Author Archive

From 2 to Infinity: Writing by the Numbers: A Guest Post from Author John David Anderson

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We librarians at Mackin are much better at words than numbers. Having divided the nonfiction subjects and fiction genres between us, we read and evaluate only books in our areas. Math is always… Continue reading

Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History : Contest Closed

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Thank you, Karen Blumenthal, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read Too Much Research? Today we are excited to offer two lucky… Continue reading

Too Much Research?: A Guest Post from Author Karen Blumenthal

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We at Mackin love nonfiction—grown-up books, of course, but especially those written for children and young people. It seems that authors who write for younger readers find such little-known and often, well, ODD… Continue reading

The Journey: Contest – Contest Closed

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Thank you, Francesca Sanna, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read How would you end this story? Today we are excited to… Continue reading

How would you end this story?

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When he was 19, my grandpa Bernard Wevers came to the United States from the Netherlands with his older brother, hoping to find a brighter future. He settled in a little town called… Continue reading

Get Up, Get Out, Get Writing: A Guest Post from Author Chris Barton

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Like most readers, we at Mackin love to meet authors. We go to conventions where they are speaking; drop by bookstores when they are on tour; and if we’re really lucky, we get… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia : Contest — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland for sharing in their guest post on Monday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading

Loving vs. Virginia: An Author/Illustrator/Editor Interview

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In June of 1958, Virginians Richard Loving (a white man) and his bride-to-be Mildred Jeter (a black woman) went to Washington, D.C. to be married.  The reason? Interracial marriage in the state of Virginia… Continue reading

Finding Hope In Ashes: A Guest Post From Laurie Halse Anderson

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In 2008 & 2010, author Laurie Halse Anderson released the first two historical fiction novels of the Seeds of America trilogy: Chains & Forge. Just recently (late 2016), the finale of the series–Ashes–was… Continue reading

Juana & Lucas Giveaway — Contest Closed

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First of all, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to Juana Medina for sharing her personal experience with us in her guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend… Continue reading