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Listen to Interview with Varian Johnson, Author of Young Adult Books for African Americans

Varian Johnson, author of Saving Maddie, was  a guest on the May 1 edition of KAZI Book Review at 12:30 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen to a podcast of the interview by clicking here: Varian Johnson Interview.

Varian Johnson

He is also the author of My Life as a Rhombus (2008) and A Red Polka Dot in a World Full of Plaid ( 2005). He was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina, and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering. Varian later attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Varian now lives in Austin, TX with his wife, Crystal, and is a member of SCBWI, the Writers’ League of Texas, and The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). Varian is also the co-founder of The Brown Bookshelf, an online community charged with highlighting established and up-and-coming African-American authors of children’s and young adult literature.

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  1. May 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Great interview, Hopeton. I agree with a lot of what Varian said about writing every day and the difficulties of publishing in today’s market. I do, however, take issue with his comment that technical writing isn’t real writing. I was a technical writer for years, and let me tell you, that’s some of the realest writing there is. Some of it’s even true. 🙂

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