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We Are YA

69 EpisodesProduced by Penguin TeenWebsite

You've heard from young adult authors on social, now hear what they really have to say! Join Penguin Teen staffers and journalist Anna Borges for conversations with the diverse authors who make up the modern YA community on We Are YA, presented by Penguin Teen.

69 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

YA Icons: Kristin Cashore

January 27th, 2021

40:47

Step into the Graceling Realm! Join YA icon Kristin Cashore for an in depth conversation about her writing and her new book: Winterkeep!

YA Icons: Sabaa Tahir - Part 2

November 24th, 2020

36:05

*SPOILERS!* Sabaa Tahir's iconic An Ember in the Ashes series is coming to an end and she's sharing her favorite scenes, character deep dives, and most heartbreaking moments with We Are YA. *SERIOUSLY, SO MANY SPOILERS!*

YA Icons: Sabaa Tahir - Part 1

November 23rd, 2020

58:23

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with YA legend Sabaa Tahir as her An Ember in the Ashes series comes to an epic finale in A Sky Beyond the Storm!

Creepy Tales Episode #5: The Cabin

October 30th, 2020

19:01

Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🏚 Join authors Kate Alice Marshall, Lora Beth Johnson, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear …

Creepy Tales Episode #4: The Jar

October 29th, 2020

21:33

Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! ☠ Join authors Natalie Mae, Katie Alender & Krystal Sutherland for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Jar.

Creepy Tales Episode #3: The Woods

October 28th, 2020

15:58

Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🌲💀🌲 Join authors Ally Condie, Isabel Sterling & Sasha Laurens
for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Woods.

Creepy Tales Episode #2: The Snake

October 27th, 2020

17:38

Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🐍 Join authors Melissa de la Cruz, Kat Ellis & Nina LaCour
for a terrifying original short story and keep listening after the story to hear their inspiration for The Snake.

Creepy Tales Episode #1: The Staircase

October 26th, 2020

24:46

Happy Halloween from Penguin Teen! 🎃 Join authors David Arnold, Patrice Caldwell & Astrid Scholte for terrifying original short story and keep …

Bookish Creators: ezeekat

October 9th, 2020

26:23

Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktoker, Jaysen, from ezeekat!

YA Icons: Ally Condie

October 8th, 2020

21:08

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with YA legend Ally Condie on the 10th anniversary of her
iconic MATCHED series.

New Fall Books: Jessica Goodman

October 7th, 2020

24:18

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jessica Goodman about her new book They Wish They Were Us and the upcoming TV adaptation starring Sydney Sweeney and Halsey.

New Fall Books: Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf

October 6th, 2020

23:06

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Hayley Krischer, author of the new book, Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf.

New Fall Books: Candice Iloh

October 5th, 2020

24:44

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Candice Iloh, author of the National Book Award long list selection, Every Body Looking.

Bookish Creators: treofpaperbacks

September 25th, 2020

19:43

Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktoker, Tre, from treofpaperbacks!

New Fall Books: Natalie Mae  

September 23rd, 2020

20:44

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Natalie Mae, the author of the new book, The Kinder Poison.

New Fall Books: Lori Goldstein

September 22nd, 2020

27:09

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Lori Goldstein, the author of the new book, Sources Say.

New Fall Books: Arvin Ahmadi

September 21st, 2020

27:40

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Arvin Ahmadi, the author of the new book, How It All Blew Up.

Bookish Creators: Alexa Loves Books

September 18th, 2020

27:41

Join Penguin Teen staffer James for a conversation with YA booktuber and bookstagrammer Alexa Loves Books.

New Fall Books: Aaron Starmer

September 17th, 2020

25:00

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with Aaron Starmer, the author of Spontaneous and his new book, MEME.

New Fall Books: David Yoon

September 16th, 2020

21:48

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for a conversation with David Yoon, the New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love and his new book, Super Fake Love Song.

Krystal Sutherland: Taking Chemical Hearts from page to screen

September 15th, 2020

24:10

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Krystal Sutherland
about the new film adaptation of her book, Chemical Hearts
starring Lili Reinhart.

New Fall Books: Ashley Woodfolk

September 14th, 2020

26:28

Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ashley Woodfolk, the author of the new series Flyy Girls.

Alok Vaid-Menon: Beyond the Gender Binary

June 25th, 2020

41:40

Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with Alok Vaid-Menon, the author of Beyond the Gender Binary,
part of The Pocket Change Collective series.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez: Imaginary Borders

June 18th, 2020

36:50

Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with Earth Guardians Youth Director and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the author of Imaginary Borders

Adam Eli: The New Queer Conscience

June 11th, 2020

22:32

Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with writer, curator and activist Adam Eli, the author of The New Queer Conscience part of The Pocket Change …

Kimberly Drew: This Is What I Know About Art

June 4th, 2020

40:39

Join host Anna Borges for a conversation with writer, curator and activist Kimberly Drew, the author of This Is What I Know About Art part of The …

The Check In: Jesse from Bowties & Books  

May 1st, 2020

40:56

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA booktuber Jesse from Bowties & Books.

The Check In: Jenny Torres Sanchez

April 30th, 2020

18:25

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jenny Torres Sanchez, the author of We Are Not from Here.

The Check In: Jessica Goodman

April 29th, 2020

27:49

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jessica Goodman, the author of They Wish They Were Us.

