Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books

Writer Zibby Owens, www.zibbyowens.com, mother of four, interviews authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

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"I tried to write a narrative that would talk about the collisions of full-throttle life and what happens to women who are over forty who don't remain in that happily-ever-after state.” Gina Frange...
April 30, 2021
Zibby had the privilege of moderating author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s virtual tour event with Left Bank Books for her new novel, Under the Southern Sky. We recorded this conversation, and are releasing...
April 30, 2021
"We always just pretended like we knew each other for a hundred years because that's what it felt like.” In her moving interview with Zibby, Adriana Trigiani lovingly recalls her late friend and fello...
April 29, 2021
"I actually got so carried away with some scenes that I'm like, 'Wait, what's the point of this scene again?' It was the most fun that I've ever had writing a book." Jesse Q. Sutanto joins Zibby to ta...
April 28, 2021
"If there were any means by which I could get some control over this out-of-control story, it had to be through writing." Vince Granata talks with Zibby about how writing helped him contend with his ...
April 27, 2021
"We Westerners are the exception. This conflict-ridden existence between parents and children is not super universal and not actually really common at all." NPR Correspondent Michaeleen Doucleff trave...
April 26, 2021
"Parenting doesn't start when you have a child. It already started when you were a child." When journalist Lynn Berger found out she was pregnant with her second child, she realized there weren't any ...
April 25, 2021
Happy Independent Bookstore Day!!!! Author and owner of Books Are Magic Emma Straub answers all of Zibby's questions about owning an independent bookstore like how she and her husband got started, wh...
April 24, 2021
Alena Dillon joins Zibby to talk about the research on USA Gymnastics that went into her new book, The Happiest Girl in the World, as well as her upcoming memoir about pregnancy. The two share what th...
April 23, 2021
Sociologist and author Gail Crowther joins Zibby to talk about her latest book, Three-Martini Afternoons at the Ritz: The Rebellion of Sylvia Plath & Anne Sexton, and the incredible history behind...
April 22, 2021
"One of my great hopes for the movie and for the book is that when people have been inside a different experience, that when they look at people, they’ll wonder what those people have to say in terms ...
April 21, 2021
Alison Hammer joins Zibby to talk about her new book, Little Pieces of Me, as well as the other six projects she has going on at the moment. The two talk about how Alison's experiences participating i...
April 20, 2021
"I'm so grateful to anyone who's read the book or passed the book onto someone or posted about it because it wouldn't exist without all of that." Meg Mason talks with Zibby about how she wrote an en...
April 19, 2021
"Whether you're dealing with your muffin top over the waistband of your pants or friends who die too young or careers that blow up or slowly shrivel or whatever, you have to remember you're just luc...
April 18, 2021
Former model and YA writer Laurie Elizabeth Flynn talks with Zibby about her debut adult novel, The Girls Are All So Nice Here, and her process of writing it. From cringing at the memory of high sch...
April 17, 2021
"Fixing fatigue is not about doing less. Look, we did less during this past year, and we were more tired than ever. It's not about doing less. It's actually about doing more of the things that actuall...
April 16, 2021
Zibby talks with the author and illustrator duo behind Allergic, Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter, about their process of working together and how Megan's own lifelong experience with allerg...
April 15, 2021
"I started writing just to remember her stories and her voice in this world that doesn't exist anymore." Zibby is joined by fellow memoir enthusiast J. Nicole Jones to discuss her upcoming memoir, ...
April 14, 2021
"This whole book is about finding your center. The center does hold with a couple of good friends." Anne Lamott recently joined Zibby's Book Club to discuss her latest book, Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revi...
April 14, 2021
"We're all shades of gray. There's always complexity in the human story. That's what I'm interested in.” Paula McLain shares how the inspiration for her latest novel, When the Stars Go Dark, struck du...
April 13, 2021
"These anonymous people who are struggling have no idea that they saved people's lives. I just think it really speaks to how wonderful it is when we can share our struggles and realize that we're no...
April 12, 2021
"As soon as we can all go out again, I really think it's so important to recapture that feeling of connection to our friends and our family." Julie Metz tells Zibby about the journey her research took...
April 11, 2021
"Novels. What's wonderful about them is that you can do the stuff you can't in real life. You can make all the mistakes. You can commit all the crimes." Donna Freitas talks with Zibby about how her ow...
April 10, 2021
"The exciting thing about deciding to do something later in your life is that you have all these skills that you just didn't have in your twenties." Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney tells Zibby all about start...
April 9, 2021
Dawnie Walton talks with Zibby about how she made the pivot from her twenty-year career in journalism to writing her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. The two discuss the support syste...
