Ep. 61: Kim Johnson, Author of This Is My America

This week, I’m sharing an interview with Kim Johnson, author of the phenomenal and timely new young adult book, This Is My America.

Teens and adults alike, this is essential reading that provides a window into Black Lives Matter activism as well as the human impact of racism in our criminal justice system through the characters of Tracy and her family. 

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“Harrowing and worthwhile; a call-to-action from the anti-racist insights of a generation of black activists.”

– Kirkus, starred review

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I hope you order This Is my America or pick it up at your local library. And if you are a teacher or librarian, this is a must purchase for your classroom or library shelves.

My prediction is before long there won’t be room for all the award medals on the cover of this classic in the making.

 

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Ep. 60: Amy Poeppel, Author of Musical Chairs

This week I’m delighted to welcome Amy Poeppel to the podcast, author of the new novel, Musical Chairs. This is my favorite kind of summer novel. You won’t be able to stop turning the pages by the pool, unless it’s to pause and laugh out loud, or to stop and savor some beautiful observation about life and relationships.

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“A story of deep friendship . . . a story of motherhood, of daughterhood, and of sisterhood—when to help, when to let go, and when to celebrate. It is also a story of fixing up a house. A story of music. A story of aging. A story of being scared to change and yet still wanting to. And a story of falling in love…A delightful novel that celebrates the messiness and joy to be found in real life.” –Kirkus starred review

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“Full of Amy Poeppel’s trademark warmth, wit, and humor, Musical Chairs is a literary love song that will leave readers swooning as they wax rhapsodic with the pure joy of reading. Pull up a chair, pour a glass of wine, and let the music take you away.”

– Pamela Klinger Horn, Excelsior Bay Books

 

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Ep. 59: Maggie Doherty, Author of The Equivalents

This week, Maggie Doherty joins me on the podcast to discuss her new book, The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s. Maggie Doherty is a literary scholar, historian, and critic based at Harvard and has written a fascinating account of an experiment in combining intellectual pursuits and motherhood by providing “a room of one’s own” at Harvard for a select group of women in the 1960s.

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“The timely, never-before-told story of five brilliant, passionate women who, in the early 1960s, converged at the newly founded Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study and became friends as well as artistic collaborators, and who went on to shape the course of feminism in ways that are still felt today.”

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The Equivalents is such an exciting, engaging, and important book that I loathed doing anything but reading it. With great psychological acumen, and ever-mindful of the nuances of class, race, and gender, Maggie Doherty brings these women vividly to life, allowing us to hear them speak, to feel their conflicts and their triumphs. By the end, I was electric with insights into my own relationships and work, and, perhaps surprisingly, I felt very optimistic about the future. Being creative while female has never been easy, and our best hope for resolution is this variety of historical excavation, one that shows us how people have tried to resolve it before, so we may learn and keep pushing forward, newly enlightened.”
 
—Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own 

 

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Ep. 58: Mary Kay Andrews, Author of Hello Summer

This week I welcome New York Times bestselling author and queen of the beach read, Mary Kay Andrews, back to the podcast. Her novels include Sunset Beach, The Weekenders, Summer Rental, her latest, Hello Summer and many more.

“Hello, Summer is another gem by the always wonderful Mary Kay Andrews.” -PopSugar

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We spoke last month about launching Hello Summer during the height of the pandemic,  the ways her early career as a journalist influenced this love letter to the small town newspaper, what she’s been reading and writing at home, and much more.

 

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Did you miss last summer’s episode with Mary Kay Andrews? You can still listen to episode 36, when we chatted about Sunset Beach and Mary Kay’s fascinating journey as a writer.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 57: Julie Clark, Author of the Last Flight

This week, I’m excited to share an interview with Julie Clark we recorded last month. We discussed her new book, The Last Flight, life as an author during quarantine, her writing journey, and much more.

In a starred review, Kirkus called The Last Flight, “A tense and engaging womancentric thriller…Propulsive prose drives Clark’s tale of the intersecting lives of these two smart and resourceful women, and emphasis is placed on the importance of female friendship and support. Readers will surely find themselves hopelessly invested in Claire’s and Eva’s ultimate fates.”

Born and raised in Santa Monica, CA, Julie Clark grew up reading books on the beach while everyone else surfed. After attending college at University of the Pacific and a brief stint working in the athletic department at the University of California, Berkeley, she returned home to Santa Monica to teach. She now lives there with her two young sons and a golden doodle with poor impulse control. She is the author of The Ones We Choose and her new book is The Last Flight.

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Ones We Choose

The Last Flight

Long Great River 

Oona Out of Order

Pretty Things

Goodnight Beautiful

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 56: Jean Van’t Hul Of The Artful Parent

This week I’m excited to chat with Jean Van’t Hul, The Artful Parent. I find Jean’s books and blog so inspiring in terms of embracing art and creativity with my kids. If you’re looking for simple ways to bring art into your childrens’ lives and break up long days at home, this episode is for you!

