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"Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait point. French. Pascal. The heart has its reasons, whereof reason knows nothing."— Madeleine L'Engle

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

New Articles at Publishers Weekly and NPR's Books We Love 2023

NPR's Books We Love has quickly become one of my favorite annual traditions. This year I had the honor of writing about 12 of my absolute faves for this incredible celebration of excellent books including: Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead, The Fraud by Zadie Smith, Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor, and We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian. 

Each one is a tribute, and the collection is searchable by your favorite attributes like genre, setting, and seriously great writing. 

I also have two new articles I'm excited about at Publishers Weekly, a roundup at The Boston Globe, and reviews at BookPage. For links and other news, see recent pubs.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

A wealth of amazing reads and literary conversations. 

Being a critic always feel like a privilege, even when deadlines loom one after the other. The past few months have been especially wild, moving from The Enchanters to How to Say Babylon

I've reviewed books by Zadie Smith, James Ellroy, and Safiya Sinclair and spent hours talking with Colson Whitehead and Kennedy Ryan.

Also coming soon: a profile of Black horror luminary Tananarive Due and a dive into some of the most influential Black voices in genre publishing.

For summaries and links, please see: "Bio and Recent Writing."

Monday, March 20, 2023


New Year, New Writing 

I've been making a list....

For some people the new year is all about fresh starts and resolutions. To me, a new year means obsessive list making — media to anticipate, watch and read. Start with these selections: the books we can't wait to read in 2023 across genres, new adaptations for the small screen, and a standout historical novel. New Year, New Books and Writing.