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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; https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article231571668.html) 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) https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article231571668.html     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 https://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/article230901539.html) 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: https://www.newsobserver.com/living/article229974099.html) 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 »