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Renee Watson

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Episode QS44: Mahogany L. Browne + Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan (April 1, 2021)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Acclaimed YA authors Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan open for poet and Greenlight neighbor Mahogany L. Browne as she launches debut YA book, Chlorine Sky!  Hagan reads from her forthcoming Reckless, Glorious Girl and Watson reads from her forthcoming Love is a Revolution to set the stage for Browne's reading from Chlorine Sky.  All three authors then come together to talk about the power of friendship (as young girls the age of their books' protagonists, and as adult writers); flexing the different writing muscles of YA narrative and verse; and celebrating the ordinary beauties of girlhood and Blackness. (Recorded January 25, 2021)


1 Apr 2021

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Renee Watson discusses "Love is a Revolution"

Black Book Talk

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani's birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He's perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for...

4 Mar 2021

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Renee Watson, Portland-raised author, on her newest book

Beat Check with The Oregonian

Renee Watson grew up in Northeast Portland, and the acclaimed author and poet has built a sterling career putting the experiences of Black girls and women at the center — and on the cover — of books sold around the country.Amy Wang, the books columnist for The Oregonian and OregonLive, interviewed Watson for the latest episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian.They talked about Watson's newest book, Love is a Revolution; her writing process, how Watson, who splits time between Portland and New York City, has been unable to visit the Rose City since the pandemic hit, how she decides to create her characters, what other projects she has in store and much more.Watson is also the coauthor of the 2019 book “Watch us Rise,” and the second book in her middle-grade Ryan Hart series, which is set in Portland, comes out in April. She's received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. She's appearing, virtually, at Powell's Books March 3.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Feb 2021

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#ItsPersonal III 64 Renee Watson chats about family, Taboo and power of being seen

Its Personal Podcast

Renee Watson is a legend. Truly. She's been in the writing game for some time now and continues to produce amazing books for the world. In this podcast, she spends time talking about what it means to be the youngest of 5 and being raised by the community. She takes us on a walk down memory lane and shares with us painful memories of middle school and the experiences she faced during this time. At home, she likes to spend time beating her family in Taboo and Scrabble. I can only imaging playing scrabble vs Renee Watson! That would be big trouble. She also mentioned that she enjoys cooking Jamaica Food.Twitter: https://twitter.com/reneewauthorInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/harlemportlandWebsite: https://twitter.com/reneewauthorNEW BOOK: https://www.reneewatson.net/love-is-a-revolution


8 Feb 2021

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#13 "We're all born with an empty suitcase.. what are you going to fill it with?" - Renee Watson - Head of Explosions, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Curiosity expert

Win Building

Renee is awesome and has set up a couple of amazing companies. Parents (and uncles/auntys etc) - Check out https://curiosity-box.net/We speak about activating curiosity, science and Renee shares her thoughts on running a modern company and her somewhat unconventional and inspiring path to getting there.You can watch the video of the episode here: https://youtu.be/PdxsEjh0bBYThanks for listening!


2 Feb 2021

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Black Enough - Half a Moon (Renee Watson)


Reading of Half a Moon by Renee Watson ELA 103


21 Sep 2020

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This Side of Home by Renee Watson (Contemporary Fiction)

Books In the Middle Podcast

This Side of Home by Renee WatsonMaya and Nicki are named after two of their mother's favorite poets. And their father is a community activist, always helping somewhere and someone, many of them Maya and Nicki's friends. Maya has always loved her neighborhood, but over the last four or so years, there have been changes. Many that Nicki seems to embrace, but ones that have Maya concerned. After all, how does one feel when the white people who once fled an area, now decide it is okay to start putting up speciality shops and landlords who decide they don't want to rent anymore, but would rather sell a home that Maya's best friend Essence has lived in her whole life - just across the street?And how is Maya supposed to feel when Nicki befriends the new white family that moves into Essences' old home? But when Maya begins talking with Tony, a senior in her class is is part of that white family across the street, her conflicted feelings only grow as she realizes she really likes him. Recommended for grades 8 and up. 


22 Jun 2020

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Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Lit Society

Our first YA novel (!!!) tackles racial, economical, and social disparities between the connected members of one city. It follows Jade, a smart girl from a poor neighborhood, who attends high school with the children of Portland's upper-class families. She constantly struggles to find herself, her place, and her voice, in a world bent on ignoring her. She is on the brink of adulthood, trying to figure out who she is and who she can trust. Recommended by a friend, Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson transported us back to high school and made us reexamine the choices we made then, and the ones we're making now. Before dissecting the book, we get into the theme of the week — mentors. What makes a good mentor? How can we get the most from mentors in our life? Alexis shares some tips she's learned from heading a mentor program and offers secrets shared by the experts. We're growing up ya'll! ... Find Alexis and Kari online: Instagram — www.instagram.com/litsocietypod/; Twitter — twitter.com/litsocietypod; Facebook — www.facebook.com/LitSocietyPod/; and our website www.LitSocietyPod.com. Get in on the conversation by using #booksanddrama.

1hr 12mins

28 May 2020

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Bonus Interview with Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Book Club for Kids

Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan co-wrote "Watch Us Rise." They answer the two biggest questions: how do you collaborate with a friend without destroying the friendship? And what's the best snack for writing inspiration? Kitty Felde is host.


4 Mar 2020

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Bonus Interview with Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan

Book Club for Kids

Renee Watson and Ellen Hagan co-wrote "Watch Us Rise." They answer the two biggest questions: how do you collaborate with a friend without destroying the friendship? And what's the best snack for writing inspiration? Kitty Felde is host.


4 Mar 2020