99 episodes

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

Book Friends Forever Podcast Alvina and Grace

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 168 Ratings

Children's book publishing’s secrets are revealed as we listen in on fascinating, unguarded, insider discussion from two uniquely qualified best friends: award-winning author/illustrator Grace Lin, and one of NYC’s top editors, Alvina Ling. Go behind the scenes of kid lit and catch a glimpse of the lives of the best-selling author and editor, and the relationship between them.

    Episode 159: ALA Annual 2022 Prep!

    Episode 159: ALA Annual 2022 Prep!

    Grace and Alvina talk about everything they need to do to prepare to attend ALA Annual, where Grace will be accepting the Legacy Award! See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 44 min
    Editorial Assistance with Ruayyah Daud

    Editorial Assistance with Ruayyah Daud

    Grace and Alvina welcome special guest Ruqayyah Daud, Associate Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. They discuss what is entailed in terms of assisting and how things have changed since Alvina was an assistant. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Processing loss and gun culture

    Processing loss and gun culture

    Grace and Alvina discuss the Uvalde mass shooting and talk about how to process loss, the history of gun culture, and how to work towards preventing future mass shootings. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 156: Taiwanese identity!

    Episode 156: Taiwanese identity!

    Grace and Alvina touch on some recent mass shootings, including the shooting at a Taiwanese Church in Orange County, CA, and talk about Taiwanese identity, including the history of Taiwan. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 57 min
    CHOP SUEY: Model Minority, Barnes & Noble, and Embarrassing Our Child Selves

    CHOP SUEY: Model Minority, Barnes & Noble, and Embarrassing Our Child Selves

    Grace and Alvina talk about the term "model minority" and how Asian Americans are depicted in children's literature, they discuss the revolution of Barnes & Noble, and also talk about what parts of their lives now would their child selves be embarassed by. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 59 min
    Music!

    Music!

    Grace and Alvina talk about all things music, including their first concerts, their relationship with music as children, and music books. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
168 Ratings

168 Ratings

Nivra_s ,

a world-wide tea-talk for anyone interested in books

Love this podcast. Fun, creative, informative, friendly, relatable and updated on issues that is and will be affecting the world of books.

Aixa 🇦🇷 ,

Found a Friend

I really enjoy this podcast as an aspiring BIPOC picture book writer and illustrator. It makes me feel like I’m enjoying a cup of tea with very well informed friends while getting the inside scoop on the Kidlit publishing industry. I love the way Alvina & Grace make each other laugh and share their personal journeys, joys, accomplishments & even their failures and insecurities as professional women of color. I encourage all my writer & illustrator friends to listen, learn and read the books they talk about. There’s so much to learn!

Fwdlib ,

I want to be friends with these friends!

I recommended this podcast to my best friend, and chuckle sometimes because I feel like if we were an author/illustrator and editor friendship pair, then we would have similar discussions. I appreciate how vulnerable and honest Grace Lin and Alvina Ling are in these episodes, and how they give insight into the publishing world.

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