Walking and Talking with Elizabeth Wein

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Yes, it’s the first ever international Walking and Talking comic. This one is based on my walk/talk this summer in Edinburgh, Scotland, with the beloved author of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. And there’s big news here – she’s crossing over to nonfiction for an upcoming book!

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Port Chicago 50 on New Books Network

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Thank you to James Stancil and the New Books Network podcast for featuring this interview with me about The Port Chicago 50. James really knows his stuff, and this was a particularly rewarding discussion – we really got deep into the story, and the ways in which the story is still going on.

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The “Carlisle” in action

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This is really cool. Last week I visited a high school in the town of Penn Yan, NY, and the librarian had me give a presentation on my book Undefeated just for the football team. They seemed to be into it – but it’s not always easy to tell with teenagers. But then, this week, the librarian sent me this clip. Turns out the team invented a play called “Carlisle” – inspired by strategies used by the Carlisle School team – and ran it in their most recent game. And it worked!

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Walking and Talking with Deborah Heiligman

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Back from summer with a new Walking and Talking comic – this time talking a little nonfiction with the great Deborah Heiligman! Our processes are pretty different, but turns out we run into all the same challenges…

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Undefeated Win Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor!

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Amazing news: Undefeated has won a 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for nonfiction! In a weird and slightly awkward coincidence, I was at the award announcements. It was an event for librarians in New York City, and I’d spoken on a panel earlier in the day, and I was still there, sitting way back in the balcony, when this happened. Here’s the video of Roger Sutton and Kwame Alexander opening the envelopes. My favorite part is at 2:55 of the video – you’ll see why if you watch it…

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“The Librarian Is In” Features Undefeated

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I always say that librarians are my closest allies – we’re all working together to try to get books into the hands of kids and teens. So it’s especially cool to see Undefeated featured in this new New York Public Library podcast! I also did this recent newspaper interview about the book, and upcoming projects. Other than that, I’ve been traveling a lot, and trying to write on the road – not something I’m good at. At least I’ve found some pretty nice places to work…

My early morning office, on the San Antonio riverwalk.

A few days later, my office in Boulder…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Webinar with the World War II Museum

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I do a lot Skype visits with classes, and I feel pretty goofy talking into a webcam… but this program turned out well. It’s a student webinar about my book Bomb, produced by the amazing World War II Museum in New Orleans. Basically, I tell some of the stories from the book – similar to what I often do at school visits – and there are some cool scientific demonstrations.

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Here Be Monsters meets Benedict Arnold

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In this new episode of the podcast Here Be Monsters, I get to talk about two of my favorite subjects: why history textbooks suck, and Benedict Arnold!

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undefeated: deleted scenes

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In the editing process I always end up cutting details and scenes, sometimes some of my favorite stuff. With Undefeated, I wound up with even more deleted material than usual. I think it’s mainly because there are so many amazing stories about the early days of Carlisle football. I used a lot of these stories, but had to cut some too, so that we wouldn’t lose touch with Jim Thorpe, who wasn’t at Carlisle yet. Anyway, I saved all the stories, and was able to post some of my favorites on various websites:

The Carlisle team visits Chicago in 1896 to play in the world’s first indoor football game

Carlisle’s 1902 team overcomes injuries

An incredibly violent game between Harvard and Yale in 1894 sparks national debate

Student pranks at both Carlisle and West Point

Pop Warner’s one and only attempt to play pro football

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walking and talking with Rebecca Stead

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Very excited to share the newest edition of my Walking and Talking comic! Rebecca Stead starts off by saying she’s not sure how to write a novel – but then goes on to explain exactly how to do it. Totally different from how I set out to write a book, which is part of what makes the conversation so interesting.

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