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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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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