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A day at the American Writers Museum

Writers and readers alike, rejoice! Chicago is home to a new museum tailored just for us. The husband and I spent Thursday afternoon absorbing the halls and galleries of the American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave. An elevator ride … Continue reading

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Home is where the literary link is

A few weeks ago, I had a visit from Susan. Susan grew up in the house my husband and I bought in April. She was visiting Illinois (she now lives in California) and asked if she could drop in to … Continue reading

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8 books to empower young girls

“I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives, but as nouns.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton Today is Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s birthday. In honor of the suffragist and civil rights pioneer (and in light of the current political climate), here’s … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as children’s literature?

I classify myself as a children’s author. But there are writers out there who believe that’s the wrong classification. Mind you, these writers haven’t addressed me personally. In fact, they don’t know me. But I know — and respect — … Continue reading

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BRB; I have to finish sniffling over this Harry Potter thread

I came across this exchange this afternoon while wasting time online (be warned that the image below contains a curse word): My first reaction to this thread was to tear up a little. Like most Harry Potter fans, Rubeus Hagrid … Continue reading

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What the #$@& to do about profanity in middle grade fiction

One year my Battle of the Books reading list contained “The Runner,” by Cynthia Voigt. Battle of the Books was an annual in-school competition that allowed students to sign up as teams of four, read a list of books issued … Continue reading

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Thoughts sparked by the death of Lois Duncan

The news of Lois Duncan’s death reached me today. Lois, a revolutionary author who essentially created her own genre of young adult suspense, died yesterday at her home at 82 years old. Her best-known title is probably “I Know What … Continue reading

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