Disrupting the Fragile Peace: Ben Percy and the Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

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“That was how the sickness began, with a cough, a needling itch at the back of your throat that grew steadily worse until it felt like your chest was clogged with burrowing ants that you must—you simply must—expel, barking raggedly into your hands until they were spotted with blood. Accompanying this was a fever so … continue reading »

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Famous First Words

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There is no product on the market in the United States that has been pushed as vigorously and persistently as the American Way of Life. Abstract in theory but boundlessly profitable in connection to any number of tangible goods for sale, the concept began to pick up steam in the years following the end of … continue reading »

Julie Iromuanya - Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

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Annually, when his father sent him tuition money, Job stored it in a savings bond. Even as his father’s business in Nigeria began their decline, somehow, faithfully, he managed to send Job the money to educate him abroad. His father even bragged to his friends that is was the duty of the old to care … continue reading »

Dog-Eared & Dispatched

Dog-Eared & Dispatched: June 28, 2015

Another book-centered conference kicked off this week in San Francisco, this time with a focus on libraries and diversity, while e-reading subscription services blend together to bring the best of accessible ebooks and social e-reading together. (How can you read without letting your friends know how far you’ve read, or how you feel about that … continue reading »

Mia Alvar – In the Country

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Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller This week we feature Mia Alvar’s debut short story collection, In the Country, published by Knopf. Publishers Weekly calls Alvar’s debut “stunning,” saying, “the yearnings of the characters resonate well beyond the page, and each story feels as rich, as deep, and as crafted as a novel.” Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers entertaining … continue reading »

Chantel Acevedo – The Distant Marvels

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Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone Featured guest: Chantel Acevedo Listen to the episode here: PURCHASE THE DISTANT MARVELS HERE   Maria Sirena tells stories. She does it for money—she was a favorite in the cigar factory where she worked as a lectora—and for love, spinning gossamer tales out of her own past for the … continue reading »