I’m generally pretty lousy at noting trends in the picture book world, but one thing I’ve noticed lately is the publication of several new picture books, all within a two-month span, about evolution. Depending on where an author lives, to even write about evolution is inviting complaints. I live in the South and still run into creationists. Just the other day I read about an educator wanting to take students on a field trip to Kentucky’s Creation Museum, built by ...
Michele Wood photographed by Kevin Parker.
The way Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator Michele Wood approaches her picture books is a bit unusual, compared to the traditional way most picture books are made, and her newest book is but one example. Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song was her concept, and for it she created 13 striking original paintings. She then submitted the images, as she explains to me below, to author Cynthia Grady, who wrote text to accompany the artwork. Millbrook ...
I just love the fact that the American Library Association and the Office of Intellectual Freedom do such a great job each year to remind us that freedom in reading is important and that we should all be mindful of the slippery slope that censorship can lead to.
If you’d like to read more about this annual week-long event, check out ALA’s page:
From there you’ll find a wealth of fascinating, inspiring, and ...
Last time, I talked about Harrow County, and with Halloween on the horizon, thought I’d stick with the horror theme and look for something with a bite this week. What I found, qualifies.
Victorian England makes a great backdrop for paranormal stories these days. And perhaps, it always has. That was the age of séances and a general and open interest in all things mystical or occult. Today, we have hits on TV like “Penny Dreadful”, and “Doctor Who” playing ...
A Savory Selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in October
There are literally hundreds of speculative books released every month. I'm willing to bet that you don't have time to read them all, so you might like to know: where should you start? The answer is right here, with this roundup of the must-read science fiction and fantasy books being released in October. Included in this month's selection are stories about technological information ...
BOOK REPORT for Into White by Randi Pink
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Real Talk
Bonus Factors: Dean Winchester Award for Cool Older Brotherhood, Keeping Up Appearances, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Relationship Status: An Affair to Remember
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
This is a cute illustration that probably sums up the plot in the best way possible—provided that you don't misconstrue the two versions of Toya as ...
Harlan Coben photographed by Ali Karim.
So this might be the funniest story to come out of Bouchercon 2016, the September 15-18 World Mystery Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
As Icelandic crime novelist Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (Someone to Watch Over Me) writes on her Facebook page, she had been scheduled to hold a public meet-and-greet session on Friday afternoon during Bouchercon, along with fellow Reykjavik native Ragnar Jonasson (Snowblind) and Norwegian cop-turned-author Jørn Lier Horst (The Caveman). Their event was to take place in an establishment ...