On Silk | Sally Wen Mao

In her garden, Empress Leizu watched the fat white wormfeasting on the mulberry leavesits mouth a gutter, a hole, a maw so consumed by consumptionit falls through a hole it has eaten into her teacup, and once steeped in that bitternessthe silkworm unravels, retching spools and spoolsof thread soft as magnolia, fragrant too, and the … Read more

Urban Settings in Middle Grade Novels, a guest post by Sally Engelfried and Melissa Dassori

Middle grade novels are full of exploration. While families are present and often powerful forces, middle grade protagonists are discovering themselves, navigating changing friendships, and gaining independence—or wishing they could. Urban neighborhoods provide unique environments for these coming-of-age stories, and city settings are integral to both our recent debut novels. For Sally, Daphne of Learning … Read more