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Coming Soon:

Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry

Music Mavens transports readers around the world (and beyond)—to a jazz performance in Genoa, an instrument lab in London, a Tokyo taiko dojo, a New York City beatbox battle, and a film scoring session aboard the Starship Enterprise, to name a few. Along the way, it spotlights artists whose work spans musical genres and industry roles, including composing and songwriting, performing and conducting, audio engineering, producing, and rock photography. In Music Mavens, extraordinary women reveal how they turned their passions into platforms and how they use their positions to uplift others.

Praise for Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry

“An antidote to the erasure that can limit young people’s conceptions of what is possible … and expand the world of music.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Overall effect is a rich and inspiring mix of talent and career directions…high-interest volume with educational value.” —Booklist

A terrific surprise—nonfiction that reads like a page-turner.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author

“Role models for young people are vital. Music Mavens takes inspiring role models and blends their triumphs and challenges into pathways that set a musically interested young person on their journey with a sense of hope—and some very pragmatic life lessons along the way.” —Mitch Glickman, Symphonic Jazz Orchestra

“What an amazing resource for young people of any identifying gender to learn about the pathways and possibilities of the music industry. All aspects of the industry are embodied in these stories, revealing the nuance of the craft, reaching beyond the stories of fame we too often hear about in mainstream media. Youth can read one chapter or the whole book and be inspired and educated.” —Jennifer Carroll, Inner-City Arts


Interviews:

Cynsations: Maureen Charles & Ashley Walker Talk About Collaborating on a Nonfiction Project with Stephani Eaton for the Nonfiction for Older Readers series.

Women Writers, Women’s Books: In Writing The Biography Collection Music Mavens, Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles discuss their goal “to take readers on a journey from their comfortable corner of the music world to stages and studios they’ve never imagined, revealing unseen journeys to the big mics and mixing desks of the industry.”

GirlTalkHQ: ‍Meet Macy Schmidt: The Music Maven Orchestrating Equity In The World Of Classical Music introduces orchestrator, music director, producer, and Broadway Sinfonietta founder Macy Schmidt.

The Wild Things Blog: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” In celebration of this universal language and amazing women who contribute to it, VCFA alums Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles combined forces to give young audiences everywhere an all new biography collection, Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry.

The Young Inklings Society: In the July 2023 Ink Splat author interview, Ashley Walker and Maureen Charles, discuss their collaboration on Music Mavens: 15 Women of Note in the Industry, which celebrates so many women who have made their mark in the creative music industry.

Kirby Larson’s Newsletter: “A terrific surprise—nonfiction that reads like a page-turner…Highly recommended for general reading enjoyment but a must-add to school library collections.” Newbery Honor Author and New York Times Bestseller Kirby Larson devotes her What Am I Reading? column to Music Mavens.

Pasadena Weekly: “What a difference ‘Music Mavens’ would have made in my life had I read it in my formative years…” Author and award-winning filmmaker Ellen Snortland devotes her column in the Pasadena Weekly to Consider This: Music Mavens.

Washington Parent Magazine: Award-winning author, instructor, and reviewer Mary Quattlebaum includes Music Mavens in her list of Children’s Books for the New Year and Snowy Days.

Color Me a Kidlit Writer: Ashley Walker—Kidlit Member of Kelly’s Crew talks with Dionna Mann for her Blog Party series.

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