A conversation with authors Leonard S. Marcus & Michael Cart

Event date: 
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 - 7:00pm

What happens when freedom of expression comes under threat? Marcus has interviewed 13 leading authors of books for young readers about their own experiences of censorship. His subjects include Dav Pilkey, Katherine Paterson, David Levithan, R. L. Stine, Angie Thomas and more.


*“Each conversation is frank and utterly engrossing…Librarians and lovers of youth literature will feel like they are a part of conversations between old friends…”                                      School Library Journal (starred)


*“Conversations exploring the writers’ childhoods and creative lives evolve gracefully into discussions of censorship experiences…Many interviews highlight the crucial role of librarians in fighting for public access to books.” 

                      Publishers Weekly (starred)





Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world’s leading writers about children’s books and the people who create them.  He is the author of Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, and Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books, and more. He has written frequently for the New York Times Book Review and has been a commentator on radio and television. He is a founding trustee of the Eric Carle Museum and Editor at Large at Astra Publishing House.


Michael Cart, columnist and reviewer for the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine, is the author or editor of 27 books including his critical history of YA literature From Romance to Realism and the novel My Father’s Scar, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He is a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and ALAN (The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English). He has received multiple awards for his distinguished work in young people’s literature.



You Can't Say That!: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories  They Have to Tell Cover Image
By Leonard S. Marcus (Editor)
ISBN: 9780763690366
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 16th, 2021