Why I Do Author Visits

The following post is written by author Judith Graves. I love doing author visits to schools and public libraries. They are the highlight of my writing life. Usually, my writing days consist of hours sitting at my desk, typing on my laptop or reading through research materials. I may or …

Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers, remembers Mel Bolen and Jim Munro

  The following post is written by Bob Tyrrell, founder of Orca Book Publishers. The book community on the west coast suffered a great loss this past fall when we lost both Jim Munro and Mel Bolen, a mere month apart. Although both were well and truly retired, and had …

Woman with a pomegranate: the story behind Rossetti’s portrait

Author Melanie Jackson talks about her new novel, Death Drop: In his famous portrait of Persephone, Dante Gabriel Rossetti shows the young woman of myth having just taken a bite out of a pomegranate. Persephone’s gloomy, brooding expression conveys that she knows quite well she should have left the delicious …