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Rita Williams-Garcia

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A Sitting in St. James with Rita Williams-Garcia

Between the Reads

Audra Russell chats with author Rita Williams-Garcia.Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Children's Books. Her novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Youth/Teen Literature. Rita is also the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); and Blue Tights. Her latest book is A Sitting in St. James.Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, with her husband and two adult daughters. You can visit her online at www.ritawg.com.In this episode, Rita and I take a thoughtful and hilarious dive into her latest book, A Sitting in St. James.So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=29642304)

1hr 23mins

13 Jul 2021

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"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

Reading During Recess

Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2010 novel about the Black Panthers is a middle-grade masterpiece. The book follows three black sisters (Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern) as they visit their estranged mother in Oakland in 1968. Upon arriving in California, the girls learn their mother is a poet and a member of the Black Panther Party. In our episode, we discuss what makes this book so brilliant and how, by focusing on the Black Panthers, it fills a gaping hole in children’s literature. We also bust some myths about the Black Panthers and explore how this book serves as an antidote to sanitized and inaccurate stories of the Civil Rights Movement.  If you enjoy the show, please rate, review, and subscribe! It helps other people find our podcast! Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

1hr 3mins

25 May 2021

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One Crazy Summer (ft. Rita Williams-Garcia, Janae Marks, Paula Chase & Lisa Moore Ramée)

Remember Reading Podcast

Hailed by the New York Times as "witty and original," One Crazy Summer is a moving & funny story about three sisters looking for their mother in 1960s California. It's also a book that brings up issues that almost mirror current events today, tackling problems kids see around themselves. On this episode, we'll talk to acclaimed author Rita Williams-Garcia about what inspired her to write the Newbery Honor and National Book Award winning story - a contemporary classic that deals with everything from abandonment, to unfair policing, and the Black Panthers - why representation matters, and more. We'll also be joined by authors Janae Marks (From the Desk of Zoe Washington), Paula Chase (Turning Point), and Lisa Moore Ramée (Something to Say), three writers who read One Crazy Summer as adults, and had it stick with them. To learn more about One Crazy Summer, visit: bit.ly/2Yn09T0Do you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!


26 Aug 2020

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Ep 64: Author Rita Williams-Garcia

This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

The wisdom that comes with over thirty years in this business and at this craft is priceless--Rita is generous with it here, from aspects of craft (like looking for "points of ignition within the reader") to those of identity (like quitting her day job after 25 years because "I really needed to be the author that I was on my bio").   We get a glimpse into twenty-two year-old Rita who wrote her debut Blue Tights (1987) and asked a disinterested publishing machine, "Why isn't my culture, my reality, good enough?"   We talk breakout success here at the ten-year anniversary of One Crazy Summer, stakes, process, and how she keeps herself enchanted while drafting a story.   For more: https://www.patreon.com/thiscreativelife   Pre-order Sara's Courageous Creativity: Advice and Encouragement for the Creative Life

1hr 11mins

7 Aug 2020

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Episode 55: Ibi Zoboi + Rita Williams-Garcia (March 12, 2020)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Rising star Ibi Zoboi (author of the young adult novels American Street and Pride) presents her middle grade fiction debut My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, in a conversation with her mentor, iconic young people’s fiction author Rita Williams-Garcia, centered on the culture of 1980s Harlem, hip-hop, and sci-fi and black girl nerdiness. (Recorded in our Fort Greene store on September 12, 2019.)


12 Mar 2020

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Ramona Quimby (ft. Julie Murphy, Rita Williams-Garcia, & Dan Yaccarino)

Remember Reading Podcast

Ramona Quimby is a pest. So... why do we *love* her? Ramona is an icon who helps kids understand the things we can't control like family dynamics and classroom rules. She also teaches us to speak up and question everything—even grownups. In this episode, we'll talk about the Ramona Quimby series and its legendary author, Beverly Cleary, who herself once struggled with reading. Guests Julie Murphy (Dumplin', Dear Sweet Pea), Rita Williams-Garcia (One Crazy Summer, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground), and Dan Yaccarino (Giant Tess, Five Little Pumpkins) join us to talk about Ramona's bold personality and how her pesky relationships with world around her paved the way for them as authors writing popular children's books in today's climate. They'll also talk about the important intricacies of coming of age books, their own complex characters and why its important to write about ordinary, relatable situations—something Beverly Cleary does so, so well.To learn more about Ramona Quimby, visit bit.ly/RRRamonaQDo you have a story about how a classic book changed your life? Tweet @readingpod or email us at readingpod@harpercollins.com. Learn more at rememberreading.com. Until next time!


