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Hbook Podcast 2.2 – Fries, Elections, and Librarians

In episode two of the new season, Siân and Roger discuss politics, “rock star” librarians, and wanting fries with that. People we talk about K-Fai Steele Adam Rex (thread) Dan Santat Links Diana Gabaldon (“Recent statistics from the New York Federal Reserve detailing employment outcomes by college major shows that English students have a 7.5 percent […]

Hbook Podcast 2.1 – Special Guest Rebecca Podos

Episode one of season two! Siân talks with author and literary agent Rebecca Podos about her upcoming book, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and advice pregnant women receive. Books we talk about The Mystery of Hollow Places, Rebecca Podos Like Water, Rebecca Podos The Red Tent, Anita Diamant Bad Mother, Ayelet Waldman A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice […]

Homes app review

Tinybop’s Homes (Explorer’s Library No. 3, 2014; iOS only) allows children to explore living spaces in four different countries — Mongolia, Yemen, the United States, and Guatemala — while also getting an introduction to some of these countries’ cultural markers such as language, food, and music. The app opens on a world map with four […]

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 […]

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 […]

YA love stories in troubling times

Love can flourish in even the most challenging of circumstances. In the following stories, teens fall in love in the shadow of the September 11th attacks, at a self-harm therapy group, and despite cultural and familial pressures. In Gae Polisner’s The Memory of Things, it’s the morning of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan, and 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 […]

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 […]

Shadow House app review

Set in Larkspur House, a home for abandoned and wayward children, Shadow House (Scholastic, August 2016; iOS and Android) is the app component of Dan Poblocki’s new multi-platform middle-grade horror series of the same name. The app allows users to interact with the series’ fictional world by choosing their own pathways through twelve different “Incidents.” […]