Jean Van’t Hul helps parents, caregivers and teachers share art with the kids in their lives through her blog, The Artful Parent, her books, art classes, online courses and the Kids Art Club. A graduate of Wellesley college with a major in art history and studio art, she worked in various art and nonprofit fields before having kids and becoming passionate about children’s creativity. Jean is the author of the Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life With Art and Creativity and The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons & Holidays With Crafts and Recipes. She lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. 

 

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Artful Parent 

The Artful Year

97 Orchard

Visit Jean’s blog The Artful Parent for more inspiration!

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 55: Anne Bogel, Author of Don’t Overthink It

This week I’m delighted to welcome author, podcaster, blogger, and book whisperer extraordinaire, Anne Bogel, back to the podcast.

Anne’s new book, Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life, is a timely and practical guide to taming some of the anxiety and stress swirling around our minds.

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You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

 

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Don’t Overthink It

Recipe for Persuasion

Evvie Drake Starts Over

The Unhoneymooners

Things You Save In A Fire

Royal Holiday

Party of Two

Get A Life, Chloe Brown

The Summer Before the War

The Gown

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

84 Charing Cross Road

Lovely War

The Jane Austen Society

 

Visit Anne’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy and in particular get ready for her wonderful annual summer reading guide, coming soon! Anne also has two podcasts for bookworms, What Should I Read Next? and One Great Book.

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 54: Children’s Book Author- Illustrator, Matt Tavares

This week I’m delighted to welcome award winning children’s book author-illustrator, Matt Tavares to the podcast. His picture books include Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, Red and Lulu, Dasher and many more. His latest book is called Ben of All Trades: The Most Inventive Boyhood of Benjamin Franklin, written by Michael J. Rosen.

 

**Note: this episode was recorded ahead of time, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically.**

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Matt Tavares you can visit https://www.matttavares.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Ben of All Trades

Lady Liberty

Dasher

Red and Lulu

Zachary’s Ball

New Kid

Save the Cat

The Secrets of Story Matt Bird

Making Comics Scott Cloud

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 53: Bobbie Pyron, Author of Stay

This week my guest is Bobbie Pyron, who’s new middle grade book Stay was called “Timely, important, and truly beautiful” by Newbery Award winner Katherine Applegate. 

Bobbie has worked in libraries and bookstores in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah and has been active in local animal rescue work for many years. She’s also the author of A Pup Called Trouble, A Dog’s Way Home, and Lucky Strike, among others. Bobbie lives in Ashville, NC, with her husband, Todd, and their dog, Sherlock.

**Note: this episode was recorded last month, before the COVID-19 situation changed dramatically. I know it can be jarring to hear a conversation from “Before”. But now more than ever, this is a book and a topic worthy of attention.**

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Bobbie Pyron you can visit https://www.bobbiepyron.com

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

Stay

My Dog Always Eats First: Homeless People And Their Animals 

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families In America

Don’t Overthink It

Casey the Utterly Impossible Horse

Season of Ponies

Pippi Longstocking

Olive Again

Look Both Ways

Long Way Down

The Dutch House

This Is Happiness

 

Additional Information from Bobbie:

“The organization I volunteered with in Salt Lake City is no longer, but there’s a new one that’s doing the same thing: Street Dawg Crew of Utah. The national organization I mentioned is Pets of the Homeless 

STAY was supposed to have an Author’s Note at the end:

·      The most recent (2017) national estimate of people experiencing homelessness in America is 553,742

·      Approximately 34% live in place not meant for human habitation such as parks, abandoned buildings, cars, under bridges.

·      35% of people experiencing homelessness are families with children.

·      2.5 million children will experience homelessness this year in America.

·      About 10-15% of people experiencing homelessness have a pet.

·      Less than 1% of shelters allow pets.
Here are some other organizations that help folks experiencing homelessness:

·      PETS OF THE HOMELESS   petsofthehomeless.org

·      THE STREET DOG COALITION    thestreetdogcoalition.org

·      NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS    endhomelessness.org

·      THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS

 

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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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Ep. 52: Cheryl Klein, Editorial Director at Lee & Low Books

This week, I’m delighted to welcome Cheryl Klein to the podcast to discuss all things books and reading.

Cheryl Klein is the editorial director at Lee & Low Books. She is also the author of two adult books, The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, and three picture books, Wings, Thunder Trucks, and A Year of Everyday Wonders. Prior to her work at Lee & Low, Cheryl spent sixteen years at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she published a wide array of acclaimed titles and served as the continuity editor for the last two books of the Harry Potter series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York

**Note: this episode was recorded several weeks ago. The world seems to be a very different place now and I know it can be jarring not to hear mention of the current COVID-19 pandemic. But hopefully this offers some much needed distraction.**

 

You can also listen on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

To find out more about Cheryl Klein you can visit CherylKlein.com.

And browse Lee and Low titles at www.leeandlow.com.

Books Mentioned On This Episode:

The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults

Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults

Wings

A Year of Everyday Wonders

Thunder Trucks

Harry Potter

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

She Was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm 

Midsummer’s Mayhem

Seven Golden Rings

Julieta and the Diamond Enigma

Doggies

Will Giraffe Laugh? and series

The List of Things That Will Not Change

Ninth House

Crooked Kingdom

 

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Laura Szaro Kopinski

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