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Writer Zibby Owens, www.zibbyowens.com, mother of four, interviews authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

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Writer Zibby Owens, www.zibbyowens.com, mother of four, interviews authors about their work on this award-winning literary podcast.

    Joanna Rakoff, MY SALINGER YEAR

    Joanna Rakoff, MY SALINGER YEAR

    Zibby is joined by Joanna Rakoff, author of the memoir My Salinger Year, which details the year she worked at the literary agency that represented J.D. Salinger. From responding to Salinger's fan mail to essentially running the agency when her boss suffered a personal tragedy, Joanna shares countless unbelievable stories — including one about the secrets her family kept hidden from her for decades. 


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    • 37 min
    Olivia Campbell, WOMEN IN WHITE COATS: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

    Olivia Campbell, WOMEN IN WHITE COATS: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine

    "The problem with most biographies is that the subjects are made out to be god-like. I really wanted to make these three-dimensional characters." Journalist and author Olivia Campbell joins Zibby to discuss her new book, Women in White Coats. Olivia shares the traumatic experiences that inspired her to research the women who changed the world of medicine, and how those same experiences led the earliest female doctors to pursue their careers.


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    • 28 min
    Alexandra Andrews, WHO IS MAUD DIXON?: A Novel

    Alexandra Andrews, WHO IS MAUD DIXON?: A Novel

    Alexandra Andrews joins Zibby for an impromptu therapy session and conversation about her debut novel, Who is Maud Dixon? The two joke about how many drafts of the story Alexandra wrote before reaching publication, why she hates when other writers say they hate writing, and what it's like being married to another author.


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    • 17 min
    Genevieve Gannon, THE MOTHERS

    Genevieve Gannon, THE MOTHERS

    Journalist and author Genevieve Gannon explains to Zibby how her latest novel, The Mothers, started as a failed newspaper article pitch about two families and an IVF mix up. She continues on to discuss why it's important for women to talk publicly about experiences with IVF and miscarriages, the influence her career in journalism has had on her novels, and how she outlined the characters to allow the story to focus on —you guessed it— the mothers.


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    • 18 min
    Quinta Brunson, SHE MEMES WELL

    Quinta Brunson, SHE MEMES WELL

    "I didn't want to be preachy. I wanted to be me, who is not perfect and a friend, and give that out into the world." Writer and producer Quinta Brunson wanted the essays in her new book, She Memes Well, to display her personal growth parallel to the development of the Internet where she first began her career in comedy. She talks with Zibby about how writing the book allowed her to explore her relationships with her mother and what thinking critically about the Internet made her realize about life offline.


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    • 31 min
    Mary Alice Monroe, THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND & THE ISLANDERS

    Mary Alice Monroe, THE SUMMER OF LOST AND FOUND & THE ISLANDERS

    Zibby is joined by bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe who has not one but three books coming out this year. Mary Alice shares how her own quarantine experience influenced the way the COVID-19 pandemic was explored in her book The Summer of Lost and Found, why her middle-grade novel, The Islanders, was written to help kids unplug, and the significance of writing a story for Reunion Beach to honor Dorothea Benton Frank.


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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
481 Ratings

481 Ratings

tls6280 ,

Great Wisdom!

Zibby & guests always inspire. My only regret is that Zibby would have been sharing these podcasts when my children were young! Even though my babes are long grown, I love these & find so much wisdom in them! Thanks!

marleneeH ,

Great for aspiring writers

My favorite part is when Zibby asks the interviewee advice for listening writers. This part of the show feels like cracking a fortune cookie delivering sweet affirmations that inspire me to keep writing.

In the past couple episodes, Zibby has skipped this question. I hope she doesn’t abandon the tradition altogether. It’s basically what I come for.

Also, I appreciate the writers sharing how they get it done. Especially when the guest is a parent tackling their own challenges with workload and childcare. (Yes, it’s okay to not work exactly like Tom Clancy!) This has been healthy for me, a writing mom, to hear.

Thank you for your work, Zibby!

BethShannonWriter ,

Love this podcast!

As a reader and a writer I love this podcast. I’ve received so many great book recommendations, and I love hearing authors talk about their writing advice and journey to publication.

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