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James River Writers Podcast

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Welcome to James River Writers, an organization based in Richmond, VA, which builds community by connecting and inspiring writers and all those in central Virginia with a love for the written word. In this podcast, we interview writers, agents, editors, and others from the industry to learn their perspectives on the world of writing and publishing.

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Meet our guest: Marc Aronson has worked as an editor, publisher and author of books for younger readers for over 30 years. He earned his Ph.D in American History at NYU, won the first Robert Sibert medal from ALA for youth nonfiction,... more

Meet our guest: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan is a New York-based journalist and author of the international bestseller Sarong Party Girls, named one of Amazon ?Best Books of the Month? for July 2016. She also wrote A Tiger in the Kitchen,... more

Meet our Guest: Hank Phillippi Ryan is USA Today bestselling author of 12 mystery novels, Hank has also won multple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the... more

Meet our guest: Cherise Fisher Over the course of her twenty-five year career as an acquiring editor at Simon & Schuster and the Editor-in-Chief of Plume, Cherise Fisher has edited and published several bestselling and award-winning authors.... more

Meet our guest: Meg Medina is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of numerous works for children and teens, including Merci Suárez Changes Gears, which won the 2019 John D. Newbery medal. She serves on... more

Meet our guest: Eric Smith, Agent, is an author and literary agent from Philadelphia with a love for young adult books, literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and non-fiction. An agent with P.S. Literary, he's worked on award-winning and New... more

Meet our guest: Victoria Chrisopher Murray is a native New Yorker, Victoria Christopher Murray is the author of 30+ novels with Simon and Schuster. In addition, she is a five-time NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding... more

American author Padma Venkatraman lived in five countries, explored rainforests, and was chief scientist on oceanographic vessels. Her novels, A Time to Dance, Island's End and Climbing the Stairs, were released to multiple starred reviews... more

Meet our guest: Chris L. Terry was born in 1979 to an African-American father and Irish-American mother. His satirical novel Black Card is set in Richmond, Virginia and will be published by Catapult in August 2019. Terry's debut novel... more

Meet our guest: Marita Golden is the award-winning author of 17 works of fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent novel is The Wide Circumference of Love. As a cultural activist, she is the co-founder and President Emeritus of the Zora Neale... more