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Jen Doll
Photo by Sarah Shatz

Photo by Sarah Shatz

In the 17th episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with Jen Doll about Sassy magazine, writing and reading advice columns, and her freelance writing career.

Jen is the author of a memoir, Save the Date, a YA novel, Unclaimed Baggage, which is currently being adapted for television. She also has an advice column for WeWork, writes for many publications and is working on her second novel.

Find Jen on Twitter: @thisisjendoll and Instagram: @thisisjendoll. Her website is JenDoll.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Taffy Brodesser-Akner profile in Cosmopolitan by Jen Ortiz

A response to the Taffy profile in Longreads by Soraya Roberts

Roxane Gay’s WealthSimple essay

Sassy Magazine

Scholastic Awards

Jen’s work space

Reader’s Digest

Ella Dawson’s tweet about Jen’s Harper’s story

Why Does It Feel Like Everyone Has More Money Than You? by Jen Doll in Harpers Bazaar

Abigail Disney Has More Money Than She’ll Ever Spend by Sarah McVeigh

Make Art, Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career by Elizabeth Hyde Stevens

WeWork column

The Real Ramona by Sarah Jaffe

A Girl from Yamhill by Beverly Cleary

Dear Prudence 

Dear Sugar / Cheryl Strayed


 
Kathryn Benson
Leda Hoffmann
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In the 16th episode of Truer Words, Kathryn talks with Leda Hoffmann about directing theater, the perks and downfalls of freelancing, and niche museums in Texas.

Leda is the artistic director of the Strawdog Theatre Company  in Chicago.

Find Leda on Twitter: @ledahoffmann and Instagram: @ledahoffmann. Her website is ledahoffmann.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani, and Winston Nshona

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn

Hadestown

Hadestown director Rachel Chavkin’s Tony speech

The Cat in the Hat

Texas Ranger Museum

New London Texas School Explosion Museum

Stuff You Missed in History Class about the New London Texas School Explosion


 
Kathryn Benson
Molly Backes
Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

Molly and Alfie in their Tulsa Artist Fellowship office

In the 15th episode of Truer Words, we talk with Molly Backes about fellowship programs, writing in the midwest, and her Twitter-famous dog, Alfie.

Molly is the author of THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA and a 2019 Tulsa Artists fellow.

Find Molly on Twitter: @mollybackes. Her website is mollybackes.com.

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

Alliance of Artist Communities

Books are Magic

Little Manhattan

Tirzah Price

Rural YA

School segregation in NYC in the New York Times

George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa art article in the New York Times

Wisconsin art fellowship

Cornell College fellowship

Route 66 Museum

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure by Dottie Raymer

Ragdale Foundation residency for artists

The Time-Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

“Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”- Flannery O’Conner, from Mysteries and Manners: Occasional Prose

Iowa almond milk tweet story

Field of Dreams

Iowa Writers’ Workshop

NaNoWriMo

Candlewick Press

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Alex Awards for adult books with YA crossover appeal

Linda Holmes


Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly’s Route 66 Adventure

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly visits Tulsa

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

Molly arrives in Oklahoma

 
Kathryn Benson
Robin Benway
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Robin is the National Book Award-winning author of FAR FROM THE TREE, as well as: EMMY & OLIVER, ALSO KNOWN AS, GOING ROGUE, THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, AND JUNE and AUDREY, WAIT!

Find Robin on Twitter: @robinbenway and Instagram: @robinbenway. Her website is robinbenway.com

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Show Notes:

Books, authors, movies, TV, specials, and other media or institutions mentioned include:

The Confusion of Laurel Graham by Adrienne Kisner

Dear Rachel Maddow by Adrienne Kisner

Rachel Cohn

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

David Levithan

Holly Black

Baby-Sitters Club

Sweet Valley High

Ramona books by Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary

Mitch and Amy by Beverly Cleary

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary

Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary

Bianca Turetsky

Baby-Sitters Club Netflix reboot

Lucia Aniello Architectural Digest story

Lucia Aniello

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn

Audrey, Wait! by Robin

Katy Perry The Movie: Part of Me by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz

It Might Get Loud by Davis Guggenheim

Paul McCartney: The Love We Make by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan

Blackbird by Paul McCartney

Heartbreaker by Mariah Carey

Los Lobos

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin

Going Rogue by Robin

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The Quibbler podcast

Emmy & Oliver

Far From the Tree

Cosmic Love - Florence and the Machine

National Book Foundation / National Book Awards

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Lisa Kudrow interview on Nerdist

Meg Medina

Noah Centineo

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone

Taylor Swift

Pitchfork

The Ripped Bodice

Sarah McLean

Meg Cabot

Judy Blume

Samantha Bee

Wifey by Judy Blume

Tavi Gevinson

Julie Klausner

Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself by Judy Blume

Forever … by Judy Blume

Hasan Minhaj

Molly Ringwald

Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

Bright Lights by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens

Becky Albertalli

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson (Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin)

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in High Country by Pam Houston

Stevie Nicks

Five Seconds of Summer

Shrill

Salt Fat Acid Heat

Amy Spalding

 
Kathryn Benson
Jessie Janowitz
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In the 12th episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks with author Jessie Janowitz about writing middle grade fiction that readers can curl up with, and empowering kids through entrepreneurship.

Jessie is the author of the middle grade novels THE DOUGHNUT FIX and THE DOUGHNUT KING.

Find Jessie on Twitter: @jessiejanowitz and Instagram: @janowitzjessie. Her website is jessiejanowitz.com.

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Show Notes:

The Baby-Sitters’ Club

Glazed Over Donuts in Beacon, NY

Wassaic Project

Dave’s Cosmic Subs

Joyce Carol Oates

Toni Morrison

Russell Banks

Beverly Cleary

Harry Potter

Meg Cabot

Fulbright Scholarship

Norma Klein

You’re Wrong About . . . podcast Preppy Murder episode

SCBWI - Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You the Sun

R.J. Julia bookstore in Connecticut

The Bookworm bookstore in Omaha

The Bookmark Shoppe bookstore in Brooklyn

The King’s English bookstore in Salt Lake City

There There by Tommy Orange

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Killing Eve

 
Kathryn Benson