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Try Some Retro Recipes from These Americana Cookbooks

Try Some Retro Recipes from These Americana Cookbooks

Whether you’re planning a summer luau or just want to make some good old diner pie at home, the recipes from these Americana cookbooks will please all the hungry hep cats.

by × April 14, 2015 ×

Books for Coaching Youth Soccer

Books for Coaching Youth Soccer

It is very likely that your kids will want to play soccer. Soccer has grown as a sport in America. With over 13 million Americans playing soccer in the United States, soccer is the third most-played team sport in the U.S.  The largest category of soccer in the United States in terms of participation is[…]

by × April 10, 2015 ×

Frost Award 2015 Winner Announced: Congratulations to Kamau Brathwaite

Frost Award 2015 Winner Announced: Congratulations to Kamau Brathwaite

The Poetry Society of America has chosen to give their highest honor, the Frost Award, to Kamau Brathwaite. This is the twelfth award Brathwaite has received. Some other honors bestowed on the poet include the Guggenheim fellowship, the Fulbright fellowship and the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the author of[…]

by × April 8, 2015 ×

Illustration by Ana Juan from The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Excerpt from Best-selling YA Author Catherynne Valente: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

I could spend all day serving you examples of whimsy and humor from these books. From page 93, “Some magic never bends, even if you tear at it with your own teeth.” From page 138, “But it’s their wedding night!” protested September. “Surely they would like to retire with milk and a nice book!” These are random examples found from flipping through the first book. (I normally mark my favorite passages as I read, but was not able to in this case.) But rather than regaling you with further quotes, I’ve brought you an excerpt from the latest book in the series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland.

by × April 6, 2015 ×

by Sebastian Hyde, from Tales of San Francisco Cacophony Society

The Cacophony Society: Best Pranksters Ever?

  Pop quiz: What do Burning Man, Fight Club, flash mobs, urban exploring, art cars and the Billboard Liberation Front have in common? All of them were born of the  pranksters known as the Cacophony Society. They started in San Francisco, 1986 and expanded to have chapters in Detroit, Portland,[…]

by × April 1, 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 ×

A Healthy Cuban Dinner, Courtesy of Veganomicon Author Terry Hope Romero

A Healthy Cuban Dinner, Courtesy of Veganomicon Author Terry Hope Romero

When I went to Cuba at the turn of the millennium, I was thrilled to discover state-run vegetarian cafeterias, supposedly part of Cuba’s efforts to reduce heart disease. Authentic Cuban vegetarian is a rare treat. After all, the quintessential vegetarian foodstuff is the soybean and—as tasty as tofu is—it doesn’t lend itself to Spanish food.Viva Vegan book cover Since that trip many years ago, I’ve never encountered Latin vegetarian recipes.

That’s why I was so excited to discover Viva Vegan from Terry Hope Romero, the author of the best-selling cookbook, The Veganomicon.

by × March 20, 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 ×