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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Zibby and Dr. Evan Antin both brought furry, four-legged guests to their interview. He shared his passion for animals, wildlife conservation, and vet medicine and talked about some of his wildest ...
November 27, 2020
Peace Adzo Medie's latest work of fiction is a Reese's Book Club pick and she talked to Zibby about the themes she explored: how culture shapes women's lives, class divide, generational views on what ...
November 26, 2020
Zibby talked to powerhouse writer Janet Evanovich about her New York Times best-seller and twenty-seventh book in the best-selling Stephanie Plum series, her start as a romance novelist, and her love ...
November 25, 2020
Wandering in Strange Lands was a labor of love for Morgan Jerkins. She talked to Zibby about her inspiration for the book, inheriting trauma, and why she encourages aspiring writers to investigate ide...
November 24, 2020
Laura Vanderkam is a time management expert and says that "once a second is gone, all the money in the world can't buy it back." Her wisdom and research resonates as we navigate 2020. Zibby got the lo...
November 23, 2020
Kim Brooks knows what it means for one seemingly small decision to snowball into something unexpected. She described the catalyst event that led her to write Small Animals (a must-read for parents) ...
November 20, 2020
Matthew John Bocchi was a child when his father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He and Zibby had a moving conversation about the long-lasting effects of this tragedy, coping mechanisms, addict...
November 19, 2020
Zibby talked to Liz Petrone about her soulful memoir, which poignantly explores mental illness and expressed the need for our society to do better in telling the truth about depression, anxiety, and d...
November 18, 2020
Zibby loved Sarah Crossan's unique writing style and the format of Here Is the Beehive; it reads almost like one big long poem. This novel about adultery, seduction and loyalty will be a book club pic...
November 17, 2020
Clarissa Ward is a badass journalist. She talked to Zibby about her trajectory studying comparative literature at Yale, wanting to become an actress, and the epiphany moment that led to her career as ...
November 16, 2020
Cameron Douglas wrote a raw and intimate portrait of being raised as Hollywood royalty (the son of Michael Douglas and grandson of Kirk Douglas) and experience becoming a drug addict who served time i...
November 13, 2020
Fariha Roisin's novel is gripping and bold and at times so disturbing it’s almost hard to read. Zibby was fascinated by their talk about abuse, autonomy, humor, self-discovery, victimhood, ancestral t...
November 12, 2020
Christa Parravani's memoir is so open and deep that Zibby felt like she already knew her before their interview. Christa talked about both wanting to have the choice for reproductive healthcare and l...
November 11, 2020
Cecily von Ziegesar wrote the book series Gossip Girl that inspired the hit TV show (Xoxo). Her recent novel, Cobble Hill, is just as entertaining. She talked to Zibby about how being a grown up doe...
November 10, 2020
Bryan Washington says his editor calls his debut novel Memorial a "rom-com with teeth.” Zibby calls it "powerful and raw.” Good Morning America agreed and selected it as their November book pick! Brya...
November 9, 2020
In honor of the historic win yesterday of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (the first woman VP ever -- and a woman of color!!), I'm re-releasing my interview with THE NEW FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES Pr...
November 8, 2020
Zibby was delighted to talk to the legendary doyenne of fiction, Alice Hoffman, who called her latest novel "an escape" for her as a writer. They chatted about witchcraft, fairy tales, female heroines...
November 6, 2020
Susie Yang's novel, which was recently selected as a TODAY Show #ReadwithJenna pick, is utterly compelling. She talked to Zibby about having a vivid imagination, writing emotions that create a viscera...
November 5, 2020
Zibby was thrilled to interview New York Times bestselling author Brit Bennett as part of a PEN America Virtual Author Event. In their live conversation, Brit paints a brilliant picture of how she cra...
November 4, 2020
Bestselling author Nicole Krauss spoke to Zibby about travel, religion, Nicole's fearless collection of fiction and how she writes characters so compassionately. This incredibly bright literary icon a...
November 3, 2020
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, former director of special events at Vogue, was a confidant to Melania Trump from the early 2000s until she found herself in the wake of the Trump family's ascension to the ...
November 2, 2020
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney's novel is versatile and innovative - it's filled with gorgeous illustrations and reads like a mix of poetry, first-person narratives, gospel rhythms, and blue...
October 31, 2020
Zibby was moved by Charlotte Wood's beautifully written novel about well-worn friendships, getting older, and processing grief. They talked about how sustaining female friendships can be, how relation...
October 30, 2020
Max Gross's debut novel weaves an imaginative, humorous, and distinct story about a tiny Jewish village that existed in isolation, overlooked by the Nazis during World War II, forces during the Cold W...
October 30, 2020
Bestselling author Sophie Kinsella's special blend of comedy and romance shines through in her latest novel. Zibby, who has been inhaling the “Shopaholic" novels for years, loved getting to chat with...
