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And Then There Were Crumbs by Eve Calder and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
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Gladys the Magic Chicken by Adam Rubin and Adam Rex (Illustrations)
Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett
Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala and Danice Cabanela (Narrator)
Honey Roasted by Cleo Coyle and Rebecca Gibel (Narrator)
Hot and Sour Suspects by Vivien Chien
Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Yas Imamura (Illustrator)
The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
One True Loves by Elise Bryant
Orlando by Virginia Woolf and Clare Higgins (Narrator)
Paola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia
The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and LeUyen Pham (illustrator)
Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon by Nina Laden
Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates
Steeple, Volume 2: The Silvery Moon by John Allison
The Suicide Murders by Howard Engel
Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon
With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez and Andres Ceolin (Illustrations)

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Art Matters: 03/23/22

Art Matters

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell is a slim volume containing four essays about the creative process. They are: "Credo", "Make Good Art", "Making a Chair", and "On Libraries."

I've had this book since it was first published. I bought it more for the Chris Riddell illustrations. I had finished reading his Ottaline series. I had also recently started following him on Instagram and had seen him publish pieces that eventually became pages in this collection.

Despite all that, it wasn't the right time to read the book. That is until January 1st, 2022. We are entering our second year of life during COVID. The world is in flux and with Omicron spiking and the reality that at least temporarily we'd be on lockdown again, it was finally time.

The essays, though, weren't the uplift I was hoping for the new year. Gaiman describes a world that no longer exists. He describes the chances he took that got him where he is. These tricks won't work for the majority of the readers. They certainly won't work for marginalized artists at the scale they have worked for him.

Three stars

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