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Happy Thanksgiving!

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As we’ll all be busy prepping turduckens, or Tofurkens, or some mortifying combination of all of the above, I’m saving my next interview for next week. I have a lot of great bookstore owners and authors coming up, and I’m really excited to share all of their thoughts on their careers in the book business. In the meantime, I hope you are getting to spend Thanksgiving eating lots of great food, hanging out with friends and family or at least people you mildly tolerate, and enjoying a break from work and routine. And if not, I...

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Bookstore Interview – Shirley Mullin of Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore

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Bookstore Interview – Shirley Mullin of Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore

Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. Today, I’m excited to feature an interview with Shirley Mullin, the owner of the fantastic Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis, IN. Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore has been serving the Indianapolis area for over 25 years. It has been...

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Author Interview – Kara Thomas

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Author Interview – Kara Thomas

When I first read Kara Thomas’ LITTLE MONSTERS, I was blown away about how expertly the book was paced. Every chapter, it felt like important questions were answered, and even more important questions were raised. I never felt strung along, or like information was being withheld just to create more tension. And, for someone who has read a fair amount of mysteries, and is a fan of unreliable narrators, I didn’t spot how this book was going to end. School Library Journal calls LITTLE MONSTERS “an eerie and masterly...

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Bookstore Interview – Barbara Saunders Sims of Storybook Village

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Bookstore Interview – Barbara Saunders Sims of Storybook Village

Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. That’s why I’m excited to feature an interview with Barbara Saunders Sims, the owner of the thriving Storybook Village in Pentwater, MI.   Storybook Village has been named one of the Best Bookstores for Kids by Red Tricycle, and one of the Top 14...

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My Personal and Extremely Subjective Reading Pet Peeves

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There are a few things that, no matter the merits or the popularity of the book, I am (generally! usually!) cranky about as a reader. These are entirely frivolous matters of personal preference that have become, for me, pet peeves: 1. Gore. I have to skim this. When people in thrillers are getting threatened by saws and hammers and the like, I cannot handle. I will have to skip to when the damage is done and/or people are either dead or recovering in the hospital. 2. Losing fingers or toes. This is more of a pet peeve that I see on TV shows,...

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Author Interview – Louis Sachar

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Author Interview – Louis Sachar

HOLES remains one of my favorite books, and I’m definitely not alone: HOLES won not only the Newbery Medal, but also the National Book Award, along with over a dozen others. But HOLES is far from Louis Sachar‘s only masterpiece: he has written over twenty other books for kids and teens. Most recently, I read THE CARDTURNER, a book which contains the strong emotional heart I’ve come to expect from his work.     I’m so thrilled to have had the chance to ask Louis Sachar a couple of questions about writing and...

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Author Interview – Stefan Bachmann

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Author Interview – Stefan Bachmann

One of my favorite parts about Stefan Bachmann‘s writing is the beauty and imagination of his prose. Not only are his worlds so imaginative, but each character, each description, and each setting is infused with wonder. I first came across his work in THE PECULIAR, which I highly recommend. Bachmann has since published a sequel, THE WHATNOT, and a new title, A DROP OF NIGHT.   THE PECULIAR has received a number of fantastic accolades: it has been named a New York Time’s Editor’s Choice, A Top Ten Indie Next Pick, a...

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Gothic Books – The Cocktail Recipe

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GOTHIC BOOKS – COCKTAIL RECIPE Serves: 1 reader Prep time: As long as it takes you to browse the bookstore. A hint of ghosts. They don’t have to be real ghosts. But if something spooky or supernatural is happening, and we don’t know what yet…perfect. A murder. A body means something happened that must be explained, which means learning about secret desires, jealousies, betrayals, and all sorts of deviousness of the human heart. Cobblestones. Basically, anything and everything that evokes Victorian era or semi-vague-unhistorical...

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Author Interview – Kathleen O’Dell

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Author Interview – Kathleen O’Dell

I first came across Kathleen O’Dell’s work during a period of infatuation with silhouette covers, which to me seemed (and seem) perfectly whimsical, creepy, and enticing. Add a mysterious mansion, hyper-intelligent birds, and the ghostly influence of a magician, and you have a perfect mix of the spooky and magical. Kathleen has written a number of other books for young readers as well (I encourage you to check out the full list on her Goodreads page, linked to below). I was excited to chat with her about her experience writing and...

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Author Interview – Carol Plum-Ucci

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Author Interview – Carol Plum-Ucci

As far as titles go, I’m not sure there are many better than Carol Plum-Ucci’s The Body of Christopher Creed. It’s so simple, and so evocative–all the more because the body, in that story, is missing. I first read The Body of Christopher Creed years ago, but the story has stuck with me. That’s why I was so excited to ask Carol these questions about writing and publishing. And, at the end of the post, you’ll find a number of different ways to connect with Carol and follow what she’s up to.   1....

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