This Is the Author Season 7 Episode 2 Images of Gaby Melian, Erica Martin, Ruth Behar
On the Podcast: Gaby Melian, Erica Martin, and Ruth Behar

In this episode, meet chef Gaby Melian, author of Food-Related Stories, young adult author and poet Erica Martin, author of And We Rise, and anthropologist Ruth Behar, author of Tía Fortuna’s New Home. Go behind the mic with these three authors as they each share why writing their books for children and teens was so important to them. Plus, discover why it was equally important for one of these authors to narrate their own audiobook.

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Listen to clips from the audiobooks mentioned in this episode:

Author: Gaby Melian
Read By: Gaby Melian

In Food-Related Stories, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her journey with food, from growing up in Argentina to her time as a Jersey City street vendor and later, as Bon Appetit’s test kitchen manager. Powerful and full of heart, Melian explores how we can develop a relationship with food that’s healthy, sustainable, and thoughtful.

Author: Erica Martin
Read By: Erica Martin

Told in stunning verse, Erica Martin’s debut Young Adult poetry collection And We Rise is a powerful journey through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1960s. A poignant, all-too-timely collection that is both a vital history lesson and much-needed conversation starter in our modern world.

Author: Ruth Behar
Read By: Ruth Behar

When Estrella’s Tía Fortuna has to say goodbye to her longtime Miami apartment building, Estrella spends the day with her. A lyrical book about tradition, culture, and togetherness, Tía Fortuna’s New Home explores Tía and Estrella’s Sephardic Jewish and Cuban heritage. Through Tía’s journey, Estrella will learn that as long as you have your family, home is truly where the heart is.

Check out the Spanish language edition, El nuevo hogar de Tía Fortuna!

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