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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"You thought that when you arrived at X age you would be finished, but we're not ever finished.” Kayleen Schaefer talks with Zibby about her experience interviewing eight people in their thirties over...
March 3, 2021
“Diaspora is the world’s condition.” Patricia Engel talks with Zibby about growing up the daughter of immigrants, the ingrained pull of an ancestral homeland, and the doubts that haunt those who uproo...
March 2, 2021
“I wrote my way out of the darkness.” Tanya Selvaratnam talks with Zibby about the intimate partner violence she suffered in a past abusive relationship. She shares the experience of coming forward wi...
March 1, 2021
Joann Lublin dismisses the myth of work-life balance and makes a case instead for “work-life sway.” She shares with Zibby the biggest challenges she overcame as a top editor at the Wall Street Journal...
February 28, 2021
Tennis guru and head of the USTA Katrina Adams talks about her success on and off the court -- including her role in a dramatic moment with Serena Williams --  in this candid chat between two tennis l...
February 27, 2021
This frank conversation made Zibby rethink her relationship to “Good Night, Moon” forever as she chatted with novelist Julia Fine about the ways motherhood can make us all crazy.
February 26, 2021
Book editor turned novelist Jennifer Ryan talks with Zibby about the inspiration behind her latest WWII-era novel, The Kitchen Front. She shares memories of her grandmother, discusses testing ration r...
February 25, 2021
We 100% guarantee that Meaghan B. Murphy’s interview with Zibby will put a smile on your face! In this inspirational chat, the editor-in-chief of Woman’s Day discusses ‘doing’ happy and shares some of...
February 24, 2021
In this moving interview, Georgina Lawton talks with Zibby about the emotional toll of uncovering the long-held secret that explained her black racial identity, despite being born to two white parents...
February 23, 2021
"This is a book that I needed to write my whole life. It's been building up inside of me for a long time.” Elizabeth Miki Brina talks with Zibby about how writing helped her understand both her histor...
February 23, 2021
“Teenagers, just by their very nature, are shapeshifters.” Acclaimed novelist Vendela Vida explains how a non-fiction book on lies became We Run the Tides. She talks with Zibby about her pandemic read...
February 22, 2021
Emily Layden’s All Girls: A Novel, honors “the experience of teenage girlhood in all its depth and capacity.” The former high school teacher talks with Zibby about what it was like “to come of age in ...
February 21, 2021
"I find it hard to be in one voice while I'm writing.” Maria Adelmann shares with Zibby why she loves writing (and reading!) short stories, and how her latest collection of stories, Girls of A Certain...
February 20, 2021
"Don't give up hope.” Congresswoman Madeleine Dean and her son, Harry Cunnane, have a candid conversation with Zibby about Harry’s past struggles with addiction. They discuss learning new truths about...
February 19, 2021
“Books are always the place that my characters go when the world bruises them, or when they need to recharge or regroup and just to enjoy themselves.” Prolific writer Kristin Hannah talks with Zibby a...
February 18, 2021
"How great is it to have a job where I get to just share wonderful storytelling with people?” Amy Newmark talks with Zibby about her love of stories, the 30-year path that led her to Chicken Soup for ...
February 17, 2021
IT’S PUB DAY FOR ZIBBY’S ANTHOLOGY! In honor of the big day, we’re releasing a special episode in which Zibby is interviewed by her four kids! This is one episode you won't want to miss. Don’t forget ...
February 16, 2021
"If I'm going to be reading something in front of an audience, I wouldn't want there to be no laughter. I'm not interested in that.” David Sedaris talks about owning who you are as a writer and explai...
February 15, 2021
“I do a lot of research and then try to forget it so I can be a little bit more instinctual when I'm writing.” Ladee Hubbard talks with Zibby about weaving fact with fiction, and how her latest novel,...
February 14, 2021
Lauren talks with Zibby about her pandemic pregnancy and her "second baby of the quarantine” — her novel, Ladies of the House: A Modern Retelling of Sense & Sensibility. She discusses growing up a...
February 13, 2021
“That's the fun part of writing. You can go anywhere you want.” Chang-rae Lee talks with Zibby about the role of storytellers, how writing helps him cope with his fears, and how being a college prof...
February 12, 2021
David Rubenstein shares with Zibby his thoughts on happiness, mortality, success, and more in this deeply sincere yet humorous chat that runs the conversational gamut.
February 11, 2021
Random House copy chief Benjamin Dreyer spoke to Zibby about the bakery sign moment that was his "origin story," why younger people should even care about grammar, his love of books, how copy editing ...
February 10, 2021
First time novelist and former lawyer Abigail Dean discusses how she wrote the first half of this book during a leave from work, her writing process, the scary street near her parents' home, and more....
