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March 20, 2019

Wally Funk’s Race for Space – Author Sue Nelson Q & A »

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Read below to learn from author Sue Nelson about her writing process and the inspiration for her newest book Wally Funk’s Race for Space.

Publishers Weekly says, “Funk is accomplished, charismatic and energetic, and readers will be glad they got to spend time with her and Nelson via this well…

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February 13, 2019

Becoming Emily – Author Q & A »

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Read below to hear from author Krystyna Poray Goddu on her inspiration for writing her newest book and what she hopes young readers take away from reading Becoming Emily: The Life of Emily Dickinson, which Booklist calls “a charming biography of the Belle of Amherst” and “a winner for middle-g…

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January 16, 2019

Author Q&A – Tidying Up with Alison Stewart »

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Are you just as obsessed with Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo as we are? Then you’ll know that most people have a basement, attic, closet or storage unit filled to the brim with stuff. Junk details award-winning journalist Alison Stewart’s three-year investigation into Americans’ growi…

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December 14, 2018

Q & A with author Scott Martelle »

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Scott Martelle’s new book William Walker’s Wars depicts the dark history of William Walker’s campaigns in Mexico and his attacks on governments in Nicaragua and Honduras, all in a quest to establish a slave-based American empire to the south. Read below as Scott discusses his fascination with …

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November 19, 2018

Top Eight Early American Word Creations »

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Top Eight Early American Word Creations

By Rosemarie Ostler, author of Splendiferous Speech

Americans have been inventing their own vocabulary since the first English-speaking settlers landed on North American shores. Hundreds of new terms entered the English language during the country’s ea…

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October 31, 2018

Scariest part of the writing process »

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In honor of Halloween, we asked a few of our authors about the scariest part of the writing process. Check out their spooky answers below!

The entire process is terrifying, from writing your lede to worrying about your facts to clearing quotes to hitting “send” on your final draft. But the mo…

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October 22, 2018

The Blonde on Blonde Fab Five »

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The Blonde on Blonde Fab Five


By Daryl Sanders, author of That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound: Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde


When Chicago Review Press asked if I would a contribute a piece to the CRP blog about my five favorite tracks from the 1966 Bob Dylan album Blonde on Blond



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September 10, 2018

Creating “Pictures in Sound” with Sir George Martin »

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Creating “Pictures in Sound” with Sir George Martin

By Ken Womack, author of Sound Pictures

For George Martin, the illustrious producer behind the Beatles’ unparalleled achievements in popular music, the recording studio emerged as a kind of magic workshop where sound could be transforme…

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September 7, 2018

Back-to-school encouragement and middle-grade nonfiction favorites »

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In honor of back-to-school season, we've asked authors of our 2018 middle-grade titles if they have any words of encouragement for students. Read below for some motivation as well as new nonfiction picks to add to your reading list.

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Elizabeth Raum, author of The Big, Bold, Adventurou



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Bookstore Love April 3, 2017

Our April authors share their favorite bookstores »

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Earlier this year, we shared some our staff’s favorite bookstores. This week, we asked authors of our April titles to share what bookstores hold a place in their hearts and memories,

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