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In-depth conversations with authors about their books—how and why they write, and the books and authors they admire. Plus, annual round-ups of reading recommendations from the staff of digital bookseller Rakuten Kobo.

Episodes run ~45 minutes, releasing fortnightly.

Hosted by Michael Tamblyn and Nathan Maharaj.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Ashley Audrain on bringing rage from the group chat to the page

Nathan spoke with novelist Ashley Audrain about her new book The Whispers: a story about marriage, mothers and motherhood, and women’s rage.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

The best books we read in 2023

The staff of Kobo talk about the books they most loved reading in 2023. Plus, co-hosts Michael and Nathan discuss what made this a special year in books.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Rowan Jetté Knox on learning from hard times

Michael spoke with journalist and human rights advocate Rowan Jetté Knox, author of the memoir One Sunny Afternoon: A Memoir of Trauma and Healing.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Alicia Elliott on telling the truth through the lens of fiction

Michael spoke with award-winning essayist Alicia Elliott about her novel, And Then She Fell, and why she turned to fiction to tell this story.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Sean Michaels, live at TIFA 2023

Nathan spoke with Sean Michaels at the Toronto International Festival of Authors about using AI to write parts of his novel, Do You Remember Being Born?

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Waubgeshig Rice on finding renewal at the end of the world

Nathan welcomed Waubgeshig Rice to the Kobo studio to talk about his post-apocalyptic novel Moon of the Turning Leaves.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Naomi Klein on what she sees in "the mirror world"

Michael spoke with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and the new book Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Michael Crummey confronts The Adversary

Michael spoke with novelist Michael Crummey about The Adversary. It's the story of a lifelong rivalry that escalates into violence and revenge.

Kobo in Conversation Podcast

Zalika Reid-Benta on becoming the "weird writer" she's always wanted to be

Nathan welcomed back Zalika Reid-Benta, 2020 winner of the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, to talk about her imaginative new novel River Mumma.

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