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I didn’t talk to anyone else from our cohort. I wasn’t here to make friends, I told myself – after all, wasn’t that how things had gone south at my last job? Thanks to my having been so, shall we say, sociable, I was now stuck with a blocked credit card. The main reason I’d … Read more

How I Will PROTECT YOU Fills a Gap in Holocaust Education, a guest post by Danica Davidson

There are a number of Holocaust books out there aimed for kids, but there’s nothing like I Will Protect Youa new middle grade (8+) nonfiction book published by Little, Brown that twin Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor and I wrote. I Will Protect You was written to fill a gap in Holocaust education. Eva was an … Read more

Gothic tropes, post-apocalyptic friendship, small town Minnesota, and more!

Post-it Note Reviews are a great way to display books in your library or classroom, a way to let kids recommend their favorite titles without having to get up in front of everyone and do a book talk, and an easy way to offer a more personal recommendation than just the flap copy offers. I … Read more

Singing while they worked

The history of Irish women’s writing is one of successive forgettings and retrievals. A notable flashpoint came in 1991, with the publication of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, whose first three volumes, edited by Seamus Deane, attracted criticism for their meager representation of writing by women. Another two volumes were published with the … Read more

Persian versions

“There are certain areas of scholarship”, wrote Iris Murdoch in The Nice and the Good, “early Greek history is one and Roman law is another, where the scantiness of evidence sets a special challenge to the disciplined mind. It is a game with very few pieces, where the skill of the player lies in complicating … Read more

A moat defensive to a house

A teacher once warned me, always trust geography, never history. Geography was truth, history a pack of distortions. Yet geography has long been an academic underdog. To the Greeks of Ptolemy and Strabo’s day it was the queen of sciences, the study of reality, only to be suppressed by a thousand years of theology. The … Read more

In concert, in conflict

Daniil Trifonov’s walk to the piano on the concert platform of the Maison Symphonique in Montreal was the most expressive I’ve seen. Averted from the audience, not acknowledging our applause, he seemed to convey an air of suffering. His current appearance intensified the effect: a slender young man, he is heavily bearded, with long, straight … Read more

It ought to have been happy

“Poguemahone” is the anglicized form of the Gaelic phrasepóg mo thóin, meaning “kiss my ass”. Choosing it as the title of his latest book may be Patrick McCabe’s way of pre-empting his critics although, with fourteen other books to his name and a solid reputation, he surely has little left to prove. Thirty years ago … Read more