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Gimlet-eyed and occasionally -addled views on what's wrong and right in the world of books for young people.

Surprise! A Podcast! – Special Guest Alexandra Bracken

Hey, look! Here’s a podcast! Siân chats with author Alexandra Bracken about living in Arizona, her new book (Wayfarer), Mo Willems’s man bun, and Star Wars. We chatted in a hotel lobby so there’s a few background noises. Only a few of said noises are very noisy. Alex’s links: Website Twitter Instagram Recap Authors we talk […]

Editorial: She’s With Us

Dr. Carla D. Hayden, Librarian of Congress Library of Congress 101 Independence Avenue, SE Washington DC 20540 Dear Carla: You know, the last time I wrote to a librarian in DC, she never got back to me. But then Laura Bush and I did not go to library school together, and I certainly never worked […]

Hbook Podcast 1.38 – Special Guest Malinda Lo

Podcast the 38th in which Siân and Roger chat with special guest Malinda Lo. *We’re going on vacation for the holidays! We’ll miss you but we’ll see you in 2017 (good riddance, 2016)!* (nsfw) Malinda info Twitter tumblr Books we talk about Kody Keplinger, Run Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet All Out from Harlequin Teen […]

Hbook Podcast 1.37 – Publishing and the Patriarchy

Podcast the 37th in which Roger and Siân talk about the recent election and women in publishing. Links Roger’s morning after Lee and Low Diversity baseline survey Publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds Are Book Publishers To Blame For Gender Discrimination? Why Men Don’t Read: How Publishing is Alienating Half the […]

Hbook Podcast 1.36 – Authorial Intent

Podcast the 36th in which Roger and Siân talk about a lot of things before eventually getting to the topic of authorial intent. People we talk about Melissa de la Cruz Laura Koenig Philip Pullman Malinda Lo Books we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Google says “People also ask” “Is The Handmaid’s Tale a […]

Editorial: “We’re with Her”

At the time of this writing, we don’t yet know the outcome of the presidential election. (Anyone with a time-travel device, please let us know things turned out okay.) But it sure has been A Year for women. We’ve been quite busy with our roaring and our woman-card-playing and our Lemonade-making (who runs the world? […]

Hbook Podcast 1.35 – Special Guest Laura Koenig

Podcast the 35th in which Siân travels to BPL Copley to chat with children’s librarian (and generally awesome human being) Laura Koenig. Laura Koenig BPL interview Simmons interview   Boston Public Library BPL Children’s BPL Teens BPL Calendar BPL Twitter and Instagram Virtual Tour Boston Public Library to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with […]

My Own Discretion Advised

Some parents are strict. They limit what their kids can watch on TV and how many hours they can watch it. They don’t allow their kids to read certain books. Usually what ends up happening is that those kids rebel and rent “inappropriate” movies or check out forbidden books from the library and read them […]

Hbook Podcast 1.34 – Special Guest Melissa de la Cruz

Hbook podcast the 34th in which Siân chats with author and fellow Disney-lover Melissa de la Cruz. Melissa’s books we talk about Something in Between Fresh Off the Boat Double Eclipse People we talk about China Anne McClain Kara Saun Links Why Melissa de la Cruz’s immigration story matters now The Dream Act Disney Descendants […]

Hbook Podcast 1.33 – Special Guest Christian Robinson

Podcast the 33rd in which Siân and Roger chat with Last Stop on Market Street illustrator (and generally awesome human being), Christian Robinson. Books we talk about illustrated by Christian Robinson School’s First Day of School, Adam Rex Last Stop on Market Street, Matt de la Peña Leo: A Ghost Story, Mac Barnett Little Penguins, Cynthia […]