OpEd: Young Adult Lit and the Classroom

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A few years back I was asked by a dear friend if I teach the classics and I answered with an emphatic “No!” He scrunched up his face, tilted his head to the side and replied “Why not?” I sighed and then prepared myself for explaining why I feel like some of the writings of [….]

“Sweet Children” and Trust

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I remember when I first received my first Harlequin book. I was 13 years old. I don’t remember anything about the book other than it’s olive green cover, but what I do remember is the reason why my mother gave me the book and the feeling has stayed with me since. We were leaving our [….]

Banned Book Week Review: ‘Speak’ by Laurie Halse Anderson

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This week we’re celebrating Banned Book Week. We will feature reviews from books that have been previously published, some of which are our favorites, and banned unceremoniously. We hope you will support banned authors and their works. We begin with a review of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This past July, Laurie Halse Anderson posted [….]

LitStack Review: Inheritance by Malinda Lo

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Inheritance Malinda Lo Little, Brown Books for Young Readers ISBN-10: 0316198005 I thought long and hard what to write for this review because there is so much to Malinda Lo’s awesome-sauce speculative fiction novel that I just don’t know where to begin, or to write without giving away spoilers. Inheritance is the sequel to Lo’s [….]

LitStack Review: ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ by Ruth Ozeki

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A Tale for the Time Being Ruth Ozeki Viking Adult ISBN-10:0670026638 A few weeks ago, J. Robert Lennon stirred up controversy with his article in Salon.com about the staleness in contemporary literary fiction. As a fan of both literary and genre fiction, I wanted to argue with him, but I was unfortunately reading A Tale [….]

Celebrating Black History Month: Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta

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Everything Good Will Come Sefi Atta Interlink Books ISBN-10:1566567041 — ♦ — Sefi Atta’s debut novel is a beautiful stirring story on the concept of womanhood, family and love of country. Her protagonist, Enitan Twaio, is a woman of her generation struggling to express her voice in a land that has a history of repressing [….]

Celebrating Black History Month: LitStack Review – Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr.

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Freeman Leonard Pitts Jr. Agate Bolden ISBN-10: 1932841644 — ♦ — With the movie “Django Unchained” sparking so much debate in America about the “real” lives of slaves, I found Leonard Pitts Jr.’s novel Freeman to actually be a perfect companion to the movie, minus the extreme violence that Tarantino is known for.  The main [….]

Celebrating Black History Month: LitStack Review – Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

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Who Fears Death Nnedi Okorafor DAW Trade ISBN-10:0756406692 —♦— In doing research on Black/African-American Science Fiction authors, one name kept popping up – Nnedi Okorafor. I was excited to read Okorafor’s novel Who Fears Death because I had heard many positive comments about the novel. I was not disappointed. Okorafor’s novel takes place in a [….]

LitChat Interview: Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary

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Dawn Frederick and Jennie Goloboy, Red Sofa Literary Red Sofa Literary  was established by Dawn Frederick, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency. Frederick brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; an editor for a YA publisher, a published [….]

Interview: Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes

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This past June I got the pleasant experience to meet and work with one of my favorite authors – Tananarive Due. Later that same week I got double the experience when she invited her husband, Steven Barnes, to talk with us about sexuality, race, slavery in a seminar. Both are authors I greatly admire and [….]