Young Adult Literature

As a teacher of teachers at LSU, Steve Bickmore is focused on getting teachers to expand reading lists to include more books like that reflect their students’ lives, like Jaqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming, Coe Booth's Tyrell, and Kwame Alexander's Crossover. And he’ll be highlighting that at LSU’s upcoming conference on the theme of African-American cultures in young adult literature, May 31-June 5. 


Greg Iles is out with his first book in five years, and critics and authors alike are praising his 790 page novel Natchez Burning​. The novel is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secret past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, talks with Jim about his new book The Second Amendment: A Biography. A legal scholar on the history of the Constitutional right to bear arms, he argues that current gun laws are the result of political lobbying and distort the original intent of the Second Amendment.

Steven Bickmore is an assistant professor of English Education with a joint appointment in the School of Education and the English Department at LSU, and he talks with Jim about the upcoming week long Young Adult Literature Conference celebrating young adult literature authors and readers.