July 13, 2021

A Sitting in St. James with Rita Williams-Garcia

A Sitting in St. James with Rita Williams-Garcia
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Audra Russell chats with author Rita Williams-Garcia.

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor Book, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. The two sequels, P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama, were both Coretta Scott King Author Award winners and ALA Notable Children's Books. 

Her novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, was a National Book Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award finalist and winner of the NAACP Image Award for Youth/Teen Literature. Rita is also the author of five other distinguished novels for young adults: Jumped, a National Book Award finalist; No Laughter Here, Every Time a Rainbow Dies (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book), Fast Talk on a Slow Track (all ALA Best Books for Young Adults); and Blue Tights. Her latest book is A Sitting in St. James.

Rita Williams-Garcia lives in Jamaica, New York, with her husband and two adult daughters. You can visit her online at

In this episode, Rita and I take a thoughtful and hilarious dive into her latest book, A Sitting in St. James.

So grab your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy!

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