Archive for the ‘ Interviews ’ Category


Five Questions with the Horn Book

I’m really happy to participate again in the Horn Book’s great Five Questions feature, this time about my new book Most Dangerous. When I saw the questions I was seriously impressed by how thoughtful and challenging they were. You can read the whole interview here.


Fuse #8 TV: Steve Sheinkin

Often I’m the one doing interviews – for my comics – but this time I have the privilege of being on the other side of the questions as a guest on New York Public Library’s Betsy Bird’s Fuse #TV show. I talk a bit about my book MOST DANGEROUS: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE SECRET HISTORY […]


Close Encounters with History

One of the best things about my job is that when I do speaking events, people almost always come up to me and tell me about family connections to one of the stories I’ve written about. This is especially true since Bomb came out – about 200,000 people worked on the Manhattan Project, so it […]


Walking and Talking with Andrew Smith

I’m excited to share the newest edition in my “Walking and Talking series” – the basic idea of the series it to interview authors I meet in my travels, and then draw short comics of our talks. This new one features one of my favorite YA writers, Andrew Smith. I loved hearing about his process, which is as different from […]


Walking and Talking with Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A big thanks to Betsy Bird’s great Fuse #8 Productions blog for posting my newest “Walking and Talking” comic! This one is kind of a change of pace, because it’s with a picture book artist and writer, Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Late last year, Laura and I were both at a conference in Deer Valley, Utah, […]


Port Chicago Reading and Interview

Well, I never really like watching myself on video. I recently read that Richard Nixon felt the same way, if that’s any consolation. I find listening to myself on the radio is a bit easier, though it always seems to me that I don’t really sound like me. Anyway, here are a couple of Port […]


Walking and Talking with Gene Luen Yang

Just posted a new comic in the Walking and Talking series – an interview with the always-insightful Gene Luen Yang. He’s one of my favorite comics writers/artists, and it was especially fun to put him in a comic of my own. We met up in Boston a couple months back (hey, these comics take me […]


Interviews with NBA Finalists

So it’s off to New York City next week for the National Book Award events. Last time I went, two years ago, I got so nervous I forgot how to tie a tie – not a bow tie, mind you, just a regular tie. Had to look it up online. This time I plan on […]


The Story Behind The Port Chicago 50

I love a good detective story. Here’s an amazing one from the 1970s, the story of how a grad student named Robert Allen tracked down and uncovered the little-known history of a dramatic civil rights showdown at a naval base called Port Chicago, California, during World War II. “This was the mid-1970s,” Robert remembers, “and […]


Walking and Talking with Jennifer Holm

I’m happy to say my second comic in the new “Walking and Talking” series went up this week on Elizabeth Bird’s great Fuse #8 website. I’ve got a couple more in the works. Just this past week I was in Utah, and interviewed a writer/artist who has been hugely popular in my house since my […]