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Kobo in Conversation

From Rakuten Kobo, your friendly global digital bookseller, comes a series of conversations with authors about their latest books, how they write, and the books and authors that shaped and inspired them. Join host Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo, for wide-ranging and revealing discussions about the books and authors we love.

May 27, 2022

We spoke with Britt Wray, broadcaster, science writer, and researcher at the intersection of mental health and climate change. Her new book is Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis which is a deeply felt and thoroughly-researched study of what it means to wake up every day and live our lives on...


Apr 22, 2022

Podcast aficionados may recognize our guest Stephanie Foo from her work on This American Life, Snap Judgment, and 99% Invisible, to name just a few of her credits. And now she has written a book called What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma that's both a memoir of growing up in an abusive and...


Apr 1, 2022

NoViolet Bulawayo is the Booker Prize shortlisted author of We Need New Names and the new novel Glory, a fable-like retelling of the two years between the overthrow of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and his death. It's moving, provocative, and surprisingly funny.

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Mar 25, 2022

We spoke with Julia Quinn, author of the Bridgerton series of Regency romance novels. She told us about what it was like to see her characters come to life on-screen, and we asked her whether we'll eventually see a cinematic interpretation of a Smythe-Smith musicale. (Originally released February 12, 2021)

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Feb 18, 2022

Kathryn Schulz is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of the 2010 nonfiction bestseller, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error. Her new book is a memoir, Lost & Found, which chronicles the grief of losing her father as well as the joy of finding love--with some surprising and fascinating...