INTERVIEWS & PROFILES

ELIZABETH ALEXANDER
by Megan Labrise

For the cover of The Light of the World: A Memoir, poet Elizabeth Alexander chose one of many hundreds of paintings by her late husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus. The buoyant abstract is titled “Solitary Boat in Red and Blue.”

“I chose that particular painting because I think there’s something that is haunting about it,” she says. “The boat is ...


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ON VACATION, FINDING A SERIES TO READ BACK AT HOME
by Laurie Muchnick

I write this from Florida, where I’ve spent a week sitting in my parents’ backyard, reading. (I’ve done a few other things but not much. This is my idea of a good time.) Vacation, for me, is a time to read books that have nothing to do with work, and the first thing I wanted to do this time is ...


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KATE BOLICK
by Alex Heimbach

When Kate Bolick first came across the essayist Maeve Brennan, she was happily living with her boyfriend in Boston. Yet Bolick saw herself in Maeve, a woman who lived alone for most of her life without settling into a relationship or a home—the most stable presence in her life was The New Yorker, where she was a staff writer. Maeve ...


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THE VERSATILITY OF INDIELAND
by Karen Schechner, Senior Indie Editor, Kirkus Reviews

For most of its 80-plus years, Kirkus didn’t review poetry. That changed in 2005 with the launch of Kirkus Indie, and now poetry regularly appears on our annual list of Best Indie Books. (One indie author—poet, Jesuit priest, and professor William J. Rewak—has had two of his books, The Right Taxi and The Orphan Bear, appear on our Best of ...


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BLOGS

BEFORE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON GETS HERE...
by Ana Grilo

Avengers: Age of Ultron is out next week in the U.S. While I’m sure it’s going to be a good, fun film and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’m also pretty sure that it’s going to be a dude-fest. Apart from Black Widow (all hail) and Scarlet Witch (an unknown entity at this point), the franchise’s ...


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BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE
by Julie Danielson

I’ve got great nonfiction picture books on the mind this week, and here are but a small handful of them. Let’s get right to it.

First up, because it’s one of the most beautifully designed picture books I’ve seen this year, is Mara Rockliff’s Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno ...


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THE HIGHLY AMUSING DOUGLAS ADAMS
by Andrew Liptak

There are some days you remember very clearly. In May 2001, I was attending the first annual Young Vermont Writer's Conference in Burlington, Vermont, and it was there I really learned that I wanted to write. My new friend Erica and I got out of class and had the chance to check the Internet, where we learned some devastating ...


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