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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 • 141 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.

    Words Matter

    Words Matter

    Grace and Alvina discuss how words matter, including word choice, bias, and in what you do and do not say. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 46 min
    CHOP SUEY! Publishing news, First Times, Twitter and TikTok, and Book Recs!

    CHOP SUEY! Publishing news, First Times, Twitter and TikTok, and Book Recs!

    Grace and Alvina discuss publishing news, talk about the things they wish they could experience again for the first time, talk about Twitter and TikTok, and welcome Alison Morris's book recommendations. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Fail!

    Fail!

    Grace and Alvina discuss all the things they've failed at, and also some of the things they chosen to fail at in order to succeed at something else. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 41 min
    Race and ethnicity!

    Race and ethnicity!

    Grace and Alvina define race and ethnicity and talk about how race is a social construct, and how both identities have continued to shift over time. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 46 min
    Our Relationship With Food!

    Our Relationship With Food!

    Grace and Alvina are joined by Kidlit against AAPI racism auction winner Christina C. Wu, and they discuss their relationship with food, from childhood to now. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A conversation with Grace and Shannon Hale

    A conversation with Grace and Shannon Hale

    Grace and Alvina catch up on each other's lives and talk about the tragic mass murder in Atlanta and anti-Asian hate. Then they air a conversation between Grace and author Shannon Hale about empathy and the genderizing of children's books. See complete show notes at www.bookfriendsforever.com. Click here to become a Patreon member: https://www.patreon.com/Bookfriendsforever1

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

R E Scholl ,

A delightful and insightful podcast

I’ve been listening to Alvina and Grace’s weekly chats for about 6 months now, and I look forward to it every week! I enjoy learning new tidbits about the children’s book industry, but I have come to equally enjoy hearing about these two’s personal lives and opinions on just about everything under the sun. I feel like I’ve gained two new friends!

jeannieclimbs ,

Love this candid peek into the world of publishing (as well as a lovely friendship!)

Listening to this podcast is like pulling up your chair to join a couple of friends who love children’s literature as much as I do. I learn something from each episode and appreciate their honesty and kindness. BFF is my new favorite podcast to listen to in the car. Thank you Alvina & Grace!

LEAMST ,

warm and thoughtful conversations

A warm and thoughtful show with a focus on reading. I really enjoy getting to hear Grace and Alvina’s insightful conversations.

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