“Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;--
’Tis the wind and nothing more!”
--Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” 1845
Happy #wcw! In honor of the Halloween season, we're featuring the girls and women of genre fiction: females of sci fi, horror and fantasy! The ghouls, demons, witches and creatures of literature aren't all Frankenstein and his monster --- and let's not forget that it was a woman who began the entire contemporary sci fi genre and created Frankenstein and his monster in the first place!
Like Dorothy says, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but when she touched down in Oz I bet she didn’t think it would take over a decade to get back to her roots. Dan Vado knows what it’s like. The owner of Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) and creator of the Alternative Press Expo
(APE) returned to San Jose, California, October 3rd and 4th for an outstanding expo showcasing independent artists, creators and publishers.
As one of this season's most highly anticipated novels, Lauren Groff'
s FATES AND FURIES
is everywhere. I received my copy last week and since then I've seen copies on the subway, in coffeehouses and even in a few restaurants. Focusing on the marriage of Lotto and Mathilde, FATES AND FURIES offers readers to wildly different perspectives of a shared relationship over the course of two decades.
On a recent trip to England this past summer, I was lucky enough to get an intimate tour of the Dennis Severs' House
in the Spitalfields neighborhood of downtown London. The initial point of my trip abroad was to visit my sister and her fiancé (who live across the pond), drink tea at 4pm like the locals, and eat some downright delicious Indian food --- my favorite! But, you know how things go: just when you snuggle comfortably into vacay-relaxation mode, some very cool opportunities come up that cannot be missed.
You know that a book has officially surpassed the bestseller range and attained the elusive category of ‘phenomenon’ when everyone from your office IT guy to your crazy cat-lady neighbor has heard of it. In the last decade, few books have been able to accomplish this feat, but once it happens these works are, for better or for worse, forever cemented into our cultural cannon. There have been a handful within recent memory: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, 50 Shades of Gray, and most recently, Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller GONE GIRL.
Over my summer staycation I read a number of Young Adult (YA) books. About 15 of them! I remembered why I love this category; tight plotting and typically edgy stories. Here are some that I particularly loved and recommend.
September is always a big month for new releases and this year has been no exception. This week, I had the pleasure of attending two book launches for some of this season's most highly anticipated books. In my time in publishing, I've found that book launches are a terrific way for readers to interact with authors and get a behind-the-scenes view at how books are written and published. Best of all, readers can even hear their favorite authors read their work aloud and --- if they're lucky --- even snag a signed book or two.
Happy #wcw! And happy September --- as the school year kicks into gear, we decided to feature ladies of literature who inspire(d) us as we headed back to school! This may be a bit of a #tbt for many of us 20somethings, but the women who gave us the strength and courage to face a whole new year of classes and social confusion are always worth celebrating! New beginnings can be hard. So can recognizing that as a 20something, autumn means a lot less of a structured return to classes and routine and a lot more of figuring out how to do the adult thing when you don’t have a college advisor to turn to. But some things don’t have to change, like our love for the #wcws who inspire our Septembers no matter how we spend them!
Happy #wcw! We're back for another thrilling roundup of our favorite literary heroines and trailblazers. These women are not sidekicks or footnotes in men's stories; they make their own destinies by being fearless and flawed and brave. This group has been inspiring us for a long time, and we hope to find more women in books to continue to empower us!