This week I’m chatting with reader and children’s book writer Kate DiCamillo about the hopeful work of writing for children, books that inspire her, and what she learns from readers (that’s YOU) about her own books.
Kate has so much to share about the value of friendship with other people who work differently than you do, and her advice is applicable whether you’re an aspiring author or simply a reader looking to build a bookish community in your own personal life.
Let’s get to it!
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Books mentioned in this episode:
● The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett
● The Magician’s Assistant, by Ann Patchett
● Beverly, Right Here, by Kate DiCamillo
● Raymie Nightingale, by Kate Dicamillo
● The Watsons Go to Birmingham, by Christopher Paul Curtis
♥ The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, by Eudora Welty
♥ Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
♥ Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
● Louisiana’s Way Home, by Kate DiCamillo
● Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
● Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
● The Glass Hotel, by Emily St. John Mandel
● Art and Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles
● Trinity, by Louisa Hall
● The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead
● Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
● Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, by John McFee
● This Tender Land, by William Kent Krueger
● Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger
● Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
● The Kerlan collection at the University of Minnesota
What do YOU think Kate should read next? And what books that you read as a child inspired hope?