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Kobo in Conversation

A page-turning podcast.

Join our chief booklover, Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn, as he welcomes famous authors and other notable guests from around the literary world, and learn about the inspirations and influences behind your favourite books. 

Nov 27, 2020

Toronto journalist Eternity Martis spoke with us about her memoir, They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up.

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Nov 20, 2020

In Tobly McSmith's debut Stay Gold, a young adult novel about a transgender boy named Pony, he tells the story of a character who embraces the truth of his gender identity in his teens, much earlier than the author did himself. In our conversation we learn that he was creating a world that might have been and offering...


Nov 13, 2020

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, joined us to talk about his new book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. In this wide-ranging discussion Jared speaks about the COVID-19 crisis, as well as authoritarianism, and the need for nations to have the humility to see their errors -- and hopefully...


Nov 6, 2020

We're back, safely ensconced with microphones and broadband internet, bringing you a new season of conversations with authors about books!

To kick things off, we spoke with Eden Robinson, author of the Trickster trilogy.

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