Myfanwy Collins’ latest novel, The Book of Laney, tells the story of fifteen-year-old Laney surviving after her brother is involved in a terrible act of violence against her schoolmates and mother. Sent to live with her grandmother in the rural Adirondacks, she tries to make sense of both her family history and her new existence. Within the dark subject matter, she also navigates love, school, and sacrifice. It’s an outstandingly beautiful book, and the kind of book that should be required reading of anyone who is too quick to dismiss YA as a genre.
With an ethereal folk-pop slant, Lady Lazarus has used her intuition and personal experiences to craft minimalist piano-based songs since 2008. Having released three albums and one EP, her latest is Miracles, out this year on the label Queen’s Ransom. I had a chance to chat with her over email about the themes that fuel her songwriting and what it’s like to be a touring female musician.
In 2014, Titan Comics began publishing new Doctor Who adventures, taking over the reins from IDW, the publisher who handled the property’s comics through the show’s 50th anniversary. They’ve published Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctor-based stories, but this week marks the beginning of a five-issue miniseries with the Ninth. I had a chance to interview the writer, Cavan Scott, over email regarding his story process, as well as some additional thoughts on Doctor Who as a whole.
It’s been ten years since I started my big foreign adventure. In this loose series, I talk to the immigrants I met in 2005 and those I’m only meeting now. They all tell me a bit about the changes that the last decade has brought for them. Read More Ten Years On: Sabine
It’s been ten years since I started my big foreign adventure. In this loose series, I talk to the immigrants I met in 2005 and those I’m only meeting now. They all tell me a bit about the changes that the last decade has brought for them. Read More Ten Years On: Ben
“Mattie is just so hot—”
“I know, right!? I keep hoping she’ll give girls a try.”
My girlfriend and I are in bed. A tangled debacle of dyed hair now enjoined in communal swoon. Mattie Brice brings the pubescent high school crush to your lazy late morning love-a-thon. Read More “I Am A Final Boss”: Interview With (Ex)-Games Critic Mattie Brice
In a week filled with misogyny and gun-related sadness, about which our own Coco wrote about brilliantly, I’m going to mainly direct your attention to other stories happening around the world this week.
Akashic Books has long been at the indie forefront of interesting literature. Along with other fun releases like Simon’s Cat and Go the F—k to Sleep, they’ve expanded their stable to include books aimed at middle grade and young adult readers under their new imprint, Black Sheep. Game World by C.J. Farley is one of their first releases, and it’s a diverse, impressive world aimed at the advanced elementary school-aged reader on up to adults. My almost 10-year-old daughter and I both read it, and I asked her thoughts on the book.