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Readings For Writers: Pick(s) of the Week 9/12/14

Every week, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, instructor Sophie Powell recommends two of her favorite novels. 

You Remind Me Of Me by Dan Chaon is one of the novels I often mention to students – one of those beautiful and deeply moving works that stays with you for years and years. It is also particularly noteworthy from a craft perspective. Its structure is unusually complicated, using multiple points of view and fractured chronology. Yet Chaon manages to pull it off. The structure might be ...

September 12, 2014 | Sophie Powell

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Impossible Wolves (Deathless Press)

By Sophie Powell

“He was a beautiful wolf. Not like the snow before it hits the ground, perfect and new, but sooty and grey like the snow that fell on this city once, that still falls in the Alt Stadt.” So begins K.L. Pereira’s exquisite and extraordinary chapbook in which every sentence sparkles like a sapphire, every paragraph holds you spellbound. Impossible Wolves is masterfully mysterious and equivocating, but not frustratingly so

March 16, 2014 | Sophie Powell

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

By Sophie Powell

The poem Tarantella by Hilaire Belloc has always been one of my favorites, and I learned it by heart as a child for a poem-speaking competition; Tarantella’s masterful rhyme and rhythm, evocative of a flamenco beat, are infectious and it has marvelous mystery and atmosphere.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (a picture book for preschoolers) is a different genre of literature to Tarantella, nevertheless its author Sherri Duskey Rinker has the same enchanting gift with rhyme and rhythm that I have not experienced since Tarantella.  Reaching #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for children’s ...

December 31, 2013 | Sophie Powell

children's literature

Jack and the Dragon

Earlier last month, The New York Public Library complied a list of children’s books, 100 Great Children’s Books – 100 years to accompany the library’s exhibition “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter." Over the pond too, the British reading charity Booktrust drew up its “definite list” of the best books to read “before you’re 14”, in celebration of Children’s Book Week, which ran in the U.K. during the first week of October. 16 books appear on both lists, and although neither list seemed to be limited to native authors, I (as a ...

November 4, 2013 | Sophie Powell

Caps for Sale! Caps for Sale! Fifty Cents A Cap!

By Sophie Powell


As the mom of a nine-month old, my diet of books, with my life, has changed dramatically. Although my son’s language skills have not yet developed beyond an enthusiastic babble, and he prefers to chew on books more than anything else, this hasn’t prevented me from reading to him as often as possible

September 30, 2013 | Sophie Powell

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