17 episodes

A bookish podcast for reading broadly.

Librarians interview authors, share reading suggestions and explore literary topics through lively conversations. Each episode is based on reading challenge categories, which encourage listeners to expand their reading horizons.

You can find show notes, including a list of books discussed in each episode and transcripts at kcls.org/deskset.

The Desk Set King County Library System

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A bookish podcast for reading broadly.

Librarians interview authors, share reading suggestions and explore literary topics through lively conversations. Each episode is based on reading challenge categories, which encourage listeners to expand their reading horizons.

You can find show notes, including a list of books discussed in each episode and transcripts at kcls.org/deskset.

    2020 Reading Goals

    2020 Reading Goals

    In this mini-episode, we're talking about reading in the new year! We share our personal reading goals, discuss this year's 10 to Try challenge, and talk about 2020 titles we're looking forward to reading. We also announce that the podcast is going on a hiatus - we'll be back with new episodes this summer.

    • 17 min
    Best Books of 2019

    Best Books of 2019

    Librarians share their picks for the best books of 2019. Hear KCLS staff talk about the titles they loved the most, including adult fiction and nonfiction, teen reads, and children's books.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Challenge of Poetry

    The Challenge of Poetry

    Three authors share their perspective on the rise of Instagram poetry, the challenge of finding poetry you love, and the unique power of the medium. First we talk with Joy McCullough, author of Blood Water Paint, a historical novel in verse for teens. Next we chat with Washington State Book Award Winner Tara Hardy, author of the collection My, My, My, My, My. Finally, we talk to Laura Da', Hugo House's Poet in Residence and author of Instruments of the True Measure.

    • 58 min
    Immigrant stories

    Immigrant stories

    We interview author Angie Kim about her novel Miracle Creek, a mystery and legal thriller that's centered on a family of Korean immigrants and a single mother accused of murder. Then we chat with Jo Anderson Cavinta, KCLS's diversity services coordinator, about the programs and services that KCLS offers for immigrants, refugees, and new arrivals.

    • 52 min
    '90s Kid Reads

    '90s Kid Reads

    Take a nostalgic look back at some of the most popular children's book series published in the '80s and '90s. First, we interview Gabrielle Moss, author of Paperback Crush. Then we talk with Destinee Sutton, a children's librarian at KCLS. We chat about school book fairs, free pizza, and the books that made us lifelong readers. Spoiler alert: We all wanted to be as cool as Babysitter's Club member and style icon Claudia Kishi.

    • 37 min
    Books about history

    Books about history

    We talk to Amy Stewart about her historical mysteries, starting with Girl Waits With Gun, inspired by the real-life Kopp sisters, as well as Stewart's nonfiction on plants, bugs, and more. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan discusses her historical thriller Manhattan Beach, her research process, and the lives of American women in the 1940s. Finally, Jeopardy champion and author Ken Jennings chats with us about overdue library books, his podcast Omnibus, and presidential snacks.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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