Why kids don't need to be educationated

Whoa, sounds dramatic, right? But it's true. I dislike (sometimes bordering on despise) it when people treat children as space aliens. When they refuse to let children into their normal lives. When they segregate them by age groups....more

8 Literary-Inspired Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

Ice cream is the perfect summer treat. But what can make it even more special is being able to read a favorite book, and treat yourself (or your kids) to the character's favorite ice cream afterwards. Some of these are kid friendly, and some are just for you! Here are eight ice creams inspired by our favorite books for National Ice Cream Day (July 19th). ...more

Sensational Selections for Your Book Club

Howdy Bookworms!You know that feeling when it's your turn to choose a book for book club and you're freaking out because you don't know what to pick? I've got you covered! I've made a list of fool proof choices for your next meeting, thanks to a prompt from The Broke and the Bookish. It's Top Ten Tuesday time, y'all!...more

Cranky Broads

Upon learning of my career as a teacher of writing, a former college professor wryly noted, "Composition is the armpit of the university." As had also been the case when he commended Wallace Stegner as the United States' greatest author, the former professor's judgment was keen....more

Blogging Defiantly: Teaira Whitehead and The Brothers Karamazov

This is part of my NaBloPoMo series exploring the relationship of art and blogging.  ...more

Why Adults Need Diverse Books Too

Why aren’t we reading more adult fiction by writers of color or about the non-white experiences? As much as the news outlets like to tout it, reading isn’t dead. At least once a week, a Facebook friend will ask for book recommendations. Social media has made reading more social. We share status updates about our current reads, rave about books we love, and even track our reading progress all through social media. ...more
Grace Hwang Lynch Ab.so.lutely!!more

DJ, Journalist & Rock Star Kenny Weissberg Heads a Great Line-Up on The After Nyne Show

Episode 5 of the After Nyne Show has just launched and I’m incredibly excited about it. I talk to author Jane Cable, Lleucu Siencyn, the Chief Executive of Literature Wales about the Dylan Thomas Centenary and talk music with DJ, journalist and author Kenny Weissberg. There’s also music from Hadar Manor.To listen to the podcast on pod bean click on the link below:http://afternyne.podbean.com/2014/02/14/the-after-nyne-show-episode-5/...more

Moar Chapter Seven

It was a strange phone call by anyone’s standards. She had gotten to know the caller, and her daughter, through Steven’s best friend, Ron, whom he stayed with in California.  She identified herself as Darla, and asked how Margie was.“I’m doing okay.”“That’s good.  You’re probably surprised to hear from me.”“Honestly, yes.  I haven’t spoken with Steven in months.”Margie went on to explain how their relationship began to devolve....more