The Ballad of Lois Duncan and Kait Arquette

  Nobody did suspense better than Lois Duncan. Throughout my childhood, her paperbacks were always in drugstores, libraries, and bookstores. The covers usually had a beautiful girl scared about something. She had the seventies parted hair, beautiful complexion. Duncan hated it when her books were called horror. She preferred the term suspense. No matter what… [Keep Reading]

Mrs. Cleary at 100

Four years ago I sent a short essay about Beverly Cleary’s birthday to KQED’s Perspective series. The editor Mark read it and enjoyed it, but will anyone else remember Beverly Cleary? He asked his colleagues. Instantly they responded with their favorite characters and plot lines: Henry Huggins trying to get a paper route! Ralph S…. [Keep Reading]