Happy New Year! We’ve got an amazing, super-sized episode to kick off 2018 of the Literary Atlanta podcast.
This week’s guest is Nic Stone, an Atlanta author whose first novel, Dear Martin, debuted at Number 4 on the New York Times young adult hardcover bestseller list last fall. Dear Martin is a YA book whose main characters are teenagers at a fictional Atlanta prep school. The protagonist, Justyce, is an African-American teen who attends the elite school on scholarship, and he’s getting an education about race and privilege both inside and outside the classroom. Justyce writes letters to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to puzzle out what he is experiencing and to ask “What would Martin do?” in response to some of the situations he encounters.
My guest host for this episode is Austin Miles Anderson. Austin is a senior in high school with aspirations of becoming a journalist. He’s a staffer at Vox Teen Communications, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to “connect diverse metro Atlanta teens to resources for building their confidence, increasing their capacity to meet life’s demands, and ensuring their future success” by giving them a professional, uncensored publishing platform.
Austin and I both read Dear Martin and prepared a list of questions for Nic. We recorded the interview at Vox. Thanks for Rich Eldredge, senior editor at Vox, and our producer Sean Powers for helping to make this happen.
I think you’ll agree with me that this is one of our best episodes. Thank God for books that help us question and have uncomfortable conversations.
Books Mentioned in This Episode