INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

KELLY JENSEN
by Shara Zaval

Algonquin published Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World on January 24, three days after 673 women’s marches and nearly five million feminists took their sneakers—and voices—to streets across the globe.

The timing couldn’t have been more appropriate, and it’s easy to imagine that this scrapbook-style anthology bubbled up as a post-election season battle cry, a response to ...


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FIELD NOTES
by Megan Labrise

“[P]erhaps the most eye-opening foreign country I ever visited was Los Angeles International Airport, where once I spent two weeks wandering the terminals, watching the global city of the future form and re-form around me.”

—British-born global travel writer Pico Iyer, “Is travel writing dead?” (answer: no) at Granta

 

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“[T]hat rhetorical move—the ...


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MELISSA FEBOS
by Megan Labrise

Among the epigraphs of Melissa Febos’s sophomore memoir, Abandon Me, is a quotation by English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott: “It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.”

“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to use that epigraph,” says Febos, who considered it for her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart ...


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ANGIE THOMAS
by Maya Payne Smart

It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are ...


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BLOGS

11 CAN'T-MISS SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY BOOKS COMING OUT IN MARCH
by John DeNardo

March is filled with fascinating and imaginative stories to satisfy your reading hunger. Just check out this hand-picked selection of science fiction and fantasy books hitting shelves this month, where you'll find stories about soul-searching astronauts, shapeshifting werewolves, alien abductions, a flooded New York City, sentient war machines, and airship pirates…

 

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker

WHAT IT ...


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EVERY TIME I SPEAK, I WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Cover Story: Statementastic
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale:
 6
Talky Talk: A Star(r) Is Born
Bonus Factors:
 Political Activism, Awesome Family, Community
Relationship Status: Head Over Heels

Cover Story: Statementastic

Simple and perfect. Although I'll give it the benefit of the doubt that Starr is, indeed, in ...


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MUSICAL THEATER
by Leila Roy

Later this week, I’m headed to New York to finally, finally see Hamilton.

Which has me more than a little excited.

So, of course, it made me wonder: what’s out there for recent musical theater YA? It seems like something that we’d see a lot of, right? High potential for drama, because backstage shenanigans and close quarters and heightened emotion ...


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