EP22-There's No Glory in Easy with Kim Chaffee


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Author Kim Chaffee candidly discusses the inspiration for her incredible debut non-fiction picture book HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON, and how the experience has had a lasting impact on her life. Motivated by a deep dedication to health and family, Kim’s caring and humble spirit is demonstrated by the philanthropic organizations she has developed and participated in. Listeners will want to cheer Kim on as #ThisWriterRunsBoston in support of Switzer’s 261 Fearless.

About Kim Chaffee:

Former teacher, Kim Chaffee is the debut author of the epic non-fiction picture book HER FEARLESS RUN: KATHRINE SWITZER’S HISTORIC BOSTON MARATHON to be launched in April, 2019. While working on Kathrine Switzer’s story has taught Kim that running in magic and with each step comes strength. Kim is a cofounder of New in 19, a group of authors and illustrators with trade picture books debuting in 2019.

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EP21-Big Goals Require a Long-Term Mindset with Silvia Acevedo


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Author, reporter, and avid athlete, Silvia Acevedo, shares her passion for competitive speed skating, a sport she discovered as an adult. Silvia explores the diligence and devotion required to achieve personal and professional goals, on the ice and in all other aspects of life. She states that to crush lofty goals, an individual must own a daily commitment to work on them, little by little, each and every day.

About Silvia Acevedo:

Silvia Acevedo is a journalist and novelist. In her 20 years in news, she’s interviewed presidential candidates, covered national and international stories, and given breaking news reports for CNN and local TV and radio stations around the country. She’s guest hosted a television morning talk show featuring the lighter side of news on Milwaukee’s NBC station. Silvia currently freelances at various news publications and performs voice-over work.

All her years reporting objective fact enticed her to delve into her imagination in her off time. Ms. Acevedo brought fiction — particularly mythology — back into her life. Once she did, the gods of old pestered her until she relented to write about one in particular. The result is the God Awful series of books, starting with God Awful Loser, its sequel, God Awful Thief, and a final book on the way.

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EP04: The DNA of Rock Climbing with Kristin Lenz

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Deb explores Kristin’s love of nature, mountains, and the treacherous sport of rock climbing. It’s astounding to know that Kristin’s life-long passion for scaling the dangerously sheer edges of a mountainside inspired her award-winning novel The Art of Holding On and Letting Go. In this episode, Deb and Kristin engage in a deep-dive literary analysis of the novel and the inspiration that lies behind it.

About Kristin Lenz:

Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker from metro-Detroit who fell in love with the mountains when she moved to Georgia and California. Now she’s back in Detroit where she plots wilderness escapes and manages the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her debut young adult novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, was the 2016 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize winner, a 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection, and chosen for the 2017-2018 Great Lakes Great Books state-wide literature program. 


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