February 9, 2021
Former Southern Charm and Real World star Cameran Eubanks Wimberly shares her thoughts on motherhood, celebrity (she hates being called "famous") and more in this podcast recorded during a live event ...
February 8, 2021
"I fell through every crack.” Stephanie Thornton Plymale talks with Zibby about overcoming past traumas and the liberation that came with owning her history.
February 7, 2021
"He confirmed my right to be. I bow down to James Baldwin. I adore him.” Robert Jones, Jr. talks with Zibby about adopting James Baldwin as a spiritual godfather, how a serendipitous find inspi...
February 6, 2021
What would you do if a prenatal test yielded potentially catastrophic results? Peter Ho Davies and Zibby discuss this question that’s at the center of Peter’s latest novel, A Lie Someone Told You Abou...
February 5, 2021
Maggie Downs’ incredible memoir recounts the year she spent traveling the world completing her mother’s bucket list while her mom was at home in the final stage of Alzheimer’s. She talks with Zibby ab...
February 5, 2021
Troubles in Paradise is the last of Elin Hilderbrand's delicious trilogy set in the Virgin Islands. Elin and Zibby discussed getting caught up in local gossip, persistence in the publishing world, and...
February 4, 2021
Zibby inhaled Nancy's fictionalized story about race, class, and family at the dawn of the Obama era. She loved hearing about Nancy's inspiration for The Kindest Lie, the importance of the 2008 electi...
February 4, 2021
Zibby describes Rebecca Sacks's novel as a "literary achievement" and "epic journey." She and Rebecca talked about lives intersecting, the beauty in learning new languages, and the idea of being a glo...
February 3, 2021
When Lauren Fox was in her twenties she found letters in her parents' basement. Her grandparents had been living with them for years and she found a box amongst their belongings containing about seven...
February 3, 2021
Cherie Jones's book feels like a classic from another era. Her writing is so vivid. She told Zibby about how her characters are inspired by voices that pop into her brain and that it's her role to tra...
February 3, 2021
Brandon Hobson knows how to get into characters' heads and likens the process to acting. He talked to Zibby about the themes in his latest novel—a beautiful examination of how we grieve, how we heal, ...
February 3, 2021
Dr. Harold Koplewicz founded the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to children's mental health disorders that Zibby supports as a board member. They talked about combating stigmas associated...
February 2, 2021
Rachel Ricketts talks to Zibby about spiritual activism, dismantling systems of discrimination and oppression, creating equity, and more in this deeply important conversation. 
February 2, 2021
Zibby was honored to speak with Anna Malaika Tubbs about The Three Mothers - a brilliant, conversational, and historically-rich biography. Anna shines a light on the mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr....
February 2, 2021
The topic of Adam Grant's book is "The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know," which Zibby thinks will help people view changing their mind, adapting their ideas, or rethinking their decisions as a str...
February 2, 2021
Melissa Gould calls her emotional memoir a modern love story. Her writing deeply resonated with Zibby, and they talked about grieving, expectations, parenting through loss, and falling in love.
February 1, 2021
Laura Tremaine says that when she changed her mindset around what kind of writer she thought she was supposed to be, this terrific book about connecting took form. Laura shares her experiences with fe...
February 1, 2021
Jordan Thierry is the author of A Kids Book About Systemic Racism and Ben Sand is the author of A Kids Book About White Privilege—both part of a fantastic, educational, and inspiring new series of kid...
January 31, 2021
Caroline Gertler taught herself to read around age three and knew from then on that she wanted to be a writer. She chatted with Zibby about the books that inspired her, her love of art history, The Me...
January 30, 2021
Sara Faith Alterman's funny and moving memoir takes off from the day her G-rated upbringing came to a screeching halt when she discovered her father's pornographic writing career. With brilliant humor...
January 29, 2021
Rio Cortez is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose beautifully written, illustrated book presents Black history to younger children. She talked with Zibby about creating a story that depicts diverse figure...
January 28, 2021
Gabrielle Korn's former life as the editor-in-chief of NYLON at age twenty-eight looked shiny and glamorous by day; however, as soon as she left the office, her reality was different. She talked to Zi...
January 27, 2021
Helen Fisher talked to Zibby about having to change the title of her novel in the United States, beginning to write in her forties, how difficult it can be to portray loss and grief in writing, managi...
January 26, 2021
Zibby was honored to interview Chelsea Clinton and talk about advocacy, writing books centered on girls and women, their mutual admiration for teachers, raising children in the public eye, and the imp...
January 25, 2021
Charles Yu's story is a depiction of Earth in the 3000's in which all that's left of an otherwise abandoned planet is a gift shop. He and Zibby talked about spaceships, teenagedom, mother-daughter dyn...
January 24, 2021
Brittany Barnett's book is "a memoir that shows how she came to understand injustice in the courts, how she discovered genius behind bars, and how this journey caused her definition of freedom...
January 23, 2021

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