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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 24: Thinking about disability, and the art of Wabi Sabi

Episode 24: Thinking about disability, and the art of Wabi Sabi

The book that lost its art twice!

The book that lost its art twice!

Grace’s art  at Simmons’ University!

Grace’s art at Simmons’ University!

Grace and Alvina catch up on each other's lives--Alvina mentioned the Fourth of July weekend and having a BBQ, Grace talks about seeing the Simmons University gallery show opening for Make Way for Dumplings: 20 years of the art of Grace Lin. They mention co-hosting the Simmons University Insitute where they were going to record a live episode of Book Friends Forever!

Grace & Alvina will be co-hosting the  Carle Honors !

Grace & Alvina will be co-hosting the Carle Honors!

They also mention that they're going to be co-hosting the Carle Honors. For tickets, contact: Rebecca Miller Goggins at 413-559-6308 or rebeccag@carlemuseum.org

Grace also talks about the Carle Museum having a diversity audit, and they discuss representation of diversity in children's book publishing. Website mentioned: disabilityinkidlit.com

Alvina also spill all the details about how the art of Wabi Sabi was lost not once, but twice—and once by her!Video about Wabi Sabi and the missing artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ca2Ly4Vpb5Y

Books mentioned: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert; Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein, illustrated by Ed Young; Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez; A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin: preorder from Porter Square Books: for the preorder gift--a ruler to measure the snow!

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They end as always with what they're grateful for. Alvina is grateful for her home. Grace is grateful for being able to run again, and is also grateful for the trailer for Mulan- how great the movie looks and how glad she is writing an original prequel novel for it (look for it in Feb 2020)!

Episode 25: How We Broke Into Publishing!

Episode 25: How We Broke Into Publishing!

Episode 23: Staying relevent! And bestsellers!

Episode 23: Staying relevent! And bestsellers!