4 Sep 2019

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One Crazy Summer By Rita Williams-Garcia (Historical Fiction)

Books In the Middle Podcast

One Crazy Summer    By Rita Williams-GarciaThey didn’t really remember their mother, since she’d left so many years ago. So when their dad sends them off to San Francisco to get to know their mom, Delphine has her reservations. After all, she doesn’t know much about her mother and her mother doesn’t seem to even want them in her house. Plus it is the summer of 1968, and lots of things are going on in the world beyond just what is happening in their family. Recommended for grades 7 and up. 


31 Mar 2019

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ROUNDUP: Jacqueline Woodson, Victoria V.E. Schwab, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jeff Zentner, Angie Thomas and Leigh Bardugo

88 Cups of Tea

If you’d love to keep 88 Cups of Tea going strong, please consider supporting us through our Patreon membership. We added EARLY ACCESS TO INTERVIEWS for our Super Storyteller patrons in the $8.88 tier. Your kind support at any of our tiers is so helpful. A heartfelt thank you in advance. https://www.patreon.com/88cupsoftea --- In today’s new episode, we have a highly motivating roundup of interview clips from guests we’ve had on the show throughout the past two years. There’s so much that’s been going on around us, and an overwhelming amount of devastating news lately, and it’s honestly no surprise that there are many of us hitting a wall with our creativity. I’ve been keeping a close eye on our community and some of you have not been able to write lately, and several have been feeling stuck for quite some time now. So I went through some of your top favorite and most popular episodes to pull out highlights I found would be most helpful for you right now, and will hopefully give you a massive boost of inspiration. In the roundup, you’ll be hearing clips from interviews with Jacqueline Woodson, Victoria V.E. Schwab, Rita Williams-Garcia, Jeff Zentner, Angie Thomas, and Leigh Bardugo, in that specific order. We talk about writing as a catharsis to push through grief, facing self-doubt, making time for writing, and learning to fall back in love with your writing. I hope that after you listen to this episode, it feels like a warm tight hug for your soul and anytime you hit a rough spot again with your writing, I encourage you to re-listen to this episode to remind you that you are not alone. Say 'Hi' to our featured authors on Twitter! Jacqueline Woodson Victoria V.E. Schwab Rita Williams-Garcia Jeff Zentner Angie Thomas Leigh Bardugo Happy listening! Xo, Yin PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word! --- If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page! --- Would you love to support our show with some 88 Cups of Tea swag? Grab our limited edition mug (signed by yours truly) here! --- Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your WIP, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things! You can really feel the love and support in our Facebook community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group! IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to have a clear profile picture of yourself. If not, send over links to either your Twitter or Instagram. And also fill out the 3 questions that pop up as soon as you join. To protect our group's safe space, these steps help us weed out any spam/fake profiles/creepers. Can't wait to meet you! --- Our website went through MAJOR changes. Check out our virtual headquarters by clicking here! --- Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here! --- Click on the following links to be brought to each author’s full interview on 88 Cups of Tea:  Jacqueline Woodson Victoria V.E. Schwab Rita Williams-Garcia Jeff Zentner Angie Thomas Leigh Bardugo


14 Sep 2017

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Rita Williams-Garcia: 2014 National Book Festival

National Book Festival 2014 Webcasts

Aug. 30, 2014. Rita Williams-Garcia appears at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Speaker Biography: Queens, N.Y., native Rita Williams-Garcia says, "Writing stories for young people is my passion and my mission." Recipient of the PEN/Norma Klein Award, Williams-Garcia is known for her works' realistic portrayal of teens of color. For her New York Times best-seller "One Crazy Summer," she won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, the Coretta Scott King Award and the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. In her latest Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel "P.S. Be Eleven," the sequel to "One Crazy Summer," character Delphine Gaither returns to Brooklyn with her family and tries to "be 11" while she can despite the changing circumstances and responsibilities around her. This historical fiction tells the story of three sisters growing up amid the backdrop of the Black Panthers, Vietnam War and the overall radical change of the 1960s. Williams-Garcia teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children & Young Adults Program. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6498


10 Nov 2014

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Rita Williams-Garcia: 2011 National Book Festival

National Book Festival 2011 Videos

Rita Williams-Garcia appears at the 2011 National Book Festival.Speaker Biography: In "One Crazy Summer," winner of the 2011 Coretta Scott King and Newbery Honor awards, Rita Williams-Garcia places her main character, Delphine, in Oakland, Calif., in 1968--a tumultuous period in American history. Nevertheless, Delphine triumphs over the adversity of having been abandoned by her mother seven years ago and being sent from her home in Brooklyn across the country to live. Williams-Garcia says, "I was born to write stories. When I'm not working, I'm daydreaming. Plotting out the next story. Listening to understand my character. Then I'll get excited because I learned something that I didn't know, and I start to write."For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5433.


27 Mar 2012