# 24 - Lisa Rosinsky at the Boston Public Library

Lisa Rosinsky is a YA author and the current Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence. I met Lisa at her office in the library not long before closing time. There must be something about grand old libraries that spark a rebellious streak in me, because over the course of our interview I encouraged Lisa to sneak into the Library President's office, hide inside after closing for an impromptu slumber party, and carve her initials into the furniture. Lisa was a great sport and a lot of fun, but I'm not sure if the library will invite me back...

Whether I'm allowed back or not, the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program is a terrific opportunity for writers of children's and young adult literature. Each year, a new writer is granted office space and the resources to develop and write a full-length project over the course of the residency. You can hear more about Lisa's current project on this episode, find her on her website, and keep your eyes peeled for her debut novel, Inevitable and Only, coming October 2017. And, if you are interested in learning more about the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence program or applying for the program yourself, follow this link.

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# 23 - Maija Meadows at the Boston Public Library

"Shush has left the building." This week I visit with Maija Meadows, Youth Programs Librarian at the Boston Public Library. Like so many youth librarians I've met, Maija is fun, energetic, and a huge advocate for her young patrons. We recorded in her office at the beautifully renovated Central Library in Copley Square. You can find out more about BPL's Children's Room and its upcoming programs on the Children's Room web page.

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# 22 - Meg Kearney & Beth Grosart Little at Pine Manor College

Pine Manor College is a hidden gem--one of the most diverse undergraduate colleges in the country tucked away in scenic, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. That diversity is mirrored by the faculty and student body at its Solstice MFA Program. Today I'm joined by Meg Kearney, the Founding Director of the Program, and her Assistant Director, Beth Grosart Little. We chatted at a delightful Hogwarts-like mansion on campus, where I had to resist the urge to go hunting for secret passageways. You can learn more about the Solstice MFA Program on its website and Facebook page, and on twitter @SolsticeMFA.

If you are interested applying to the Solstice MFA Program, the general application deadline for a Summer/Fall start is April 17, 2017. The deadline to apply for the 2017 Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices is March 13.

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# 21 - Mackenzi Lee

YA author Mackenzi Lee joins me at a busy Boston coffeehouse to talk about her novels (THIS MONSTROUS THING and A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE), her awesome #BygoneBadassBroads online series, her mechanical arm, and so much more. Listen in as we're loudly serenaded by coffee grinders, espresso machines, Tom Jones, P!nk, and other musical legends (my top-notch production skills strike again).

You can learn more about Mackenzi at mackenzilee.com and follow her #BygoneBadassBroads series @themackenzilee on Twitter.

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# 20 - Cathryn Mercier at Simmons College

Today's episode is the first in a series of five on-location interviews recorded live in Boston, MA. Cathryn Mercier is the Director of the Children's Literature Program and the Director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. I joined Cathie on campus for a great chat about Simmons' prestigious full residency MFA program, her approach to the study of children's literature, the program's accomplished faculty and alums, and an hour's worth of other interesting kids' lit topics. For more information on Simmons College and its Children's Literature (MA) and Writing for Children (MFA) programs, visit the college website here.

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# 19 - Dana Alison Levy

Friend and fellow middle grade author, Dana Alison Levy, joined me at Water Street Bookstore for my first show of 2017. Dana's first two novels, THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER and THE FAMILY FLETCHER TAKE ROCK ISLAND, received rave reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe. Her next book, THIS WOULD MAKE A GOOD STORY SOMEDAY, is out this May. Join us as we talk about the publishing world, writing partners, obscure cat facts, and potty-mouths.

You can find Dana online at danaalisonlevy.com and on twitter and facebook @danaalisonlevy.

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# 18 - 'Twas the Night Before Silvermas

It's a new holiday tradition on Telling Lies to Children. On today's episode I tell the story behind Village Drowning's favorite holiday--Silvermas--and read the first chapter of The Luck Uglies: Fork-Tongue Charmers. If you haven't met Good Harper Killpenny yet or put out your Silvermas boots, now's the time! Happy Holidays and Ugly Luck!

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# 17 - Reader Q&A

You have questions? I've got answers (well, maybe). Today I answer reader questions submitted from New England, Florida, Texas, and even as far away as Scotland. We'll talk about how I come up with settings, the process of editing, what I've really got in my pocket, and much more! Post, tweet, or email your questions to paul@pauldurhambooks.com and I'll be sure to tackle them on a future episode.

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# 16 - Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading Wrap-Up

It was an eventful and emotional week across the nation. On today's episode I talk about a Presidential election that left me feeling down in the dumps, and the kids at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading who helped pull me out of it.

 

 

 

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# 15 - Paul Durham Live at the NH Children's Librarians Fall Conference

This week's podcast features another fun road trip to a live event, and this time I'm the one doing most of the talking. I recorded my live, luncheon speech to 130 amazing librarians and media specialists at the New Hampshire Children's Librarians Fall Conference. You can hear me discuss the long road of failures that finally led to the publication of The Luck Uglies; tell stories about what school visits mean to me; and share the secret of who I really write for (hint, it's not just kids).

If you would like to support the podcast, consider doing your Amazon holiday shopping through the Telling Lies to Children Affiliate Store. There's no extra cost to you and a portion of every purchase goes toward supporting the podcast. 

