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Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions: Stephanie Perkins

Hostile Questions is, of course, known for its questioning, which is of a hostile bent, but something strange happened when I met up with Stephanie Perkins, author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. There I was, bitter beyond my years, when we […]

By September 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

The 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge

It’s hard to believe that the first 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge was -> five -> long -> years -> ago. You know what I could have accomplished in five years? Why, I could have a strapping five-year-old child by now. Or two-and-a-half two-and-a-half-year-old children—is that how it works? Or five deformed fetuses floating in mason jars? Whatever—point is, I’ve spent every year since 2009 cramming […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

It’s been a while since our last Webcomics Wednesday post, and with the bold new look of our blog, we decided to make a bold new move and . . . do something we did a long time ago! But there’s never been a better time to pay attention to webcomics. More and more comics […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winners

The winners of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and two runners-up, were announced this morning. Follow the links to read reviews of three of the four titles—both of the winners received the Booklist star. Fiction Winner: The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, by Bob Shacochis Runner-up: Wash, by Margaret Wrinkle   Nonfiction Winner: Your Fatwa Does not Apply Here: Untold […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

On September 4th, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation announced the finalists for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize in fiction and nonfiction. The award honors works of fiction and nonfiction that use literature to illustrate the myriad  and varied experiences of humanity. With these books, the reading experience becomes an exercise in empathy. The […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Country of Extremes: Books about Modern China

Last night, I was fortunate to find myself at the Goodman Theatre for a “friends and family” preview of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s play, The World of Extreme Happiness. It’s a fairly brutal, sometimes funny play about a young woman, Sunny, who has left the countryside for city life and a demeaning job at Jade River, a factory that is […]

By September 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →