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Apr 23, 2020

Librarian Natalie McCall talks with Nina LaCour, the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels: We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. Born and raised in the East Bay, Nina received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and an MFA in Creative Writing at Mills College. Her graduate thesis became her first novel, Hold Still, which received a William C. Morris honor from the American Library Association.

Before the terms, “social distancing” and “shelter-in-place” were part of our daily vocabulary and experience, Natalie and Nina met in the Library’s cozy, purple-walled recording booth and chatted over a small stack of books that impacted Nina’s life as a child, teenager, young woman, and burgeoning writer. They talk about why adults should read picture books for their own pleasure (and edification), whether children should be protected from certain content in the books they read, and the beauty of relating to a character in a book who is outwardly different than you in every way.