INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

ONE DAY, 24 BOOK CRITICS, AND A HANDFUL OF TALENTED WINNERS
by Laurie Muchnick

When the members of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors shut ourselves up in a room to choose the winners of our annual awards—better bring snacks because we’re not leaving until we’re finished!—we’re always careful to consider only the books in front of us. We don’t say things like, “This book has already won other awards so it ...


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DIVERSITY IN REVIEWING
by Vicky Smith

The children’s-lit world has been abuzz recently with Malinda Lo’s thoughtful, heartfelt four-part blog series on diversity in book reviews. I had distinctly mixed feelings when I saw how prominently Kirkus’ reviews figured in her analyses: it’s always nice to know that people are reading what you have to say, but it’s always a bummer to be accused of racism ...


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T.C. BOYLE
by Megan Labrise

Breeze through T.C. Boyle’s epigraphs at your own peril—they’re often the germ of his stories.

“Epigraph and title are really the framework to start nailing the walls onto,” says Boyle, by phone, from home in Santa Barbara, California. It’s one day ahead of the national tour for his 25th book, The Harder They Come, which bears a ...


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ASTRONAUT MARK KELLY DELIVERS EARTHLY LESSONS IN ASTROTWINS
by Vicky Smith

When I met U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, astronaut, at the Texas Book Festival five years ago, I immediately reverted to my 6-year-old self and got all fangirl on the poor man, who had just returned from a mission on the International Space Station and was suffering from mammoth jet lag. I was so star-struck I don’t think I ...


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BLOGS

THESE ARE THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND HORROR READS FOR APRIL
by John DeNardo

Bookstore shelves are overflowing with exciting reads that offer something for everyone, and nowhere is that more evident than on the shelves of the science-fiction and fantasy section. Here are the new speculative fiction books this month that you should check out.

A Crown for Cold Silver by Alex Marshall

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A retired captain, who gave up ...


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I REST MY CASE: PERRY MASON STILL RULES IN THE COURTROOM
by J. Kingston Pierce

My maternal grandfather is largely to blame for my interest in Erle Stanley Gardner and that California author’s best-remembered fictional creation, Los Angeles defense attorney Perry Mason. As boys, my brother and I would spend occasional nights at the home of our mother’s parents, while our own father and mother visited with their friends or dined out together. Our grandfather ...


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YOU HAVEN’T DIED OF DYSENTERY. YET.
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

BFF Charm: Platinum Edition x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Talky Talk: Going Out West

Bonus Factors: Diversity, Oregon Trail, Shakespearean Retelling

Relationship Status: Friends Forever

 

Cover Story: Montell Jordan

I adore this cover. It’s so simple, but manages to incorporate so many story references: the ...


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