Faculty Spotlight: Grace Lin and Padma Venkatraman

Grace and Padma are co-leaders of our workshop Elements of Plot. By way of introduction…

Grace LinGrace Lin
Grace is a NY Times bestselling author/illustrator who won the Newbery Honor for Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and the Theodor Geisel Honor for Ling and Ting. Her most recent novel When the Sea Turned to Silver was a National Book Award Finalist. Grace is also a commentator for New England Public Radio, a reviewer for the NY Times, a video essayist for PBS NewsHour, and the speaker of the popular TEDx talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” In 2016, Grace’s art was displayed at the White House where Grace, herself, was recognized by President Obama’s office as a Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.

Most recent book: A Big Mooncake for Little Star:
A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Read a great interview with Grace on the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog.

Here’s an essay by Grace called “Why Couldn’t Snow White be Chinese?–Finding Identity Through Children’s Books.”

Follow Grace on Twitter.

Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman
Padma Venkatraman
Padma has lived in five countries, worked as chief scientist on oceanographic vessels, and even spent time scuba diving before becoming an author. Her latest novel, A Time to Dance, was released to five starred reviews and received numerous awards. Her two earlier novels, Island’s End and Climbing the Stairs, were also released to multiple starred reviews and honors. She has spoken at Harvard and other universities; provided commencement speeches at schools; participated on panels at venues such as the PEN World Voices Festival; and been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences and literary festivals.

Most recent book: A Time to Dance:
A Time to Dance

Watch this series of videos where Padma answers questions posed to her by young writers.

Read Padma’s blog post, Perfectly Plotted.

Visit Padma’s website.

Posted on: September 17, 2018