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Remembering Andrew Clements

Travis: Colby and I were sad to hear that the great Andrew Clements passed away. We decided to share our 2018 episode with Clements again. In the episode, Colby talks with Clements about how he got into writing, the inspiration behind Frindle, and his book The Losers Club. We hope you enjoy the episode.

Alicia D. Williams: An Agent, An Auction, and a Book Deal

Travis: Today we’re proud to share the fourth and final episode in our miniseries with Genesis Begins Again debut author Alicia D. Williams. In this episode, Alicia gets honest about her struggle to overcome inadequacy, how she got into writing, and her journey to publishing her debut novel. I think everyone (and especially aspiring writers) […]

‘It’s way too much fun’: Dave Eggers Visits The Yarn

Travis: Back in June I sat down with award-winning author Dave Eggers. We talked about the differences between writing for kids and writing for adults, and the inspiration behind his picture book Abner & Ian Get Right-Side Up, illustrated by Laura Park. It’s an honor to follow in the interviewing footsteps of Conan O’Brien: We […]

What’s Your Process? Episode III with Alicia D. Williams

In our latest episode, Alicia D. Williams is back to talk about her writing process. We hope that you are enjoying our series with Alicia as much as we are.

Bob Shea on the Return of Unicorn and an Unexpected Author Visit

Travis: I share the above handsome image of Bob Shea to tell you that he’s on the latest episode and I think you’re really going to like it. Bob takes us behind the scenes of his books Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great and Unicorn Is Maybe Not So Great After All before telling what I […]

3 a.m. Hopes and Fears with Alicia D. Williams

Travis: It’s part two of our series on debut author Alicia D. Williams. In this episode, Alicia couldn’t sleep and turns on the mic at 3 a.m. to talk about her publishing hopes and fears. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: iTunes Spotify StitcherFacebookTwittergoogle_plusShare

Our 100th Episode! The Yarn Unraveled

Travis: The first episode of The Yarn went live on August 17, 2015. Here we are four years later at episode 100. In this extended episode, Colby and I discuss the evolution of the show, including our favorite, not-so-favorite, and funniest moments from the show. We hope you enjoy this episode. Subscribe to catch every episode: […]

‘I think it starts with just cracking jokes’ Dan Santat Visits The Yarn

Travis: I interviewed Dan Santat back in June at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference. Ostensibly, the focus was his latest, Harold & Hog Pretend For Real, but we ended up getting into a bunch of his recent work, and his collaboration process with Mo Willems. I think you’re going to like it. Subscribe […]

#TBT: Matt Tavares Talks About GROWING UP PEDRO

Travis: It’s time to throw back to a beloved episode from the past . . . Author/illustrator Matt Tavares makes some of the best nonfiction picture books around, and the story of how he created GROWING UP PEDRO is pretty great. We hope you get a chance to listen (or re-listen) to this episode.

How Adam Gidwitz Went From Being a Terrible Teacher to an Amazing Author

Colby: I had a blast interviewing Adam Gidwitz for The Yarn on a car ride to an airport. He’s a great dude, and I think a lot of people are going to find his journey to publication fascinating.