In this podcast, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager brings you intimate, entertaining, and revealing conversations with her favorite writers. Hear from authors as they share their creative process, their love of books, and what inspires them to share their stories with the world. Join Jenna as she continues her mission to connect readers, create conversations and share her love of reading. Follow ‘Read with Jenna’ for new episodes every week.
Mo Willems: "My Books Are an Invitation to Be Creative"
Author and illustrator Mo Willems talks to Joe Fryer about 20 years of his "Pigeon" book series, and how he hopes his stories inspire play and imagination in children. Up next for Willems? An opera.
Dateline presents: Mortal Sin
As a bonus for you, we’re sharing the trailer for Mortal Sin, an all-new original podcast series from Dateline.
Dawn and Nick Hacheney are the perfect couple: spiritual, loving, and devoted to the church where Nick is a pastor. When Dawn is killed in a house fire the day after Christmas, the pastor and his flock are devastated. What few knew at the time was the dark prophecy that foretold it. In Dateline’s latest original podcast series, Josh Mankiewicz tells a twisted tale about sex, lies, religion…and murder.
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Steven Rowley: “Inspired by a Very Real Love Story”
While New York Times bestselling author Steven Rowley writes about life and love with heart and humor in his novels, his own real life romance is one for the books. Rowley joins Jenna Bush Hager to talk about his latest book “The Celebrants,” a recent Read with Jenna pick, and why he believes all parts of life — the happy, the sad, the messy and the beautiful — are worth celebrating. The two are joined by Rowley’s husband and author of “Big Gay Wedding”, Byron Lane, to discuss the couple's beautiful love story, one as romantic and inspiring as the stories you’ll find in the pages of their books.
Helen Ellis: “Marriage Is Play”
Essayist Helen Ellis joins Jenna Bush Hager to talk about the secrets to a successful long-term relationship, drawing from Ellis’ newest release, “Kiss Me in the Coral Lounge: Intimate Confessions from a Happy Marriage".
Kate DiCamillo: "I Learned to Live in My Imagination”
Kate DiCamillo didn’t let 473 rejection letters stop her. The author fills Jenna Bush Hager in on her journey to becoming the bestselling children’s book author behind stories like “Because of Winn Dixie” and “Mercy Watson.”
R.L. Stine: "I Never Planned to Be Scary ... I Was Always Funny"
R.L. Stine sits down with Jenna Bush Hager to discuss his popular “Goosebumps” series and how his spooky stories have impacted young readers around the world.
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