INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

EXCELLENT EARLY 2018 YA RELEASES TO PICK UP
by Laura Simeon

With so many fabulous books coming out in early 2018, it was hard to narrow down my choices, but these are a few I’m especially excited about.

An account of the deadliest outbreak in human history, Very, Very, Very Dreadful: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 by Albert Marrin is a riveting tale that puts a human face on this medical ...


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STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK
by Richard Z. Santos

Stefan Merrill Block’s third novel, Oliver Loving, took him five years to write, but the roots of the novel go back even further—to his childhood in Plano, a suburb of Dallas.

In the 1990s, Plano was a rapidly growing city that was one of the first wealthy areas to be hit by the opioid epidemic. “The population changed from something ...


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IJEOMA OLUO
by Megan Labrise

Ijeoma Oluo recognizes that readers of So You Want to Talk About Race are taking a risk.

“We live in a country that tells you you can ignore this subject,” says Oluo, a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and editor at large of The Establishment, an intersectional media site funded and run by women.“If it gets painful, you can just ...


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JILLIAN MEDOFF
by Rachel Sugar

Jillian Medoff is sitting in a pub in Midtown Manhattan slowly sipping a Diet Coke and passionately explaining the history of HR departments. When we meet, it’s less than a month since the Harvey Weinstein allegations broke, less than a week since Mark Halperin, a few days since Kevin Spacey. Everyone is suddenly very interested in HR departments; I am ...


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BLOGS

A POST-MORTAL SFF LIST (INSPIRED BY THUNDERHEAD BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN)
by Thea James

I’ve seen human foibles that have resulted in temporary maiming or momentary loss of life. People stumble into manholes, are hit by falling objects, trip into the paths of speeding vehicles.

And when it happens, people laugh, because no matter how gruesome the event, that person, just like the coyote, will be back in a day or two, as good ...


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LITTLE CHILDREN, BIG EMOTIONS
by Julie Danielson

The starred Kirkus review for one of the books I write about below (The Rabbit Listened) notes how, at its core, it is a story of emotional intelligence, or the ability to identify and manage one’s emotions, as well as others’. We could certainly, in this day and age in America, use more picture books about that very thing, especially ...


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EXPLORING LIFE & LOVE STORIES - AN INTERVIEW WITH FALGUNI KOTHARI
by Bobbi Dumas

If you caught last week’s post, you’ll know that I’m interviewing authors who are at different stages of their careers.  I started January with an interview of Rachel Gibson, a long-established, highly popular romance novelist who’s revisiting her first and most well-known series, The Chinooks.

Last week I interviewed Sonali Dev, and we talked about her fourth (beautiful!) book ...


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