Posted in November 2012

On the Power of a Good Book…

“All my life I’ve wanted to be the kid who gets to cross over into the magical kingdom. I devoured those books by C.S. Lewis and William Dunthorn, Ellen Wentworth, Susan Cooper, and Alan Garner. When I could get them from the library, I read them out of order as I found them, and then … Continue reading

The Black Art by Anne Sexton

THE BLACK ART by Anne Sexton A woman who writes feels too much, those trances and portents! As if cycles and children and islands weren’t enough; as if mourners and gossips and vegetables were never enough. She thinks she can warn the stars. A writer is essentially a spy. Dear love, I am that girl. … Continue reading

The Illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso

I am absolutely, head-over-heels in love with these illustrators, twin sisters Anna and Elena Balbusso who live and work in Italy. Their painterly style is so enchanting, I can’t get enough of their haunting images. The sisters have been developing their portfolio since they were fifteen years old. They’ve even illustrated well known authors’ works, … Continue reading

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I’ll admit I’m not usually that in to contemporary stories. I typically gravitate towards historical, or otherworldly fictions, perhaps because the distant setting provides another element of escape to a supernatural story. In fact, when I picked up The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, I thought it was a historical novel, hah. I was … Continue reading