Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

How to you investigate a crime, when even the possibility of crime does not exist? In Stalin’s Soviet Union in the years following the Second World War, the illusion of the state was that of a worker’s Utopia. Criminals were a part of the horrors of a Capitalist society, so to even suggest that something... Continue Reading →

By the Mountain Bound by Elizabeth Bear

Have you ever wondered what happens after Ragnarok, the epic battle in Norse mythology? Elizabeth Bear did when she wrote By the Mountain Bound. In her version of events, the valkyries and einherjar, known as the Children of the Light, were born from the sea after the destruction of the old world. They sing a... Continue Reading →

Interview with Sean Michaels

Sean Michaels is a writer and music critic.  His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Believer, the Walrus, Pitchfork and at McSweeney's; his first novel, Us Conductors, won the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize.  He also founded the music blog Said the Gramophone in 2003.  You can find him online at byseanmichaels.com. Shauna Kosoris: Your... Continue Reading →

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

  This smoothly written story provides insightful perspective on the bumpy issue of dying with dignity. A woman, Kate, who is used to being in control in her home, family and community is diagnosed with terminal cancer and struggles with loss on many levels. Her independent daughter Ellen is summoned to care for her and... Continue Reading →

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