Meet the Faculty

 falcon quinn  Jenny Boylan's next book is the first of the Falcon Quinn series, coming from HarperCollins in May 2010.  Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror is about kids who turn into monsters, who are then sent to a school where they're taught how to imitate human beings, in order to survive in the world.  But what's better-- to learn how to be something you're not, in order to live?  Or to embrace your "true self"-- if your true self is, say,  a zombie?  

"A nightmare and a fairy tale all rolled into one, Falcon Quinn is an action-packed adventure full of slimy, terrifying, heart-wrenching and hilarious moments."

        --- Cecily von Ziegesar

Visit Jenny Boylan's website.

 Live from the Homesick Jamboree is  a brash, brave, funny, tragic hue and  cry on growing up female in the 1970s.

"Live from the Homesick Jamboree continues Blevins’s straightforward —sometimes to the delicious point of crude—narration. In the first poem, the speaker is compared to a wolf and both girl and wolf survive drowning. In the last poem, 'Now There’s a River,' there is a final effort to drown the wild girl, but by this point, the poet’s readers know better. You cannot drown a wolf, and 'her heart that was once bone. is still enduring as bone underneath."

                         -- ForeWord

Visit Adrian Blevins at Powell's.

 live from homesick jamboree


 good-for-the-jews1 Debra Spark won the Michigan Literary Ficton prize for her third novel, Good for the Jews.

"Spark is her sly, funny, and cutting best in her thrid novel, a clever and affecting variation on the biblical story of Esther. The setting is Madison, Wisconsin, a liberal heartland stronghold not without its dark side. (...) With agile dialogue, escalating weirdness and menace, and tricky questions of lust, love, fear, stereotyping, and hate underlying each hilarious, caustic, and unnerving scene, Spark's canny novel of outsiders and insiders unveils many hard truths about the enigmas of the self and others in relationships both private and public."

 -- Donna Seaman, Booklist

Visit Debra Spark's website