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The Winter Blog Blast Tour Master Schedule is continuously updated by me with direct urls and quotes from each interview, so please check it out frequently. I'm back tomorrow with an interview with Susan Campbell Bartoletti, author of the amazing THEY CALLED THEMSELVES THE KKK. I wish that book had been around when I was teaching because it makes for a truly impressive classroom tool. (And just an excellent American history read.)

There is also a new issue of Bookslut which, because of an odd set of circumstances has my column, a feature on NF for teens, two fiction reviews and one nonfiction review - all by me. Crazy town. Today we get the tree, hit Costco for all important packing tape and a dog bed for the new puppy (crazy cute pics to follow), hit the post office to mail off 3 more boxes (huzzah!) and do various sundry other seasonal type activities. I'm close to being on top of everything I want to be on top of - should have much more in control by the weekend and then I shall feel better.

So, expect more on the books I covered in Bookslut later in the week - as well as more happy joy over the WBBT which truly is looking to be fabulous this go-round.

TUESDAY WBBT INTERVIEWS:

B.A. Binns at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "Before I start a new work I have two quotes from my research into teenagers that I reread. One reminds me that teenage girls have a near universal fear that "a girl unremarked by boys ceases to exist." The other that "there are few forces more potent to the adolescent girl than the male gaze."

Daisy Whitney at Bildungsroman: "LOVE writing for teens. But it was a long road paved with many thanks but no thanks and I have the stack of rejection letters and 300,000-plus unpublished words to prove it."

Adam Gidwitz at Fuse Number 8: "Hansel and Gretel meet a cannibalistic baker woman, a handsome but dangerous stranger, the Devil, the creepy moon, a dragon, and, most harrowingly of all, their own parents again. It's just as bloody and gruesome as the original Grimm fairy tales—but it's also funny. At least, I think it is."

Salley Mavor at Seven Impossible Things: "My mother had a big influence on my development as an artist. There was always time for art and I never heard her say no to an imaginative scheme. She would help us gather supplies and teach us whatever we needed to make an idea come to life. We lived in a perpetual state of clutter, with the technique du jour in evidence all through the house. One day, Mom had the children clear a path through the living room so that our father could walk through. "

Josh Berk at Finding Wonderland: "I think about Woody Allen -- I read where he described his early works as basically being excuses for jokes. The plot and character and everything else was secondary. And then towards the middle of his career his plots and character development got deeper while his jokes remained funny and those movies are recognized as his greatest achievements. AND THAT'S THE ONLY EXTENT TO WHICH I HOPE MY LIFE MIRRORS WOODY ALLEN'S."

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