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>Five questions for . . .

>Click the link for the interview schedule at ALA Midwinter. And if you have any questions for Kristin Cashore, Mitali Perkins, Lois Lowry or M. T. Anderson, leave ’em in the comments. (But, no, I will not ask Lois if she’s sorry to have won the Newbery for The Giver.)

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. bestbookihavenotread says:

    >I'd like you to ask Kristin Cashore if she intended to have an emphasis on rape/violence towards women. I was surprised how many times it came up in Fire, when I considered Graceling to have such a strong female character. It sounds like such a negative question, but it's one I've wondered about a great deal since finishing Fire.

  2. Anonymous says:

    >Mr. Anderson,

    What is it that you find inspiring in broccoli?

  3. >I was wondering the same thing as bestbookihavenotread. I didn't think it made for any less of a strong female character in Fire, but I kept asking, "Why?"

  4. >Anon @3:13: I think you have Roger confused with James Lipton.

  5. >Mr. Anderson,

    What motivated you to write Feed? How difficult was it to write?



  6. >MTA, how many more adventures of Lily, Katie and Jasper can we expect?

  7. >Ms. Lowry, Gooney Bird Greene and Crow Call generally slant toward a younger audience than much of your earlier work. Is there a reason for the shift? How has (or hasn't) it changed your writing process?

  8. Anonymous says:

    >Ms. Cashore,

    What's your attitude toward asparagus, vis a vis its relationship toward Monet and sunsets?

  9. >to answer
    shoshana's query about age level in Lowry's books: could it just possibly have something to do with SALES??? maybe her publisher had a suggestion

  10. >Ms. Lowry,

    Do you find any vegetable particularly inspiring?

    And also, How do you feel about your book being assigned reading? Are there discussion questions that you have seen that are very good? Are there any that a dreadful? Oh, please, tell us about the dreadful ones.

  11. Cindy Dobrez says:

    >MTA: Looking at the themes throughout your novels, I wonder, if you had a child, what would be your biggest concern for him/her?

  12. >After reading the suggested questions, I'm glad it's Roger doing the interview.

  13. Adrienne M. says:

    >For M.T. Anderson: Are you more afraid now of Feed becoming reality than you were when you wrote the book? Do you think Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, etc. are eroding language in the way you envisioned it, or is there still a different hope for written expression?

  14. Anonymous says:

    >For M.T. Anderson: At the end of Feed, do you think Violet heard and knew that Titus was capable of redemption or was she too far gone?

  15. >I'm coming to this party a little late, but jumping in anyway:

    I've got a question for Kristin Cashore in the same vein as bestbookihavenotread:

    In both GRACELING and FIRE, the female characters are not just strong and independent people- they also actively reject the ideas of marriage and child-bearing. Could Ms. Cashore talk a little more about where that came from and how that does or doesn't fit in with her own ideas of feminism?

    And for Mitali Perkins:
    When it comes to books, what does the term "multicultural" mean to her? Does she ever feel that labeling her books as "multicultural" has pidgeonholed them or kept them from reaching a wider number of readers?

    Hope these are recorded or written up somewhere for us lesser folk who won't be in Boston. I'd hate to miss hearing MT Anderson discuss broccoli!

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