|| 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."
Visit Adrian Blevins at Powell's.
||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
-- Donna Seaman, Booklist
Visit Debra Spark's website