35 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

    • Arts
    • 4.4 • 58 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.

    Epistolary Time Travel

    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.

    • 34 min
    Race, Place, and Coming of Age

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Feed Drop: Mateo Askaripour

    Feed Drop: Mateo Askaripour

    Hear Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck, in conversation with Marcus Harrison Green of the South Seattle Emerald moderates.

    • 29 min
    The Future, Real and Imagined

    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.

    • 39 min
    Feed Drop: Syed Masood

    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.

    • 39 min
    Wild Characters and Re-Reading

    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.



     

     

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

Parsimonee ,

Where have you been all my life?

Love the King County Library System, love 10 to Try, love this podcast

thimblebooks ,

Comfortably Books!

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!

Mark CaCh ,

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.

Thanks, KCLS

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