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Cynthia Leitich Smith
Works at children's-YA literature
Attended University of Michigan Law School
Lived in Austin, Texas
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"I find it maddening when people assume that the relative silence around sex in times past somehow amounted to a magical chastity or innocence among teens." - Ashley Hope Pérez & +Andrew Karre (now of +Penguin Random House) talk about book covers, challenging YA lit boundaries, what happens in the woods of East Texas, and the author-editor collaboration that made Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab) possible. See: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/cover-reveal-interview-author-ashley.html
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Austin YALit Fans! Join Texas author +Mari Mancusi & TXLA Lonestar author +Diana Peterfreund at 6:30 PM Weds at the Book Spot in Round Rock!
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Soak in the cuteness! I'm delighted by the release of What This Story Needs Is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virján +HarperChildrens  Her book launch party will be at 3 PM at +BookPeopleAustin in ‪#‎Austin‬. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlSYVC17uc0
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#‎Austin‬! Check out the We Need Diverse Books Meet & Greet 4:30-6PM Sun. May 17 at The Writing Barn http://www.thewritingbarn.com/we-need-diverse-books-meet-g…/ Follows the Author Panel at 1 PM that same day and free writing workshop to follow at BookPeople : http://www.bookpeople.com/event/we-need-diverse-books-ya-author-panel
Join us Sunday, May 17th, 4:30- 6:00 PM at The Writing Barn for a Meet & Greet with We Need Diverse Books! Mix and mingle with authors who offer diverse voices to the literary community and those who support them. Light snacks and beverages will be served. This event is FREE; please RSVP HERE. We … Continue reading »
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"Julia didn’t find her true passion until she was almost forty. She worked hard at all the other jobs she had, but it took a long time to find the job that didn’t feel like work. I worry that today’s kids are pressured to excel at such a young age. I hope Julia’s experience speaks to them, as well." -- @Erin H (with Joanna Gorham): http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/interview-author-erin-hagar-illustrator.html +duopress 
By Erin Hagar & Joanna Gorham For Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations Julia Child: An Extraordinary Life in Words and Pictures is by Erin Hagar and illustrated by Joanna Gorham (Duopress, 2015). From the promotional copy: Juli...
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The 96th annual Children's Book Week is here! We're celebrating with #storylines, a series of inspiring and uplifting quotations from children's literature new and old! The series will run through Children's Book Week (now until May 10) here on the CBC website and Twitter.
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"I managed to get in a bit of a feminist message, making my book a little different from most of the stereotypical 'girl' dress up books out there. My main character in Dress Me! explores who she can be instead of how pretty she can be." +Sarah Frances Hardy on writing a companion picture book (and/or reinventing a picture book approach): http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/guest-post-giveaway-sarah-frances-hardy.html
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"My Ph.D. in clinical psychology helps quite a bit when exploring character motivation but isn’t so useful when I need to know how a planet’s distance from the moon impacts its rotation speed. So how does a writer incorporate scientific aspects into their fiction?" -- Kristi Helvig​ See: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/guest-post-kristi-helvig-on.html
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Hear clips from Eva & Annie’s #KissingInAmerica road trip & enter to win prizes from each stop: http://kissinginamerica.com/ via +HarperAudio  #yalit  
Click the push pins on the map to listen to excerpts from Eva and Annie’s road trip from New York City to Los Angeles (and everything in between) in Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America. When you arrive in Los Angeles, enter to win a prize pack with souvenirs from each stop.
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"I had a big jumble of scenes and plots in no particular order, which led to a lot of sorting and finessing after the first couple of drafts. Hence the Big Plot Wall, or what was affectionately known in my apartment as the Serial Killer Wall, named after the obsessive charts you see on TV in the homes of serial killers and those who hunt them." --  Maggie Lehrman; see: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/new-voice-giveaway-maggie-lehrman-on.html
By Cynthia Leitich Smith for Cynsations Maggie Lehrman is the first-time author of The Cost of All Things (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2015). From the promotional copy: What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish yo...
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"The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. In addition to showcasing exemplary Mexican American children’s and young adult literature, the program strives to share examples of powerful ways to engage young people in culturally responsive teaching and learning with the award winning literature." See information on conference, literature fair, and participating authors & illustrators: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-tomas-rivera-book-award-to.html
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Cakelustrator +Akiko White celebrating Anywhere But Paradise by Anne Bustard (Egmont/Lerner, 2015)! Yes, it's a cake!
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Occupation
children's-YA book author, speaker, writing teacher
Employment
  • children's-YA literature
    author-speaker-teacher-blogger, 1998 - present
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Previously
Austin, Texas
Story
Tagline
New York Times best-selling author of books for young readers
Introduction
New York Times & Publishers Weekly bestselling author of fiction for young readers. The Tantalize and Feral series for YAs, books like Jingle Dancer for kids. Graphic novelist. Represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd. Fond of cats, comics & cocoa.
Bragging rights
Austin SCBWI, Writers' League of Texas, member of the VCFA community
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School
    law, 1991 - 1994
  • University of Kansas
    Journalism, 1986 - 1990
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Gender
Female