Choose Your Own Adventure author Edward Packard
ChooseCo publisher Shannon Gilligan
Actor Neil Patrick Harris (kind of)*
Cartoonist Jason Shiga
Author Doug Wilhelm
Multnomah County Library youth services outreach worker Cathy Camper
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If, like me, you’re a child of the ‘80s, you probably remember Choose Your Own Adventure books. For a lot of us, it was our first experience with reading for fun.
Whether you were a die-hard fan of Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) books or you're just discovering them for the first time, there is something in this episode for you. I talked to Edward Packard, who wrote the very first CYOA book and Shannon Gilligan, whose late husband, Ray Montgomery was a CYOA writer and the first publisher to take a chance on this innovative storytelling format. Shannon was a CYOA author herself and she now runs ChooseCo, the company that's now publishing some of the classic CYOA titles. You'll also hear from Jason Shiga, a huge CYOA fan and the cartoonist behind Meanwhile — a CYOA-style graphic novel for kids.
*Was I able to convince Choose Your Own Autobiography author Neil Patrick Harris to come on the show? There's only one way to find out!
After you listen, you'll probably want to check out Edward Packard's U-Ventures along with the ChooseCo books and CYOA author Doug Whilhelm's work. Youth librarian Cathy Camper also has a fantastic graphic novel for kids that should not be missed. It's called Lowriders in Space.
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