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On a Writer's Mind

Just in time for the inauguration.

Coming January 12, 2021.
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Joe Biden, President-elect

Actual book cover to come . . .

Whew! One huge step for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris--one tiny step for this author. My YA biography will be released by Aladdin (Simon & Schuster) in January. 

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Joe Biden, our 46th President--maybe

For Election 2000, I wrote biographies of George W. Bush and Al Gore. Only the winner was published. Read More 

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The McCain Moment

Now in print!

I wrote the first version of John McCain during the election campaign of 2008. Read More 

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From Donald Trump to Pope Francis

A couple of weeks ago I met a Russian photographer who had shot both Donald Trump (at a Miss Universe contest) and Pope Francis (at World Youth Day in Poland). I didn't ask him how they compared . . .
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Pope Francis,coming soon

Pope Francis: The People's Pope will be published on September 26, in Aladdin's Real-Life Stories biography series (Simon & Schuster).
I was thrilled and honored to write the story of this extraordinary boy from Buenos Aires, son of Italian immigrants, and his surprising life's journey to the Vatican.
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Early inspiration for Nelson Mandela: South African Revolutionary

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a copy of Nelson Mandela: South African Revolutionary to Ifeanyi Menkiti, a classmate of mine from Pomona College. I’d dedicated the book to him because back when I was an extremely naïve and inexperienced undergraduate, he was the first African (Nigerian) I met. Read More 
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Barack Obama,better than ever

Here comes a new, updated edition of my YA biography of our 44th president, now with timeline, index, and photos.
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A deeply informed imagination

I love listening to writers talking about how they work. I always learn something, and I get a kick out of hearing about other authors' quirks and tricks. (I have plenty of such quirks, myself.)
At the Millbrook Literary Festival last month, I listened to Bryan Bunch explaining how he did the research for Before Eureka: The Adventures of Young Archimedes, his YA historical novel  Read More 
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Honors for Friends of Liberty

I'd like to share some good news! My historical novel about the Boston Tea Party has won some modest awards:
The Carol Otis Hurst Book Prize
The Paterson Prize for Books for Young People
Bank Street College Best Children's Books
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