Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

By Ruta Rimas When people think of children’s books, the first type that usually pops into mind is picture books, the often large-trimmed delights of young childhood, sometimes (but not always) read at bedtime. Most adult readers can fondly look back upon their youth and recall a few favorites books, the ones that transformed them … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What’s the deal with children’s books?

Empathy for the Reader

by Kristen Holt Browning I’ve never been a fan of the “books are good for you” school of thought. Books are not broccoli, and poems won’t make you virtuous. Plenty of social scientists disagree with me. Recent studies found that readers of literary fiction do better at recognizing, understanding, and inferring others’ feelings and emotions, … Continue reading Empathy for the Reader

Tony Earley: Writing Past the Sucker Punch

By Flora Stadler Most writers I know would say their relationship to writing is complicated. Periods of inspiration make the world feel as if it’s unfolding just for you. But inspiration comes when it wants, a lot like sadness. Tony Earley, author of the beautiful novel Jim the Boy, and its equally dazzling sequel The … Continue reading Tony Earley: Writing Past the Sucker Punch

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?

By Ruta Rimas As a publishing professional, I’m often asked about the process of book-making, how a Word document is transformed into a beautiful, typeset, bound, physical object that one can purchase. The answer seems obvious —  write, send off the files to the printer et voilà! Book! — but many are surprised by how … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?

A Unique Burden: Interview with Writer Leland Cheuk

by Julie Chibbaro Some writers, even though they’re so different from you, make you want to be just like them. I think of Leland Cheuk, whom I met over fifteen years ago at the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, as one of those writers—despite our differences, I admire him so much. At Squaw Valley, Leland and … Continue reading A Unique Burden: Interview with Writer Leland Cheuk