Author Spotlight: Gabrielle Zevin

Gabrielle Zevin’s newest novel is about a congressional intern seeking a fresh start after having an affair with her politician boss. Told through the perspective of multiple characters, Young Jane Young (Algonquin Books (Workman), August, 2017) explores the difficulty of starting over in the digital age and highlights the double standards for women, especially in politics. Baker & Taylor spoke with Zevin.

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Author Spotlight: Jess Keating

5-23-2017 11-51-22 AMAuthor and animal lover Jess Keating knew from the start that she wanted to tell Eugenie Clark’s story. Clark grew up as the only biracial student in her class in 1930s New York and became a world-renowned ichthyologist who worked to improve the reputation of sharks. Having been trained as a zoologist, Keating understood how challenging it was for women to become scientists. In her book Shark Lady (Jabberwocky (Sourcebooks), June 2017), Keating brings to life Clark’s dedication to studying sharks and pays tribute to Clark’s courage and passion.

Read on for an in-depth interview with Jess Keating about her inspiration for the story, the research behind the scenes and more.

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Author Spotlight: Sarah Dessen

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When Sarah Dessen finished her 12th book, the critically acclaimed author of young adult fiction didn’t know if she had another novel in her. But while watching her two babysitters plan weddings, Dessen began to think about the different ways people come together in the world, and what it would be like, as she says, to see the process again and again, from a wedding planner’s perspective. That lead to her new novel, Once and for All (Viking Books for Young Readers, June 2017), a bubbly story about Louna, the cynical daughter of a wedding planner, and what happens when she meets a charming, serial dater who decides she’s the girl he wants. Baker & Taylor spoke with Dessen.

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Author Spotlight: Angie Thomas

angie-updatedInspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give (Balzer + Bray of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Feb. 2017) by Angie Thomas tells the story of one girl’s struggles as she moves between two different worlds. Sixteen-year-old Starr attends a wealthy school in the suburbs but lives in a poor neighborhood. Whatever balance she has created between her two worlds is shattered the night she becomes the only witness when a police officer shoots and kills her unarmed best friend. The Hate U Give explores issues of racism and police violence as it tells a powerful story of one girl’s fight for justice.

Read on for an in-depth interview with Angie Thomas about her inspiration for the story, the writing process and more.

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