Creator and host of award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
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Zibby Owens is the creator and host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books. Her first book, MOMS DON’T HAVE TIME TO: A QUARANTINE ANTHOLOGY, will be published on February 16th by Skyhorse Publishing. Zibby has appeared twice on CBS This Morning, and contributes to ABC’s Good Morning America, the Washington Post, Real Simple, Parents, Marie Claire, Redbook, and the New York Times online, among other outlets. Zibby was named “NYC’s top book-fluencer” by New York Magazine, and Oprah.com included Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books in its list of best book podcasts, twice! Before the pandemic, Zibby ran a literary salon, hosted her own book fairs, and was a frequent bookstore event moderator. During the pandemic, she launched Zibby's Virtual Book Club, two Instagram Live shows, and produced an online magazine called We Found Time which became the basis for her anthology. Her next anthology, Moms Don’t Have Time to Sleep, Get Sick, See Friends, Lose Weight and Write: A Second Anthology, will be published in November 2021. Zibby's first picture book, Princess Charming, is scheduled release in 2022 from Flamingo, a Penguin Random House imprint. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, she lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and her four children ages 6-13. For more information please visit Zibby at: www.zibbyowens.com.
‘For all the podcasts there are, only a few actually move product,’ a senior books publicist told me. ‘Zibby can move product.’ — Hillary Kelly, Vulture "Zibby Owens is a genius at throwing a party- the kind where all the guests will like each other, the chatter won't stop and everybody leaves feeling like they're part of a chic bookish girls club. But with the pandemic throwing a wrench in IRL parties, Zibby found that she was just at home throwing a party via essay collection and that's what this is: a vertical rolodex of friends who will remind you that women can, do, and always have had the power to balance entire impossible lives- and still read books. Welcome this explosion of joy onto your bookshelf that is so relevant, so now and so purely Zibby.” - Lena Dunham, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Not That Kind of Girl “This moving collection, curated by Zibby Owens, runs the gamut of human relationships. These essays examine our connection with our bodies, our lovers, our kids, our friends, and our minds. Each one is poignant and sharp, slipping between the mundane and the spiritual, and is utterly refreshing during a time of universal longing and loneliness. Moms Don’t Have Time To is an absolute gift.” - Stephanie Danler, New York Times bestselling author of Sweetbitter and Stray. "In a time when we need to feel connected more than ever, Zibby Owens has done what she does best -- bring together extraordinary voices in the literary world to give us words that make us feel less alone. This anthology will be one to keep handy for years to come, something to turn to when you just need to be reminded of how perfectly imperfect we all really are." - Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief "Each of these brilliant essays shines as bright as Zibby Owens herself, who is a Fourth-of-July firework in human form. Actually, I’ve always wished that everyone could have the opportunity to experience Zibby’s pure energy in person. She’s a connector of humans, a bolt of energy, a burst of unconditional love. But then, after reading this book, I realized you don’t actually have to meet Zibby in person to experience her pure Zibbyness. You can read these essays, which she has lovingly nurtured and curated in the midst of both a global pandemic and her own personal losses therein, and feel that Zibby godlight shining through all of our clouded souls." – Deborah Copaken, New York Times bestselling author of Shutterbabe, The Red Book, and her new upcoming memoir, Ladyparts “Zibby Owens is a force for the good in more ways than I can count. In this anthology borne of a longing to connect and heal, she has gathered a group of wise and generous writers – herself included! — who are quite simply the best company. Curl up with this book and I promise you’ll be surrounded by kindred spirits.” - Dani Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love “The perfect reminder for every mom that none of us have it all together, all of us are doing our best and most importantly... even your worst days make a great story.” - Nora McInerny, author of No Happy Endings and host of popular podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking “Zibby Owens is a maven and a connector, a book lover whose passion for people and genuine interest in their stories has transformed a global community of readers into an intimate and supportive society of friends.This collection is the product of Zibby’s talent, passion, and constant quest to find the stories both big and small that make our lives meaningful. As a mother, as a wife, as a reader, as an author—simply as a human being— I cherished this collection of honest, thought-provoking, and funny essays.” - Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune "Throughout the pandemic, she continued to be The Great Connector, making us all feel less alone during a time of unprecedented anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty. Moms Don't Have Time To is the product of the many writers readers she connected—“virtually”—in lockdown: a network of women encouraging each other, showing up for each other, and supporting each other through both our best and our toughest moments. Funny, moving, and hopeful, these pieces will forever remind us how we all got through this singular moment in history: together, and with a lot of great books!" - Laura Zigman, bestselling author of Animal Husbandry and Separation Anxiety “Zibby’s essay collection is just like her: warm, inclusive, literary, at times funny, and always refreshingly real. Every piece in here will make you think, shift your perspective, and touch your soul.” - Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
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