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Arizona Bills Could Allow Parents to Sue Educators Over Books

The Arizona passed two bills this week that continue the nationwide trend of educational gag orders. House Bill 2161, the “parental rights” bill, allows parents to sue educators and school staff if they believe those individuals interfere with the “fundamental rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care, …
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Interview with Judith Keim, Author of Dessert at the Beach

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Dessert at the Beach House Hotel? This is the 6th book in the Beach House Hotel series. Because readers want more and more, I have to come up with new ideas for these characters. These are light-hearted beach reads …
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We Need Diverse Books Grants Educators $70,000 to Fight Book

The nonprofit organization We Need Diverse Books Offers (WNDB) has established the Educators Making a Difference Grant program to help combat the deluge of book bans happening across the U.S. Through the program, WNDB, which advocates for inclusivity in children’s literature, offered educators $2,000 to buy diverse titles, diversify existing …
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Interview with Sean Platt & Johnny B

20 Apr 2022 What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Burnout? This started as a story about a man who lost his job to self-driving trucks and expanded from there. If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Burnout, what would they …
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Who Was Joan Didion? Her Life + Enduring Legacy

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. I own three copies of Slouching Towards Bethlehem, three of A Book of Common Prayer, two of Play It as It Lays, and an old first-edition-but-not-first-printing of The White Album that I found in the basement of a bookstore. You …
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Book Riot Will Match Your Donation to UNICEF for Aid

More than 1,000 Ukrainians — many of them children— have been killed and more than four million displaced as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In response, Book Riot is matching donations up to $5,000 USD to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Scroll to the bottom …
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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for April 4, 2022

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Colleen Hoover’s runaway #1 bestseller, Verity Today’s edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by Colleen Hoover’s runaway #1 bestseller, Verity. Today’s Featured Deals $2.99 Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo …
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Book Challenges Quadrupled in 2021, an Unprecedented Increase

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom is one organization that keeps track of formal book challenges and bans across the country. They have announced that their final count for number of challenges in 2021 was 729 challenges representing 1,597 individual books. This is far from a complete picture: …
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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction

12 Apr 2022 Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Leslie Kirk Campbell, Ocean Vuong, Tara M. Stringfellow, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction …
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New Romance Books to Read

12 Apr 2022 Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors Willow Winters, Crystal Daniels & Sandy Alvarez, Adriana Locke, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading! Related grant …
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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read

12 Apr 2022 Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Blair Denholm, Vella …
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17 Stunning Picture Books by Debut Illustrators

Neal Porter Books / Holiday House A little girl grows up to be an accomplished artist in this sumptuously illustrated book about the small things that lead to a rich and fulfilling life. In All You Need, poet Howard Schwartz’s graceful, deceptively simple text describes a handful of things anyone …
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The History of the Book of the Month Club

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. When you think of book subscriptions, you may think of Book of the Month, a U.S. service that has seen a resurgence recently. Started in 1926 by an advertising copywriter, it is the …
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Interview with Jeffrey L Kohanek, Author of Wizardoms: A Sundered

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Wizardoms: A Sundered Realm? The warm reception of my bestselling Fate of Wizardoms series came with a reader demand for more from the characters they had grown to love. At the same time, there were many more stories to …
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These Are The 34 Best Short Stories Of All Time

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. What are the best short stories of all time? How does one measure such a thing? One might look at famous short stories, iconic short stories, but how do we define that? Are …
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Interview with Adriana Locke, Author of Flirt

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Flirt? It’s springtime in the US and I was craving something fun and steamy to read. Moss’s character came alive in my head and I knew I HAD to write him! If you had to pick theme songs for …
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#SuperheroProblems: So You’re Stuck in Someone Else’s Body

Superheroes have something of a permanent identity crisis. They juggle at least two (and occasionally more) distinct personalities, one of which requires them to risk their life on a regular basis, and the other in which they have to lie to their loved ones about where that bruise really came …
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Interview with Amy Quick Parrish, Author of The Frequency

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write The Frequency – False Flag? This book actually started out as a television pilot that came about as a result of a screenwriting contest writing prompt. Contestants had to write the first fifteen pages of a script based on …
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Interview with Vella Munn, Author of Punish

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Punish? Almost nothing angers me more than animal abuse. No creature deserves to be mistreated. Because I don’t want to risk my freedom by going after a perpetrator or perpetrators, I decided to rely on fiction. Punish is the …
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12 of the Most Anticipated Science Fiction/Fantasy Books Out In

Sometimes it’s hard to be organized. Every year I start with the intention of keeping track of new releases. And every month I forget what’s coming out that month. Now, some of this is not my fault! It’s not uncommon for publishers to move dates around, especially when it comes …
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Interview with Blair Denholm, Author of Shot to the Heart

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Shot to the Heart? Shot to the Heart is the fourth book in my crime fiction series, The Fighting Detective. In this one gritty cop Jack Lisbon briefly returns from Australia to his homeland, the United Kingdom, where he …
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Interview with Lindsey Sparks, Author of Song of Scarabs and

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Song of Scarabs and Fallen Stars? Like so many of my story ideas, the idea for this book came to me in the shower! The main character, Tarset, is actually a side character from two of my other series. …
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10 of the Best Romance Novels Out This Month

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. It happens every year: as we move into spring, the pace of romance publishing seems to intensify. This year, as is increasingly the case, we’ve got some excellent reads to look forward to. …
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