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Barbara Winkes on the Critical Life Events that Shaped Her and Her Latest Release and Work in Progress

Sandra Ruttan: What’s your new book/work in progress about?  Barbara Winkes: I have just introduced the all new covers for my Carpenter/Harding series. The next release will be #9, Implications, in which the protagonists Jordan Carpenter and Ellie Harding have to solve a murder that happened a long time ago. At the moment I’m writing...

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Dear Straight People

How NOT to Interact With Queer People in Public by Laila Winters Although I don’t suppose this will come as much of a surprise, I’m a homebody. A queer, anxious homebody who does not leave her apartment unless otherwise prompted by an equally as queer fiancée. But on the rare occasion that I do go...

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A Minor Twitter Movement #Oct1st

Protecting Indigenous Persons Against Racism and Misinformation on Social Media and In Society By E.M. Lunsford Why October 1st? It’s what I see as the beginning of the Indigenous Appropriation Season.  Columbus Day, where many “celebrate” a man “discovering” land that was already occupied.  We already knew it was there. He was a violent invader,...

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The Mis-education of a Suburban White Boy: How Reading Banned Books Helped Unfuck My Upbringing

by Brian Lindenmuth I grew up in a blue collar (what we would now call a “working class white”) family in Baltimore County in the 80s. It was a fairly racially mixed and religiously diverse area that has continued to diversify over the years, frankly, because of white flight. By the start of the next...

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Authors in the Latino Community You Probably Haven’t Heard Of … But Should Read

J. L. Ortiz Diaz Being Latino can be described as many things. We’re multilingual, friendly and we love to party. Our culture is rich and diverse, our food is full of flavor and our grandparents like to hide the sewing tools in cookie containers. That might seem odd to some, but it’s what makes us...