Anna Meriano, middle grade author
Ever wondered what you should do if your professor thinks you should write literary fiction, but you know you’re going to write something else? Today’s guest, Anna Meriano, talks about how much she appreciated that prof and also why choosing to disregard his suggestion was the best decision she could have made. Also, we investigate the weird and fascinating triple Venn diagram of the arts, people who speaks Spanish, and firefighters in Houston.
Suggested Reads and Honorable Mentions
Matilda by Roald Dahl
“Hot Dog, Katsa!” by Kristin Cashore on The Horn Book Inc.
Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning and others)
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
Club de Cuervos television show, available on Netflix
Kim’s Convenience television show from CBC, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime
miss translated poetry series by Elisa Chavez
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez (+ Anna’s essay on it called “Coco, the First Rule of Punk, and Every Mexican (American) Story Out There” on Nerdy Book Club)
Hurricane Child by Kheryn Callender
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
The School Story by Andrew Clements
And be sure to take a peek at CAKE Literary, founded and run by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle J. Clayton, and their books including Tiny Pretty Things, The Belles, The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, and others
Bonus for our Houston listeners: Stop by El Bolillo or 85C Bakery Cafe for all of your pastry needs!
We Also Discussed
This article from KPRC/iHeart Radio, “Houston Hires Poet After Laying Off Firefighters” by Ken Webster
Justin Cronin’s novels, including The Passage (he currently teaches a class on Narratives in Longer Fiction at Rice)
*A special thanks to Anna’s friends for pulling her away from a cheese plate at a party. It is because of you that the beautiful Love Sugar Magic books exist.