The Check In: Stephanie Perkins

April 28th, 2020

55:24

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Stephanie Perkins, the author of Anna and the French Kiss and There's Someone …

The Check In: Lora Beth Johnson

April 27th, 2020

25:34

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Lora Beth Johnson, the debut author of Goddess in the Machine.

The Check In: Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads

April 24th, 2020

30:30

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with YA book blogger Vicky Again/Vicky Who Reads.

The Check In: Zan Romanoff

April 22nd, 2020

30:36

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Zan Romanoff, the author of Look.

The Check In: Rachel Hawkins

April 21st, 2020

38:16

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Rachel Hawkins, the author of Prince Charming

and Her Royal Highness.

The Check In: Nina LaCour

April 20th, 2020

25:11

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Nina …

The Check In: Adriana from perpetualpages

April 17th, 2020

34:34

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Adriana, the YA booktuber behind perpetualpages.

The Check In: Andrea Tang

April 16th, 2020

25:44

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Tang, the debut author of Rebelwing

The Check In: Ash Parsons

April 15th, 2020

21:58

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ash Parsons, the author of Girls Save the World in This One.

The Check In: Tyler Feder

April 14th, 2020

22:56

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tyler Feder, the author/illustrator of the new graphic novel Dancing at the Pity …

The Check In: Astrid Scholte

April 13th, 2020

23:24

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Astrid …

The Check In: Carmen from Tomes and Textiles

April 10th, 2020

42:41

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer James for an interview with Carmen, the YA bookstagrammer behind @TomesAndTextiles.

The Check In: Julie Berry

April 9th, 2020

30:23

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Julie …

The Check In: Amanda Joy

April 8th, 2020

20:02

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Amanda Joy, the debut author of A River of Royal Blood.

The Check In: Cameron Lund

April 7th, 2020

18:18

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Cameron Lund, the debut author of The Best Laid Plans.

The Check In: Patrice Caldwell

April 6th, 2020

39:30

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Patrice …

The Check In: Tochi Onyebuchi

April 3rd, 2020

34:12

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night and his new book War Girls.

The Check In: Danielle Vega

April 2nd, 2020

42:17

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Danielle Vega, author of The Merciless and her new book The Haunted.

The Check In: Marie Lu

April 1st, 2020

31:09

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Marie, author of Legend, Warcross, and her new book The Kingdom of Back.

The Check In: Laurie Halse Anderson

March 31st, 2020

37:48

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak & Shout.

The Check In: Ruta Sepetys

March 30th, 2020

27:10

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray & The Fountains of Silence.

The Check In: Andrea Roberston

March 27th, 2020

29:37

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Andrea Roberston, author of Forged in Fire and Stars.

The Check In: Jennifer Iacopelli

March 26th, 2020

36:25

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Iacopelli, author of Break the Fall.

The Check In: Natalie C. Parker

March 25th, 2020

29:50

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Natalie C. Parker, author of the Seafire trilogy.

The Check In: Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

March 24th, 2020

25:03

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours
and …

The Check In: Isabel Sterling

March 23rd, 2020

18:44

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Isabel Sterling, author of These Witches Don’t Burn
and the upcoming This Coven …

The Check In: Jennifer Dugan

March 20th, 2020

22:34

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and the upcoming Verona Comics.

The Check In: Melissa de la Cruz

March 19th, 2020

17:53

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Melissa de la Cruz, author of Alex & Eliza and the new bestseller, The …

The Check In: Adib Khorram

March 18th, 2020

30:14

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay.

The Check In: Kat Cho

March 17th, 2020

27:02

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Kat Cho, author of WICKED FOX.

The Check In: Randy Ribay

March 16th, 2020

20:47

We Are YA is going daily to keep you company in these days of social distancing. Join Penguin Teen staffer Felicity for an interview with Randy Ribay, author of PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING.

Living Multiple Identities with Namrata Tripathi

November 7th, 2019

39:59

Namrata Tripathi on living multiple identities, the power of names, and her new publishing imprint Kokila Books

Good Sex in YA with Laurie Halse Anderson

October 31st, 2019

47:10

Laurie Halse Anderson on female pleasure, the end of hook-up culture, good anger, and her memoir SHOUT.

Is YA Losing Its Edge? with Amanda Joy

October 24th, 2019

42:53

Amanda Joy on content warnings, Euphoria, "issue" books, what Glee would look like in 2019, and her book A River of Royal Blood.

Who owns #OwnVoices? with Kat Cho

October 17th, 2019

42:09

Kat Cho on #OwnVoices, K-Dramas, gif vs jif, and her book Wicked Fox.

Taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures with Renée Ahdieh

October 10th, 2019

32:01

Renée Ahdieh on vampires, reclaiming pleasure, food writing, and her book The Beautiful.

The mental health crisis in YA with Nina LaCour

October 3rd, 2019

44:13

Nina LaCour on mental health representation in YA and her novels Hold Still and We Are Okay.

Is social media bad? with Akilah Hughes

September 26th, 2019

57:39

Akilah Hughes on old-school YouTube, digital therapy, Neopets, toxic comment sections, and her book Obviously: Stories from My Timeline.

Finding joy with Gabby Rivera

September 19th, 2019

34:46

Gabby Rivera on writing for Marvel, being a queer joyful Puerto Rican from the Bronx and her book Juliet Takes a Breath.

Introducing We Are YA

August 28th, 2019

0:19

Subscribe now, and catch the first episode on September 19.

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