Kweli Journal is a non-profit literary publication founded by editor Laura Pegram. Ms. Pegram is an "author, educator, and a jazz vocalist whose cabaret performance teamed her with jazz pianist, Donald Smith, Ms. Pegram is also a painter." Kweli Journal launched on December 3, 2009. As stated on its website, "Kweli (pronounced KWEH lee) is … Continue reading Good News: KWELI JOURNAL

An African Tale of Lemon and Onion

It's "Friday Fun", the day where I get to blog about what I dig that is non-MC book related. Feeling hip as I write these words. The funny thing is, what I dig happens to be occasionally chewable. Have you ever had African food? Not long ago I made the following recipe for friends: a … Continue reading An African Tale of Lemon and Onion

Thursday Tip: The Wonders of Writing Exercises

Today's post was inspired Anna Staniszewski, creative writing teacher and author of books for children and young adults. One of Anna's blogs, StoryBug, focuses on writing exercises.Are writing exercises sometimes overlook? They allow us to take a break--without the guilt that might drag along, and to be productive while having fun. I recently benefited from … Continue reading Thursday Tip: The Wonders of Writing Exercises


The world of multicultural children's literature has been graced with a new force in its ranks. Tu Publishing is "a small, independent multicultural SFF press for children and YA," but I am already convinced that it will have a strong and positive literary impact on children and adults alike. The website is a mine of … Continue reading Good News: TU PUBLISHING

A Few Holiday Picks

Revisiting some of the books that wowed me during this holidays season and could make great gifts. Some have been in print for several years, but books don't get old, do they? Picture Books Zen Shorts by Jon Muth. I assume everyone knows about it, since it is an award-winning best-seller and was published in … Continue reading A Few Holiday Picks