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Geraldine Brooks at BEA: The Secret Chord Review and Panel Overview

On the second day of Book Expo America, I had the opportunity to attend a panel in which Geraldine Brooks, well-known author of People of the Book and March, discussed her newest upcoming novel, The Secret Chord. I then got to meet her both after the panel and again at the signing for the book. The Secret Chord is a historical fiction retelling of the life of King David. In the panel, Ms. Brooks discussed her research process, the role of faith in her writing, female characters, and more. Continue reading Geraldine Brooks at BEA: The Secret Chord Review and Panel Overview

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BookCon Discusses Diversity

Last year, BookCon’s initial line-up provoked a serious outcry regarding the lack of diversity in publishing. This movement grew into a grassroots organization called We Need
Diverse Books that has been working endlessly over the past year to promote diversity, especially in children’s books. One year later, it is clear that these efforts have not been in vain. Diversity was a hot topic at both Book Expo America and BookCon this year. The two events featured at least four panels directly addressing diversity between them. Unfortunately, I was only able to make it to one of these: BookCon’s Saturday morning panel, “We Need Diverse Books Presents In Our World and Beyond.” This panel discussed diversity in the abstract and its relation to the genres of science fiction and fantasy. The panel was introduced by VP of outreach for WNDB, Miranda Paul, and speakers included Saga Press editor Joe Monti as well as authors Daniel José Older, Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Marieke Nijkamp, and Nnedi Okorafor.  Highlights from the panel are given below:

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New Author Spotlight: Adult Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Writer Parker Sinclair

trust_alexconnorMost articles I’ve read about personal encounters with authors begin with a physical description. I’m not going to do that with Parker Sinclair. Although she is young, and pretty, and wore a cute outfit, that’s not what this is about. This is about her book, the woman behind the book, and the advice she gave to a room full of aspiring writers and young professionals. Continue reading New Author Spotlight: Adult Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Writer Parker Sinclair