Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Interview with Exquisite Corpse Authors and Illustrators!

An Interview with NCBLA Exquisite Corpse Adventure Contributor, Author Shannon Hale!

Check out Episode 7 and Episode 19 of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure to read Shannon's fun contributions.

Award winning author Shannon Hale writes for young adults and adults. She began writing at age 10 and has never looked back. One of her graphic novels, Rapunzel's Revenge, co-authored with her husband, was an Al's Book Club for Kids selection on NBC's Today.

NCBLA asked Shannon the following questions:

Q- What did you find to be the most challenging aspect of writing an episode for The Exquisite Corpse Adventure?
A-"It's so hard to write your episode without knowing where the story will go. When writing my own book, I can rewrite the whole thing extensively to make sure all the parts work together, but with this kind of writing you have to write your little bit and then let it go."

Q- What were some of your favorite books when you were in elementary school?
A-"The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene, The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, The Blue Sword and Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, and Homecoming and Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt."

Q-What are you working on now? Do you have a new book coming out this year?
A-"I have two twin babies coming out this year! But no book release. Daisy Danger Brown probably won't be for a couple of years."

Look for Shannon's wonderful books at your favorite library and bookstore.

For more information on Shannon and her books, visit her website.

The Final Episode of The Exquisite Corpse Adventure Will Be Revealed at The National Book Festival on September 25th!

Join emcee Mary Brigid Barrett and Team Corpse authors and illustrators, M. T. Anderson, Timothy Basil Ering, Linda Sue Park, Katherine Paterson, and James Ransome for an hour of fun and surprises as they bring you the conclusion to the rollicking, episodic story The Exquisite Corpse Adventure.

Katherine Paterson, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will lead her colleagues in a reader's theatre presentation of Episode 27, the FINAL episode, to conclude this yearlong adventure that began at last year's National Book Festival.

Be sure to join us in the Children's Pavilion on the National Mall in Washington, D. C. at 10:00 AM sharp to be among the first to learn the fate of Nancy, Joe, and their friends!

Read more about this year's book festival on the LOC's 2010 Book Festival website.