Interview with Margaret Shannon

Saturday, February 10, 2007.

The Red WolfJust One More Book! is a regular contributor to the online Children’s Literature Monthly Journal, The Edge of the Forest. This information-packed online resource includes book reviews, interviews, the latest news from the online children’s/YA literature community and much more.

Our monthly audio segment is called Sounds from the Forest.

This month, Mark speaks with author and illustrator Margaret Shannon about literary soup, the power of caring and the evolution of her darkly magical fairy tale, The Red Wolf.

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Comment by teri sloat

March 26, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

Thank you for such a great interview. You nailed some of my thoughts about us tip-toeing around the dark and grimy parts of life in our books. And I can’t wait for your next book.

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November 12, 2007 @ 2:05 am

[…] Andrea has also started a new podcast, Swimming in Literary Soup (”Serving a love of Reading and Life through Children’s Books”). “It is meant to provide monthly ramblings about clumps of related books. I haven’t been so good at the monthly part, but I’m working on it,” said Andrea, who is contributing this podcast as a segment of GNMParents (Grasshopper New Media), a multi-media channel featuring blogs, podcasts and video, “aiming to provide a full and rich content experience for parents at all stages of parenthood,” as their site puts it. “Swimming in Literary Soup was named,” Andrea told us, “in an attempt to describe the way that the books we read as children simmer and stew to become an almost 3-dimensional something that fills us, surrounds us and determines the way we perceive and relate to our world. Margaret Shannon used the term ‘literary soup’ to describe the blend of literary ingredients that our reading creates and I thought, ya, that’s just how I’ve pictured it: we’re swimming in literary soup!” Here’s a portion from Andrea’s “about” page at the site: I’ll share with you my thoughts on the quality and quantity of possible ingredients for brewing up delicious, nutritious, leave-them-begging-for-second-helpings-style Literary Soup. I will suggest combinations of books which I hope will inspire, engage, educate and entertain and practices that may nurture strong reading skills and a love of reading in our young swimmers so they’ll not only stay afloat but will enjoy the experience so much that they’ll eagerly continue to add wisely to their own soup as our window of influence diminishes. […]

Comment by Crissi Blair

August 27, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

Hi, great book, but you’ve got it listed as New Zealand and Margaret Shannon is Australian as far as I know, not NZ anyway.

Comment by Just One More Book!!

August 27, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

Hi Crissi,

Thanks for listening!

According to our research, Margaret Shannon was born in Adelaide, South Australia but lives near Nelson, New Zealand.

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