Author Archive: Misha Stone

Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: Rediscovering Elizabeth Taylor

You’ll Enjoy It When You Get There: Rediscovering Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor the writer has often been overlooked, an unfair side effect of having the same name as a very famous actress. But “The Other Elizabeth Taylor” (which just so happens to be the title of Nicola Beauman’s biography of the writer) deserves to be discovered in her own right and this collection of short stories […]

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Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

Read to Play: Seattle’s Summer Book Bingo!

This summer, The Seattle Public Library partnered with Seattle Arts and Lectures to create a very fun reading program for teens age 16 and over, and adults throughout the city. It’s called Summer Book Bingo! Participants enter one of two prize pools by either completing their whole card by September 8th or filling out one […]

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The Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies, and When Politics Gets in the Way

The Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies, and When Politics Gets in the Way

The Hugo Award nominees were announced earlier this month, and when the ballot was revealed it became clear to many that the Sad Puppies voting bloc had prevailed. The Sad Puppies, one of the worst self-chosen monikers in literary history, are a collection of authors that want to keep science fiction and fantasy old school. […]

Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Science Fiction Short Stories: Discussing Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang is one of the most respected science fiction writers out there right now. But he is not prolific and has only written short stories and novellas. The Economist recently published an article on the reasons you should read his work. And with a film adaptation of his short story “Story of Your Life” […]

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Book Podcast: Breakfast at the Bookstore

Book Podcast: Breakfast at the Bookstore

Podcasts about books and reading are gaining in popularity. They are a great way to find new books to read for yourself or your book group. But podcast conversations can also provide the same kind of delights that a book group can provide—the joy of hearing another person’s perspectives on a book and the ways in […]

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Hawaiian History through the Generations: Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues
By February 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Hawaiian History through the Generations: Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues

Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues (1994) is a powerful look into the brutal, fraught history of the Hawaiian Islands through seven generations of one Hawaiian family. Focusing on a polarizing matriarch, Pono, the novel flashes backward and forward in time to tell the story of Pono’s ancestors, her life’s true love, and her daughters and granddaughters. Written in […]

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Record Collecting and the Power of Music: Joshua Harmon’s The Annotated Mixtape
By February 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Record Collecting and the Power of Music: Joshua Harmon’s The Annotated Mixtape

I started reading some of essays that comprise Joshua Harmon’s The Annotated Mixtape years ago as they appeared in journals. The author and I went to college together in Vermont, so I have been following his writing career for years now. And last year he came out with The Annotated Mixtape and a short story collection, A […]

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Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time
By January 22, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend. James Baldwin was the American author of such classic works as Go Tell It […]

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Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars
By January 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Finding Hope in Dystopia: Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars

In addition to talking about Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself with my Other Realms book group, I also recently led a discussion for Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars. I will confess that I was a hold-out on reading the latter book, perhaps unfairly, as I find myself irked by “literary” dystopian novels that get heaped with […]

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Discussing Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself
By December 22, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Discussing Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself

My Other Realms book group met this month to discuss Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself, the first in the First Law trilogy and his debut fantasy novel. For many this was an introduction to Abercrombie, who has been hailed king of “grimdark fantasy.” For those who want more information about this emerging genre, Abercrombie’s essay […]

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