Archive for the ‘ Interviews ’ Category


Here Be Monsters meets Benedict Arnold

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!


walking and talking with Rebecca Stead

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 […]


New York Times and Time for Kids!

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.


Talking Undefeated: New Interviews

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 Podcast Interview

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.


Walking and Talking with Grace Lin

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 […]


The First Reviews for UNDEFEATED!

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.” […]


Two New Interviews

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 […]


Walking and Talking with Kate DiCamillo

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, […]


Walking and Talking with M.T. Anderson

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 loved 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 […]