I am grateful to Zibby Owens, an inspiring figure within the literary community. She is a literary evangelist, author, mom, founder of Zibby Media and owner of Zibby’s Bookshop in Santa Monica. Her impactful presence extends beyond the shelves of her store to the airwaves, as she joined me on my award-nominated podcast to discuss her memoir, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Literature.
I was honored that Zibby interviewed me for the nineteenth season of her podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time To Read, about my memoir, Brave-ish: One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.
Owens is the author of Princess Charming and editor of both, Moms Don’t Have Time to Have Kids: A Timeless Anthology and Moms Don’t Have Time To: A Quarantine Anthology. Her upcoming novel, Blank, now available for preorder, is a testament to her continuous contributions to the literary world.
Zibby’s Bookshop is not just a haven for books; it’s a dynamic space where literature comes to life, and authors find support and celebration.
She recently introduced Dani Shapiro and Jennifer Grey at a book event for Signal Fires.
Zibby’s ability to navigate the literary world extends beyond her own creations, as she stands as a fearless advocate for free speech and a curator of diverse voices within her bookstore. I have been to her bookstore for events for Patty Lin, author of End Credits from Zibby Books,
for Jennifer Hamm, author of One Friday in Napa, in conversation with Kim Raver,
for my book, Brave-ish, and
to celebrate World Book Day!
Her courage was especially evident when she confronted challenges within the industry, including issues surrounding the National Book Awards and hate speech. Zibby Owens guides the book industry with her luminous spirit and unwavering dedication to the power of words.