Grateful for Zibby Owens, A Light for the Book Industry


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.

Zibby’s Bookshop hosted a live event for my book with Chris Palmeri from Bloomberg! The warmth and literary ambiance provided the perfect setting for my work to be celebrated among readers.

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.


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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