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Fresh from the Farm

Lisl Detlefsen’s Five Book Recommendations for AGvocates of All Ages By Laura Anne Bird How many authors do you know who live on a cranberry farm? I have one answer for you: Lisl Detlefsen. This writer of six children’s books is based in Cranmoor, Wisconsin on 1400 acres of rural land, 140 of which are dedicated to the cranberries themselves. (Detlefsen beautifully describes the booming, corralling, cleaning, and eating of this dark-red fruit in her aptly named Time for Cranberries.) While earning her degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Detlefsen envisioned moving to a big city, but when she [...]

2020-12-03T12:17:14-07:00December 2nd, 2020|

2 Novelists, 6 Books, and How to Get Through 2020

An Interview with Steven Rowley and Byron Lane By Laura Anne Bird Despite sheltering at home in Palm Springs, CA for most of 2020, Steven Rowley and Byron Lane have had a very eventful year. Rowley’s second novel, The Editor, was released in paperback in June, and Lane’s debut novel, A Star Is Bored, was published in July. But even more: “We got engaged when Byron proposed to me in the acknowledgements of his book,” says Rowley. (Their rescue terrier, Tilda, was especially excited about the news.) Rowley and Lane’s sheltering-in-place hasn’t been all warm fuzzies, though. In April, Lane—who [...]

2020-10-01T09:47:27-07:00October 1st, 2020|

Spring 2020 Book Preview

Well hey, everyone! This spring 2020 book preview was supposed to come out in, well, spring 2020, but then a little thing called COVID-19 came along and messed up a plan or two. But we’re still on stay-at-home orders, and if you are too, you’re probably still looking for some good new books to read. And we could all use a little distraction right now. So, better late than never, here are our picks for the best of spring 2020, ready to get you through the rest of quarantine.   MARCH Anna K: A Love Story Author: Jenny Lee Anna [...]

2020-05-15T16:59:54-07:00May 15th, 2020|Tags: , |