R. Gregory Christie
It’s been three years since award-winning author-illustrator R. Gregory Christie packed up his belongings and headed south to Georgia from Brooklyn, all in the name of making children’s books as compelling, as he always put it, as the latest pair of sneakers—and to bring tangible art forms to communities. Once settling in Decatur, he opened GAS-ART GIFTS (“Gregarious Art Statements”). It’s here that he’s been teaching classes to art-lovers of all ages.
But, lucky for his readers, he’s also still ...
Modern reading audiences are accustomed to reading fiction in novel format, but that wasn't always the case. At the turn of the 20th century, another format of fiction was a key distribution method for getting fiction in the hands of readers. That format was serialized fiction. In terms speculative fiction stories—that is, science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, which are of particular interest to readers of this column—serialized fiction has a long and interesting history. But just like readers ...
Science fiction is part of mainstream culture now: movies franchises like Star Wars and television shows have attracted millions of followers. This is a very different environment from that of the earlier days of science fiction, when the genre was largely confined to dedicated fans reading every magazine and novel they could get their hands on. The transition from niche group to mainstream attraction didn’t happen overnight: there were early starting points that began to tip science-fiction into the popular ...
Art Taylor photographed by Tara Laskowski
Art Taylor says he was quite confident, even as a boy in school, that he would grow up to become an author. “I distinctly remember telling my third-grade teacher before Christmas break that I was writing a book and that it would be in bookstores sometime in the spring,” he recalls. In fact, Taylor was off by…oh, almost four decades.
Only now, after a career spent in journalism, academia and short-story writing, has the 47-year-old Taylor finally seen his ...
BOOK REPORT for I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
Cover Story: Nonstandard
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You x 4
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: A.S. King, Mofos!
Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault
Bonus Factors: Poetry, Potty Humor, Grownups That Care
Anti-Bonus Factor: Standardized Tests
Relationship Status: Gonna Make You(r Brain) Sweat
Cover Story: Nonstandard
Simple and effective, this cover borrows its look from bubble sheets of standardized tests, but refuses to conform by ...
In the early hours of 2 February 2005, a fire at Elmbridge High School in Somerset killed three and injured twenty. For two decades, little was revealed about the tragedy. However, rumors flooded the internet, linking “Kaitlyn” Johnson, “the girl of nowhere,” to the blaze. This was nothing more than wild speculation.
—The Dead House, Dawn Kurtagich
I’ve been on a bit of a horror kick lately—specifically, I’ve been watching lots and ...
The emperor was so in love with these strong, dedicated and deadly women that when his son Ghirit came of age, he passed an edict that the boy’s bride would be determined in the style of a ro’haar tournament. Considering that any female with a claim to power in the empire would be allowed to enter the tournament, the councils adopted the edict immediately. Everyone imagined their sister, niece or daughter winning and becoming the next empress.
The Empress Game ...
It’s been a pretty big week for me! Seven days ago was my birthday, two days ago I moved my younger son into his college dorm, and I have some exciting new writing projects in the works.
That’s quite a lot, yes? All good, too—though the empty nest thing’s a little weird and occasionally makes me take a deep breath filled with mixed emotions.
I’m also preparing for my various end-of-year favorite lists, and I asked my fans ...