One of my favorite picks from this years list of finalists for YALSA’s 2013 Award for Excellence in Nonfiction was Deborah Hopkinson’s book, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. (You can see my previous post for my own detailed review.) Imagine my surprise and delight when Deborah offered to do an interview with me for our readers. What follows is the conversation that she and I recently had regarding her YALSA 2013 Honor Award, how her writing for Titanic evolved, and what her fans can expect from her next. Enjoy!
First, let me congratulate you on winning a 2013 YALSA Honor Award for Excellence in Nonfiction with your book, Titanic: Voices from the Disaster. How does it feel to win an Honor award? Hopefully you had a chance to celebrate with family and friends!
I was so surprised and honored to receive this award. I especially loved the format of choosing finalists and encouraging librarians and teen readers to become familiar with the books in advance. It’s particularly meaningful because I actually thought of this book as being appropriate for a wide range of audiences, and so I am glad it will reach teens through this award.