Interview with Elizabeth Acevedo

July 30, 2019

Such a joy to interview one of your writing heroines…and Elizabeth Acevedo was so approachable and lovely.  I interviewed her for the June/July 2019 issue of Audiofile   Last year Elizabeth Acevedo’s novel THE POET X garnered, among other awards, read more »

Interview with Nicola Yoon

Just realized I’d not posted this interview so I’m catching up! Interestingly I just read the first YA book by her husband, David Yoon. He’s just as amazing!  I did this interview for AudioFile (April/May 2017)     Talking with read more »

Sibling Stories–Revisited

Just home from my daughter’s baby shower, I visited with a friend who’s 2nd grandchild will be born sooner than I get mine! Immediately I thought of how much I relied on sibling books when preparing my son for his read more »

So, your child has questions about LGBTQ issues. These picture books may help.

June 30, 2019

(published in the Raleigh News and Observer, June 20, 2019; It’s been 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and the commemoration of June as Gay Pride month.And it’s been 30 years since I reviewed my first LGBTQ book, Leslea read more »

Orange is the New Black’ actress strikes right tone about her struggles

(Published in the Raleigh News and Observer, 6/30/19)     I had grown used to being disappointed by celebrity audiobooks, but was captivated four years ago with “Born with Teeth” (HarperCollins/ HarperAudio). The author and narrator of the audiobook read more »

YA best-selling novelist Sarah Dessen is back with a new book and a Netflix deal

June 2, 2019

(published in the News and Observer, June 2, 2019 Over 23 years, Chapel Hill author Sarah Dessen has published 14 novels for young adults. As her books have become best-sellers, she has become a teen icon in the literary read more »

Heading to a book-themed baby shower? Put these titles on your gift list.

May 19, 2019

published in the News and Observer, May 19,2019 (link: If you’re looking for a book perfect for the babies in your life, all you have to do is click on the book and you’ll support me, independent booksellers and read more »

Talking with Bill Konigsberg

May 16, 2019

(published in AudioFile Magazine, April, 2019–note images are linked to Indiebound Books–please support them!) Bill Konigsberg is a YA novelist who has “a tendency to speak out.” He attributes this to his mother. “For better or worse, she taught me read more »

Angie Thomas should see success again with ‘On the Come Up,’ her follow-up to ‘The Hate You Give’

April 23, 2019

(published in the News and Observer, 2/25/2019)   Author Angie Thomas recently published her second YA novel “On the Come Up” (Balzer & Bray). There was a lot of pre-pub buzz, not surprising as her first book, “The Hate U read more »

When women age, they don’t have to feel invisible, authors say

April 21, 2019

Audiobook review: printed in the News and Observer (4/21/2019) (Again, unfortunately, Indiebound doesn’t have links to audiobooks, but you can link to either of these books below) In January, I tuned into a program on Joshua Johnson’s radio show, “1A,” read more »