Morris Award finalist Cat Winters loves a good ghost story. Her knockout young adult debut, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, tackled World War I, the Spanish flu, séances, and the weight of souls. In her The Cure for Dreaming, 1900 Oregon was the backdrop for a tale of young woman freeing her suppressed independence during the rise of hypnotism.
A genre that defies easy categorization, magical realism is often associated with the work of Latin American authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude) and Laura Esquivel (Like Water For Chocolate). In magical realism, mystical or fantastic events are rendered as everyday occurrences. The extraordinary and the ordinary are intertwined; inseparable. In recent years, […]
As the younger, more laidback portion of the United States, the West Coast is home to California, Oregon, and Washington—states united by their miles of pacific coastline, proclivity for farming and fishing, and IH-5. As latecomers to the U.S. game, they’ve earned a reputation for a chill sort of vibe. Known for drop-dead gorgeous scenery and […]
Life is complicated and messy and rarely (if ever) easy, especially in the best fantasy novels. I love it when a book’s magic system is just as difficult and full of consequences as the rest of its world, instead of functioning as a simple, easily manipulated gift. Want to curse your enemies? Fine, but be […]