Category Archives: Authors

Author’s Notebook | The Assignment by Liza Wiemer

Wiemer, Liza. The Assignment. Delacorte Press, 2020, $17.99 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted you to write The Assignment? Liza Wiemer (LZ): On April 4, 2017, I visited Oswego, New York, for a book signing at River’s End Bookstore for … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous, Written by Audrey Ades

Ades, Audrey. Judah Touro Didn’t Want to Be Famous. Illus. Vivien Mildenberger. Kar-Ben, 2020, 32 pp. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Audrey Ades (AA): I started writing this book in 2016, when I felt … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life, Written by Laurie Wallmark

Wallmark, Laurie. Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life. Illus. by Katy Wu. Sterling, 2019. 48 pp., $16.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): You’ve now published four picture book biographies. What has driven your interest in writing about female scientists? Laurie Wallmark (LW): There … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Beloved Comrades: A Novel in Stories by Yermiyahu Ahron Taub

Taub, Yermiyahu Ahron. Beloved Comrades: A Novel in Stories. Quanah, TX: Anaphora Literary Press, 2020. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired this work, its structure, and its scope? What made the narrative begin with the postwar period? Yermiyahu Ahron Taub … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | A Ceiling Made of Eggshells by Gail Carson Levine

Levine, Gail Carson. A Ceiling Made of Eggshells. HarperCollins, 2020, 371 pp. $17.99, Grades 4-6. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this book? Gail Carson Levine (GCL): This was a trip into family history. My father’s ancestors … Continue reading

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2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour | Final Stop

  You’ve now come to the final stop along the 2020 Sydney Taylor Book Award blog tour, the culmination of a full week of insightful and inspiring award-winning author and illustrator interviews. Read about the blog tour and all 2020 … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History by Annette Gendler

Gendler, Annette. How to Write Compelling Stories from Family History. 2019, $8.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What prompted your interest in your own family’s history? Annette Gendler (AG): Two things: When I fell in love with a Jewish man in … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Crushing the Red Flowers by Jennifer Voigt Kaplan

Kaplan, Jennifer Voigt. Crushing the Red Flowers. Ig Publishing, 2019. 308 pp., $12.95 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write Crushing the Red Flowers? Jennifer Voight Kaplan (JVK): Crushing the Red Flowers is a middle-grade story set in … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Challah Girl by Bracha K. Sharp

The Challah Girl by Bracha K. Sharp, illustrated by Anita Tung, Mosaica Press, 2019 The Whole Megillah (TWM): What inspired you to write this story? Bracha K. Sharp (BKS): At first, it was actually more of a case regarding who … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | The Book of Jeremiah by Julie Zuckerman

Zuckerman, Julie. The Book of Jeremiah: A Novel in Stories. Winston-Salem, NC: Press 53, 2019. 190 pp., $17.95. The Whole Megillah (TWM): What motivated this collection of linked short stories? Julie Zuckerman (JZ): The Book of Jeremiah started with one … Continue reading

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