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May 4, 2019

Author Stacey Lee chats about the books that influenced her life and career, from the controversial children’s classic readers love (or hate) to the first book she ever read with a character who shared her Chinese-American background. Stacey and our host discuss some controversial questions, such as: will Disney ever make a fairy tale movie with a dark ending? And: does seeing an award sticker on a book cover make you want to pick up a book or run away from it?

Stacey Lee is an award-winning author of historical and contemporary young adult fiction including the books Under a Painted Sky and Outrun the Moon. A native of Southern California, a fourth-generation Chinese American, and a former lawyer, she is one of the founders of We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit that promotes diversity in children’s literature and publishing. Her fourth novel, The Downstairs Girl, comes out on August 13th.