INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

SUSAN SOUTHARD
by Alexia Nader

When Susan Southard was a high school student in the early 1970s, a study abroad trip to Japan brought her to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. There, looking at photographs of the city’s atomic bomb victims along with her fellow Japanese classmates, a “visceral understanding of war” awakened in her, as she explains. It would take Southard several decades to ...


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WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN
by Gregory McNamee

Does William Vollmann know how to write a short book?

That’s certainly not the most important question to ask of the endlessly productive Vollmann, who, working from his secret fortress in the heart of downtown Sacramento, has produced a couple of dozen overstuffed books over the course of the last three decades. Nonetheless, it’s been a constant in discussions of ...


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PAULA MCLAIN
by Megan Labrise

It took just one paragraph of Beryl Markham’s memoir, West with the Night, for Paula McLain to realize this was the woman she’d been waiting for.

“Immediately, I got this electric response to her voice,” says McLain, author of Circling the Sun, “and I read it deeply, knowing I was going to channel her.”

McLain (The Paris Wife ...


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THE RETURN OF DR. SEUSS
by Claiborne Smith

Cathy Goldsmith first saw the manuscript that became What Pet Should I Get? in October 2013. Goldsmith is the vice president and associate publishing director of the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, so from that date until the book’s release several days ago, she had plenty of other projects to work on besides What Pet Should I Get ...


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BLOGS

THE MUST-READ SPECULATIVE FICTION BOOKS COMING OUT IN AUGUST
by John DeNardo

Are you looking for a way to stay afloat in a seemingly never-ending sea of science-fiction, fantasy and horror book releases? Fear not, intrepid reader! Check out this month's latest roundup of must-read speculative titles, which includes a centuries-long war, parallel worlds, alternate history, extinction-level events, hackers, and what really happened in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in ...


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OPEN THE POD BAY DOOR
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Armada by Ernest Cline

Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Talky Talk: Space Crusaders

Bonus Factor: Mixtape

Relationship Status: Be My Wingman

 

Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!

This cover is well-designed without pandering; it calls to mind ’80s video games without being too obvious. As you read, you find out ...


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THE HOUSE HAS OTHER PLANS
by Leila Roy

“Where are you going?” Dad asked.

“To the car,” I said. “We can’t stay here.”

“Of course we can. Where else would we stay?”

I stared at him in blank disbelief. “Um...how about anywhere that isn’t an abandoned mental hospital?”

      —The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Katie Alender

One of ...


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