Nevermind Changed My Mind by Charlie Nickles

On September 24th, Nirvana’s Nevermind turned 25 years old. Its influence is now legendary and can still be heard in a majority of popular rock songs on the radio. Their fashion (or anti-fashion) has become a cultural landmark of the 90’s. There was a time, however, for a twelve-year-old boy, when being influenced by Nirvana … More Nevermind Changed My Mind by Charlie Nickles

7 Reads We Recommend for September: Fall/ing by Laurel Dowswell & Emily Ramser

“But you can see me under this green mesh” by Renée Francoeur in Squawk Back:

Francoeur covers her tenacious heroine with objects throughout this direct and hearty first person narrative, creating a highly charged set of cohesive scenes filled with symbolism and emotion… … More 7 Reads We Recommend for September: Fall/ing by Laurel Dowswell & Emily Ramser

MacArthur Winners, a Czech Zeppelin and more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

MacArthur Winners Announced! The 2016 MacArthur Fellows include a human rights lawyer, an art historian, a theoretical computer scientist, and many others including some incredible creative thinkers and activists. As President Julia Stasch says of the honorees, “While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give … More MacArthur Winners, a Czech Zeppelin and more! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

The Bookbinder of Bogota by Tom Darin Liskey

Evening falls in La Candelária neighborhood in Bogotá, Colombia. Clouds drape the eastern hills overlooking the old city. Church bells toll, and pigeons break into flight. But in one of the more quiet lanes above the hustle and bustle of the cathedral dominated Plaza Bolívar—Rafael Martínez is bent over the “guts” of an antique book. … More The Bookbinder of Bogota by Tom Darin Liskey

An Interview with Jen Michalski by Curtis Smith

“I don’t make the characters do what I would do in facing these situations—as I’ve already illustrated, my characters seem to thwart me on every level—but I do wind up learning a lot about myself when writing about others. It reminds me of how psychologists say that children play as a way to learn to navigate social situations, that they’re sort of practicing for the real thing. And I guess, in a way, writers are people who have just never stopped playing.” ~ Jen Michalksi … More An Interview with Jen Michalski by Curtis Smith

Queen Sugar, a Brisbane Walkout, and Much More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

On September 6th, the debut of the series, Queen Sugar, at Oprah’s OWN attracted a huge audience and received the second best debut in the network’s history. The second night was OWN’s best ever, with 2.14 million viewers. … More Queen Sugar, a Brisbane Walkout, and Much More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

For the Love of Books: A Journey Through the 2016 AJC Decatur Book Festival by Laurel Dowswell

The Labor Day holiday marks an ending and a beginning— readying us for a changing of seasons that moves from summer frivolity to autumn responsibilities. But I agree with poet Jericho Brown when he says, “Labor Day is my favorite holiday.” … More For the Love of Books: A Journey Through the 2016 AJC Decatur Book Festival by Laurel Dowswell