Cynthia Leitich Smith: “This Book is For You”

Guest Post by Austin Author Cynthia Leitich Smith This is the second week in a series of author guest posts about diversity in children’s literature and the BookPeople Modern First Library initiative. For more about BookPeople’s Modern First Library initiative, and for more recommendations of wonderful new and classic picture books to read, visit bookpeople.com.  Previous posts in … Continue reading Cynthia Leitich Smith: “This Book is For You”

Modern First Library Guest Post: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Guest Post by Austin Author Cynthia Leitich Smith This is the second week in a series of author guest posts about diversity in children's literature and the BookPeople Modern First Library initiative. Author Chris Barton shared his thoughts last week here and here. For more about BookPeople’s Modern First Library initiative, and for more recommendations of wonderful new and … Continue reading Modern First Library Guest Post: Cynthia Leitich Smith

My Vicious Valentine: Cynthia Leitich Smith

All books draw on the literary tradition of their genre, but none of the panelists are so conscious of it, or as vocal about it as Cynthia Leitich Smith's Tantalize series which was inspired by Stoker's Dracula. As she tells readers on her site: "One key question was when to embrace Stoker’s influence and when … Continue reading My Vicious Valentine: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Suspenseful, Sensual & Spooktacular: Cynthia Leitich Smith on the Austin Teen Book Festival

The Austin Teen Book Festival, taking place on October 1st, 2011 10am - 5pm at the Palmer Events Center, is a FREE festival with the mission of connecting teens with authors of books for teens. Panels of authors will discuss a wide variety of topics, sign their books, and celebrate all things teen fiction.   … Continue reading Suspenseful, Sensual & Spooktacular: Cynthia Leitich Smith on the Austin Teen Book Festival