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Kobo in Conversation
54 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Season 4: Katie Mack
As we draw Season 4 of Kobo in Conversation to a close, we bring you a conversation with theoretical cosmologist Katie Mack on a wholly different kind of ending. Listeners may recall host Michael Tamblyn's praise for The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) in our year-end Staff Picks episode, where he found that during 2020, it helped to have a sense of time and space and the forces acting on every particle throughout the universe. Michael spoke with Katie about the 5 theoretical ways the universe will end, and we learned why for her the study of astrophysics is preferably a "social" science. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
47 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Season 4: Torrey Peters
Torrey Peters' debut novel Detransition, Baby wasn't supposed to be a novel. She'd self-published a pair of novellas and was planning on doing the same for this book -- until it outgrew her plans for it. She spoke with us about her writing career, how she navigates expectations of representation, and why Detransition, Baby is perfectly suited to a mainstream publisher who doesn't specialize in reaching transgender readers. Plus, she told us about the surprising direction she's going in with her next novel. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
69 minutes | May 28, 2021
Season 4: Steve Brusatte
Paleontologist Steve Brusatte joined us to talk about his new book for young readers, The Age of Dinosaurs as well as his 2018 book for adults, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs. We learned about his passion for giving readers a sense of dinosaurs as living, breathing animals, and what his hopes are for the future of paleontology. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
44 minutes | May 20, 2021
Season 4: Helen Oyeyemi
Helen Oyeyemi, author of Gingerbread and the playful new novel Peaces, spoke with us about the importance to her writing process of taking long book-free breaks, and how serving on juries for literary prizes has made her certain that she'll never win a major award. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
50 minutes | May 14, 2021
Season 4: Suzanne Simard
Dr. Suzanne Simard, author of Finding the Mother Tree, spoke with us about the astonishing science of how trees communicate with one another. And she gave us a view into the hard work, dirty hands, and heartbreak of a life spent living in and studying forests. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
58 minutes | May 7, 2021
Season 4: Natalie Zina Walschots
Natalie Zina Walschots spoke with us about her novel Hench, the day-to-day work of supervillainy, and why fanfic is her marker of success as a writer. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
52 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Season 4: Malcolm Gladwell
With the publication of his first book in 2000, Malcolm Gladwell pioneered and proceeded to dominate a whole genre of non-fiction where concepts explored in academic research were made presentable to a mass audience. But to write his latest book The Bomber Mafia, he approached his craft in a new way. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
58 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Season 3: Julia Quinn
In this final episode of Season 3 of Kobo in Conversation, we spoke with Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series of Regency romance novels. She told us about what it was like to see her characters come to life on-screen, and we asked her whether we'll eventually see a cinematic interpretation of a Smythe-Smith musicale. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
41 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Season 3: Jael Richardson
In Gutter Child Jael Richardson creates a dystopian world where disadvantage for some is written into law. In this wide-ranging conversation we spoke with her about this new novel, as well as the past and future of her writing career, and we learned how she conceives of her roles as a broadcaster and literary festival director who can bring a lot of attention to books and authors. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
39 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Season 3: Emily Schultz
In her novel Little Threats, Emily Schultz transports readers to the summer of 1993, when a terrible crime was committed -- and possibly a miscarriage of justice. We spoke with Emily about her inspiration for this story of crime and punishment, how she sees the style of this book in connection to her other books, and why she set out not to write just another crime novel about a dead girl. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
39 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Season 3: Joanne Vannicola
We spoke with actor Joanne Vannicola about their memoir, All We Knew But Couldn't Say and learned how they turned painful memories of their upbringing into a story of growth and self-discovery. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
47 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
Season 3: Linden MacIntyre
Journalist and novelist Linden MacIntyre joined us to talk about his new audiobook, The Wake: The Deadly Legacy of a Newfoundland Tsunami. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
37 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
Season 3: Billy-Ray Belcourt
We spoke with poet and scholar Billy-Ray about his new book, A History of My Brief Body, a poetic, intellectual work of theory, essay, and memoir. He explained how he builds on the work of others in his own writing and what drives his mission to locate joy at the centre of Indigenous stories. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
21 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
The best books we read in 2020: Side B
As epic as our staff picks roundup was last week, we just couldn’t stop once we got started.
71 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
The best books we read in 2020
In 2020, even the most avid readers struggled to find the time and focus amid new routines to immerse themselves in the comfort of books. Fortunately, some of us at Kobo found a way through and got to spend time reading great things -- and we’re happy to share them with you here. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
35 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
Bonus: Kobo Writing Life with Talia Hibbert
Our friends at the Kobo Writing Life podcast spoke with romance writer Talia Hibbert, author of Wrapped Up in You. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation. Read Wrapped Up in You on Kobo.
53 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Season 3: Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes joined us to talk about Grown-Ups, her new book about money, family, love, and the pressure to meet the expectations of others, even the ones we love. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
46 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Season 3: Vicki Laveau-Harvie
We spoke with Vicki Laveau-Harvie, author of The Erratics, about why she doesn't see her book as a misery memoir, the proper place for catharsis, and why we're unlikely to ever find her on Twitter. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
32 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Season 3: Eternity Martis
Toronto journalist Eternity Martis spoke with us about her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up. Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
28 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Season 3: Tobly McSmith
In Tobly McSmith's debut Stay Gold, a young adult novel about a transgender boy named Pony, he tells the story of a character who embraces the truth of his gender identity in his teens, much earlier than the author did himself. In our conversation we learn that he was creating a world that might have been and offering comfort to the next trans guy growing up in central Texas. Learn more about and contribute to Tobly's foundation for gender-affirming healthcare at staygoldfund.org Hear more from Kobo in Conversation.
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