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Feature: Celebrating Black Voices in Publishing. At this cultural moment, elevating black voices and understanding the history of racism in this country is more important than ever. Recent strides including #PublishingPaidMe exposing racial disparities in book advances, #BlackoutBestsellerList drawing attention to Black authors and Black book professionals, and novels like The Hate You Give and[…]

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Feature: Celebrating Black Voices in Publishing. From Number the Stars to To Kill a Mockingbird, so many authors have used historical fiction to help us gain “human self-knowledge.” So much is learned from the stories, characters, and settings authors use to help bring the past to life. Every book, no matter what level, holds an[…]

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Small Press Reviews: Orange Hat Publishing By Julia Gimbel About five years ago, I found a 60-page handwritten journal my late father wrote about his experiences in the South Pacific during World War II.  During the ensuing months, I found myself looking into the topics Dad raised in the journal. My curiosity about WWII became[…]

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Body, Mind and Quill What masters of prevarication people are—if not with others, then often with themselves. And so we have come, once more, to that time of year when we promise ourselves we’ll “do better.”  We vow to hit goalposts that seem to retreat farther and farther from us as if pushed by unseen[…]

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A little bit of everything from a scatter-brained, book-loving Mom.  Doesn’t have to ALWAYS be children’s books  There is a lot of research out there that shows the importance of how many words your young child hears per day. By just talking to your kid, you help them develop obviously their vocabulary, but also their[…]

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Women & Children First opened in a modest storefront in 1979, owned by Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon, who met as graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Over the years we’ve been located in several locations on Chicago’s northside. In 1990, we moved to our current location in the Andersonville neighborhood.  We[…]

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This collection of four short stories celebrates the magic of the meet-cute! Edited by Constantine, this anthology featuring LGBTQ+ characters, specifically those who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual, includes stories from five authors: Julia Ember, Katie Fierro, Jude Sierra, Tom Wilinsky, and Jen Sternick.  Wilinsky and Sternick set the tone for the collection with[…]

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Pause and Reflect On Short Stories by V. Jolene Miller In today’s hectic world, few things give time for pause and reflection. Though some might say tragedy, illness, and new love are reason enough, dare I suggest, short stories make it on that list?  Many believe short stories are on the rise because of a[…]

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By V. Jolene Miller As writers, we give poignant thoughts, an opportunity to escape, to relax, to travel abroad while sitting still. In the process, we take a little too. Meet five emerging independent authors of short story collections and discover what they’re taking from those who allow their stories to swallow them whole.  Clarissa[…]

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