INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

LIDIA YUKNAVITCH
by Jordan Foster

The girl comes alive in the white of the snow and on the white of the page in Lidia Yuknavitch’s incendiary new novel, The Small Backs of Children. It’s a story as fragmented as the fallout from the bomb that obliterated the girl’s family yet as interconnected as the lived experiences that bind the far-flung female artists populating Yuknavitch’s universe ...


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COOL HAND LUKE AT 50
by Gregory McNamee

Donn Pearce’s Cool Hand Luke is a hot book. A hot, sweaty book. A hot, sweaty, stinking book. When you read it, having worked vicariously on a chain gang in a Florida July, you’ll want to take four or five showers—and you’ll give up any thought of a life of crime, especially one south of the Pee Dee and east ...


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O, CANADA
by Vicky Smith

The bees are buzzing, the summer winds are soughing, so it must be time for that annual celebration of national identity: Canada Day. Although Canadians typically don’t make as much noise as we Americans do, I have found that they make excellent books, and this year is no exception. Join me for a quick tour.

Montreal author/illustrator Marie-Louise Gay ...


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ROCKET IS BACK!

Adorable Rocket the dog and his many pals (including a moonlighting Goose) are returning in R Is for Rocket: An ABC Book, out on July 7. Author Tad Hills explains a bit about Rocket and his friends in this irresistible new video. We feel so sorry for Goose, who finds walking a little difficult. Check out Tad Hills’ new video!


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BLOGS

CATS AND PONIES AND PIGS, OH MY
by Julie Danielson

I’ve got a wee menagerie in my picture-book round-up this week—pigs, cats, ponies. If you’re looking for other creatures, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but these are three books that won’t let you down.

First up is Marcus Ewert’s rhyming Mummy Cat, illustrated by Lisa Brown and coming to shelves later this month. There are several narrative layers to this ...


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ANTICIPATING HISTORY
by Bobbi Dumas

I think it’s safe to say that there are a lot of upcoming historical romances that are generating some excitement!

On August 4, Lauren Willig’s excellent Pink Carnation series will come to an end with the release of The Lure of the Moonflower. Lady Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, will finally meet her match, and I’ll go out on ...


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THE PIONEERING CLARE WINGER HARRIS
by Andrew Liptak

That the third prize winner should prove to be a woman was one of the surprises of the contest, for, as a rule, women do not make good scientifiction writers, because their education and general tendencies on scientific matters are usually limited. But the exception, as usual, proves the rule, the exception in this case being extraordinarily impressive. The story ...


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