• These Words Matter: Karen Gregory

    These Words Matter: Karen Gregory

    Books have been such a constant thread in my life. It’s hard to remember a time before I could read, let alone tease out the one book that made me into a reader. When I follow the thread back I think about what it means to be a reader beyond the functional, nuts and bolts ability. For me, it’s that capacity to inhabit another world, in partnership with the author or illustrator. To melt into a story and feel it living through you. This starts in a place long before independent reading for those children lucky enough to have access to books. I was one of the lucky ones. My…

  • These Words Matter: Alison McGhee

    Oh, Francie Nolan. Where are you now? Are you now? By my rough calculations, if you’re still alive, you’re close to 100 years old. I wish I could talk to you and find out how your life turned out. When I last saw you, you were wearing a dove-gray shirt and skirt, and you had good friends at work. You and your brother Neely used to talk about the old times while you ironed his union shirts. You loved your boyfriend but you wished you were in love with him. You wanted that wildness, that intensity. So did I. You were my kindred spirit growing up, even though you lived…

  • These Words Matter: Ava Dellaira

    I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. As a child, I spent summer mornings buried under my blankets with the latest from The Baby-Sitters Club. Kristy, Marianne, Stacey, Dawn, Mallory and Jesse felt like friends, but it was Claudia whom I most idolized, with her artistic nature and hidden stashes of junk food. I even tried to emulate her wildly cool fashion choices with selects from Goodwill. I was a kid who spent a lot of time alone, in private imaginary worlds. When I escaped into a book, I was part of something bigger. I fell in love with children’s classics—the Wizard of Oz series, Tuck…

  • Q&A with Amber Smith

    Earlier this month Amber Smith, author of The Way I Used to Be and The Last to Let Go, joined me for a Twitter chat about her writing, editing, and publication experiences. As promised, for those who missed it, you can find the full Q&A below. Enjoy! Bree: Welcome, y’all! Tonight I’m chatting with @ASmithAuthor about her new book #TheLastToLetGo, which published yesterday! We’re going to be talking everything #amwriting, #amediting, and #ampublishing. Welcome, Amber! Amber: Thank you for having me! Amber wrote a beautiful debut novel called #TheWayIUsedToBe about a girl who keeps her rape a secret. It is a stunning look into the mind of a young woman who has been…

  • These Words Matter: Amber Smith

    My mom used to read to me every night when I was a child, so books played an important role from a very young age. I vividly remember the way I would follow along, studying the illustrations long before the words made sense. I immediately fell in love with storytelling and became mesmerized with the idea that words could paint pictures. Books fed my imagination, and imagination was my saving grace as a kid. (As an adult, too, now that I think of it.) When I was a little older, in elementary and middle school, I chose books that could take me out of my ordinary life, where I often…

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