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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.

Nov 19, 2021

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a theoretical physicist and the author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams DeferredIn that book she not only explains in layperson's terms the phenomena she observes as a scientist, but also how she observes science as a social and fundamentally...


Nov 12, 2021

Janelle Shane writes the blog AI Weirdness, where she delights readers with broken outcomes of the latest developments in artificial intelligence, ranging from computer-generated recipes like horseradish brownies, to pickup lines like, "You look like a thing, and I love you." She's also the author of the book, You Look...


Nov 5, 2021

Edward Rutherfurd is the author of epic works of historical fiction including LondonRusskaThe Dublin Saga, and the new novel, China. We spoke with him about how he finds the right scale for his enormous books and when one of the many projects he has simmering is ready to be fleshed out into a manuscript of...


Oct 27, 2021

In this special episode of Kobo In Conversation Michael spoke with Shari Lapena, the Canadian queen of domestic suspense, as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors with an audience watching online and asking questions.

Listen to hear about Lapena's award-nominated false start as a novelist, where she got...


Oct 26, 2021

Phenderson Djèlí Clark's books take readers into places in history that feel familiar, but have spun off of the timeline we exist on. In Ring Shout we meet a militia fighting in Georgia against the Ku Klux Klan, which has invited actual demons into its hooded ranks with the help of the magical cinema of D. W....