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“A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling a small wave of despair about being a writer and teacher at a time when common wisdom holds that ‘no one reads anymore.’ But then some of my UC Riverside students sought me out on campus to thank me for introducing them to a book.”

Author Susan Straight argues that “books’ power to connect is as potent as ever.”


Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →