Author Spotlight: Hilde Lysiak

hildeblogphotoHilde Lysiak was 7 years old when she started her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. Last year, at age 9, she attracted national attention after reporting on a murder. Now, with her dad, Matthew Lysiak, she’s written Hero Dog (Scholastic, September 2017), the first in the Hilde Cracks the Case early readers series featuring Hilde and sister Izzy. In Hero Dog, the young journalists race to crack a case of stolen baked goods, save the local baking competition, and write their story, all before deadline. Our digital catalog, Growing Minds spoke with the Hilde about her new series and her love of reporting. Read the interview below.

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Exclusive Discussion with Documentarian Ken Burns This Friday!

kenburnsThis Friday, Baker & Taylor will be hosting a live webinar with documentarian Ken Burns just days before his poignant documentary series, The Vietnam War, airs on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Tune in from 12 to 12:30 p.m. to hear this exclusive discussion with Burns, in partnership with PBS.

Over 10 years in the making, this 10-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.

Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides.

Burns has spent nearly 40 years making films, producing some of the most accomplished historical documentaries of our time. From the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981 to the landmark television series The Civil War, Ken’s films have won 15 Emmy Awards and received two Oscar nominations. Burns has been the recipient of almost 30 honorary degrees and in September of 2008 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Over the years, each film he has created has asked one deceptively simple question, “Who are we Americans as a people?” His films look at more than just individual subject matter; they drive audiences to go further into themes that are central to who we are as a nation and as individuals.

Moderated by Stephanie Prange, the editor in chief of Home Media Magazine, this webinar is a can’t miss event.

What?

Exclusive Discuss with Documentarian Ken Burns

When?

Friday, September 15, 2017 from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.

How?

Register here for more details.

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Author Spotlight: Reshma Saujani

Reshma SaujaniFive years ago, Reshma Saujani created the nonprofit group Girls Who Code to increase the number of women in computer science. The group impacted tens of thousands of girls, yet Saujani still heard from families longing for coding programs, so she wrote a book to expand the group’s reach. Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World (Viking Children’s Books, August 2017) breaks down complicated coding concepts into real-life examples and serves as an invitation for girls everywhere to learn to code and change the world. Read on for our exclusive interview with Saujani…

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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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