Browsing All Posts published on »June, 2014«


June 22, 2014


Ah, the books of summer. My thoughts were pointed in this direction the other day when NPR aired their piece on road trips. They really had me when they closed with Christopher Paul Curtis’ Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963. I loved that they put this book in the middle of adult summer reading. I […]

book review: Drift

June 20, 2014


title: Drift author: M. K. Hutchins date: Tu Books, May 2014 main character: Tenjat M.K. Hutchins gave herself one helluva challenge of world building with this one. I think she’s taught me that when reading speculative fiction, it’s advisable to look for the author’s notes in order to better understand this new world and the […]

author interview: Estela Bernal

June 18, 2014


Estela Bernal made her debut as an author this past May with Can You See Me Now? (Pinata/Arte Publico). As you get to know her today and find out a little more about Can You See Me Now? you’ll be impressed but, be even more impressed to know that she’s donating 100% of her proceeds […]

Heaven Help Us All

June 17, 2014


My plan: To write a quick little post about summer reading and summer at ALA. But, you know what they say about the best laid plans. I wasn’t online last night and missed the Limbaugh shenanigans. Only a small part of me wants to understand the method to this man’s madness the rest of me […]

review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

June 13, 2014


title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before author: Jenny Han date: Simon and Schuster; April, 2014 main character: Lara Jean Song Covey   I began this book expecting a nice, light summer story; one of those good romances that I haven’t read in a very long time To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before […]

New Releases: June

June 10, 2014


  The Truth Against the World by Sarah Jamila Stevenson; Flux In her parents’ San Francisco flat, Olwen Nia Evans, Wyn for short, has been having unsettling dreams about her family’s past in Wales. But her dreams don’t match up with what she’s been told by her dying grandmother, Rhiannon. On the other side of the […]

Rambling on a Rainy Tuesday

June 10, 2014

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This morning, I suddenly realized that one reason I don’t do as many informational posts any more is because I post what I find on Facebook. Please, feel free to follow me there! Have you had a chance to read “Against YA”? I’ve read pretty lively attacks directed at the thoughts expressed in the article […]

book review: Saving Kabul Corner

June 9, 2014


title: Saving Kabul Corner author: N. H. Senzai date: Simon and Schuster; 2014 main character: Ariana Shinwari synopsis: From Afghanistan to America, family matters most in this companion to Shooting Kabul, which Kirkus Reviews called “an ambitious story with much to offer.” A rough and tumble tomboy, twelve-year-old Ariana couldn’t be more different from her […]

Guest Post: Ayanna Coleman

June 8, 2014


An assistantship with The Center for Children’s Books (CCB) during her time at GSLIS at the University of Illinois  Urbana-Champagin provided Ayanna Coleman with the knowledge and skills she needs to navigate the publishing world, and this past December she used that knowledge to  launched her own literary agency, Quill Shift Literary Agency. Quill Shift Literary Agency handles all […]