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The Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, California, took place on a beautiful day where the golden light was like something out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. On October 8 and 9, 2016, The San Jose Convention Center was the scene of yet another great APE get-together. The Alternative Press Expo is the premier show for authors and artists in an intimate venue offering visitors lots of opportunities to meet with exhibitors previewing new and newish contributions to the comic medium with dips into every genre. In the words of APE’s creator, Dan Vado, “APE was created for people who have the need, for people who would create what they create even when there is zero money and a minuscule audience...” Artists who bring “passion, energy and their craft and the media of comics.”
The Basics Title: LONER Author: Teddy Wayne Published: September 13, 2016 Other books: THE LOVE SONG OF JOHNNY VALENTINE, KAPITOL
I marked the day on my calendar. I looked over the program. I circled the names that intrigued me the most. I asked my mom for money to buy all the things I wanted. I was denied the excessive budget I felt I deserved. I reassessed and narrowed down my list. I was ready.
Many of our readers are just entering high school, starting college, or somewhere in between. For those of you in-betweeners, you've probably heard a lot about the summer after high school, the one where everything has the potential to change. In author Jane Ozkowski’s novel, WATCHING TRAFFIC, 18-year-old Emily has just finished high school, but has no idea what she should do next. As she tries to figure out who she is, her story is accompanied by witty, sharp descriptions of small-town life, dealing with tragedy and coming of age. In this post, Jane Ozkowski describes the potential of the summer after high school graduation and why it makes for such compelling stories.
January 27, 2016

Woman Crush Wednesday: Looking Ahead to 2016

Posted by Maya
Welcome to our first #wcw of 2016! With just a few weeks under our belts, this round we're featuring the women we're looking forward to reading this year! Be it a new title by our favorite author set for release in the coming months, revisiting our favorite literary heroines to motivate us for the year ahead, finally picking up that recommendation or that classic we've always been meaning to get into, or looking forward to a totally new story we've heard about --- we're excited about the literary ladies we'll get to experience in 2016! Here's hoping that this year encourages even more diverse, complex and exciting girls and women in literature and beyond.
In the past, it was much easier, even though they told me not to do it: Walking around a Borders, looking for that latest paperback to grab and read on the plane, and spying a cover that caught my eye. Nowadays, with the closure of brick-and-mortar bookstores and the explosion of online shopping, it’s much harder: judging a book by its cover.
December 15, 2015

Woman Crush Wednesday: 2015 Roundup!

Posted by Maya
Happy Holidays, and happy #wcw! Unseasonably warm as it is, December is half done and 2015 is coming to a close. This year saw so many incredible titles --- and so many wonderful women! We’re still working for female authors to receive the same support and recognition as male authors (the NY Times 2015 top male bestselling authors outnumber the females roughly 2:1...eurgh) but this year did showcase some truly wonderful stories by and about women! Today we feature the most inspirational, the most masterful and the most relatable ladies of literature in 2015. These girls and women emerged on the page this year, but they will be sure to stick with us for many years to come.
“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-- ’Tis the wind and nothing more!” --Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” 1845