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# 14 - Live Halloween Podcast from Water Street Bookstore

It's a special on-location, Halloween edition of TELLING LIES TO CHILDREN. It was a dark and stormy night when I visited with children's booksellers Jill Sweeney-Bosa and Alice Ahn at Water Street Bookstore in downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. Jill and Alice share some of their favorite scary children's books including classics from Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman and John Bellairs, as well as lots of new, creepy reads you may not have discovered yet.If a title sounds like it might tingle your spine, why not support an awesome indie bookseller by visiting Water Street Bookstore today.

 

 

 

I've also added many of the books we discussed to the TELLING LIES TO CHILDREN Podcast Store.

Happy Halloween everyone!

 

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# 13 - Liz Gotauco

This week I am honored to be the luncheon speaker at the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CHILIS) Fall Conference. Liz Gotauco, the CHILIS Vice President and a Youth Services Librarian at Merrimack Public Library, was nice enough to join me on the podcast. Liz and I talk about CHILIS, graphic novels, dynamic libraries, and Wonder Woman tiaras.

Learn more about CHILIS and all of their great work at their website.

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# 12 - Caroline Carlson

It's my pleasure to welcome Caroline Carlson, author of THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES series and the forthcoming middle grade murder mystery, THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE. We have plenty of fun on this episode and I think we may have finally solved the childhood mystery of, "Who pinched Caroline's brother and made him cry?"

But we also broached several timely topics that haven't been covered on the podcast before. Join Caroline and me as we talk about battling the green-eyed monster of jealousy, gender imbalance in the representation of women on certain author panels and tours, and the broader topic of what we can do to support diversity in children's literature.

Find out more about Caroline at www.carolinecarlsonbooks.com and on twitter @carolinetc

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# 11 - Liesl Shurtliff

Today I'm joined by Liesl Shurtliff, the New York Times bestselling author of Rump, Jack, and Red. Liesl and I compare notes on banned books, successful school visits, and the hazards of sitting and writing all day...AND, I think I may have gotten an early scoop on her next project. Listen to the full episode to hear all about it.

Find out more about Liesl and her books at lieslshurtliff.com and follow her on Twitter @liselshurtliff.

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# 10 - Jonathan Auxier

I've been looking forward to chatting with Jonathan Auxier for a long time. Jonathan is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers. His titles include Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes; The Night Gardener; Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard; and Spirit Animals: The Burning Tide. He recently had the opportunity to return to his screenwriting roots when The Night Gardener was optioned by Disney.

Jonathan and I discuss the joys of first drafts, C.S. Lewis's words on children's literature, what it's like when Disney comes calling, and Jonathan's harshest critic (hint: he looks a lot like the guy in his mirror). I also coax him into giving us a few hints as to what he's got next in the pipeline (or in his case, the chimney).

Find out more about Jonathan and his books at his website, The Scop.

 

 

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# 9 - Kent Davis

Kent Davis is the author of the middle grade trilogy, A Riddle in Ruby. The second book in that series,  A Riddle in Ruby #2: The Changer's Key, was just published by Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins). Kent is also an actor, director, and game designer. Maybe you have seen him on television playing, in his words, the role of "concerned friend, overbearing flunky, or odd-yet-amusing next door neighbor." On today's episode, Kent and I discuss how Hollywood prepared him for a career in writing, why it's okay--and awesome--to be an introvert, and the joy of helping young creative writers find their voice.

Find all things Kent Davis at www.kentishdavis.com and @kentishdavis on twitter.

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#8 - Tom Watson

If you are a regular listener of the podcast, you've heard me mention Tom Watson before. Tom is the author of the wildly popular Stick Dog and Stick Cat series. His latest book for elementary school readers, Stick Dog Slurps Spaghetti, will be out on October 4th. Tom is also one of the first authors I had the pleasure of touring with and I picked up (stole) a lot of great ideas while out on the road with him. Join us as we talk about sunburns, Skype visits, and HarperCollins' Class Acts tours, and revisit the infamous trail mix food-poisoning incident of 2014.

Find Tom, Stick Dog, and Stick Cat online at www.stickdogbooks.com

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#7 - Jennifer Underhill

I talk about kids lit gatekeepers a lot on this podcast and today I get to chat with one. Jennifer Underhill is the Chair of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award (SSYRA) committee, Florida's statewide reading program designed to encourage students in grades 3-8 to read independently for pleasure. Each year, over 70,000 Florida students vote for their favorite book as part of this wildly successful program. Jenn is also a K-12 librarian based in Tallahassee, and freely admits that she is the one in the library most in need of "shushing." Join us as we talk about this year's SSYRA list, school library trends, getting your hands dirty in library makerspacers, and shushing the librarian.

You can check out this year's SSYRA lists and learn more about the program HERE. By the way, there happens to be a little book called The Luck Uglies on this year's grades 6-8 list. Also, follow @FloridaSSYRA and @pauldurhambooks to join a live Twitter chat with me on Thursday, September 15, beginning at 7:00PM. The chat series SSYRA authors continues throughout the school year on the third Thursday of every month. 

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#6 - Lou Anders

Lou Anders is a Hugo Award-winning editor, Chelsey Award-winning Art director, and most recently, the author of the Thrones & Bones series of middle grade fantasy novels. The third book in that series, Skyborn, has just been published by Crown Books for Young Readers. Lou was nice enough to spend some time with me on today's podcast. Join us as we talk about Lou's many accents, video-gaming as inspiration, and the utility of collapsible Viking helmets. Lou, if you're reading this, you had to have known I was going to pick the picture of you in the helmet, right?

Be sure to visit Lou online at:

www.louanders.com

www.thronesandbones.com

Twitter: @LouAnders

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThronesandBones/

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