Podcast EP 19 Interview with Chris Barton

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Today’s episode is an interview with bestselling author Chris Barton!

Chris Barton is the author of the picture books SHARK VS. TRAIN (a New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller) and THE DAY-GLO BROTHERS (winner, American Library Association Sibert Honor), as well as the young adult nonfiction thriller CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.? TRUE STORIES OF FALSE IDENTITIES. His 2014 publications include picture book ATTACK! BOSS! CHEAT CODE! A GAMER’S ALPHABET and his YA fiction debut as a contributor to the collection ONE DEATH, NINE STORIES, and 2015 will bring picture book biographies THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH and THE NUTCRACKER COMES TO AMERICA: HOW THREE BALLET-LOVING BROTHERS CREATED A HOLIDAY TRADITION. Chris and his wife, novelist Jennifer Ziegler (REVENGE OF THE FLOWER GIRLS), live in Austin, Texas, with their family.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Where the idea for Attack!Boss!Cheat Code! A Gamers Alphabet
  • Which letter was the most difficult to write about
  • The incredible art in the book (and which page is Chris’ favorite)
  • Published books about video games
  • What Chris has learned about life from video games

Resources mentioned in this show:

Chris’ wedsite : Chrisbarton.info
Chris’ book: Attack!Boss!Cheat Code! A Gamers Alphabet 

Other Books Mentioned
Extra Lives: Why Games Matter by Tom Bissell
The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect by Chris Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke
Mastering The Game: What Video Games Can Teach Us About Success In Life

The next episode of the ClassicallyTrained podcast will be released in 2015 – Happy New Year!