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Angela Dominguez Visits The Yarn: Episode #80

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  Colby: I sat down with Angela Dominguez in an air conditioned room (it was 107 degrees outside) at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference in July to talk about her amazing 2018 middle grade novel Stella Díaz Has Something to Say. Be sure to check out the episode below. Subscribe below to catch every […]

A Debut Author in His Own Words: Travis Jonker on the Path to The Very Last Castle

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Travis: Get ready for a different sort of show. It’s about The Very Last Castle (my book with Mark Pett), but it’s also about creativity, perseverance, and self-doubt. I say stuff in this episode I’ve never said to another human. All the internal stuff that people fight through when trying to make something and share it with […]

Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks Hey, Kiddo on The Yarn

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Colby: Three years ago Jarrett sent The Yarn an audio file of him talking about working on his book Hey, Kiddo. He was still pretty early in the process which provided for an fascinating look behind the curtain. Today, we run that tape. You’ll find that episode below. Subscribe below to catch every episode. Check out […]

Not On The Yarn: Sara K. Ahmed’s Nerd Talk

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  Colby: Each year at Nerd Camp Michigan 5-7 people give seven minute talks. These talks do not include slides. For many people, these Nerd Talks are the most inspirational part of camp. Heinemann published Sara K. Ahmed’s talk on their podcast. You MUST listen to this talk. It is important. Click here or the image […]

LIVE with 2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!

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Travis: This one was a pleasure. Today we have a special LIVE episode with a panel of 2018 Pura Belpré award winners: Ruth Behar (Lucky Broken Girl), Pablo Cartaya (The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora), Celia C. Pérez (The First Rule of Punk), and Juana Martinez-Neal (La Princesa and the Pea). It was recorded at the […]

Kazu Kibuishi Stops by The Yarn to Talk Amulet

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Colby: I interviewed Kazu Kibuishi more than two years ago in Ann Arbor, Michigan in front of a live audience. With the release of Amulet 8 inching closer, it felt like a great time to run the episode. Enjoy!   Subscribe below to catch every episode.  

Not On The Yarn: Travis Visits We Grow Media

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Colby: Every Friday I get Dan Blank’s newsletter in my inbox. It is a great read for all creators. In today’s newsletter he shared his latest podcast episode with my Yarn co-host Travis Jonker. Check it out by clicking on the cover of Travis’s book below.    

‘I don’t know if I could have written this novel five years ago’ Cynthia Leitich Smith on Hearts Unbroken

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Travis: It was a pleasure to talk with writer (and Cynsations mastermind) Cynthia Leitich Smith about her latest book, Hearts Unbroken: In the episode, Cynthia talks about the real-life experience that inspired the story, her typical writing day, and the benefits and challenges of having your mom as your superfan. We hope you enjoy the episode: […]

Not on The Yarn: Minh Lê on All Things Considered

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Travis: The title of this post doesn’t exactly fit – Minh Lê has been on the show before: But he was also recently on NPR’s All Things Considered talking about his book with Dan Santat, Drawn Together. Lê shares how he drew inspiration from his own life for the book, a story of communicating across […]

Not on The Yarn: Thi Bui on NPR’s All Things Considered

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Travis: I really wanted to add a (Yet) to the title of this post – we would love to have Bui on a future episode. But at least we have this appearance on All Things Considered. In it, the Caldecott Honor winner (A Different Pond) focuses on her Eisner Award-nominated graphic memoir, The Best We […]