Ep. 69: Raùl the Third, Mass. Book Award Winner for Vamos!

Today on A Bookish Home my guest is Raúl The Third, this year’s Massachusetts Book Award winner in the children’s picture book and early reader category for Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market. I had the honor of serving as a juror in this category and was so happy to get to discuss this wonderful picture book with Raúl!

Raúl is an illustrator, author, and artist living in Boston. His work centers around the contemporary Mexican-American experience and his memories of growing up in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He is currently working on the expanded world of his Vamos! series, and illustrating the fourth volume of the Lowriders series, written by Cathy Camper.

About the Book:

“Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.

Bilingual in a new way, this paper over board book teaches readers simple words in Spanish as they experience the bustling life of a border town. Follow Little Lobo and his dog Bernabe as they deliver supplies to a variety of vendors, selling everything from sweets to sombreros, portraits to piñatas, carved masks to comic books!”

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To learn more about Raúl The Third visit https://www.raulthethird.com.

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Ep. 68: Tori Whitaker, Author of Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish

Today on A Bookish Home I’m chatting with Tori Whitaker, whose debut historical fiction novel, Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish was recently released. 

The novel has been receiving a lot of well deserved praise. Author Karen White says, “A heartwarming and affecting novel centered around the love between mothers and daughters, of what we share and the secrets we keep . . . Whitaker brings us back to the 1950s, highlighting the old gender norms and the cost paid by those who tried to shake them . . . an engaging and illuminating walk through the not-so-distant past . . . with a worthy heroine to lead readers through a life full of loss, love, heartbreak, and, ultimately, of forgiveness.”

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Tori Whitaker grew up in the Midwest and now resides outside of Atlanta, Georgia.  She graduated from Indiana University and is chief marketing officer for a national law firm. She is also an alum of the Yale Writers’ Workshop. Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish is her first novel. 

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Download the wonderful Book Club Kit for Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish here.

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Ep. 67: Hank Phillippi Ryan, Author of The First to Lie

This week my guest is award winning author and investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan, whose latest book, The First to Lie is a chilling psychological suspense novel. In a starred review Publishers Weekly called The First to Lie “Stellar.. Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one.” 

The First to Lie is exactly the kind of gripping, suspenseful read I love staying up with on a fall night, eagerly turning the pages. This book kept me guessing from start to finish. I also could have chatted with Hank about her career as both an award-winning investigative reporter and author all day. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

About Hank Phillippi Ryan:

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 12 mystery novels, Hank has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 37 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism. National book reviews have called Hank a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” 

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To learn more about Hank Phillippi Ryan and follow her on social media visit https://hankphillippiryan.com.

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Ep. 66: Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

Are you curious about the role of the agent in the publishing process? Tune into this week’s episode with Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

On this episode you’ll also hear from Amy about one of her projects that was recently chosen for Reese’s Book Club and Book of the Month!

Amy joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2015, after completing an internship with them in 2014. Before diving into the world of publishing, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Creative Writing.

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To learn more about Amy Elizabeth Bishop and follow her on social media visit https://www.dystel.com/amy-bishop.

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Ep. 65: Kelly Yang, Author of Three Keys

Today we have a special episode with one of my favorite kid lit authors, Kelly Yang. Librarians, parents, and teachers, her books are must purchases for your bookshelves!

Kelly Yang is the NYTimes Bestselling author of the middle grade novel Front Desk and its new sequel Three Keys, as well as a young adult novel, Parachutes. Front Desk won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was chosen a Best Book of the year by multiple Organizations including NPR, the Washington Post and the NY Public Library.

Kelly’s family immigrated to the United States from China and she grew up in California in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang in the the Front Desk books.. She went to college at thirteen, eventually graduating from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Kelly has three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco, California.

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To learn more about Kelly Yang and follow her on social media visit https://kellyyang.com.

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Ep. 64: Author Michelle Hoover Shares the 2020 Massachusetts Book Award Winners

Today we have a special episode all about the Massachusetts Book Awards! The winners and honorees were just announced yesterday.

My guest is author Michelle Hoover, the 2020 Coordinator for the Massachusetts Book Awards, who I served with as a lead juror in the children’s picture book and early reader category. Michelle will give some behind the scenes and help us add to our “to be read lists” as she shares the winners and honorees.

Michelle is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read.” Her latest novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection. Michelle teaches at GrubStreet, where she leads the Novel Incubator program.  She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. 

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To learn more about Michelle Hoover and follow her on social media visit http://www.michelle-hoover.com

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Ep. 63: Steven Rowley, Author of The Editor

Today on A Bookish Home, I’m talking about all things books and writing with Steven Rowley, bestselling author of The Editor, which is now out in paperback.

This book is a fascinating window into the writing life and the author/editor relationship. The novel also explores a lesser known chapter of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s life, her time in publishing.

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“Filled with whimsy and warmth, the Lily and the Octopus author’s second novel centers on the complex relationship between a fledgling writer and his fabulous editor, the latter of whom becomes a mentor, friend, and maternal figure. Oh, and she happens to be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, but that’s Mrs. Onassis to you.”