April 8, 2021
"It's just really hard to locate yourself as an Asian American in American history. Even though you might have been here, you were just always floating in the periphery of historical vision." Sanjena ...
April 7, 2021
"I feel a great duty to these women, even those that told their stories but hadn’t been widely heard and especially those that never got to tell their stories." Judy Batalion talks with Zibby about th...
April 6, 2021
Novelist Jessica Winter talks with Zibby about her incredible career trajectory (she’s currently an executive editor at The New Yorker!) and imparts her quarantine parenting wisdom. She also shares ho...
April 5, 2021
Tamara Winfrey Harris joins Zibby to discuss her new book of heartwarming letters from Black women to help guide, protect, and inspire the next generation of young Black girls. The writers of the lett...
April 4, 2021
MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has long been revered for her research on society's relationship with technology. In her newest book, The Empathy Diaries, she blends her research with her own narrative as...
April 3, 2021
"I discovered that the writing was helping me process everything that had happened. I didn't know that that's what I needed to do." Debut novelist Ilona Bannister has a heartfelt conversation with Zib...
April 2, 2021
The Laundry Evangelist, Patric Richardson, teaches Zibby all of his tips and tricks on how to save your clothes and make doing the laundry more fun. From washing everything on a warm express cycle to ...
April 1, 2021
"In the end when all is said and done and it comes time for me to depart, I want my children to remember me and say, 'Hey, Dad had some problems, but he changed. He became a good father.'" James Br...
March 31, 2021
"Generally speaking, kids are just so full of wonder and awe and enthusiasm for everything that they are, in a way, the best audience." NYT Bestselling Author and literary legend Dave Eggers talks wit...
March 30, 2021
"I wanted to be in a medical specialty where I restore people's quality of life. I don't save lives going to work every day, but hopefully, I save their quality of life. That's what life is worth livi...
March 29, 2021
Founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, Arianna Huffington, and Thrive Global's Head of Content Development, Marina Khidekel, talk with Zibby about their new book, Your Time to Thrive, and t...
March 28, 2021
"Basically, Zibby, I don't know what I'm doing. I'm just winging it and hoping for the best." Author Chris Whitaker talks to Zibby about how writing saved his life twice and how the main character in ...
March 27, 2021
"It was a healing, life-changing process of creating art." Alan Silberberg and Zibby talk about his new picture book Meet the Matzah, approaching grief with humor, and the importance of sharing divers...
March 26, 2021
"The problem is that we think of love and sex as being very happy bedfellows, and they're not. They actually hate each other." Sexpert Tracey Cox talks with Zibby about how reaching a certain age d...
March 25, 2021
"There is no other reason to write about art unless you have strong feelings about it. That's a given." Stanford University Art History Professor Alexander Nemerov and Zibby discuss how he came to wri...
March 24, 2021
Claire Lombardo walks Zibby through the roundabout way she became an author, her experience at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and what she learned when her debut, The Most Fun We Ever Had, first came out...
March 23, 2021
Katie Sise walks Zibby through her winding career, from actress to jewelry maker, to becoming a TV host, a ghostwriter, and, finally, the writer we know her as today. The two cover everything, from...
March 22, 2021
Taking it back a year now to celebrate that Spring 2021 is FINALLY here. During the pandemic, Zibby did an Instagram Live with Lena Dunham, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Not Th...
March 21, 2021
Zibby interviewed literary legend Joyce Carol Oates as part of Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center's 'Women on the Move' series. Their recorded conversation, released here as a podcast, touches on Oates'...
March 20, 2021
"The cry of my own soul to be seen became so great that the risk of not saying who I was, was much greater than the risk of saying who I was." Co-founder of Melissa & Doug, Melissa Bernstein, join...
March 19, 2021
"It's life-affirming in that you know that someday you will no longer be here, yet all of these people that are carrying some of your DNA will just be boogying down the road." Anna Quindlen talks to Z...
March 18, 2021
"The universe is gifting us all the time if only we opened our eyes to receive it." Anita Moorjani talks to Zibby about the differences between being a highly sensitive person and an empath, how in...
March 17, 2021
"It was always bizarre to me that there wasn't another big collection of humor writing by women, especially because the community's only exploded even more. All I do all day is meet brilliant women." ...
March 16, 2021
Sarah Langan reignites Zibby's inner psychology major as the two discuss the social experiments that inspired Sarah's new book Good Neighbors, why she wanted to create a sympathetic narcissist as her ...
March 15, 2021
"The truth is that the details of your story are your superpower." Zibby meets fellow anthology editor Jennifer Rudolph Walsh to talk about the connections we make through the most painful parts of ou...
March 14, 2021

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