Michael Cart talks about the recent passing of Walter Dean Myers

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart talks about the career and works of Walter Dean Myers, who passed away on July 1, 2014.

He then takes on a recent article in Slate that got him really steamed up. In the article, author Ruth Graham claims adults should be ashamed of reading so called “children’s books” (and she lumps YA lit into this category) – books like John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars! Needless to say, he has a few things to say about this claim!

Michael Cart bids farewell to some big literary names

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart says goodbye to some well known literary giants. Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, probably best known for the classic novel 100 Years of Solitude, passed away on April 17. Peter Matthiessen, the American author of The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, passed away in early April.

In other book-related news: the classic children’s book Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh recently celebrated its 50th anniversary! A special anniversary edition is out, with some new content – including a map of Harriet’s New York neighborhood.

In the library with a comic book: episode 10

podcastIn episode 10 of In the library with a comic book, Jack and Amanda discuss the Eisner nominations and Amanda interviews members of the Fantastic Ladies Comics Club in Berkeley, CA:

Recommended reads mentioned in this podcast: Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson , This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki. Complete show notes here.