So thrilled and excited to learn that Hades Speaks: A Guide to the Underworld by the Greek God of the Dead made the the Young Adult Library Association's (YALSA) 2016 Quick Pick List for Reluctant Young Adult Readers in the nonfiction category. The list honors books the committee thinks teens "will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, … [Read more...] about HADES a YALSA Quick Pick!
I love being a docent at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Introducing kids to the world of ancient history is a great joy. Sometimes, being at the museum combines more than one awesome thing. Today was that kind of day. First I gave a tour to a bunch of wonderful sixth-grade boys. They and their schoolmates from two different schools had climbed onto a bus … [Read more...] about A Day at the Museum
The wonderful thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things. The most aggravating thing about researching history is that I’m always learning new things too late. I hate it when I find something new I could’ve used in my past books. For example, I recently learned that the Romans had a god of farts and BMs called (wait for it) CREPITUS! I would’ve … [Read more...] about Oh You Romans. From a God of Farts to Boiling Drinking Water, You Never Cease to Amaze!
I'd been--accidentally, I swear--the last person to deplane in Baton Rouge because I'd stayed to help a sweet old lady on crutches make it off the plane. (Hahahaha, NO. Actually, I'd been reading a book, waiting for the crush to disperse when I looked up and found the plane entirely empty and the stewardesses glaring at me). I shot out of my seat and and ran but no amount of … [Read more...] about The Day I Laughed With Cokie Roberts
Last week was pretty exciting--I was on a local TV show to talk about my latest book, held a storytelling event in honor of Hades, and started editing the next in the series, Thor Speaks! Here's the link to the interview: http://archive.11alive.com/atlanta_and_company_story.aspx?storyid=325308 I didn't tell anyone about my appearance because I didn't want to be nervous. … [Read more...] about TV Land, Hades and More