Word Play

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...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING

Text by Diane Slocum For many families, the holidays will look different this year. All those who have lost loved ones, those who have lost their homes and those who just are not going to...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING

Text by Sue Burns and Photos by Taylor Johnson   I t has been 100 years since women were granted the federal right to vote by the 19th Amendment. Women can celebrate that milestone by being sure...

Word Play • July 2020

Text by Diane Slocum W hether or not we can travel this month and set our feet on unfamiliar soil, we can always rely on books to take us on adventures to exotic locations. The catch...

Word Play, June 2020

Isolation from normal life and those we love occurs in different ways and times.

Word Play, May 2020

Text by Diane Slocum T his year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated on April 22. The theme for this year was climate action. One way to get involved is to read about it. “The...

Word Play, April 2020

Spring can be a windy time of year, and this movement of air finds its way into many titles of books, from classics like “Gone with the Wind” to upcoming releases like John Grisham’s “Camino Winds.”

Word Play, February 2020

Why is this called a “leap” year? Wiktionary suggests that it is because any given date will skip a weekday after Feb. 29.
Disappearing Earth - Julia Phillips

Word Play, January 2020

January is a time for new beginnings. For authors, selling that first book can be a spectacular new beginning, especially if that novel is named one of the best books of the year.