Literary Atlanta Podcast Episode 20: Nic Stone

Austin Miles Anderson of Vox Teen Communications with Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin
Austin Miles Anderson of Vox Teen Communications with Nic Stone, author of Dear Martin. Photo credit: Rich Eldredge.

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.

Vox Teen Communications

Nic Stone Author Website

“Townsend Prize Finalists Announced,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

January 9th – AJ Tata Event in Gwinnett County

January 10th – The Wren’s Nest and Literary Atlanta Present “Beyond Books” featuring Mark Pendergrast

Books Mentioned in This Episode

Dear Martin by Nic StoneDear Martin by Nic Stone





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