Bookween Tradition

Trick or treaters on the porch

They come with parents Or friends Sisters and dumb brothers In strollers Or sneakers that flash. They come dressed As dragons And princesses As witches And Power Rangers Some will come as Mitt Romney Some as Obama. They will crowd around the open door Pushing grocery sacks And plastic pumpkins Calling out in their cheeriest [Read More...]

YOU BELIEVERS: Q & A with author Jane Bradley

Imagine if you will, Tommy Franklin in drag (I’ve seen him wearing Beth’s thigh-high red boots) writing one of his gristle tales with Ron Rash at his side, nudging him and suggesting changes, as the two collaborate on a blockbuster novel. Quite the vision, isn’t it? Well, you don’t have to wait for Tommy & [Read More...]

Grow the Cuss Up

The class assignment was to write a personal essay. Teachers understand such assignments are a risk. No telling what students will write about when their starting point is a coming-of-age place. Some write of their parents divorce. Some write about their own broken romances. It is not uncommon to get essays about bullying, rejection and [Read More...]


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