INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

JAMES HANNAHAM
by Benjamin Rybeck

A young black man named Eddie, driving through the darkness of rural Louisiana, terrycloth wrapped where his hands once lived: with this violent, hectic image, James Hannaham opens Delicious Foods, his second novel. It’s a hell of a hook, yes—questions raised, hearts racing—but from there, the prologue settles down. Upon reaching a small town, Eddie starts a successful business as ...


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LET'S HEAR IT FOR LIVE BUGS
by Vicky Smith

Editing reviews of children's and teen books can lead to some pretty strange diversions. Take fireflies—or more precisely, best practices in catching fireflies.

In this issue we review Good Night, Firefly, by Gabriel Alborozo. It's a strikingly illustrated nighttime adventure about little Nina, who is afraid of the dark. When her night light's bulb burns out one ...


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CHRISTIAN KIEFER
by Megan Labrise

Christian Kiefer is smart. He has a PhD in American literature and teaches at American River College in Sacramento. His mentors are T.C. Boyle, Richard Ford, Pam Houston and Denis Johnson, who he thanks in the acknowledgements for his second novel, The Animals.

The Animals is so good, it’s hard to be smart about it. It’s got the lyrical ...


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FOREIGN INFLUENCE: MARCH 2015
by Catherine Hickley

This is the launch of a feature we will publish on the 15th of each month to give you advance insight into books first published overseas. You’ll be hearing about these books when they arrive in America; now you know how the readers and critics who saw them first reacted to them. —Ed.

The Illuminations
O’Hagan, Andrew
U ...


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BLOGS

THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE ATARGATIS
by Ana Grilo

The thing about horror stories featuring mythological monsters as popular as mermaids is that the reader needs to be prepared to let go of any preconceptions in order to be truly engaged just as the author needs to be ready to do something new with it.

Enter Rolling in the Deep, a new novella by Mira Grant, which tells the ...


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A. MERRITT AND PLAUSIBLE SCIENCE FICTION
by Andrew Liptak

In my last column, we spoke about Jack Williamson and his work in the science-fiction field. Early in his life, he was particularly inspired by one author, A. Merritt, a prolific author in the burgeoning speculative pulp field and a major journalist of the era.

Abraham Merritt was born on January 20th, 1884 in Beverly, New Jersey. Throughout his professional ...


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HEATHER'S DESCENDANTS
by Julie Danielson

Know what picture book is having a big birthday this year? Lesléa Newman’s Heather Has Two Mommies is turning 25 years old, and Candlewick Press is celebrating with an anniversary edition of the book. Originally illustrated by Diana Souza, this birthday edition includes illustrations from Laura Cornell, who has illustrated many of Jamie Lee Curtis’ bestselling picture books.

But you ...


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