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Steven Malk: Lit Agent, Advocate, Champion
Beyond the Flap

Steven Malk: Lit Agent, Advocate, Champion

by Naomi Krueger

Children’s literary agent Steven Malk recently made headlines for snagging a 72-hour debut book deal for a new client, but this longtime book lover believes in championing authors and illustrators for the long haul. Together, they foster a love of reading and put good books into the world for kids to read. His passion for books began as a child in South Africa and teen in California, in his grandmother’s and parents’ bookstores. […]

Terri Peterson Smith: Book-Lover Getaways
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Terri Peterson Smith: Book-Lover Getaways

by Meagan Frank

A poster-sized photo of ten women holding a book marks the RV transporting Terri Peterson Smith’s book club to the memorable “lit trip” that inspired her to bring together her love of books and travel in a meaningful way. Beginning in Boston and traveling west to Santa Monica, Terri’s book Off the Beaten Page shares itineraries and book lists for fifteen spots across the US, where book lovers can get away and enhance their reading experience. […]

Julia Dinsmore: Poetically Bridging Class Divides
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Julia Dinsmore: Poetically Bridging Class Divides

by Naomi Krueger

The causes of poverty are as complex as they are diverse and simultaneously personal and systemic. Many books have been written about people in poverty, but not many have been written by people in poverty. Poet, singer, and educator Julia Dinsmore, still working to overcome poverty’s challenges, hopes to transform others’ view of people experiencing poverty, through her personal story and her book, My Name is Child of God . . . Not “Those People.” […]