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BOOKS IN THE NEWS
by Gregory McNamee

Susan Orlean, the author of lively books about orchids, famous dogs, travel, and suchlike things, is a fool for beauty. So should all of us be, but in her case (as most of ours, as it happens), the result was an untidy closet. Indeed, Orlean’s home, writes style curator and organizing maven Kristin Bungart, “is in itself a work of ...


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PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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CALLAN WINK
by Joe M. O'Connell

“People in Montana talk about [the explorers] Lewis and Clark like they came through last week,” says Callan Wink, whose debut story collection Dog Run Moon is largely set in the state. Wink, 31, grew up in Michigan, but he got to Montana as quick as he could to attend Montana State University and, more important, to fish where ...


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THE 2016 NEWBERY: MAKING HISTORY IN 32 PAGES
by Vicky Smith

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson’s Last Stop on Market Street made history twice over when it won the 2016 Newbery Medal. First, it made de la Peña the first Latino author to win the Newbery, toppling another barrier and further broadening the U.S. children’s-literature canon beyond the lily-white. Second, it is a 32-page picture storybook for preschoolers ...


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BLOGS

THE NEW GODS OF JAPAN
by Thea James

<If I stop to think about it, this whole thing is totally insane.>

<Hunting monsters…>

<Risking my life…>

<But…>

<...as crazy as it sounds…>

<....for the first time I can remember…>

<...I feel like I’m in control.>

Rori Lane, Ayane, Shirai, and Nikaido are not your average teenagers—in fact, they are superheroes. Among them, these ...


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SAYING HELLO TO OLD FRIENDS
by Julie Danielson

When and why publishing houses decide to reprint older children’s books can be a mystery to readers, but I’m here today to talk about the reissues of some—either on shelves now or about to be quite soon—that make me happy. We’re talkin’ reprints from Roger Duvoisin, Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson, and Jeanne and William Steig.  This will make the ...


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THE X-FILES, DOCTOR WHO, AND THOR...THE GRAPHIC NOVELS I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO
by Patrick Hester

This week, I thought I’d take a look at some of the graphic novels I’m looking forward to in the next few months. I’ve already pre-ordered most of these….

Thor Vol 1: The Goddess of Thunder by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Russell Dauterman and Jorge Molina. The announcement that a major superhero in the Marvel Universe would be changing gender ...


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