Tamora Pierce's Blog

September 18, 2016

During WWII, a nurse named Irena Sendler watched the growth of Nazism and the brutal shifting of Jews from their homes to the death camps. This Christian woman and her friends declared war on Hitler and risked their lives to save Jewish children from the Nazis' Final Solution. Irene Sendler was caught and tortured for her work.

After all that she and those like her did to save the lives they could, because they believed they were worth saving, how can people now spit on their gift and wave the...
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Published on September 18, 2016 10:23 • 1,633 views

February 9, 2016

Gloria Steinem claimed that women who support Bernie Sanders do so to meet men. She has apologized for it since--and far be it from me to deny any actual apologies made for an asshole statement--but isn't this the kind of statement that we would have thought was never in her vocabulary as a feminist--as one of our primary feminists? And the statement that preceded it, "When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ ” is an incredible slap to young women, M...
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Published on February 09, 2016 12:09 • 2,648 views

December 2, 2015

Chessiecon, in Timonium MD (right outside Baltimore), was great. Julie (my assistant) and I (my poor Spouse-Creature Tim had to stay at home and eat leftover Thanksgiving dinner because we had no cat sitter for 3 houses of kitties) motored up to the hotel around one a.m. on Friday and mumbled something about permitting the games to begin before we collapsed into our beds.

We registered and had lunch with my sister and her husband, which was an extra added benefit. Then we plunged into great d...
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Published on December 02, 2015 13:58 • 482 views

November 20, 2015

Two more interesting reads while I listen to Adele's "Hello" album:

Catherynne Valente's SIX-GUN SNOW WHITE is short, but every sentence is packed with delightful idiom and phrasing, splendid images, and stories of fairytale characters turned on their ears. Cat is always a lyrical writer, but this book is a surprise, couched as it is in authentic Wild-American-West slang and rhythms, so brilliantly so that I am collapsed with envy and love. Snow White tells most of her own story as the badly n...
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Published on November 20, 2015 12:05 • 575 views

November 18, 2015

Well, it's been considerably longer since my earlier post promising more good book recommendations in the same week, but still I come bearing gifts. I've been having a great time of late when it comes to books!

Nancy Holzner's DEADTOWN wasn't the kind of book I'd pick up out of idle fancy, or if I did, I'd've put it down the moment I read the word "zombie." I don't do zombies. And I would have missed a thumping good read thereby. Luckily for me, I met Nancy at Robercon in Binghamton NY in Sept...
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Published on November 18, 2015 07:25 • 682 views

October 7, 2015

Lately I've had read some very agreeable books, and I just had to share. Two tonight, two more later in the week.

Deborah Blake
Don't get me wrong; I've been a fan of Deborah's for years, but of her nonfiction witch's guides, published by Llewellyn Books (my favorites being EVERYDAY WITCHCRAFT and WITCHCRAFT ON A SHOESTRING--you can see why they appeal!). I only discovered her fiction this year when she mentioned it on Facebook, and I thought I'd give it a try, once I got over my aversion to th...
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Published on October 07, 2015 14:47 • 1,052 views

September 1, 2015

I have just returned from a very good time in New Mexico. My assistant Julie Holderman and I went out for Bubonicon, but before we plunged into con madness, artist Ruth Sanderson, my friend Jane Lindskold, and her archaeologist husband Jim showed us around a bit. We visited Albuquerque's Old Town (native arts jewelry!) and the Rattlesnake Museum. The snakes are gorgeous--a nation-wide collection of rattlers and other snakes, with tortoises, a few spiders, and a scorpion thrown in. The animals...
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Published on September 01, 2015 12:10 • 326 views

July 22, 2015

If you're interested in an infamous episode of Pennsylvania history in fiction, Amazon's Open Media (e-book) section has been e-mail advertising/low price my mentor, David Bradley Jr.'s, PEN Faulkner award-winning Chaneysville incident. The story of a Black historian's return to his Pennsylvania hometown, it's vivid and heartbreaking.

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Published on July 22, 2015 09:16 • 203 views

July 20, 2015

July 16, 2015

Police in Sudan have arrested ten young female college students for indecency--they were wearing pants or skirts. Their sentence is 40 lashes each. The link is to an Amnesty International petition--will you sign and/or boost the signal? People have died from this kind of whipping, and these women will be scarred for life if they survive.

Let Sudan know they don't operate in the shadows--the world is paying attention!

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Published on July 16, 2015 07:14 • 431 views