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Author Malinda Lo on the Limits of the Young Adult Label

“I feel like I write for queer women of all ages.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to author Malinda Lo, whose book Last Night at the Telegraph Club won the National Book Award. In the interview, Malinda explains that she never intended to write books under the young adult label. She also digs into her writing process, which involves many drafts and inspirational mood music.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler discuss Malinda’s research process and her willingness to go down rabbit holes.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Malinda talks about her use of Chinese languages in Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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