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Writing for All Ages with Lamar Giles

By BJ KICKS

May 30, 2024

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You guys know I’m a huge fan of the Dakota Universe. But Lamar Giles and Paris Alleyne’s Static: Up All Night nearly slipped out of my radar entirely. When I noticed my mistake, I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting, and it leapfrogged into my Top Books of 2023 list. Somehow, my video review landed on the screen of the man himself, so we set up this fun conversation.

Listen as we talk about Lamar’s lifelong love of reading, Middle Grades authors that inspired him, his exploration of genre fiction, and why diverse storytelling matters. Lamar’s next book, Ruin Roadhits the book market in September. After this talk, you’ll probably want to run to the nearest store and pre-order it.

About Lamar Giles

Lamar Giles is a well-published author and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. His most recent novels include NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE his first Contemporary Coming-of-Age Story (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) and Middle-Grade Fantasy THE LAST MIRROR ON THE LEFT (Versify/HMH), the sequel to his 2019 hit THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER.

Lamar is a three-time Edgar Award finalist in the YA category, for his debut YA thriller FAKE ID (HarperCollins, 2014), his second YA thriller, ENDANGERED (HarperCollins, 2015), and his MG fantasy, EPIC ELLISONS: COSMOS CAMP (Versify/HarperCollins, 2023). His third and fourth YA thrillers, OVERTURNED (Scholastic, 2017) and SPIN (Scholastic, 2019), as well as his middle-grade debut THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER received glowing New York Times reviews, and were named to multiple Best Of lists, including Time Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and Amazon.

Lamar is the editor of the We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology FRESH INK (Random House, 2018), and a contributor to many YA and middle-grade anthologies including THREE SIDES OF A HEART (HarperCollins, 2017), BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BEING YOUNG & BLACK IN AMERICA (HarperCollins / Balzer & Bray, 2019), THE HERO NEXT DOOR (Random House, 2019), HIS HIDEOUS HEART (Flatiron Books, 2019) and SUPER PUZZLETASTIC MYSTERIES (HarperCollins, 2020). He has published several short stories for adults. 

To learn more or find current offerings, visit http://lamargiles.com 

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