Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and ride the rails.

2017 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award Announced

Women’s crime writing organization Sisters in Crime announced Jessica Ellis Laine as the winner of their Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. This annual prize honors a “writer of color, male or female, who has not yet published a full-length work”

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Cover Trend Alert: That 70s Font

Hey bibliophiles and font fanatics: There’s a growing trend of book covers designed to emulate the bubbly, serif text-heavy covers that emerged in the late 1960s and exploded in the 1970s. You know, the ones that used this font:

From left to right: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (1966), The White Album, by Joan Didion (1979), Portnoy’s Complaint, by Philip Roth (1969), Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann (1966)