INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

BOOKS IN THE NEWS
by Gregory McNamee

It’s been a busy time for Viet Thanh Nguyen since winning the Pulitzer Prize for fiction last month. His novel The Sympathizer, which we awarded a Kirkus Star and named one of the best books of 2015, has been a succes d’estime since its release, and now, by a happy accident, it is a book of the moment thanks to ...


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TIME AFTER TIME
by Myra Forsberg

Historical fiction sounds like a stuffy literary genre—wouldn’t readers prefer to cuddle up with a Lee Child thriller starring the imposing Jack Reacher? But Hilary Mantel proved that the machinations of a cunning minister serving King Henry VIII could propel two novels to the top of the bestseller lists and spawn a Broadway show and TV miniseries. Avid readers of ...


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DAN VYLETA
by Rachel Sugar

A smoldering high-stakes fantasy adventure with twisting philosophical undertones, acclaimed novelist Dan Vyleta’s latest defies easy categorization. Smoke—set at an elite boarding school in an alternate Victorian England—is lush, dark, and terrifying. It is intellectually rigorous. It is also quietly tender. It feels like classic children’s literature, except that it’s also the stuff of nightmares. Here, moral impurity is ...


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REVIEWING A BOOK OR REVIEWING A LIFE?
by Laurie Muchnick

There can be a thin line between fiction and memoir—and it’s often hard to see where that line falls. Just this week I deleted a sentence from a review that said a debut novel had “an autobiographical feel”; many people assume that first novels are based on the author’s life, but who’s to say they’re not just beautifully imagined fiction ...


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BLOGS

HEX ON THE BEACH
by Thea James

After a bizarrely protracted gloomy spring, it feels like summer is finally here in New York. This means outdoor relaxation, longer days, and a copious amount of pool or beachside reading. When I prepare for summer weekends and put together my reading lists for vacation, I always instinctively gravitate towards… horror. Because what better books to read pool or beachside ...


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READING ALOUD IN THE CLASSROOM

It’s the end of the school year here in the South. My children came home this week with a stack of folders, as they do annually at this time. My youngest, who just wrapped up fourth grade, showed me her writing folder. As I was looking through it, I saw an essay she was assigned earlier this year, “My Favorite ...


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TAKING FLIGHT WITH FAITH RINGGOLD
by Julie Danielson

Twenty-five years ago, Faith Ringgold brought readers her debut picture book, Tar Beach, which won a 1992 Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration. Tar Beach was originally a story quilt Ringgold had created, one that combined autobiography with fiction and transcended art forms—storytelling, quilting, and painting, all in one. (You can see the quilt here at ...


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