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Erin Cosyn

December To-Read Pile

November 4, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Things slow down a lot in the book world in December, after the glut of fall has passed, but there are still some great titles to look forward to as the solstice hits and we settle in for a long winter. Turn to these great titles to make it through the cold, dark days.

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Author Interview, Mary Downing Hahn, Part 3

October 8, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

In Part 3 of my interview with Mary Downing Hahn, the acclaimed children’s author shares her thoughts on the process of writing and how publishing has changed in the more than three decades she’s been writing. If you missed them, get caught up with Part 1 and Part 2. On the Process of Writing and […]

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Author Interview: Mary Downing Hahn, Part 2

October 7, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Enjoy Part 2 of my interview with acclaimed children’s author Mary Downing Hahn, in which I finally learned how my favorite childhood book, Wait Till Helen Comes, came to be. If you missed Part 1, On Childhood and Libraries, you can read it here.

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Author Interview: Mary Downing Hahn, Part 1

October 6, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

If you didn’t catch my story about reconnecting with my old library’s copy of Wait Till Helen Comes in preparation for interviewing my favorite childhood author, Mary Downing Hahn, you can read it here. I had the privilege of meeting Hahn at her home in Columbia, Maryland, where we talked for two hours and I could have easily listened to her for two more. With a sharp sense of humor, the 76-year-old Hahn quickly made me feel at ease, and we laughed often. She indulged my many questions and I have done my best to condense our lengthy conversation into digestible pieces for you here. Please enjoy all three parts, On Childhood and Libraries, On Writing Wait Till Helen Comes,and On the Process of Writing and Publishing.

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For the Love of a Book

September 15, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I read Mary Downing Hahn’s Wait Till Helen Comes. My elementary school librarian, Mrs. Kearney, recommended it to me and when I finished it that first time through I went back for more Mary Downing Hahn. But I loved none quite so much as Wait Till Helen Comes, that perennial favorite ghost story still in print nearly 30 years after it was first published. When, as an adult, I had the opportunity to meet Mary Downing Hahn, I knew I wanted that particular copy from my old elementary school library to take to her to sign. Memory is a funny thing and books—not just the words within them, but the specific combination of tree pulp and glue we’ve held in our hands—are sacred objects, and I wanted my copy, the one my small, eager hands had thumbed so many times, not a pristine version off the bookstore shelf with no yellowing pages, no cracked spine.

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The October To-Read Pile

September 2, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Oh, October, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. It seems almost unfair to all the other months to add the mania of new titles held onto all year for the coveted fall release. There are so many blockbusters coming out in October—Grisham, Picoult, Macomber, Stuart Woods, John Sandford—that I couldn’t possibly mention them all, so I’ll stick to a tiny handful of ones to watch for.

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Narrator Interview: Johnny Heller

August 26, 2014Erin Cosyn 0

Last week I talked with the Man of a Million Voices*, Johnny Heller. Named one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, Heller is a multiple Audie Award winner and all-around funny guy. Here, he gives us his expert insights on creating dozens of distinct character voices, some of his favorite projects out of the 500+ books he’s recorded, and what he does to annoy his girlfriend.

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