INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

BOOKS IN THE NEWS
by Gregory McNamee

Fame is a fleeting, funny thing. Consider the case of Henry Miller, hailed for years as the world’s dirtiest writer thanks to books that depicted acts of human getting-together whose scenarios and language would earn a PG–13 rating today. Miller was renowned, and for a time he was even wealthy, a welcome change from the poverty he had endured for ...


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JULIE BARTON
by Poornima Apte

Julie Barton will tell you there’s much truth in the adage, “A dog is a man’s best friend.” After all, it was a Golden Retriever puppy, Bunker, who came to her aid in more ways than one, when Barton was severely depressed at the age of 22 and physically unable to function.

With the help of Bunker and therapy ...


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NICOLE DENNIS-BENN
by Megan Labrise

In 2010, Nicole Dennis-Benn took a Jamaican vacation. But she wasn’t a typical tourist.

“Growing up there, I had this image of what Jamaica is,” says Dennis-Benn, who was born and raised in Kingston, the nation’s capital and largest city. “When I visited for the first time as a tourist, at the resort, I wasn’t getting the real culture—it ...


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PUNK, ALIVE AND WELL
by Gregory McNamee

It’s said that the most important moment in the history of punk rock lay at the moment of its creation 40 years ago, and more particularly on June 4, 1976, when the newly formed Sex Pistols played before a Manchester audience that included Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks, Morrissey of The Smiths, Peter Hook of Joy Division, and the DJ ...


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BLOGS

TURNCOATS, REBELS, AND LOST STARS
by Thea James

“Believing in something greater than ourselves isn’t crazy. It’s proof we’re sane. Look how vast the galaxy is. Don’t you have to admit we can’t be the greatest power within it?”

This very weekend, hundreds of thousands of fans are flocking to San Diego for one of the greatest nerd-fests of the year: Comic Con. And one of the ...


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HEAD SPACES
by Julie Danielson

Getting into the heads of children and creating stories that reflect their ways of thinking isn’t an easy thing to do. Some picture books do this quite well, really standing out on bookshelves. I’ve got two new ones on the mind today.

Actually, the first one is not new but has been re-released in a new edition. The Thinking Book ...


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GETTING IT RIGHT WITH JONATHAN AUXIER
by Julie Danielson

Even if you haven’t read (but especially if you have) Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (2011), you’ll want to pick up a copy of Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, the latest novel from Auxier, during which Peter meets feisty, brave Sophie. Her world changes dramatically when she learns that she, an unassuming bookmender, is a Storyguard ...


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