It’s safe to say that YA author Michael Grant is opinionated. On this edition of the Intersect Podcast we talk with Michael about, among other things, his thoughts on social media and whether or not higher education is important. And of course we dig into his bestselling YA series, GONE.
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Producer Albie Hecht has been nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. While running Nickelodeon Albie helped create such iconic shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Blues Clues. On the Intersect Podcast we talk with Albie about why he’s always looking for what’s next in traditional and multimedia.
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This week on the Intersect Podcast we talk to YA author, Lauren Oliver, from London. Lauren Oliver had her first novel, Before I Fall, published in 2010. Since then she’s been busy writing two more middle grade books and another YA trilogy. On the podcast Lauren discusses growing up in a creative family, working on the subway, her perfect day, her new MG book “The Spindlers”, and the adventurous life of a writer.
Best-selling author Carman launches a new series in a dystopian civilization that has its roots in today’s United States.
It’s 2051, and global warming has wreaked havoc around the world. Most of America’s remaining population has moved into one of the two remaining States, where life is stringently controlled and people are kept amused by whatever latest entertainment is available on their ever-present Tablets. Outside the States, life is freer, but even there, kids like Faith Daniels still have to go to school, despite shrinking student populations. On her own, she clings to her friendship with Liz while wondering what it would be like to have a boyfriend like Wade Quinn. She soon finds out that both Wade and his sister Clara are dangerous. When Liz and her family move into the Western State, Faith is even more alone, except for Hawk, a genius hacker, and Dylan, who can not only move things with his mind, but ward off almost all threats to his body. Faith has this extra “pulse” as well…if only Dylan can train her to use it in time. The third-person narration shifts from one character’s perspective to another in short, colloquial chapters, keeping the pace swift from the beginning. Carman’s grounding of his dystopia in this recognizable near-future makes it highly believable.
The successful mix of suspense and romance combines with unexpected twists to keep readers engrossed from the start and begging for more. (Dystopian romance. 13 & up)
We had a fantastic time talking all about where animation has been and where it’s going, and what it’s like to direct animation.
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Once in a while a day shows up in which a brand new journey begins. Like the day when we start writing that new book. Or the day we started work on a brand new everlasting Gobstopper. Or the day we start, from the first show, watching all 121 episodes of LOST.
Beginnings are exciting, and today marks the start of the Intersect Podcast, something my friend Jeremy Gonzalez and I have been cooking up for about a year. We LOVE every aspect of storytelling and every kind of story, and we’re especially interested in how stories evolve. The show points a wide angle lens at how stories are made, who makes them, and the formats people find them in.
Our guests are novelists, screenplay writers, teleplay writers, directors, producers, editors, agents, and managers who create or help create novels, picture books, comic books, animation, television, and movies.
And we don’t just scratch the surface. We’re curious guys having in depth, entertaining conversations with the people who make stories happen.
If you’re a creator of stories in any format, or a fan of books, TV and movies, this is where your tribe meets!
We start at the beginning – with the beloved picture book – and the extraordinary David Shannon.
Come on, let’s go!
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