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M.T. Anderson: Writing Smart Books For Teens

Cambridge author M.T. Anderson (Adam Ragusea/WBUR)

Over the last four weeks we’ve been having conversations with visionaries in the arts around Boston — trailblazers who have garnered local and national acclaim for their work, and we conclude that series with M.T. Anderson.

Anderson is a renowned author of young adult fiction. But his books are smart books for teens — no vapid vampire romances here. His historical novel, “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,” about a young African slave in Revolutionary-era Boston, won a National Book Award in 2006.

Anderson joins Radio Boston to talk about his work.


  • M.T. Anderson, author of young adult fiction


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  • Joelle

    What inspired you to write this book? Was it an idea that you came up with or did you see the world changing already?
    Why did you choose the ending you did? Did you want a devastating effect on the novel and the view on the change of technology?

  • Skye

    Hello to Tobin!  A quick shout out from Stow, where he hosted the Stow Story Slam last year, creating an intergenerational community event, the like of which Stow rarely sees.  He told wonderful stories of his life and times, and elicited great tales from a rapt and engaged audience.   His paradigms of technology (Feed) and old world New England (Octavian Nothing) are daily married on my ambles along the Assabet with dog, texting away on my Droid.  Thank you for grand adventures of the mind and creative and literate endeavors to come, for all ages.

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