INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

A BIG TOWN SQUARE
by Bridgette Bates

The annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference hit Minneapolis this past week. Addressing North America’s largest literary conference, the mayor of Minneapolis, Betsy Hodges, turned out to welcome attendees at Thursday’s keynote with a sincere rally cry for more poetry in her administration—her love for literature went so far to include an admission that she has written ...


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NEW SEASON, NEW BOOKS
by Eric Liebetrau

Spring has finally sprung, with all-day sunshine and temperatures moving into the meaty part of the 70s—at least down here in the South. As my northern colleagues still work to shake off the snow and the bone-chilling cold, my thoughts have turned toward the gradually awakening outside world and all its warming, soul-gladdening possibilities. I always look forward to reading ...


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ANGELA FLOURNOY
by Miriam Grossman

When Angela Flournoy visited her grandparents’ Detroit home in 2009, no one had been living there for quite some time—yet it remained crystallized in perfect condition. After her grandmother moved out, her uncles continued to maintain the house as neighboring East Side homes crumbled into disrepair and squatters proliferated. Flournoy recalls the eerie sensation that time had frozen within the ...


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KATE MULGREW
by Chelsea Langford

If you’re new to the Kate Mulgrew fan club, you might first think of her as the strong-willed, irascible mother figure, Red, on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. If you’ve known Mulgrew for a while, then you probably fell in love with her as Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. And while acting has been Mulgrew’s life ...


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BLOGS

SOMEWHERE IN THE STARS
by Thea James

Down here on Earth the stars seem so far away. But I’ll tell you. Up there. It’s dark. It’s big. It’s beautiful. It’s mind-blowing to discover how little and vulnerable you really are. No one could have prepared you for this. The first times you walk in space are frightening, thrilling experiences. I love to see new kids’ faces when ...


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TAKING A STAND
by Julie Danielson

For a while there, a year or two ago, we saw a handful of authors in the realm of picture books jumping on the bullying bandwagon. That is, it was a hot topic in schools, many of them launching expensive campaigns to address it with children and teens. Some picture books that showed up during this time were better than ...


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THE MYSTERY OF HISTORY: TIME TRAVEL IN STORYTELLING
by Bobbi Dumas

So if my Facebook and Twitter feeds are any indications, a lot of romance fans are watching Outlander since it came back to Starz. Aren’t they doing a great job with that conversion from book to TV?

Of course Outlander is a time-travel story, and both eras visited are in the past. It’s quite different than most stories out there—one ...


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