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Connie Schultz portrait

Connie Schultz

In this episode, Jill and Adam interview Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of The Daughters of Erietown. They discuss Connie’s inspiration for the book, working-class America in the 1960s and now, and the state of journalism in 2020.

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Emma Straub portrait

Emma Straub

In this episode, Jill interviews best-selling author Emma Straub live from Nashville at a library conference. Along with discussing her new book All Adults Here, Jill and Emma talk about the fabulousness of Miss Piggy and  the classic television show Gilmore Girls.

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds portraits

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds

In this episode, we have National Book Award-winning author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Adam interviews Dr. Kendi first about Stamped from the Beginning, and then sits down with Jason at about the 25-minute mark. These are both exceptional conversations on social justice and racial inequality.

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Lois Lowry portrait

Lois Lowry

In this episode, Adam and Jill interview the living legend and multiple Newbery Award-winning author of The Giver and Number the Stars. She shares anecdotes from a lifetime of literature both sentimental and hilarious while also discussing the true origins of her newest book On the Horizon.

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Layla F. Saad portrait

Layla F. Saad

In this episode, Adam interviews Layla Saad, bestselling author, podcaster, and influencer in the world of social change, race, identity, and leadership. Layla’s Instagram challenge #MeAndWhiteSupremacy became a global phenomenon and then a workbook before becoming an instant New York Times bestseller. They dive into how this novel came to be, communicating about race and so much more.

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Cassandra Clare portrait

Cassandra Clare

In this episode, Adam sits down with one of the giants of young adult writing, Cassandra Clare. They discuss her new Shadowhunter novel Chain of Gold, her research into Edwardian England, and they have a long conversation about tattoos. Her friend (and previous PBN guest) Holly Black naturally comes up as well.

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