Author: J.L. Powers

J.L. Powers is the author of the y.a. novels This Thing Called the Future and The Confessional, and editor the forthcoming anthology That Mad Game: Growing Up in a Warzone.

The Shark Curtain by Chris Scofield

I was enormously privileged to be the editor for Chris Scofield’s The Shark Curtain, which came out on the Akashic YA imprint Black Sheep earlier this year. The moment I read this book, I understood that Scofield was doing something…

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker

In this multi-layered portrait of one of the most famous African-American performers of the 20th century for Chicago Review Press’s Women of Action series, Peggy Caravantes presents us with Josephine Baker: a flamboyant, difficult woman whose dream of integration and…

What Will Your Beautiful Hands Do Today?

The first few times I opened up Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten’s recent picture book for kids, Beautiful Hands, and read the opening line, “What will your beautiful hands do today?” I literally shivered with delight….and got goosepimples all over…