Have you ever wanted to ask your favorite author: What kind of child were you? Did you like to read? When did you become a writer? What is the best thing about being a writer? In fifteen short conversations with some of the best-known children's book authors, acclaimed author and editor Leonard S. Marcus asks these questions and more, discovering engaging details about their lives and their work. Throughout, you'll find childhood and adult pictures of the authors, as well as bibliographies, manuscript pages, and other fascinating memorabilia. "Author Talk" is a great introduction to the people behind some of your favorite books.