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.
Epistolary Time Travel
Hear interviews with authors Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, and E.J. Koh. El-Mohtar and Gladston chat about their spy novella, This Is How You Lose the Time War. Koh discusses her memoir, The Magical Language of Others. Each author talks about how letter writing can act as a form of time travel. We also share some of our other favorite epistolary works.
Race, Place, and Coming of Age
Hear interviews with authors Monica West and Brittany Ackerman. West talks about Revival Season, a story about a Black evangelical family and a crisis of faith. Ackerman chats about The Brittanys, a novel about teen friends growing up in Florida. We also discuss our picks for books set where we were born.
Feed Drop: Mateo Askaripour
Hear Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck, in conversation with Marcus Harrison Green of the South Seattle Emerald moderates.
The Future, Real and Imagined
Explore the future through the lens of science and fiction. We chat with scientist Kelly Weinersmith about the nonfiction book Soonish. Then, we talk to Sarah Pinsker, author of the science fiction novel, We Are Satellites.
Feed Drop: Syed Masood
Syed Masood, author of The Bad Muslim Discount, in conversation with Shahina Piyarali. This feed drop is an audio recording of a live webcast event.
Wild Characters and Re-Reading
Hear interviews with authors:
Emily St. John Mandel (The Glass Hotel, Station Eleven) and
Kira Jane Buxton (Hollow Kingdom)
We chat about revisiting Station Eleven during the pandemic and writing nonhuman characters. Librarians Emily and Britta also have a conversation about rereading old favorites.
Where have you been all my life?
Love the King County Library System, love 10 to Try, love this podcast
Listening to the Desk Set is like snuggling up by the fire with a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and good friends on a rainy night discussing books!
Reading Broadly Indeed!
The Desk Set is a fun and informative trip through a variety of different literary genres, many of which I wouldn't consider adding to my normal reading queue. Whether I'm hearing about the art of book translation or the reasons that pie and whiskey make authors more friendly, I really enjoyed getting to explore this way.