We girls were sitting in the dark, watching an animated film of a gazillion sperm with dark crooked eyebrows and grimaces of effort and strain, snarled lips with teeth showing, all of them in a race of wriggling tails, trying to get to the egg, who was batting her long eyelashes, awaiting the lucky dude’s arrival.
Is that all they could have the egg do? Sit there and wait? Why wasn’t she charging around too, gnashing her teeth?
I run the risk of this week’s column looking a lot like a television clip show. But I’m working on a presentation for the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature on the best picture books of the year (from, to be precise, July of 2015 till now). As I’ve worked on my list, I’ve noticed what a good year it’s been for story-time picture books. I come from a school-librarian background, and I always like to ...
On Ash Lane, along a row of silver bullet caravans, a blackbird lands on a fence post. His eyes reflect a vast mountain range. Standing at the back of no. 9 looking toward the parhelia are Constance Fairbairn, her child Stella and the Incomer. Neighbours step out onto porches and everyone is unusually quiet, nodding to each other instead of saying hello.
Stella imagines the brightest sun is for her, the second is for her mother and the last is ...
“They were cons long before they were parents. The next big job, and their self-preservation, has always come first. It always will.”
—Perfect Liars, Kimberly Reid
Andrea Faraday is in her junior year at the prestigious—and expensive—Woodruff School. She’s at the top of her class, known for her volunteerism and all-around Good Girl qualities, and her social status is helped by her family’s claim of distant royal connections on both sides: her mother, descended from a Nordic king ...
Susan Mallery photographed by Annie Brady
If you (like me) have wondered a) how the heck Susan Mallery writes so many good books in a year, or b) what you’re going to do now that she’s (possibly) written the last Fool’s Gold book, then take heart, loyal reader! I was recently lucky enough to have a phone interview with the friendly and very prolific author, and she gave me the lowdown on lots of our questions.
The author backstory: Mallery ...
It can be argued that the small press publisher is a key ingredient to shaping the future of science fiction and fantasy literature. Some of literature's brightest stars can be found in the books they publish. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to run a small press? I talked with the following small press publishers to learn about why they do what they do, the challenges they face, and the shining voices they publish:
BOOK REPORT for This Savage Song (The Monsters of Verity #1) by Victoria Schwab
Cover Story: Deceptive
BFF Charm: Maybe x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: She Thought, He Thought
Bonus Factors: Paranormal Creatures
Anti-Bonus Factor: Lack of Backstory
Factor: Duology Starter
Relationship Status: Looking Forward to a Second Date
Cover Story: Deceptive
This cover is pretty, and, at first glance, made me think This Savage Song is a book about a prodigy violinist who wanders through alleys ...
Reporter: There will be talk about you going down as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. What do you think when you hear someone talk like that?
Serena Williams: I prefer the words ‘one of the greatest athletes of all time.’
2016 has been a hard year for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons, and last week was harder than most. This past weekend, the only real joy I saw in my Twitter ...