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LitStack Review: High Stakes – A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

High Stakes:  A Wild Cards Novel George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass, editors Tor Books Release Date:  August 30, 2016 ISBN 978-0-7653-3562-3 In 1983, author George R. R. Martin was given a birthday gift:  SuperWorld, a roleplaying game. For two years, he and his Albuquerque gaming circle obsessed over building characters that then […]

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National Book Critics Circle Finalists Announced

The National Book Critics Circle has announced the finalists for their 2015 awards, as well as the recipients of three annual awards. Take a look! AUTOBIOGRAPHY The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick Bettyville by George Hodgman Negroland by Margo Jefferson H is for Hawk […]

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2015 World Fantasy Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2015 World Fantasy Awards were announced Sunday night in Sarasota, New York at the annual World Fantasy Convention.  So let’s get right to the winners! NOVEL WINNER: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy […]

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LitStack Review: The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

The Gates of Evangeline Hester Young G. P. Putnam’s Sons Release Date:  September 1, 2015 ISBN 978-0-399174-001 It’s a compelling story. A woman is haunted by the sudden death of her young son.  That it was from “natural causes” does not assuage mother’s grief, ease the sudden emptiness, blunt the pervasiveness of memories.  She tries […]

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Author, Dies at 82

Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure. ~  Oliver Sacks, February 2015 When my son came home from college after declaring a psychology major, one of the textbooks he brought with him was Oliver Sacks’ The […]

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Gimbling in the Wabe – Beautiful, Beautiful Words

There are quite a few memorable first sentences in literature:  “Call me Ishmael.”  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”  Or, my personal favorite, “In a hole […]

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Jacqueline Woodson Named Young People’s Poet Laureate

The Poetry Foundation announced on Wednesday that Jacqueline Woodson had been named its Young People’s Poet Laureate for 2015 – 2016.  According to the Foundation’s website, “The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry […]