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Episode 74 - Alice Faye Duncan

When Alice Faye Duncan talks to you, it's like her voice is enveloping you in a warm hug. When she speaks, you hear Memphis, sweet tea, porch swings, and big Sunday dinners after church.

It was such a pleasure to speak to her about her latest book, Coretta's Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King, which was just published in September.

Alice Faye is definitely a daughter of the South, and I love the way she writes about the heroes from the region for young people. Coretta's Journey is a picture book biography of the woman who was much more than than the wife of famed civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This book is geared for children from seven to 10. But even adults will learn a lot by reading it. I know I did. Award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie's watercolor drawings bring Coretta's story to life and give the book a dreamy quality.

During our conversation, Alice Faye reveals... - What she found most surprising in her research about Coretta

- How she was inspired by Dr. Bernice King, Coretta and Martin's youngest child, to write this book

- Her biggest concern about the rise of book bans around the country and what it means for kids

You can listen to the interview here and help Alice Faye and the show by purchasing Coretta's Journey on this site.

During the show, Alice Faye mentioned that hearing a speech from one of the King kids inspired her to write this book. The first person to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter (I refuse to call it X) to tell us which one will receive a free copy of Coretta's Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King.

If you've won a ReadMore giveaway in the last 90 days, you're ineligible. If you and I ever worked together late into the night at the DTH, you're probably ineligible. But we'll always have those Student Union memories.


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