Eileen Kern

Writer, Teacher, Speaker

Two Teen Book Reviews

During a recent trip to the library, I checked out two teen books that came highly recommended: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. It was a bit eerie reading the two back-to-back: In both, a boy from a strange and in many ways unwelcoming society discovers […]

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Fusion Music, Legitimacy, and the Banjo

I was chatting with independent musician and banjo enthusiast Dan Whitener about his website recently; we were chatting about what kinds of content would appeal to his visitors. When I started exploring TED Talks on my own, I was excited to find several that include stories about the banjo, and quickly sent him the link. […]

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If You Liked This Book, Then You May Like…

In my former life as a bookseller, part of my job was to help align readers with the books they wanted to read, and one of my great joys was introducing readers to new authors and new texts. I followed book bloggers and major (NY Times, NPR, Washington Post, etc.) book review sites to stay […]

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