Young readers will get the chance to listen to their favorite writers discuss the young adult book scene, thanks to a new podcast from Penguin Teen.
The publisher launched “We Are YA,” a podcast hosted by journalist Anna Borges, on Thursday. The show’s inaugural episode features an interview with Gabby Rivera, author of the just-released Juliet Takes a Breath.
“I'm a journalist who also happens to be obsessed with YA, so getting to dive into the tough stuff with the brilliant authors of the community was not a chance I was about to pass up,” Borges said in a news release. “Plus, there are so many important conversations happening on social media about YA right now, and authors need a space to weigh in without worrying about sticking to a character count.”
A new episode of the podcast will be posted weekly through October. YA fans can listen to the show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor.
We Are YA is here! Our brand new podcast in which we go beyond 280 characters and talk about the complexity of YA books. In our first episode, host @annabroges talks to @quirkyrican about Finding Joy - listen here: https://t.co/At0D7oyH6n pic.twitter.com/gePs9VVd29— Penguin Teen (@PenguinTeen) September 19, 2019
Upcoming guests scheduled to appear on “We Are YA” include Akila Hughes (Obviously), Nina LaCour (We Are Okay), Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful), Kat Cho (Wicked Fox), Amanda Joy (A River of Royal Blood) and Laurie Halse Anderson (SHOUT). The show will cover topics including social media, mental health, sex and the #OwnVoices movement.
Penguin Random House digital marketing director Alex Gaber said the podcast will provide “a platform for real, nuanced conversations and the freedom to explore sensitive topics.”
“YA books are longer than 280 characters,” Gaber said. “Conversations about YA should be too.”
Michael Schaub is an Austin, Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.