Becky’s Arm Goes Presidential

There’s a mix of nostalgia and modernism in Loren Long’s illustrating style that makes everything he does look like an instant classic.  I mean, look at that cover.  That’s Blueberries for Sal, that’s The Snowy Day, that’s a warm hug disguised as the dustjacket on a children’s book.  Eric Carle gave heart, Mo Willems gave…

Showrooming: Not Just for Barcodes Anymore

Oh, those folks who roam from shelf to shelf with their smartphones, finding what they want and scanning barcodes to see where they can find it cheapest.  They dart between the stacks, strenuously avoiding eye contact, knowing they are doing you a disservice but putting it out of mind by not actually speaking to a…

You Should Read Junot Diaz

If you’ve been inside a bookstore the last few years then you already know you should read Junot Diaz.  He’s been everywhere since Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar  Wao netted him a Pulitzer and a National Book Critics Circle Award (if you’re reading this from outside the book business and haven’t heard of the second…