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the Book Friends Forever Podcast

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

Episode 10: Our Ideal Lives and Our China Trip

Episode 10: Our Ideal Lives and Our China Trip


Alvina talks about the Walter Awards Symposium and the two books she edited that were honored, GHOST BOYS by Jewell Parker Rhodes and THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER by Emily X.R. Pan. Alvina and Grace mention how they sometimes love sad books and sometimes those are just the kind of books you need at the right time.

Grace shared a gross but fascinating fact about angler fish!

Photo by Dante Fenolio

Photo by Dante Fenolio

 

They discuss Alvina’s upcoming sabbatical, and take a trip down memory lane and remember their vacation to Beijing and Shanghai together.

 

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As usual, Grace and Alvina end the episode with expressing what they are grateful for. Alvina is grateful for living in New York City and all the great restaurants, shows, and events that she access to. Grace is thankful for appreciating a sunrise on one of her school visits instead of being grumpy about the travel.

Books and other media mentioned in this episode:

 
Episode 11: Early Success vs. Later Success, and blogging!

Episode 11: Early Success vs. Later Success, and blogging!

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