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Vampires Try Again

This Halloween, I’m sure you’re ready to soak up all your favorite monsters. Werewolves, mummies, ghosts, zombies, and, of course, vampires.

The Iterations of Motherhood: Brit Bennett on Her Debut Novel

Brit Bennett was still in her late teens when she started the first draft of what would eventually become her debut novel, THE MOTHERS. She worked on it as an undergraduate at Stanford University and later at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in fiction. The book received glowing praise from established writers like Jacqueline Woodson and Yaa Gyasi. We’re thrilled to host her in the store on Oct. 16 as well as feature her on our very first episode of the Interabang Podcast. Without further ado, here’s Brit Bennett on THE MOTHERS!

The Evolution of a Story: An Interview with Young Adult Novelist Samantha Mabry

Dallas author Samantha Mabry was sure she’d written an unpublishable book. The manuscript was a young adult novel, a Western set in a futuristic dystopia about a teenage couple deeply in love from the start. Mabry sent it to her publisher knowing full well that the dystopian market was saturated, Westerns for young adults were all but nonexistent and hardly any young adult novels began with a couple already in love.

8 Young Adult Books You Should Try

When adult readers hear the phrase “YA”, they often hear the words, “for teenagers only.” This is unfortunate. From fantasy to current events, YA books are, so to speak, on it. They focus on culturally relevant themes and strike emotional chords. Because of this, many adults already read YA literature. But for those of you who don’t, I’ve selected a few titles that might change your mind.

Gifts that Give Back

For those of you who buy a little gift for yourself while shopping for others, here are two lines that will make you feel a little less guilty about it: Public Supply and Blackwing!

Why We Love New Directions Publishing

This fall, we are thrilled to spotlight New Directions Publishing, one of our favorite small publishing houses. With its eclectic and discerningly curated list of titles, New Directions publishes hundreds of books that encompass many genres: novels, story collections, poetry, memoir, literary criticism, and philosophical inquiries. Since it began over eighty years ago, New Directions has championed voices and ideas from around the globe, many translated into English by translators who are among the most respected in their field.

When Life Gives You Lemon(s), Write a Memoir: A Conversation with Alex Lemon

“We do not want to hurt anyone else no matter what.”

My Identities Go in This Order: An Interview with Attica Locke

What can good writing do? Perhaps a valid response: good writing reflects the world back at us, back at ourselves. Attica Locke’s newest novel, BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD, a contemporary East Texas thriller, does just this. With our current political landscape shot through with division and fear, BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD finds its voice amongst our current racial struggles and tragedies.

Taxidermy and Tractors: A Look at Small Town Literature

Living in East Texas for a few years, I learned to appreciate the small towns that make up the bulk of the region. Some felt abandoned, save for a small cafe serving frozen foods in decorative dishes, a grade school cafeteria menu for adults passing through. I felt a nostalgia for something I never really had, but felt as though I should.

Don’t Miss These Great August Books!

Yes, fall is here. We’ve turned another page on the calendar. But before you put the wonderful books that came out this summer in your rearview mirror, wait! There are a number of August releases that didn’t receive a lot of publicity but should not be missed. These titles flew “under the radar” so to speak, and they are definitely worth the read. Here’s a look at some of these great August titles!

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