by Chelsea Ennen

In the acknowledgments to her new novel, The Weight of a Piano, Chris Cander writes that she got the idea for the plot when she heard about someone trying to give away a piano. Intrigued by the predicament, she asked for more details and was inspired to write a story about a young woman, Clara, whose father gave her a ...

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by Karen Schechner

In Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism, Omise’eke Tinsley says that the world typically responds with a shrug, if at all, when black women declare themselves feminists—except for Beyoncé. When Queen Bey stands in front of a giant, lit-up sign that reads FEMINIST, says Tinsley, “a generation of young women are growing up with something we’ve never seen before: an ...

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by Rhett Morgan

Anna Todd was a voracious reader who didn’t even know self-publishing existed when she started to write her own fan fiction. A lifelong lover of books, Todd discovered an online community of other readers and budding writers through Wattpad. She passed incredible milestones on the platform with her The Afterseries—which follows the love story between ambitious Tessa and bad boy ...

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by Benjamin Rybeck

Midway through Karen Thompson Walker’s The Dreamers, a novel about a contagion that spreads throughout a California college town, she describes a lesson discovered at an inopportune moment: “…how disease sometimes exposes what is otherwise hidden. How carelessly it reveals a person’s private self.”

Reading this, I found myself thinking of how horror—good horror, anyway—can operate in fiction ...

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by Ana Grilo

I have been catching up on my reading and I have three super great science fiction titles to recommend: one adult, one YA and one middle grade.

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi is the superb follow-up to The Collapsing Empire. It goes something like this: in the far, FAR future, the Interdependency keeps humanity united, and distant habitats are ...

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by Julie Danielson

It is a great age for picture books. These days, nearly anything goes in the 32-page picture book form. This is what comes to my mind as I look at two new books—Eva Eland’s When Sadness is at Your Door, on shelves now, and a Norwegian import coming to shelves soon, Gro Dahle’s Angryman, illustrated by Svein Nyhus.

Something else ...

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by Bobbi Dumas

One of the very fun things that occasionally happens on my Facebook page, The Romance of Reading, is that someone will ask a question about genre, or ask for  recommendations based on a book or author they’ve read, and readers jump in with enthusiasm.

Of course there are plenty of pages like this on FB and around the web, but ...

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