Are ‘Bad Women’ Characters Really the Author? Interview with Laura Sims

By Julie Chibbaro I was fortunate to share the stage with author and librarian Laura Sims at a local reading event (check out the ongoing Spring Street series), and I happened to fall in love with Laura for this reason: She seemed really humble and genuine, despite the content of her fantastically successful recent novel Looker. … Continue reading Are ‘Bad Women’ Characters Really the Author? Interview with Laura Sims

An Eye on the Water: Interview with Ronnie Farley

by Julie Chibbaro You’ve seen her shock of white hair like an aura of wisdom. If you live in Beacon, or anywhere along the New York State Watershed, you’ve seen Ronnie Farley. She is a known entity, a professional photographer, a published author, and a person who very much cares about our environment, though sometimes … Continue reading An Eye on the Water: Interview with Ronnie Farley

The Value of Creative Cross-Pollination: a Conversation with John Blesso

By Linda Pratt I have worked in children’s book publishing my whole adult life. In watching the careers of some of the most influential creators in our industry, there’s a common thread--a pushing of boundaries outside of the familiar. For example, Maurice Sendak was discovered by famed editor, Ursula Nordstrom through the window displays he … Continue reading The Value of Creative Cross-Pollination: a Conversation with John Blesso

The World is Wrong-side Out: a Conversation with Playwright Karen Malpede

by Jody Strimling-Muchow I was feeling pretty crappy the day that I had scheduled an interview with Karen Malpede. I was just hoping I had enough energy to make it through without sounding like an idiot. And I was nervous, because, well, it’s Karen Malpede. She is a playwright, a director, a teacher, an ecofeminist, … Continue reading The World is Wrong-side Out: a Conversation with Playwright Karen Malpede