Making Mistakes when Crossing Borders in Fiction

I was recently asked by Ed Spicer about common mistakes I've seen when authors cross borders to tell stories. The answer is somewhere in the middle of the interview, but you might appreciate the entire conversation:

NOTE (12/7): I'm heading off the Fire Escape for my winter hiatus, which includes a one-month stint teaching a course on "Race, Power, and Justice in Children's Books" at Saint Mary's College of California during January. I'll be back on the Fire Escape in February, friends! (With one exception -- I'm popping back once in January to review two excellent new picture books about adoption.)

Around the World in 80 Books

Travel the world from your sofa with this superb list of 80 books (.pdf file) covering every geographic region. The bibliography is curated by Kathleen T. Horning of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, and includes contemporary and historical books published here and in other countries between 2001 and 2011. K.T.'s goal is to "give readers here a glimpse not only of life in or the history of other parts of the world, but also of what children and teens elsewhere may be reading." (Full disclosure: My Bamboo People made the list.)