Authors Out Loud!

In each installment of this series, Dr. Jean Greenlaw and Susan Supak will host a discussion with a renowned author or a panel of authors united by a single theme. These conversations will explore the authors' books, delving into the inspirations for their characters, themes, and stories. The authors will discuss the craft of writing itself, as well as the trials and victories they experience seeing their work to completion.

Next Event: Mystery writers panel featuring Katherine Hall Page, William Martin, and Kathryn Lasky. Wednesday, October 5, 5:30pm (Registration Details TBA).


So You Think This Is Fantasy?
with Kathryn Lasky

Recorded on Friday, April 1, 2022

Our guest this spring was multi-award-winning author Kathryn Lasky. Kathryn has written over 100 books, from historical fiction and informational books to the much-loved fantasy series Guardians of Ga’Hoole, which has sold over 4 million copies and was made into an animated film in 2010. All of Kathryn’s work, even that fantasy series, is grounded in rigorous research. Kathryn estimates that for every hour of writing, she does one hour of research. By studying in the bio labs of Harvard and helicoptering over polar bears in Manitoba, she’s able to faithfully create owls that forge iron into fierce battle talons and polar bears capable of computing mathematical equations concerning the dissolution of the polar ice cap. In this discussion, Kathryn described her process in detail.


Our Hosts

Jean Greenlaw, PhD, is an expert in children’s literature whose “Book Talk” column is published by the Denton Record-Chronicle. She is a Regents Professor Emeritus from the UNT College of Education and has been a book reviewer for decades.

Susan Supak is a member of the OLLI at UNT Advisory Council and host of the OLLI at UNT Podcast, where she conducts insightful interviews with faculty, alumni, and members.