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Walking and Talking with . . . Ruta Sepetys

In 2011 I traveled to Bologna in the spring to attend the largest children’s rights fair in the world. While there, I was able to meet and speak with a number of other Americans. And though my concentration has always been children’s books rather than YA, I had just the nicest conversation with Ruta Sepetys. […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Jerry Craft!

As Steve wrote me, “Jerry Craft came to our local bookstore last week to talk about New Kid, and I nabbed a quick interview for the comic.” Perfect! I don’t know about you but we’re all big time New Kid fans at my library. Haven’t seen it yet? I recommend you remedy this situation, pronto. In the meantime, here’s Jerry.

Walking and Talking with . . . Kenneth Oppel

The holidays came early this year. Author and cartoonist Steve Sheinkin is back with another interview in his “Walking and Talking” series. Today’s subject is none other than Kenneth Oppel. How is a first draft like a sine wave? Let the cartoon do the explaining on this one. Don’t forget to catch up with the […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Cece Bell

It’s always a glorious day when there’s a new Walking and Talking to present. Today Steve Sheinkin has an in-depth discussion with Cece Bell. If you’ve ever wanted to know what the status of El Deafo 2 might be, now’s your chance to find out. Don’t forget to catch up with the whole series! Walking […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Katherine Applegate!

When last we saw our hero he was walking and talking with Joseph Bruchac in an epic three paneled addition to this series. Now Steve Sheinkin is back and he’s talking with that Newbery winning, Animorph creatin’, remarkably prolific Katherine Applegate. Today, Katherine and Steve discuss characters, plot, outlining, and how close she came to […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Joseph Bruchac!

Steve’s back, baby. And what an auspicious day it is. Today Steve Sheinkin’s new early chapter book series “Time Twisters” kicks off with Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler and Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean. That feeling that’s dancing about in your soul right now? That’s you. Wanting to read these. More than your kids. Yep. […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Elizabeth Wein!

I’m not supposed to have favorites. Periodically Steve Sheinkin will pop up like a magical elf and offer me one of his magnificent Walking and Talking comic series for my blog, and I always thank him profusely, loving each and every one individually. Today’s is different. I’m not sure quite why. I think it has […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Deborah Heiligman!

It’s back! It’s back! Steve Sheinkin’s regular series of conversations with great writers of books for youth has returned from its summertime hiatus. Steve has such a fantastic ear for the best parts of any dialogue, and considering the sheer amount of buzz that Ms. Heiligman’s novel Vincent and Theo has been garnering in 2017 […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Rebecca Stead!

There is much to love in this latest edition to the Steve Sheinkin “Walking and Talking” oeuvre.  Since today’s guest is Newbery Award winning author Rebecca Stead there are insights into her process.  There is careful consideration of the act of writing, and what you chose to tell or not tell.  And, most important of […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Grace Lin!

Steve Sheinkin is back with his beloved series!  If you’re unfamiliar with it, Steve has a conversation with an author of books for kids or teens and then plucks from it the best parts.  So in spite of the fact that he has a brand new book out in early 2017 (Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Kate DiCamillo!

Recently I hosted a Literary Salon where an attendee asked at the end whether or not it was true that Kate DiCamillo deleted every draft she wrote, right after finishing it, so that she could rewrite it again.  As it turns out, this isn’t exactly the case, but it did lead a lot of us […]

Walking and Talking with . . . M.T. Anderson!

There were many fine and fantastic works of nonfiction for older children and teens in 2015.  One such book won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award while another won an Honor.  Now those two authors chat about the process of creating narrative nonfiction.  We’ve featured a fair number of Walking and Talking chats […]

Walking and Talking With . . . Dav Pilkey

Such a treat! So I’m finally reading Steve Sheinkin’s latest nonfiction work, Most Dangerous, and then out of the blue he sends me the latest in his “Walking and Talking” series. Dav Pilkey, Mr. Captain Underpants himself, is today’s subject. Fun Pilkey Fact You Never Knew: He has exquisite taste in cakes. True fact! Thanks […]

Walking and Talking With . . . Tim Federle!

Steve Sheinkin returns once more to write up and illustrate his “Walking and Talking” series.  As with other posts in the series, Steve will have a conversation with an author or illustrator and then pluck out and bring to life the parts that really define something about the process.  Part of the reason I love […]

Walking and Talking with . . . Deborah Wiles!

I’m happy to say that Steve Sheinkin’s “Walking and Talking” series is back in full swing. For those of you unaware of the Sibert winner’s predilection for drawing his conversations with his fellow literary luminaries, this is a bit of a treat. And for me, to see David Levithan fully drawn . . . well […]