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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

Sep 14, 2008

Suzanne Collins, author of the children's series The Underland Chronicles, recently published a novel for young adults called THE HUNGER GAMES. In this interview, Collins discusses the various sources --- ranging from Greek mythology to reality television --- that inspired the plot of this futuristic sci-fi tale and explains how her father's stories from her childhood helped her with elements of the story's plot, themes and characters. She also reveals how she tastefully handled the book's violent scenes, shares her thoughts on writing for different age groups and lists some of her favorite books she read as a teenager.

Author Talk: Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

Sep 10, 2008

September 2008

Suzanne Collins, author of the children's series The Underland Chronicles, recently published a novel for young adults called THE HUNGER GAMES.

Author Talk: Holly Black, author of The Good Neighbors, Book One: Kin

Sep 10, 2008

September 2008

After publishing several popular children's and young adult titles such as The Spiderwick Chronicles, TITHE, VALIANT and IRONSIDE, Holly Black tries her hand at graphic novels with KIN, the opening book in her trilogy The Good Neighbors.

Author Talk: Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

Jul 10, 2008

July 2008

In this interview, science fiction author Cory Doctorow discusses what inspired LITTLE BROTHER, his first book for young adults, and explains how his concerns about vanishing civil liberties in the face of advancing technology in a post-9/11 society fed the plot of the novel. He also describes some of the seemingly unrealistic technologies featured in the book, elaborates on the story's overall message and reveals what he hopes readers will take away from it.

Interview: Olivia Gardner, author of Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope

Jul 10, 2008

July 2008

When sisters Emily and Sarah Buder read a news article in 2006 about Olivia Gardner --- a teenage girl who had been the victim of excessive bullying for over two years --- they launched a letter-writing campaign at their school in hopes of offering her words of comfort. Their local project managed to take on a life of its own, and some of the thousands of letters and e-mails they received worldwide have been compiled and published in LETTERS TO A BULLIED GIRL: Messages of Healing and Hope.