April 22, 2014, marks the forty-fourth celebration of Earth Day, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have Earth on our minds after today. Or tomorrow. Or really, really after tomorrow.

“Really, really after” is where many science fiction authors go to grapple with the uncertain future of our planet. The science fiction genre is uniquely poised to discuss environmental issues and the caretaking of our world: Sometimes, only by reading about the very far away, the very far in the future, or the very impossible, can we see exactly where our own world might be headed.

In the video below, acclaimed science fiction author discusses how his immersion in nature informs his writing.


Historical Fiction Told in Verse

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dust of EdenCelebrate National Poetry Month with Dust of Eden! This beautiful and touching story is told in verse—the perfect combination for those who love poetry and historical fiction. Written by award-winning author Mariko Nagai, the novel explores the nature of fear, the value of acceptance, and the beauty of life. Dust of Eden is told with an honesty that is both thought provoking and inspirational.

“Crystal-clear prose poems paint a heartrending picture of thirteen-year-old Mina Masako Tagawa’s journey from Seattle to a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Nagai does a wonderful job examining what it means to Mina and her family members to be American while not being treated as true citizens." —School Library Journal

Dust of Eden poem


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