Category Archives: Reading

Temporarily Free on Amazon: “Michael Payne (A Squirrel Hill High Short Story)”

This is a tie in to Mister Teacher Person that explores the backstory of one of that novel’s key characters.

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Squirrel Hill Magazine Interview

My interview with Meg Cummings for Squirrel Hill Magazine has been published: Author J.M. Varner Sets High School Novels in Squirrel Hill [PDF]  

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Recommended Reading: Modern China

Three excellent books for understanding modern China: The Barefoot Lawyer: A Blind Man’s Fight for Justice and Freedom in China, by Chen GuangCheng — A very accessible and engaging first-person autobiographical novel that tells the story of a blind man from … Continue reading

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Opinion: The “Middle Grade” Book Label

Over at a post on the Nerdy Book Club, I recently posted the following comment regarding the “Middle Grade” book label: I’m not sure if I like the official “Middle Grade” categorization for books appropriate for this age range. Nothing … Continue reading

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On Reading: Connecting Readers with Goodreads and Google Hangouts

I remember the days of spending thousands of dollars on graduate courses that offered one primary experience: Sitting around a table with a bunch of other people reading the same book(s) and discussing those book(s). Now, I’m not out to … Continue reading

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