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Podcasts Season 1

 


 

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Season One

 

Episode 11: Jordan Brown

Jordan Brown is Executive Editor, Walden Pond Press & Balzer + Bray, at HarperCollins Children’s Books. He has worked with such esteemed authors and illustrators as Jon Scieszka, Anne Ursu, Gris Grimly, Steve Brezenoff, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Chris Rylander, Erin McGuire, and Laura Ruby. In this podcast, Brown discusses diversity, the state of publishing, and his road to publishing with Theo Baker.

Jordan Brown Podcast

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Episode 10: Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is the Newbery Award winning author of The Crossover. In this is podcast, Alexander discusses with Theo Baker how he developed a love of poetry in school, worked trade shows for his father’s independent publishing company, and why he chose the writerly life.

Kwame Alexander Podcast

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Episode 9: Emma Dryden

Emma Dryden is the founder of drydenbks, a premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm. Emma has edited over a thousand books for children and young readers and many of her titles hit bestseller lists in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly. In this podcast Emma chats with Theo Baker about how a creative upbringing shaped her life and career, and provides her expertise on editing for authors.

Emma Dryden Podcast

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Episode 8: Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is a poet and the award-winning author of ten New York Times best-selling young adult novels-in-verse and two adult novels. Her eleventh YA, Rumble, published in 2014; and her third adult novel, Tangled, was released in spring 2015. Hopkins is a current SCBWI Board member. Learn more about Hopkins literary upbringing, writing inspiration, and methods of craft in her discussion with Theo Baker,

Ellen Hopkins Podcast

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Episode 7: Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos has written books for readers of all ages, including picture books, middle-grade fiction, young adult novels and novels for adults. His works include the memoir Hole in My Life, winner of the Michael L. Printz and Robert F. Sibert honors; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist, Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor book, and Dead End in Norvelt, the 2012 Newbery Award Winner. In a wide-ranging conversation with Theo Baker, Gantos delves into the heart of his craft, dispensing practical writing tips to his thoughts on the fundamentals of why children read and why we write for them.

Jack Gantos Podcast

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Episode 6: Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the author/illustrator of over 35 books for young readers, editing the award-winning series, Talking With Artists, which profiles prominent children’s book illustrators. She teaches at Parsons and Pratt, and her children’s book illustration class has a growing number of notable illustrator/authors among its graduates. Cummings serves on the SCBWI Board as well as on the boards of the Authors Guild, the Authors League Fund, The Authors Guild Foundation, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. She talks with Theo Baker about growing up on a military base in Germany, her career as an author and illustrator, her creative process and adapting to change.

Pat Cummings Podcasts

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Episode 5: Gill Evans

Gill Evans is an Editorial Director at Walker Books. She began her publishing career at Heinemann Educational Books before moving on to Reed Children’s Books, where she worked on Tintin, Winnie the Pooh, The Little Prince, and Babar. Later, she became Head of Publishing at Random House Children’s Books. Evans joined Walker Books as Editorial Director and Fiction Publisher. She talks with guest host Lin Oliver about the role of the editor in the life of a work of art, the changing publishing landscape, “360 degree publishing,” self-publishing and the future of bookselling.

Gill Evans Podcast

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Episode 4: Laurie Halse Anderson 

Laurie Halse Anderson, is the New York Times best-selling children’s book author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also on the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. Laurie was recipient of the 2011 Free Speech Defender Award given by the National Coalition Against Censorship. In this episode, she talks with Theo Baker about her writing path and the issue of diversity in children’s literature.

Laurie Halse Anderson Podcast

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Episode 3: Arthur A. Levine

Guest host Lin Oliver talks with Arthur A. Levinevice president and publisher of Arthur A. Levine Books, an Imprint of Scholastic Inc. Levine has edited and published exceptional books for children of all ages including Erin Bow’s Sorrow’s Knot and Alan Say’s The Favorite Daughter. He is perhaps most recognized as co-editor of the Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling. Levine is the author of A Very Beary Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Sarah Brannen, and Monday Is One Day, illustrated by Julian Hector.

Arthur A. Levine Podcast

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Episode 2: Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña, Newbery award-winning author of the young adult novels Ball Don’t LieMexican White Boy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living joins host Theo Baker to talk about his life and writing.
 
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Episode 1: Melissa Manlove

Editor Melissa Manlove, of Chronicle Books, joins host Theo Baker to talk about picture books, mythology, poetry and the power of the spoken word, and the life and work of a picture book editor.

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