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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New York Times and Time for Kids!

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With the release date just a couple days away, Undefeated is getting some really great buzz! There’s a nice review in the New York Times. And then there’s this interview in Time for Kids. The young interviewer, Kade, asked some of the smartest and most thoughtful questions of any interviewer I’ve ever talked with.

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Talking Undefeated: New Interviews

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The publication date for Undefeated is getting close, and I had a chance today to talk about the new book with Joe Donahue on WAMC’s The Roundtable. I think Joe is one of the best interviewers of writers around, and it was a real honor to be on his show. I also did this cool new Q and A with BookPage. Just five more days till the book is officially out!

 

 

 

 

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New Podcast Interview

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I’m excited to be a part of this episode of the Rumble Strip podcast, with Erica Heilman. We talk about my life as a textbook writer, the politics of America’s creation story, and, naturally, Benedict Arnold’s leg. If I say so, I think the show is really cool.

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Got My Copies of UNDEFEATED!

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Got an exciting package in the mail – two finished copies of my upcoming book, Undefeated! The book will be out January 17, and it’s starting to get some nice reviews – like this one in Shelf Awareness.

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Walking and Talking with Grace Lin

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Finally, after a long hiatus (I was writing a book and stuff) I’ve got a new Walking and Talking comic, this time with a favorite in my family, Grace Lin. I loved hearing about her process, especially how much she struggles with first drafts, and how the only way she gets anything done is by pure force of will. It all sounded painfully familiar to me.

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The First Reviews for UNDEFEATED!

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My new book, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, will finally be out on January 17, 2017 – and it’s off to a good start, with a starred review in Kirkus. It also got a star from Booklist, which says the book features “stylish writing that tells an always absorbing story.” No idea what others will say, but a nice way to begin…

I had a chance to talk about the new book, and all things non-fiction, in a cool new podcast called Q Review. I’m really excited to start talking more about this book!

 

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The Blank Slate

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Yes, it’s that time again – time to take down the storyboard, clean up the piles of books and magazines. I’m finally done with my upcoming book: UNDEFEATED: JIM THORPE AND THE CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM – no more changes allowed! So I’m cleaning up my office, getting ready for what comes next. Now if I could just figure out what that will be…

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