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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Two New Interviews

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Been keeping a pretty low profile these days, while I finish up work on the new book. Lots more on that soon. But I recently did a couple of interviews, which I think had some interesting questions. The first was with Tim Podell for his podcast Good Conversations. We talked mainly about Most Dangerous. Next was one for Tim Kramer’s Book Blog. Tim is a middle school teacher, and that conversation had a lot of the kinds of questions I get at school visits (the good ones, I mean; not “How muBostonDinnerch money do you make?).

And in other news, I got to hang out with some of the best writers out there at ILA in Boston – here I am with Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Jack Gantos, and Candace Fleming!

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Most Dangerous wins the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award!

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Here’s some nice news – Most Dangerous has won the 2016 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction! Check out the award announcement video here. Congratulations to all the writers honored by these great awards. I look forward to seeing you all in Boston.BGHB

 

 

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Walking and Talking with Kate DiCamillo

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Here’s the newest Walking and Talking, with the great Kate DiCamillo! Kate came to Saratoga Springs a couple weeks ago for an event at Northshire Bookstore, and, thanks to my wife Rachel (events manager at Northshire), I got a chance to chat with her about her new novel, Raymie Nightingale, and her writing process. Basically, I wanted to know how she does it. I’m trying to write a novel of my own now, so I wanted fiction writing secrets. But interestingly, like most great writers I meet, she doesn’t think too much about process. She just follows her instincts – and revises like crazy. Anyway, I think our conversation makes for a pretty good comic. Thanks as always to Betsy Bird and the Fuse #8 blog for posting it!Kate.Steve

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What I’ve Been Up To…

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For the couple months or so I’ve been busy with two things: finishing up the manuscript of a new book, and lots of travel and school visits. I talk a little about the upcoming book in this interview – and lots more to come soon.

The highlight of my recent travel was getting to hang out with Daniel Ellsberg at a mutual friend’s house in Oakland. Turns out he liked Most Dangerous, and even read Bomb and The Notorious Benedict Arnold too!

And for anyone hoping for a new Walking and Talking, I’m finally getting back to the comics now. I’ve got an amazing interview lined up for this week – can’t wait to announce who it is.SteveDan

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Walking and Talking with M.T. Anderson

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Here’s the latest in my series of Walking and Talking comics – M.T. Anderson! Tobin (he said I could call him that) is known and lovedTobinBoston for his fiction, so it was interesting to talk about his latest work, the incredibly ambitious and moving YA nonfiction book, Symphony for the City of the Dead. Why did he choose to write this story as nonfiction? And how was writing narrative nonfiction different from – and similar to – writing fiction? That’s what I wanted to know…

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New Podcast Interview

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So I just had a chance to do an extended interview for this new podcast – Actually: Where YA Gets Real. As their website says, “Each episode will feature a hot topic for discussion, plus a reading from the interview guest’s work.” I love the idea, and I think I was their first-ever guest. Interestingly, I got paired with a discussion of “A Birthday Cake for George Washington,” which is definitely the “hot topic” in the industry this week.

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Walking and Talking with Dav Pilkey

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Just finished a new Walking and Talking comic – this time with my son’s favorite author (other than me, I hope) Dav Pilkey! You may need a bit of familiarity with the Captain Underpants books to get some of the gags, but hopefully it works either way. We talk about the origins of Captain Underpants and the many rejections it was met with, and I get the chance to propose to Dav (pronounced like Dave; apparently a pizza restaurant where he worked as a teenager misspelled Dave, and it stuck) my theory about the meaning underlying George and Harold’s mad antics.

 

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On TV in Miami!

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So here’s something new – me on TV! This was at the Miami Book Fair, and PBS did segments with the National Book Award finalists. I got fancy make-up and everything. And the host, Rich Fahle, was very well informed about the book and asked terrific questions.

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