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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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My inner child will not be denied.
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Never! LOL. Looks like messy fun.
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Roundup: a model for author success, rejecting rejection, writing tips, reading recs, the multicultural myth & much more!
Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith for Cynsations Christian Slater, Annie Hall, Rejection, and Me (Not Necessarily in That Order) by Shawn K. Stout from the Writing Barn. Peek: "That feeling, right there. Do you know the one? ...
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What fun to chat with The Horn Book about creepy cuisine, werecats and the species of shape-shifter I'd love to be!
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At the Texas Library Association conference with fellow +Candlewick Press author +Elizabeth Bluemle.
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Betty X. Davis is one of SCBWI Austin's founding members. Betty is age 99, plays tennis (every week) and +Scrabble Games against herself (she says "it's always a close match"). Thanks to Meredith Davis for this celebratory interview! See: http://austin.scbwi.org/2014/02/27/interview-with-betty-davis/
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Save the date! +Varian Johnson +Jennifer Ziegler & +Greg Leitich Smith launch their new middle grade novels at 2 p.m. June 14 at BookPeople in Austin.
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That's phenomenal. Congrats to them all and I wish them crazy success.
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Peek from Readergirlz: "In conjunction with Support Teen Literature Day, top young adult authors, editors, teen lit advocates, and readers will 'Rock the Drop' by leaving their books in public places for new readers to discover and enjoy." See: http://cynthialeitichsmith.blogspot.com/2014/04/readergirlz-support-teen-literature-day.html
By Melissa Walker of readergirlz for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations In conjunction with Support Teen Literature Day, top young adult authors, editors, teen lit advocates, and readers will “Rock the Drop” by leaving their...
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As someone who's been on both sides of the equation, this strikes me as a smart, frank post on book blurbs (or quotes).
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"Young people from ages 10 to 18 represent 13.6% of the U.S. population, according to the 2012 Census. More than 16% are African-American, 12.2% are Asian-American and 17.7% are Hispanic." Note: I'm honored to be mentioned in such distinguished company.
Despite the growing diversity of American youth, there is a lack of representation in young adult literature.
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"Native people have had to deal for decades with stereotyping. Thanks to mass media, it seems as if every non-Native person from the 19th century to today has an idea of what a 'real' Indian looks like."
By Joseph Bruchac for Cynthia Leitich Smith's Cynsations You don’t look like an Indian. Ever heard anyone say that? It’s a safe bet that you have if you’re a contemporary Native American. Or, as my friends in Canada put it, a...
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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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Female