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Authors and Characters We’d Like to Grab a Drink With

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 06, 2020

We can't go to any actual beer fests this year, but we can imagine the ideal scene. And, of course, it would be filled with some of our favorite beer-loving authors from history. While we're at it, let’s throw in a few of their iconic characters. Join us on fantasy dates with five authors who found inspiration while imbibing.

8 Quintessentially American Authors

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • July 03, 2020

Today's America is hard to define. A land of promise. A melting pot. A country of immigrants. A study in contrasts. We are young. We are optimistic. We are angry. We are evolving. Here are eight contemporary authors who represent and celebrate the glorious diversity of the American experience.

12 Summer Book Releases We're Excited About (And What You Can Read Now)

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 26, 2020

The long lazy days of summer are upon us and we've put together a wish list of some of the exciting new books coming out in the next few months! Here are twelve of our most highly anticipated titles for summer, plus related reads you can get right away.

Portrait of a Culinary Rock Star

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 25, 2020

Today, Anthony Bourdain would have turned 64. Two years ago, the celebrity chef and author shocked many when he took his own life while on location in France shooting his TV show Parts Unknown. Here we remember the famously insurgent character who did everything on his own terms.

Parenting During a Global Pandemic

Books on Building Connection with Your Child

By Brittany Borgeson • June 24, 2020

These seven books, recommended by a professional School Counselor, serve as a guide to supporting and encouraging parents on their quest to raise resilient, well adjusted, and empowered kids.

Juneteenth Reading List for All Ages

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 18, 2020

On this day in 1865, Union Troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, the last stop on their tour to liberate enslaved persons in the US. This represents a day of hope. But the history, both before and after this day, has been fraught. Here we present a reading list for a range of ages shedding light on this difficult subject.

Wings to a Cause

The Power of Celebrity Do-Gooders

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 17, 2020

Celebrity activism isn’t uncommon. In fact, it sometimes seems like many stars jump on the philanthropic bandwagon simply to boost their image. But historically, standing up and speaking out could be risky for entertainers. Here are eleven celebrities who took bold stands for change.

They Spoke Up

Women and Girls Who Fought for Civil Rights

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 12, 2020

As we celebrate the swell of activism and action in support of justice and equality, we're taking the opportunity to amplify the voices and stories of some of the key women and girls behind the civil rights movement. They had to fight to be heard and we applaud them!

Raising Antiracist Kids: 12 Books for Children and Teens that Address Racial Inequities

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 07, 2020

As the U.S. grapples with nationwide unrest following the death of yet another black man in police custody, lots of the kids in our lives are asking tough questions. Here are twelve books that can help young readers understand the reasons behind the anger and the need for activism.

Cli-Fi Doesn't Have to be Sci-Fi!

6 Novels that Take on Climate Change in Today’s World

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 05, 2020

With Covid-19 dominating the news cycle, World Environment Day may not get much notice. But we mustn’t lose sight of the ecological issues our world faces. And, if dystopian sci-fi isn’t really your thing, here are a handful of stellar authors taking on this theme in compelling present day tales.

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