That Jamel Brinkley received one of Kirkus’ most effusive reviews for a debut short story collection has little to do with luck.
“It’s difficult to single out any story as most outstanding,” Kirkus writes of A Lucky Man, an immersive nine-story set that begets a bold mosaic of black masculinity.
Brinkley’s settings are Brooklyn, the Bronx, and beyond. His foci are fathers and sons, brothers, and friends whose relationships shift along a spectrum of intimacy and estrangement.
Live from the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
“Food is new in every era, in every culture, because we redefine it constantly.”—Daniel Stone, author of The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats, at the “Food: The New Culture” panel
“Next time you go to a fancy restaurant, look above you. You will find overhead track lighting. Never existed before. Because you have to do that now, so when you Instagram the food, it looks pretty. Makes the food look ...
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When it comes to playing with fire, sideshow alumna Tessa Fontaine says fire-eating has nothing on writing a memoir.
“Fire-eating is ultimately within my control,” says the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts. “I can be unafraid. I can take an actual element of the earth and master it in some way, or have a relationship with it....A memoir is way more frightening.”
That may be because her memoir exposes far more than ...
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Here’s a small sampling of the responses writer Whitney Reynolds (@whitneyarner) received to the viral Twitter challenge, “Describe yourself like a male author would,” which appeared on April 1:
“She was mostly too tall for me to see her but sometimes I noticed that she was man-sized, with man-sized shoulders and small breasts. I 100% did not find this intimidating why do you ask.”—Linnea Hartsuyker, author of The Half-Drowned King (@linneaharts)
“She was forty but could have passed ...
By middle school, author-illustrator Hope Larson had found her thing—art! writing!—just not her people.
“Oh god, I was a huge dork,” says Larson, an Eisner Award-winning comic artist, who writes the “Batgirl” series for DC Rebirth! “I was into fantasy novels, computer games—just nothing cool about me at all. Got a really bad haircut partway through middle school that didn’t help.
“It just felt like there was no one I could relate to in my pretty small private ...
We talk to the illustrator of THE GOLDEN THREAD
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The tools of progress can be humble and unexpected. For Pete Seeger, it was a banjo whose head read “This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender.” For Olympia-based papercut artist Nikki McClure, it’s an X-Acto knife.
“There’s a coup going on in our country,” says McClure, who, in the fall of 2016, shelved her own work-in-progress to prioritize illustrating The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger by children’s author and Decemberists rocker Colin Meloy.
Live from the 2018 NBCC Awards
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“I know that Her Body and Other Parties is terrifyingly real right now. I wish it wasn’t. I would give this book up in one second if I thought I could make it less relevant, if I could undo my own need to have written it. But the fact is, it’s always been this real. The fact is, stories exist whether or not we decide to commit them to the page. I consider myself lucky to have coaxed a few ...
A Sponsored Interview with the CEO of Sourcebooks, America's Largest Woman-Owned Publisher
[SPONSORED] As a powerful woman in publishing, Dominique Raccah knows she’s uniquely positioned to help promote women’s diverse stories.
“I’m very excited by the #MeToo movement,” says Raccah, CEO and founder of Sourcebooks, Inc., of Naperville, Illinois, the largest woman-owned American publishing company. “I get that it’s hard to see [men] who you respected and who are iconic in certain fields brought low, but those women’s experiences are the truth. We need to understand their experiences, and we need ...