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Insightful interviews with authors of fiction and non-fiction, plus reading recommendations for getting up to speed on a range of thought-provoking topics.

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Is listening to an audiobook the same as reading?

For anybody wondering whether listening to an audiobook counts as reading, cognitive science explains why listening and reading aren't so dissimilar.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Journalist Michael Finkel on seeing through the eyes of The Art Thief

Michael spoke with journalist Michael Finkel, author of The Art Thief, the story of a man who stole over 200 artworks only to hide them in his bedroom.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Dr. Jen Gunter on writing books about bodies for people

Nathan spoke with Dr Jen Gunter, OB/GYN and author of books on health and medicine including The Vagina Bible, The Menopause Manifesto, and Blood.

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Parenting books for raising great kids

Books on parenting with practical advice for setting limits and consequences, encouraging positive growth, and showing up as the parent you want to be.

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Incendiary stories of dystopian censorship

Speculative fiction that wrestles with questions of censorship and the limits of expression in the tradition of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Author Interviews

Inside the expansive mind of Liu Cixin

We spoke with Liu Cixin, the Hugo Award-winning author of international bestseller, The Three-Body Problem.

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Books on the history and culture of Ukraine

Learn about the people, culture, and history of Ukraine from remarkable writers who know the country best.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

R.H. Thomson on viewing wars by the light of family history

Michael spoke with R.H. Thomson: actor, director, playwright, and author of By the Ghost Light: Wars, Memory, and Families, a memoir and travelogue.

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Banned books worth reading

These books, many of which are reader favourites, are often challenged and even sometimes banned. It's a humbling privilege to be able to read them.

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