INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

JULIA PIERPONT
by Megan Labrise

Julia Pierpont’s Among the Ten Thousand Things opens with a letter to a wife from her husband’s lover.

I began sleeping with your husband last June. We were together for seven months, almost as long as I’ve known him,” Pierpont writes. “We did it in my apartment. Or I went to his studio, a lot. One time ...


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MAGGIE MITCHELL
by Maggie Mitchell

Words I missed in the course of my spelling bee career, between the ages of 11 and 14: Vichyssoise. Oenologist. Creel. Narcissism.

I had no acquaintance with French cuisine, or viniculture, or the accoutrements of fishermen: the first three words could be excused. But narcissism? That one has always felt like an ironic nudge, a slightly barbed private joke. Wasn’t ...


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DANIEL JOSÉ OLDER
by Gordon West

Summer’s hot promise is in the air when I arrive at Alice’s Arbor to meet Daniel José Older. Situated in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, it’s a welcoming bistro where the relaxed staff is glad to let you be part of the understated vibe, a good thing since I just might want to listen to Older talk for hours over endless iced tea ...


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LOUISA HALL
by Benjamin Rybeck

A few weeks ago, a publishing sales representative visited the bookstore where I work. He lives on the West Coast, but he was in Houston for personal reasons: a family member was receiving treatment at the Texas Medical Center. Yet despite the tough spot in his life, he became animated about books, telling me about one in particular: “Have you ...


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BLOGS

SECRETS BENEATH THE ASH
by Leila Roy

On the 10th anniversary of her father’s death, Claire Takata discovers that her mother and her stepfather—the man that she and her brothers have been calling "Dad" for almost as long as they can remember—have been lying to them for years. It turns out that not only did her father and her stepfather know each other, but they knew each ...


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LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP
by Thea James

“And they really expect all humans to make the same choice? Are they that naive?”

“I don’t know,” Chrystal said.

“Are they unified? Do they all want the same thing?” Nona pressed.

Yi answered. “The ones we’ve met are.”

Nona looked from one to the other. “If you were still human, what would you do?” ...


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CATS AND PONIES AND PIGS, OH MY
by Julie Danielson

I’ve got a wee menagerie in my picture-book round-up this week—pigs, cats, ponies. If you’re looking for other creatures, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but these are three books that won’t let you down.

First up is Marcus Ewert’s rhyming Mummy Cat, illustrated by Lisa Brown and coming to shelves later this month. There are several narrative layers to this ...


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