Fiction

An Armenian family receiving food relief, 1915 (source: Wikimedia)

Remembering the Armenian Genocide: an Interview with Dana Walrath

Today on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we talk to Dana Walrath, the author of a YA book about two Armenian children fleeing the violence.

by × April 24, 2015 ×

Image by Jamieson Fry, © 2013

An Interview with TC Boyle

Catching up with TC Boyle before His Award at the LA Times Festival of Books If you’ve ever wanted to hear this blogger giggle like a schoolgirl, look no further than this interview with PEN/Faulkner award-winner TC Boyle. He’s the author of 24 books and countless stories, and his works[…]

by × April 16, 2015 ×

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Before the interview I must disclose that I know Corina Vacco from a writers group in Berkeley. But please don’t think this is a situation where I’m eager to share the writing of a friend. No! It’s quite the opposite: from my first exposure to her prose I determined to[…]

by × March 30, 2015 ×

A graphic we made for our excerpt from Anais Nin's classic A Spy in the House of Love

Can Classic Lit Be Steamy? An Excerpt from A Spy in the House of Love

Today we’re sharing the first chapter from Nin’s breakout novel, A Spy in the House of Love. The story takes place in New York during the age of Mad Men. Like Nin, the lead character Sabina is leading a double life. She tells her secrets to a professional lie detector, a man she found by dialing a random number.

by × March 24, 2015 ×

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski is the Quentin Tarantino of story writers.  His books are straight-up action, with a salt shaker sprinkle of violence, after somebody unscrewed the top off the salt shaker.  Duane Swierczynski does not hold back.  A receipt for This Here’s a Stick-Up, Duane’s nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was[…]

by × March 17, 2015 ×

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

If you haven’t heard of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, that may be because it has changed its name. It was formerly the Orange Prize, but also the straightforward Women’s Prize for Fiction. But now everyone’s favorite Irish liqueur has offered to help sponsor it, and the Bailey’s Women’s[…]

by × March 13, 2015 ×

Previous celebrity readers include Robin Williams and Kirk Douglas

Read Across America on Doctor Seuss’s Birthday

Did you know it takes less than ten minutes to read a Doctor Seuss book from cover to cover?I know this because there are dozens, if not hundreds, of student readings of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! on Youtube, all in honor of 2015’s celebration of Read Across America. The[…]

by × March 2, 2015 ×

Quirk Publishing Spotlight (and a Chance to Win a Free Book)

Quirk Publishing Spotlight (and a Chance to Win a Free Book)

Quirk Mash Up Books…or You Got Your Chocolate in My Peanut Butter Mash-up books have become a popular trend and I believe nobody does it better than Quirk Publishing.  You take a classic novel like Pride and Prejudice or Anna Karenina, and you add in Zombies or Androids, and you[…]

by × February 20, 2015 ×

Newbery Award-winner Kwame Alexander

Newbery Award Winner Kwame: Get a Peek Inside 2014’s Best Children’s Book

When you think of poetry books for children, maybe you think of Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstine. But Kwame Alexander has written a book entirely in verse about, of all things, basketball. And guess what? It’s the best children’s book of 2014. I wouldn’t be so bold as to make[…]

by × February 18, 2015 ×