Storyented: Raymond Arroyo in Conversation with Amazing Storytellers – R. J. Palacio
Sunday, October 2, 2016
In the first in the series, Raymond Arroyo talks with R. J. Palacio author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, which reviewers have called "tremendously uplifting" and have said "has the power to move hearts and change minds."Palacio’s middle-grade debut has been an extraordinary publishing success story, and the book’s message to Choose Kind has inspired kindness and anti-bullying missions nationwide, reaching the hearts of readers of all ages. The story has been embraced widely by major media outlets, including Good Morning America, LIVE! with Kelly and Michael, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and more. The major motion picture adaptation of Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Daveed Diggs is currently in production and slated for release in Spring 2017.
Over 5 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and Auggie Pullman, the ordinary boy with the extraordinary face, who inspired a movement to Choose Kind. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel "a meditation on kindness" --indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, who proves that you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.
J. Palacio resides in New York City with her husband, two sons, and two dogs. Her debut novel was the #1 New York Times bestselling Wonder. Palacio is also the author of Auggie & Me, the three e-original stories The Julian Chapter, Pluto, and Shingaling, and 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts. For many years prior to becoming a published author, Palacio was an art director and book jacket designer, designing covers for countless writers in every genre of fiction and nonfiction. She didn’t design the cover of Wonder, but she loves it.