“The fact is, these widespread efforts to challenge and ban Lawn Boy have only driven sales and raised awareness of the book. So, what are the book banners actually accomplishing?” —Jonathan Evison, “My Life in Book Banning,” Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2022 Despite some disturbing hate mail, the challenging of Jonathan Evison’s novel Lawn Boy might not have been such...
“When Marek reached the bottom of the mountain and looked out at the dark pasture, he saw his old home and smelled the stench of death floating on the slow breeze as he walked toward it.” —Ottessa Moshfegh, Lapvona Ottessa Moshfegh is one of my favorite living authors. I will read anything by her. Her prose is both straightforward and...
“My writing career, like all writing careers, has been one of dashed hopes, of rising from failure, and of trying again. Writing is a pick-yourself-up, dust-yourself-off profession. It’s a business of endurance.” —Siân Griffiths, “When the Affair Is Over,” Poets & Writers, Sept/Oct 2022 Indeed. That’s why I’m so excited to have a string of wins to report to you...
What’s the loneliest month for a Silent Book Club organizer? Find out in my latest post for the SBC blog. It’s about the changing calendar year and what it means for clubs like mine. Check out the article here! (HINT: It’s not the current month. . . . But seriously, can you guess?)
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