INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

WHERE ARE ALL THE FUNNY YA NOVELS?
by Laura Simeon

I was surprised to learn recently that there was no 2018 winner of the Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction—none of the submissions were deemed funny enough. Is this a sign of our times? Choosing one favorite book to be printed on my first set of Kirkus business cards was equal parts agonizing and nostalgia-inducing. I finally settled on The Secret ...


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MEGHAN FLAHERTY
by Rachel Sugar

After she finished the first round of revisions on her memoir, Tango Lessons, Meghan Flaherty felt great. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I did that. I was honest and excavating and I laid myself bare!’ ” she recalls from her home in Palo Alto, where she lives with her husband, 6-month-old baby, and 100-pound dog. “And then I was like ...


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MEMORY LANE IN SPRINGFIELD
by Eric Liebetrau

Ask any TV writer or producer to list the most significant TV shows of the past three decades, and The Simpsons will appear on nearly all of those lists. By any measure—tenure, ratings, fan support, cultural impact—The Simpsons is an all-timer. For me, Homer and company (well, mostly Homer) have provided more allusive opportunities than perhaps any other TV ...


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SHELF SPACE
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Five years ago, Biddeford, Maine, which had no coffee house, pub, or bookstore, got all that and more when Elements: Books Coffee Beer opened. The primarily used and remaindered bookstore is also a music venue, meeting space, study spot, and gallery. “When thinking of opening a bookstore, I was cautioned by friends and colleagues that I should avoid selecting titles ...


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BLOGS

GETTING BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM YOUR FRIENDS
by Julie Danielson

“Bibliotherapy done right” is how the Kirkus review for Michael Ian Black’s and Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s I’m Sad begins. If you haven’t read I’m Sad, released earlier this month, you don’t have to wonder at which topic this biblio is therapy-ing. It’s clearly a story about a character who is feeling down in the dumps, and one look at ...


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THE POWERFUL FIRE OF GREAT BOOKS
by Bobbi Dumas

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng finally showed up in my library audio queue, and it was great! (That’s actually a very weak word for this amazing book. Please read on.)

The novel received a starred review from Kirkus (here) and was on Best of lists from just about everyone last year. Ng visited with Stephen Colbert soon after the ...


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SPIN THE WHEEL OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AND FIND A PAGE-TURNING READ
by John DeNardo

Science fiction and fantasy isn't just rocket ships and dragons. Like any other kind of literature, it offers a variety of stories across a wide spectrum of flavors. Need proof? Just spin the wheel of Science Fiction & Fantasy and find your next page-turning read...

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You could read Kieran Shea's Koko Uncaged because of its appealing kick-ass ...


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