney for the contemporary art and the views.

–       Buvette for a glass of wine and the walnut pesto appetizer. Then around the corner for show tunes at Marie’s Crisis piano bar.