Skinny Dip

April Halprin Wayland

Skinny Dip with April Halprin Wayland 

Today we wel­come author and edu­ca­tor April Hal­prin Way­land to Bookol­o­gy. Her most recent pic­ture book, More Than Enough, is a sto­ry about Passover. April was one of nine Instruc­tors of the Year hon­ored by the UCLA Exten­sion Writ­ers’ Pro­gram, Cre­ative Writ­ing. Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? I would

Polly Carlson-Voiles

Skinny Dip with Polly Carlson-Voiles 

Today we wel­come author Pol­ly Car­l­­­son-Voiles to Bookol­o­gy. Her book, Sum­mer of the Wolves, has been a favorite adven­ture sto­ry with mid­dle grade read­ers, a recent con­tender for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? Jane Goodall. Which book do you find your­self rec­om­mend­ing pas­sion­ate­ly? The

Eric Rohmann

Skinny Dip with Eric Rohmann 

  Today we wel­come author, illus­tra­tor, and Calde­cott medal­ist Eric Rohmann to Bookol­o­gy. He agreed to give us the skin­ny on sev­er­al top­ics of vital impor­tance. Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? Dar­win, New­ton, William Blake … and so many oth­ers I’ll need a big cof­fee shop.

Bobbi Miller

Skinny Dip with Bobbi Miller 

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? My def­i­n­i­tion of celebri­ty is some­one whom I admire, who I think has con­tributed to soci­ety in his actions or words. To me, celebri­ty is more than a pret­ty face. He does more than recite words that some­one else wrote,

Barbara O'Connor

Skinny Dip with Barbara O’Connor

  Which book do you find your­self rec­om­mend­ing pas­sion­ate­ly? Miss­ing May by Cyn­thia Rylant. I read it at a time when I was strug­gling to find my writ­ing voice. I was so struck by the strong sense of place in that book. It was obvi­ous that West Vir­ginia was Rylant’s heart’s home. So I decided

Marsha Qualey

Skinny Dip with Marsha Qualey 

 Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? Joni. And I’d come pre­pared with ques­tions about her paint­ing, not her music, because then, just maybe, she’d see beyond the gob­s­macked fan. Maybe she’d draw some­thing on a nap­kin for me.   If she didn’t show, I’d be okay

Caroline Starr Rose

Skinny Dip with Caroline Starr Rose 

Which celebri­ty, liv­ing or not, do you wish would invite you to a cof­fee shop? Author L.M. Mont­gomery, of Anne of Green Gables fame. I’ve read all of her books sev­er­al times over, includ­ing the jour­nals she kept from four­teen until the time of her death. In fact, I’ve com­mit­ted to revis­it­ing Maud’s jour­nals every

Steven Palmquist

Skinny Dip with Steve Palmquist 

Favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? Well, that usu­al­ly involves food — we try to have Chi­nese food on Christ­mas Eve. Our fam­i­ly has had a lot of changes late­ly, so we’ve been try­ing to cre­ate new tra­di­tions. Were you a teacher’s pet or teacher’s chal­lenge? Both! At times I was a mod­el stu­dent and oth­er times I was the

Michael Hall

Skinny Dip with Michael Hall 

What is your proud­est career moment? Sev­er­al months before the pub­li­ca­tion of my book, Red: A Crayon’s Sto­ry, The Wall Street Jour­nal pub­lished an edi­to­r­i­al bemoan­ing the “gen­der indus­tri­al com­plex,” “cul­tur­al war­riors,” and books — includ­ing mine — “that seek to engage the sym­pa­thies of young read­ers … and nudge the nee­dle of cul­ture.” I had writ­ten some­thing good enough

Karen Blumenthal

Skinny Dip with Karen Blumenthal 

Favorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion? Food! I love to bake and hol­i­days are the best excuse for bak­ing! Peach cob­bler for the Fourth of July, apple cake for the Jew­ish hol­i­days, dozens and dozens of cook­ies for friends and fam­i­ly in Decem­ber, and this killer can­dy that we call mat­zo tof­fee at Passover. I make a ton of it

Eileen Beha

Skinny Dip with Eileen Beha 

What TV show can’t you turn off? I watch very lit­tle TV; I will almost always choose to read a good book instead. How­ev­er, I do admit that I’ve not missed a sin­gle episode of Mad Men since the series pre­miered in 2007 or Down­ton Abbey, which will end after its sixth sea­son this winter.

Skinny Dip with Stephanie Greene 

What keeps you up at night? Not much. If I do wake up and start wor­ry­ing about some­thing, I put my newest plot dilem­ma into my brain. Puz­zling over it puts me right to sleep. What is your proud­est career moment? I guess I’m most proud that I’m still com­ing up with fresh ideas after

Skinny Dip with Roxanne Orgill 

What keeps you up at night? Thoughts of my two chil­dren: their school issues, health prob­lems, things they said or didn’t say. What calms me and gets me to sleep, per­haps odd­ly, is to think about the book I’m writ­ing at the moment. I can think about parts of it I like, what I’ll write

Skinny Dipping

Skinny Dip with Loretta Ellsworth 

What keeps you up at night?  Usu­al­ly my son Andrew – he’s blind and some­times gets day and night mixed up. What is your proud­est career moment? Fin­ish­ing a nov­el, mean­ing writ­ing and revis­ing until I’m sat­is­fied with it – no mat­ter what hap­pens with the man­u­script, I know I’ve accom­plished an amaz­ing goal. Describe

Skinny Dip with Candace Fleming 

What’s the first book you remem­ber read­ing? The first book I remem­ber read­ing on my own is E.B. White’s Stu­art Lit­tle.  I was sev­en years old and it was the Sat­ur­day before Christ­mas – the day of St. John Lutheran’s annu­al hol­i­day par­ty. I loved that par­ty! The potluck. The car­ols. The vis­it from Santa

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