7:00 KID LIT with Lisa Loeb is a half hour program for public radio celebrating the best in children’s literature. Hosted by Grammy-nominated singer and author Lisa Loeb, and produced by Peabody award-winner Ben Manilla, along with children’s literature blogger and expert Lee Wind, M.Ed., this show highlights the newest in children’s books covering book titles across various age groups and genres, as well as author interviews, technology features, award winners, librarian and bookstore favorites, and author-read book excerpts.
7:30 Artspeak Radio
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, winner of the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his short story collection, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. Named one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine, Sáenz is also the author bestselling bilingual children’s books, A Gift from Papá Diego, Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas, and A Perfect Season for Dreaming. His poetry collection, Calendars of Dust, won the American Book Award for poetry, and he was a finalist in the Lambda Literary Finalist for Gay Fiction.
Angela Cervantes is a poet and children’s writer. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications. She is one of the featured authors in Chicken Soup for the Latino Soul, a Latino-themed anthology that follows the successful Chicken Soup for the Souls series. Angela’s first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found, was published by Scholastic Press this past August. The School Library Journal says that Gaby, Lost and Found “humanizes the controversial issue of illegal immigration and paints an emotionally compelling story.” Kirkus review says that it is “A timely, touching and nuanced portrayal of real-life challenges experienced by children in mixed-status families.” Angela is currently at work on her second book.