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Bend What's Expected: Bao Phi's THOUSAND STAR HOTEL

Thousand Star Hotel, Bao Phi’s powerful second collection of poetry, wrestles with inheritance and lineage – the devastation of war, poverty, racism and the costs of masculinity. In the book’s opening poem, “Say What?,” Phi uses a repetition of the word “Ma” and the six different meanings in Vietnamese to conclude that “Vietnamese people have always been spoken word poets.

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By Bao Phi
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566894708
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 4th, 2017

Intentions, Hot Takes, and Forgiveness: Joy Interviews Leila Sales

I’ve been a huge fan of Leila Sales’ writing since I picked up a copy of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, about about a girl DJ, the power of music, relationships, and more. Sales’ voice grabbed me then and hasn’t let me go since. So what a true pleasure to be able to interview her about writing, life, Twitter-dragging, moral grey areas, and her newest and very timely YA IF YOU DON’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY about girl who thoughtlessly says something truly awful on line and has to deal with the public and personal fallout. Here’s what Leila had to say:

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374380991
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 1st, 2018

Joy Interviews Elana K. Arnold, Author of DAMSEL

I recently had the privilege of meeting author Elana K. Arnold at the Austin SCBWI conference. She was giving one of the keynotes and I was presenting a breakout session, and somehow we sat together at dinner. The ensuing conversation over chips and guacamole and margaritas about literature and life and feminism and fairy tales and more was so fascinating that I asked her right then if I could interview her. And then I read DAMSEL. It is a powerful novel, skillfully written and raw in its emotions even as Arnold uses fairy tale narrative structure.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062742322
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 2nd, 2018

Space, Love, and Adventure: Sara Interviews Author and Graphic Novelist Tillie Walden

Tillie Walden is a marvelous graphic novelist who writes about growing up, falling in love, being queer, and, most recently, the space-time continuum.

You know. The usual.

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$21.99
ISBN: 9781250178138
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Published: First Second - October 2nd, 2018

Dad and Daughter Make A Book: Joy Interviews Caldecott Winner Matthew Cordell

One of the picture books I’ve been eagerly anticipating is finally here: Caldecott’s Medal winner (WOLF IN THE SNOW) Matthew Cordell’s KING ALICE, about a little girl and her family stuck indoors on a snowy day. When Alice’s dad suggests she create her own book to combat snow day boredom, all sorts of imaginative shenanigans ensue!

So imagine my delight when I was able to interview Matthew Cordell about his books, his family, winning the Caldecott and more! Here’s what Matthew had to say:

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250047496
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 25th, 2018

Joy Interviews Rachel Toalson, Author of THE COLORS OF THE RAIN

It’s my great pleasure today to get to chat with debut author Rachel Toalson, one of our wonderful Texas authors of books for young adults. She’ll be in store on Sunday, 9/23, discussing and signing her novel THE COLORS OF RAIN, which is set here in Houston, in the tumultuous 1970s.

Ülrika's Favorite Back-to-School Gifts

Swing by Brazos Bookstore to find all the items listed in this video! 

Vengeance and Vulnerability: Joy Interviews Author Courtney Summers

I have been a fan of Courtney Summers’ work for awhile now. She is a fearless, hard-hitting YA writer, not afraid of putting on the page the issues that teenage girls face: sexual violence and poverty being just two. Her newest YA novel, Sadie, is simply brilliant -- the story of a girl seeking revenge for the brutal murder of her younger sister alternating with the transcript of a podcast about that same girl’s POV.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781250105714
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Published: Wednesday Books - September 4th, 2018

Texas, Sexy Grocery Stores, and Making a Home: Alexis Interviews Luisa Muradyan, author of AMERICAN RADIANCE

I first heard Luisa Muradyan read her poetry on a cold and rainy night in the fall of 2016. It was a Glass Mountain event, one of the first readings I ever attended, so I didn’t even really know what was going on in the writing community yet, but I heard her read and thought she was simply amazing.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781496207753
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2018

Houston In My Head: Thu Interviews Kate Gavino, Author of SANPAKU

Kate Gavino is a writer and illustrator from Houston. She is the creator of the website, Last Night’s Reading, which was compiled into a published collection by Penguin Books in 2015. She was recently named one of Brooklyn Magazine’s 30 Under 30. Now, she is working in Paris. Kate and I got together to discuss her forthcoming graphic novel, SANPAKU, which comes out on August 21st.

Thu Doan: Do you mind telling us about SANPAKU?

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781684152100
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Published: Archaia - August 21st, 2018

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