Interviews With RGC-Recommended Authors on TTBOOK
Go deeper in the world of each book and the creative process of each author by reading articles about the authors and listening as host Anne Strainchamps conducts insightful interviews.
Animals Strike Curious Poses
by Elena Passarello
Listen to the TTBOOK Episode: “Thinking With Beasts”
From the TTBOOK interview: Of all the images that make our world, animal images are particularly buried inside us. We feel the pull of them before we know to name them or how to even how to fully see them them as if every animal a human brain has ever seen it is swallowed. We find their outlines as if on Ouiji boards in mountains and in clouds. Give us a stick and we’ll draw them. Hit a rock on a cave wall until it yields one. Spread them out across the night sky and will point upward. See how they twinkle as they move.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Listen to the Episode: “What Can We Learn From Teenagers?”
From the interview: Well, I wanted to be a rapper when I was maybe 13, until 16 or 17. For me it seemed as if rappers with only people who were telling stories that I actually saw myself in. Books did not. Children’s publishing failed me at that age range because I could not connect with Bella Swan in Twilight. You know I tell people all the time my mom would not have let me date a guy that old, so I could not connect with it. So I saw myself in music. I saw myself in hip hop but there’s only so much you could say in a song. So I have a 400-something page book. I could not have gotten this into a song.
by Min Jin Lee
Listen to the Episode: “Discover the Hidden Roots of Koreans Living in Japan”
From the interview: When I was a junior in college, I went to a lecture by an American missionary who had worked in Japan and he told a story about a little boy from his parish. When this boy was just 13 years old, he jumped from his apartment building to his death. His parents were ethnically Korean but born in Japan, and when they went through their son’s things, they found his middle school yearbook in which his Japanese classmates had written, “Go back to where you belong,” “I hate you,” and “You smell like kimchi.” They also wrote the words “Die. Die. Die.” That story just burned into my brain and I knew that someday I wanted to write about it.
Listen to the Episode: “The Real Ways the “Fake News’ Shapes What We Believe”
From the article: It’s a perfect summer day in Ottawa, Illinois and I’m standing in a leafy country cemetery, wondering if the bones of the women buried beneath my feet are radioactive. I’ve driven 250 miles to be here, the closest I can get to these women, who died decades before I was born and who were poisoned, horrifically and knowingly, by their employer. I’m here because I haven’t been able to get their story out of my head. And also because it isn’t over.