Virginia Festival of the Book (Jason Reynolds, Laurie Halse Anderson, and more!) - Loving Every Minute

In this Unabridged podcast episode, we focus on our field trip to the Virginia Festival of the Book, held in Charlottesville, VA, from March 20-24. We offer our impressions of four sessions, including a dream conversation between Jason Reynolds and Laurie Halse Anderson and a serendipitous afternoon when we got to see the April Book Club Book authors Beth Macy (with Chris McGreal) and Jarrett Krosoczka in back-to-back sessions.

You can find out more information about the annual festival here.



*American Addictions: Our Opioids Crisis: 00:00 - 11:31

*Carol Troxell Reader: Jarrett Krosoczka: 11:31 - 17:51

*Hate / Speech: Confronting Discrimination with Free Expression: 17:51 - 29:07

*Writing Tough Topics with Laurie Halse Anderson and Jason Reynolds: 29:07 - 43:17

books mentioned from VA Festival of the Book Authors 

*Beth Macy's Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

*Chris McGreal's American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts 

*Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

*Arjun Sethi's American Hate: Survivors Speak Out

*Nadine Strossen's Hate Speech: Why We Should Resist it with Free Speech, Not Censorship

*Laurie Halse Anderson's Shout

*Jason Reynolds's Track series

other mentions 

*Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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