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HBook Podcast 1.8 – Guest Author Mackenzi Lee

Podcast the eighth in which Siân and guest author Mackenzi Lee talk about her book, This Monstrous Thing, being a fan girl, and whether the author is dead. Siân also gets yet another Harry Potter fact wrong (first book came out in 1998).

Books we talk about
Mackenzi Lee, This Monstrous Thing (and her upcoming The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)
Maggie Stiefvater, Raven Boys series & The Scorpio Races
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter series
Kevin Brooks, The Bunker Diary
Tess Sharpe, Far From You
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Fonda Lee, Zeroboxer
Susan Cooper, Dark is Rising series
Philip Pullman, Dark Materials series
L. A. Meyer, Jacky Faber series

Definitions
Fan girl – obsessive female fan
Fandom – a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of empathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest
To ship – romantically pair characters

People and things we talk about
Sherlock
Dr. Who
Firefly
Simmons College, Children’s Literature MA
Lana Popovic, author and literary agent
Claire Ivett, Associate Editor at Da Capo Press
David Hyde Costello, author/illustrator
Star Wars
Rainbow Rowell
John Scalzi

Links
Mackenzi Lee’s website
19 New Things J. K. Rowling Taught Us About Harry Potter in 2015
Highs and Lows of Fandoms
Neil Gaiman on Shadow’s race

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

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  1. Billy Zildjian says:

    Great interview Sean! Or maybe a bit more of a wonderfully relaxed conversation. If I may, I disagree that you grow out of fandom. As someone who has already lived the majority of his life, I still get thrilled (deeply and wildly excited) when I read a good book. To that point, I don’t believe you ever recapture the feeling of your first read of a book, and in that same context rereading a book is like visiting an old friend. That is, someone you know and understand and yet care about enough about to strive to develop a deeper and more meaningful “relationship” with or to rekindle those old feelings. That is what makes books great, what keeps me reading and what keeps my insides churning in fandom.

  2. Siân Gaetano Siân Gaetano says:

    Thanks for listening! I totally agree and I think that’s the beautiful thing about fandoms–while there are many many teens and children who take part in fandoms, they give adults a space to completely lose their minds over something they love.

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