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Why They Run the Way They Do by Susan Perabo

Perabo on the Power of What If

Jan 29, 2016 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

Why They Run The Way They Do, Susan Perabo, Simon & Schuster – Susan Perabo didn’t spend her childhood reading like many other writers. She was outside playing ball. She was a college film major before she discovered the power of story by writing plays Read more »

The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

The Muralist Blends Art and History in a Compelling Tale

Dec 31, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

The Muralist, B.A. Shapiro – B.A. Shapiro is no stranger to blending genres. Her latest, The Muralist, which alternates between modern day and the Depression era is part historical novel, part romance and part mystery Read more »

All We Had

Author Applies Visual Skills to the Creation of Novel

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Ellen Birkett Morris

All We Had, Annie Weatherwax–At first glance, Annie Weatherwax, author of All We Had, seems like an unlikely prospect to be a writer. As a successful sculptor, she sculpted superheroes and cartoon characters for Nickelodeon, DC Comics Read more »

After the Parade

Lori Ostlund Debut Novel Deals with Life After the Parade

Dec 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Diane Slocum

After the Parade, Lori Ostlund, Scribner–Aaron Englund’s life is divided – before and after the parade, before and after his mother leaves and before and after he leaves Walter. Trying to make it on his own in San Francisco, he finds he has to make sense of his years of growing up in small-town Minnesota Read more »

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

Love of Writing Shines in Sara Gruen’s At the Water’s Edge

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Anna Roins

At the Water’s Edge, Sara Gruen–Maddie Hyde and her husband Ellis have been cast out of Philadelphia’s polite society from notoriety and bitter disappointment. Together they cross the Atlantic during WWII submarine warfare to a remote Scottish village with the hope of redeeming themselves and the family name Read more »

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Kitchens of the Great Midwest Serves a Babette’s Feast

Nov 1, 2015 | Format: Written | Contributor: Diane Slocum

Kitchens of the Great Midwest, J. Ryan Stradal , Penguin Publishing — Lars Thorvald got teased a lot growing up, smelling like the lutefisk his family prepared for the Scandinavians in Duluth. His daughter, Eva, also was tormented by her classmates, but her passion was growing chocolate habaneros, powerful enough to be a weapon Read more »