October 30, 2020
Zibby and Jane Igharo had an animated conversation about Jane's debut novel, inspired by her own experiences being caught between familial expectations and following her heart. Jane talked about every...
October 30, 2020
Megan Harlan moved seventeen times across four continents when she was growing up. She told Zibby about her relationship with "place" as a result of her nomadic childhood, living life in all sorts of ...
October 29, 2020
Elizabeth Lesser is an author, cofounder of Omega Institute, has given two popular TED talks, and is a member of Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul100. She told Zibby that she's been preparing her whole life t...
October 29, 2020
Sara Seager is an preeminent astronomer, planetary scientist, and MIT professor whose luminous memoir is about how she had to reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and discovered the power of conne...
October 29, 2020
Ann Shen is a beautiful illustrator, designer, and author and her striking new book highlights some of history's biggest fashion moments and women who broke the mold wearing them. She and Zibby talked...
October 28, 2020
TV fashion and lifestyle expert Sydney Sadick believes confidence is an accessory that never goes out of style. She and Zibby chatted about developing personal style, "quarantine fashion," sourcing pi...
October 28, 2020
Christie Tate knows what it feels like for someone’s life to look really great on paper and yet still feel inwardly lost and lonely. She talked to Zibby about the transformative experience of starting...
October 27, 2020
When Alisson Wood was a 17-year-old high school student, she became enmeshed in an abusive relationship with an English teacher. She talked to Zibby about the grooming that created a blueprint for her...
October 27, 2020
Zibby was deeply moved by New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg's sensational and loving memoir about caring for her parents in their twilight years. Elizabeth's beautiful writing provides ...
October 27, 2020
Leave the World Behind is the “it” book of the moment: a Jenna’s Book Club pick on TODAY, a Barnes & Noble pick, and on the short-list for the National Book Award. Rumaan's striking book has capti...
October 26, 2020
Zibby had such a special conversation with fellow book enthusiast and former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager. Jenna talked candidly about what it was like to go through loss in the spotlight and lose ...
October 26, 2020
Zibby talked to Eva Chen, Director of Fashion Partnerships at Instagram, sartorial icon, and author of the most charming children's books. They discussed their dream home libraries, turning to reading...
October 23, 2020
Brooke Hecker began writing letters 'from the tooth fairy' for her daughter for each tooth she lost. She eventually turned the notes into this collection, which is a delightful snapshot of different p...
October 23, 2020
Zibby and Tami Charles did an Instagram Live together to launch her new book, which Tami wrote as a tribute to her 10-year-old son. It’s a reminder to all children, especially those from marginalized ...
October 23, 2020
Alyssa Milano (actor, producer, designer, philanthropist, humanitarian and author!) spoke with Zibby about how her character Hope wants to change the world but has to get through the trials and tribul...
October 22, 2020
Zibby loved talking to Kwame Mbalia about his exploration of "non-Western fantasy and science fiction and imagining scientific innovations for future worlds through the eyes of African and African Ame...
October 22, 2020
Oliver Jeffers is a celebrity in Zibby's house; she and her children love his books, especially HOW TO CATCH A STAR. With beautiful illustrations and thought-provoking writing, WHAT WE’LL BUILD, his l...
October 21, 2020
Interviewing Kathie Lee Gifford was such a treat for Zibby. Kathie Lee, who says she's a kid at heart, talked to Zibby about imparting important values to your children, having perspective, and how it...
October 21, 2020
Zibby got to interview actor, director, and author Lou Diamond Phillips and his wife Yvonne about how Lou's latest book, The Tinderbox, was inspired by a series of Yvonne's drawings. They talked to Zi...
October 20, 2020
Lauren Tarshis told Zibby that she didn't read a book until she was fourteen years old, which is an amazing part of Lauren's journey to becoming a New York Times best-selling author of dozens of books...
October 20, 2020
Zibby enjoyed interviewing co-authors, critique partners, and longtime friends Kimberly Derting and Shelli Johannes about their popular book series. They shared their love of science, keeping their ki...
October 19, 2020
Zibby talked to Sophie Blackall about her beautifully illustrated children's book and how she wanted to create something that makes kids feel connected around the globe. They also discussed how being ...
October 19, 2020
Zibby truly enjoyed getting to know Shannon. Shannon shared what she’d learned from her father, renowned movie star and martial artist Bruce Lee, how it felt to have to “hide” who she was growing ...
October 16, 2020
Based on Anne Helen Petersen's viral BuzzFeed article, Can't Even is an in-depth and fascinating examination of millennial burnout culture. She and Zibby chatted about deciphering how and why we got t...
October 15, 2020
Zibby did an Instagram Live with bestselling author Cheryl Strayed (author of WILD) and was over the moon to be interviewing her. They talked about This Telling, her Amazon Original Story, feminism...
October 14, 2020

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