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  1. Liane Wakabayashi
    April 5, 2016

    Wonderful interview with Leza and Dana — very helpful and inspirational! Looking forward to many more.


  2. Shari Green
    April 5, 2016

    LOVED this! Thank you all for the wonderful interview!


  3. Linda Mitchell
    April 5, 2016

    What a great interview! Thanks for all your thoughts and your beautiful work. I have not read either book but have Like Water for Stone on Hold and have asked my public library to purchase Up From the Sea.
    Can you elaborate on the difference between a chap book and a verse novel?


  4. Kip Wilson
    April 9, 2016

    Thanks for the question, Linda! A chapbook is a small collection of poems that generally tie together on some theme, whereas a verse novel tells a full story through poems using the elements of a novel (plot, characters etc.).


  5. Leza Lowitz
    April 11, 2016

    Thanks so m much Linda. I hope you enjoy Up from the Sea, and thank you for asking your library to order it. There are many differences between a chapbook and a verse novel, and for simplicity’s sake, I’m going to let Wikipedia describe both.

    A chapbook is a small collection of poetry, generally no more than 40 pages, that often centers on a specific theme, such as exotic foods or wild animals or Justin Bieber. It’s typically saddle-stitched (like a pamphlet or magazine) and is a format well suited to smaller print-runs.

    A verse novel is a type of narrative poetry in which a novel-length narrative is told through the medium of poetry rather than prose. Either simple or complex stanzaic verse-forms may be used, but there will usually be a large cast, multiple voices, dialogue, narration, description, and action in a novelistic manner.

    Hope this helps!


  6. Linda Mitchell
    April 12, 2016

    Thank you for the details on chap book and novel in verse.

    I am deep into LIke Water for Stone….and….I will never be the same. What a gift this story is. Thank you for getting it on the page and seeing it in our world.


  7. Dana Walrath
    April 22, 2016

    Sorry for the delay, Linda! Thanks so much for your kind words about LIKE WATER ON STONE and to Shari and Liane too. I loved the chance to chat with Leza and the great YARN peeps! You will love UP FROM THE SEA.

    To the Chap book/ verse novel question I can just add that verse novels have ties to ancient storytelling traditions: Think Homer, not Simpson!


  8. Linda Mitchell
    May 2, 2016

    My Library got Up From the Sea….quick….and I am first to check it out. What an amazing beginning to a niv. I’m captivated. Well done!


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