ESSAY | Andrea Thornton Bolden
Race has been very much on everyone’s mind. This is a powerful essay written by a woman with a unique perspective. Andrea Thornton Bolden wrote in response to what we have seen on the news almost daily, and she coins a term that will definitely make you stop and think, “I’ve never thought of it quite that way before.”
FICTION, DRAMATIZATION | Deya Bhattacharya
Adrian’s Affinity is a lush and lyrical story about a sensitive and intelligent boy with a special affinity — he can attract birds. It’s not a power, because he can’t control it. And it’s not an ability he wants, as it makes others — even his own mother — suspicious of him. Both a bittersweet coming-of-age tale and a haunting mystery, we’re reminded that we are all shaped by beautiful and mysterious forces as we struggle to fit in and understand ourselves.
MEMOIR | Virginia Evans
Virginia Evans wrote the first draft of her novel in 61 days. Seven days a week, she was at her desk with coffee by 5:00 am. She wrote 98,000 words while working three part-time jobs, with two children at home under age four. Then she defied the odds and managed to secure a literary agent. All of that turned out to be the easy part.
FICTION | Robert Shuster
A writer of thrillers encounters a woman who claims to be the clever central character from his first novel. He plays along for a while, enjoying her witty company and the social boost she gives to his fading renown, but when she demands his involvement in a scheme to steal millions, he starts to wonder if she has, in fact, emerged from his fiction. As the situation becomes increasingly dire, he struggles to outwit her double-crossing skills.
FICTION | Robin Luce Martin
Nothing, but nothing, interrupts the daily quests that preoccupy the precious patrons and harried staff of New York City’s Upper East Side shop, Spanking Buttons, until the “Blonde Mace Attack” precipitates a collision and disappearance.
FICTION | Sarah Blanchard
When Kilauea Volcano erupts in May 2018, back-to-the-land farmers June and Lani must decide whether to stay and protect their Big Island homestead against everyday threats like feral pigs and potential looters, or evacuate and flee the dangers they cannot control. In the process, they learn where the fault lines are in their own relationship, and whether they can survive a disaster that may be immediate and cataclysmic.
MEMOIR | Michael Fallon
Michael Fallon’s visit to Ireland’s Aran Islands is a humorous “you-can’t-get-there-from-here” story. He arrived at the Aran Islands by ferry from Galway. Though everyone spoke English, he could not learn how to return to the mainland to catch his flight home. “There’s no ferry that goes to Galway,” he was told. But how could he take a ferry from Galway to the Aran Islands, but could not take a ferry back? How did the ferry he took from Galway get there in the first place? How would he get home?