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NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – September 2021

Text by Diane Slocum T he American Society for the Positive Care of Children’s National Read a Book Day was earlier this month, but it’s never too late to celebrate by reading to children. The society...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – August 2021

Text by Diane Slocum L ooking for girl-themed titles for your summer reading? you're in luck.   “The Other Black Girl,” a debut novel from Zakiya Dalila Harris, seems to be getting rave reviews from everyone from Amy...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – July 2021

Text by Diane Slocum L ast year was the year for vicarious travel. This year, we may have the opportunity for the real thing. Plenty of books are out there to help us find just the...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – June 2021

Text by Diane Slocum   T As June slides us into summer and it’s time for some fun and relaxing reading, what could be more appropriate than a story that combines romance with “The Summer Job.” Lizzy...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – May 2021

Text by Diane Slocum   T his month, we honor mothers, but in many books, mothers weigh heavily on their children, sometimes by their absence, sometimes by their actions. In "Fifty Words for Rain" by Asha Lemmie, "The...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – April 2021

Text by Diane Slocum   April is National Poetry Month. This celebration of poetry all over the world started in 1996 to remember great poets and celebrate the importance of poetry. The San Joaquin Valley can rightfully celebrate...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – March 2021

Text by Diane Slocum March is Women’s History Month and a good time to explore the often-ignored contributions that women have made throughout history. “Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality” (Revela Press,...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • February 2021

Text by Diane Slocum February is our month to honor presidents, and “The Complete Book of US Presidents: Fourth Edition” was just released. Author Bill Yenne gives short biographies of each president, featuring the significance...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • January 2021

Text by Diane Slocum In January, when the days can often be dark and dreary, especially as we await relief from months of pandemic, humor can be the best medicine. "The Chicken Sisters" (G.P. Putnam’s Sons,...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • December 2020

Text by Diane Slocum In this season, can we make it a point to look for faith, hope, joy, kindness and generosity? One place to look is in books. Young readers of 8 to 12 years...