Category: Books

Meet Katheen Alcalá, Author of Spirits of the Ordinary

The central mystery of Katheen Alcalá’s Spirits of the Ordinary is this: how can a book have everything –breathtaking, living landscapes, gender-bending, gold fever, Indigenous wisdom without cliché or fetishization, Crypto-Jews, empowered women, and profound character arcs – yet still…

What are you reading?

Several months ago, one of my mother’s childhood friends died.  Margie was a librarian, teacher, writer, activist.  Although we hadn’t connected in many years, she remained a vivid part of my memory of childhood, very much the color Red.  At…

Meet Brenda Peynado, Author of The Rock Eaters

“Society cannot exist,” the philosopher Edmund Burke cautioned, without “a controlling power upon will and appetite…men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” A similar warning may reside in The Rock Eaters, Brenda Peynado’s beautifully bizarre…