Michael Cart Discusses Memorable LGBTQ Characters in Literature

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart talks about some memorable LGBTQ characters in literature. Titles mentioned include: Man Without a Face by Isabelle Holland, The Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge, Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden, Deliver Us from Evie by M.E. Kerr, Luna by Julie Ann Peters, and Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.

Michael Cart Looks at Recent Trends in YA Lit

podcastIn this podcast, Michael Cart looks at some trends in young adult literature, how we read (digital brains, anyone?) and the phenomenon that is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Mentioned in this podcast: Serious Reading Takes a Hit (Washington Post, April 6, 2014), and Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books? (New York Times, March 15, 2014).

Michael Cart Looks at YA genre bending and blending

podcastIn this podcast, Infopeople’s book geek Michael Cart looks at the huge growth in popularity of YA genre blending: in particular the worlds of fantasy and science fiction, with a dash of dystopian fiction thrown in.

Among the titles mentioned in this podcast:

  • Books of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Caretaker Trilogy, by David Klass
  • Feed, by M.T. Anderson
  • House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
  • The Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld