Megan Kruse


In Portland writer Megan Kruse’s debut novel, Call Me Home (Hawthorne Books), love and danger often seem inextricable. All three main characters—close siblings Jackson and Lydia, along with their mother Amy—find that love may lead them far away from home or safety. When Amy makes a choice to flee her abusive husband, she carries the … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: April 19, 2015

A busy week this week, with crowded headlines for international literature, print sales, and the business of ebooks (pricing and price-fixing). We look first at the literary giants who died this week, take a quick look at how the Apple case is going, and round things off with footnotes on close reading, Amazon reviews, and … continue reading »

Barbara Newhall Follett – The House Without Windows


Late Night Love Affair, hosted by Candace Opper and Sarah Marshall This month Candace and Sarah discuss Barbara Newhall Follett’s The House Without Windows, published in 1927 when Follett was only twelve years old. Topics of conversation include Charles in Charge, the mechanics of kid-writing, Into the Wild, Hocus Pocus, the preposterous nature of shoelessness, Yvette … continue reading »

Rachel Hadas – The Golden Road


Late Night Conversation, hosted by Kristin Maffei This week Kristin speaks to Rachel Hadas, who offers her richness of experience and insight into the world of poetry, classics, and the writing life. Rachel is formidably accomplished and yet speaks with warmth, wit, and deep empathy about poets she has known, her adventures (and misadventures) in language and literature, her … continue reading »

Jim Grimsley


When we are faced with sudden social change, how do we respond? Author and playwright Jim Grimsley’s new memoir HOW I SHED MY SKIN: Unlearning The Lessons of a Racist Childhood (April 14, Algonquin Books) recalls 1966, the year his sixth grade class in Jones County North Carolina admitted its first black students in response … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: April 12, 2015

As AWP rumbles on in the background providing comedic fodder for Melville House and McSweeney’s, Kobo and Oyster expand their offerings. We take a quick break from talking about Amazon this week to discuss the controversy around the Maya Angelou Forever Stamp, and provide footnotes on airline book readings, We Need Diverse Books, and the … continue reading »