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“Steven Rowley has hit a home run. What a stunning portrayal of family this is. At equal turns laugh-out-loud funny and searingly poignant, Rowley has created a truly unforgettable story of a son trying to understand his mother. The Editor is one of those exceptional stories that is both a joy to read on every page and also deeply profound. It took my breath away.”

— TAYLOR JENKINS REID, AUTHOR OF DAISY JONES AND THE SIX

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Embracing The Bookish Mess

Raising Readers Means Keeping Books At Our Fingertips.

This librarian has a confession to make. The books at my house are not organized perfectly by color or arranged alphabetically on my shelves. In fact, they’re a mess. They teeter in towers on end tables and are scattered across the floor. You’ll find my library books thrown on the backseat of my car and stacked on the stairs. Alphabetical order? Please. Call it typical life with little ones, but I’ve started to embrace the bookish chaos. 

Rather than beat myself up about not having a perfect system in place, I’ve actually noticed a real upside. There are always books at our fingertips. If I’m making dinner, there is probably a board book left on the counter I can hand to one of my kids. When we head out for a walk, there are likely a few abandoned titles sitting in the garage. And that mountain of books on the living room rug? It’s a good reminder to ask them to bring me a few to read.

And my books are everywhere too, so that maybe I pick one up when I notice them playing quietly for a few minutes, instead of scrolling on my phone. Or so when I collapse on the floor and let them watch Frozen for the umpteenth time, I might reach for a magazine I checked out of the library, instead of automatically starting to pick up toys. Our bookish mess serves as a visual reminder to weave reading into everyone’s daily routine. 

Some days I trip over a board book or some come spilling out as I open the car door and I vow to Marie Kondo my life. The books get put in pretty new bins (impulse bought at Target) and arranged nicely on bookshelves. But inevitably we fall back into our messy bookish ways.

For this season of life, I’m going to be ok with that. I can tell myself that I’m raising readers. And so those piles can stay on the floor. We’ll be reaching for them soon.

Laura Szaro Kopinski, A Bookish Home

Ep. 62: Fiona Davis, Author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue

Today on A Bookish Home, the podcast, I’m chatting with library fan and historical fiction author, Fiona Davis, whose new book is called The Lions of Fifth Avenue.

I loved the bookish mystery at the heart of this story and being able to step into the world of the New York Public Library during alternating time periods. Fellow bibliophiles will want to get their bookstore orders and library holds ready!

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“Davis delves into the history of the New York Public Library in this delightful mystery … The characters and story are stellar, but the real star of the show is the library, which Davis evokes beautifully.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

 

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“Fiona Davis has again produced a first-class tale … intrigue seeps through until the final pages, revealing New York in the early 1900s, the beginnings of the feminist movement and the insidious sale of stolen rare books. It’s a literary delight.”— Authorlink

 

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Celebrate Poetry Month

 

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April is Poetry Month! Celebrate by reading poetry with the children in your life or by picking up an adult collection. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Children’s Collections:

For collections that celebrate poetry and reading, try Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetry by Kwame Alexander and Book Speak!: Poems About Books by Laurie Purdie Salas:

 

 

 

 If you’re looking for a funny poetry book, try A Light in the Attic or anything else by Shel Silverstein, Laugh-eteria by Douglas Florian, and I’m Just No Good At Rhyming And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-ups by Chris Harris.

 

 

 

Travel the world, celebrate sports, and explore animal life in these collections: The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry Edited by J. Patrick Lewis, Amazing Places with poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More by Jack Prelutsky.

 

 

For fun, creative pairs of poems that can be read in reverse I recommend Mirror Mirror, Follow Follow, or Echo Echo, which are all by Marilyn Singer and are based on fairy tales and greek myths.

 

 

 

You could also celebrate Poetry Month by reading a novel in verse. These also make fantastic choices for listening to as audiobooks.

Novels In Verse:

From Kwame Alexander’s Crossover (Plus Booked and Rebound), to Sharon Creech’s Moo and Another Day As Emily there is great kids’ realistic fiction in verse! (Bonus for Poetry Month: Another Day As Emily’s Susie decides to try living like poet Emily Dickinson).

 

 

For a historical read in verse try Inside Out & Back Again by Thanha Lai or Jacqueline Woodson’s incredible memoir Brown Girl Dreaming.

 

 

 

 

For a beginning chapter book in verse read Gone Fishing (Also Gone Camping) or the sweet, funny series of books beginning with Like Pickle Juice On A Cookie by Julie Steinberg.

 

 

I also adore “A Child’s Garden of Poetry” which HBO created with the Poetry Foundation. You can watch video clips of some of the poems on The Poetry Foundation’s website. 

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Check out “Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson, read by Claire Danes and also shared with sign language. It’s one of my favorites.

 

Poetry for Adults

I usually spend so much time sharing children’s poetry during April, that I haven’t made enough time for adult poets! This year, I picked up two collections from my local public library, Yeats’s When You Are Old: Early, Poems, Plays, And Fairy Tales And Maya Angelou’s The Complete Poetry:

 

 

 

What books will you be reading and sharing during National Poetry Month?