18 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.

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    • 4.5, 54 Ratings

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.

    Juneteenth: Ijeoma Oluo and Ahamefule Oluo in conversation

    Juneteenth: Ijeoma Oluo and Ahamefule Oluo in conversation

    This special episode of The Desk Set is a feed drop recording of a live webcast we shared in celebration of Juneteenth. Author Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want to Talk About Race) spoke with her brother Ahamefule Oluo, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, writer, and stand-up comedian. They discussed Black joy, liberation, and creativity.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Our 2020 Reading Goals

    Our 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

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