Cynsational News & Links

Tricycle Press and Susan Taylor Brown invite you to join them as they celebrate the release of Susan’s debut novel, Hugging the Rock (PDF excerpt). Books Inc., 301 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27. Hear a reading from the book and meet the author. Drinks and snacks will be provided. What’s a Rock? A rock is someone who loves you no matter what, someone who helps you find your inner strength when you feel like everything around you is crumbling. Who’s Your Rock? Bring your rock and be entered to win an autographed copy of Hugging the Rock. Read a recent Cynsations interview with Susan Taylor Brown.

Interview with author-illustrator Amelia Lau Carling, whose books include Mama and Papa Have a Store/Alfombras de Asserín (both Groundwood, 2005) interview with author-illustrator, René Colato Laínez, whose books include I Am René, the Boy/Soy René, el niño, illustrated by Fabiola Graullera Ramirez (Piñata Books, 2005), both by Aline Pereira from papertigers. View an art gallery from Lela Torres. See also “Bilingual Storytime: 10 Best Books to Read to a Young Audience” by Ana-Elba Pavon and “Wisdom and Heritage: Stories about Grandparents and their Grandchildren” by Aline Pereira.

Sarah Beth Durst: official site of the debut author of Into the Wild (Razorbill, 2007). Sarah is based in Stony Brook, New York. See also Sarah’s Journal.

The next YA Authors Cafe will be Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST, 7:30 p.m. CST, and 5:30 Pacific. The topic of the chat is “Secrets of YA Lit: Grabbing Teen Readers” and our panel of young adult authors will be Robin Merrow MacCready, author of Buried (Dutton, 2006), Mary Beth Miller, author of On the Head of a Pin (Dutton, 2006)(excerpt), and Laurie Faria Stolarz, author of Bleed (Hyperion, 2006)(author interview). All YA Authors Cafe chats are held Tuesday evenings at

Cynsations has a reputation as a source of author/illustrator interviews, but we talk to other industry professionals as well. If you missed them the first time around, here are those links:


Agent Interview: Gabriella Ambrosioni from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna. Gabriella is based in Italy.

Agent Interview: Rosemary Canter of PDF from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna. PDF is “one of Europe’s leading literary and talent agencies.” Rosemary is based in London.

Agent Interview: Costanza Fabbri of Gabriella Ambrosioni Literary Agency from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna. The agency represents authors, illustrators, publishers and other agents for foreign rights.

Agent Interview: Barry Goldblatt from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna. Barry represents children’s-YA authors and is based in the United States.

Agent Interview: Rosemary Stimola from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna. Rosemary represents children’s-YA authors and author-illustrators. She’s based in the United States.


Attorney Interview: Aimée Bissonette on Law & Publishing from Cynsations.


Publicist Interview: Aimée Bissonette of Winding Oak from Cynsations.

Publicist Interview: Rebecca Grose of SoCal Public Relations from Cynsations.
Publicist Interview: Susan Salzman Raab of Raab Associates from Cynsations. Editors and Publishers

Editor Interview: Victoria Arms of Bloomsbury USA from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna.

Editorial Director Interview: Shannon Barefield of Carolrhoda Books from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna.

Editor Interview: Nancy Feresten of National Geographic Children’s Books from Cynsations.

Publisher Interview: Miriam Hees on Blooming Tree Press from Cynsations.

Publishing Director Interview: Anne McNeil of Hodder Children’s Books (UK) from Cynsations and SCBWI Bologna.
Editor Interview: Stacy Whitman of Mirrorstone Books (an imprint of Wizards of the Coast) from Cynsations.