INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

THAO LAM
by Alex Heimbach

Thao Lam was only 3 when her family left Vietnam for Canada. She barely spoke English, but the library quickly became her favorite place. “You don’t need to know the language to read a children's book, right?” she says. “There's all these beautiful pictures and beautiful artwork in it.” She could create her own stories from ...


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TRANSLATING THE SELF
by Karen Schechner, Vice President of Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus’ first Woman Issue coincides with National Poetry Month, which gives Indie editors the perfect forum to tout the following must-read collections for April. In these works, the poets celebrate multiple facets of identity, including orientation, religion, relationships, language, and voice.

In Mosaic of the Dark, LisaDordal uses her degrees in divinity and the fine arts to interweave Christian references ...


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ISLAM IN 32 PAGES
by Vicky Smith

In this issue, we review two picture books related to Islam. Let us stop now and cheer that two picture books by and about Muslims—and published by mainstream houses, no less—are coming out in the same season, when it wasn’t very long ago that an entire year could pass without a single one: Huzzah!

They make for an interesting juxtaposition ...


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

In 1975, five young feminists finishing up their degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison collectively launched A Room of One’s Own Bookstore. “We had taken some feminist studies courses together and were really interested in starting a feminist bookstore,” says co-founder and owner Sandi Torkildson. They learned by doing everything themselves, from building bookcases to ordering books to accounting. The ...


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BLOGS

FINDING SHELTER IN A KIND GESTURE
by Julie Danielson

Homelessness is a complex issue, one for which many myths are frequently perpetuated — to name but two, the notion that homeless people all suffer from mental illness and/or suffer from alcohol and drug problems and that homeless people are lazy and merely refuse to work. Talking to children about homelessness is a challenging prospect, given that many adults ...


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A LOVELY GARDEN OF MUST-READS
by Bobbi Dumas

Would someone please tell Mother Nature that it’s spring?! Way too much snow considering it’s mid-April! I’ve been trying to ignore the wintry weather outside by reading some more spring-like books.

Let me start with The Forbidden Garden by Ellen Herrick.

Friends. Friends….! 

Have you discovered Ellen Herrick yet?

I read her first book, The Sparrow Sisters, when it ...


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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BINGE WATCHERS
by John DeNardo

Watching television today sure is different than it was when I was growing up. It requires commitment. Back then, if you wanted to watch an episode of Battle of the Network Stars (don't judge me!) you had to sit yourself down in front of the television before it even started or you'd miss Howard Cosell in his gold ...


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