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Writers Changing Lives: A Chat with Hermés Piqué

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By Jennifer Baljko Kids love books. They love games, too. And they love books that feel like games, and games that feel like books. First-hand feedback from teachers and students in our programs in Africa prove that last statement true. Things like flash cards, spelling quizzes, world maps and anything else that complements the learning … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Kofi Okyere

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We started this series last spring to spotlight authors who believed in the same thing we do: Reading has the power to transform lives. Since then, we’ve been engaging with many authors and are happily surprised by their generosity and support. It’s great to see our author community expand, but often, too, we like to … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Chika Unigwe

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Worldreader recently spoke with Chika Unigwe, a Nigerian-born author now living in Belgium. We talked about the books she read as a child, writers who influenced her life, her early attempts at getting published, and the gift reading gives all of us. Here are excerpts of our Skype chat. WR: What book made you fall in … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Keith Thomson

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  Author Keith Thomson fell into writing novels in a roundabout way. Before he penned his bestselling thrillers Once a Spy and Twice A Spy, Keith was a semi-pro baseball player in France, an editorial cartoonist for Newsday, a filmmaker who won the Laura Napor Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and a screenwriter. He … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Holly Black

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Bestselling author Holly Black remembers exactly how she became a voracious reader. Although her parents often read to her books like Thomasina and Heidi, sheer annoyance motivated her to learn to read on her own before she started kindergarten. It bugged her that her parents could do something she couldn’t. “When I was very young, … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Sylvia Vardell

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  As our Director of Digital Publishing Elizabeth Wood pointed out, something’s caught our eye recently: Authors are so excited about Worldreader, they’re telling their friends about us. That’s how we met Sylvia Vardell, an author and professor at Texas Woman’s University School of Library & Information Studies. Her colleague, poet Janet Wong, made the introduction … Continue Reading →

Writers Changing Lives: A Chat With Cory Doctorow

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Worldreader recently talked to Cory Doctorow, a science fiction novelist, journalist, and co-editor of Boing Boing. Besides chatting about his Worldreader participation (he has donated his books Little Bother, For the Win, and Content), we also discussed the challenges developing countries face in accessing books. Frequently, the conversation circled back to copyright-related issues. That’s not … Continue Reading →