Heidi Broadhead
Omnivoracious Editor
Heidi Broadhead and Paul Hughes are in the second year of raising their first child, Silas, amidst piles of well-loved books. Silas is displaying early tendencies toward bookishness--pulling paperbacks out of the family's old-style library spinner, flipping through board books (usually upside-down), or pointing at Where the Wild Things Are and shouting "dot!." Heidi and Paul persist in their constant reading of novels, short stories, poetry, chapter books, graphic novels, plays, books about farming (Heidi), books about politics (Paul), online comics, blogs, blogs, and more blogs…(in fact, Heidi is set on demolishing the cliché that new parents don't have time to read. Don't blame it on the kid, man.)

Recent posts by Heidi


YA Wednesday: Goth Girl and Other Treats

This week, I'm enjoying Goth Girl Rising, Barry Lyga's sequel to his hit debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. It's told from Kyra's (aka Goth Girl's) perspective, and there are dolls! (Actually, they're called minimates): (From Lyga's minimate photo shoot; caption: "What are YOU looking at?") Quick...

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YA Wednesday: The Bella Twins and Walt Whitman

John Green, on Paper Towns winning the top spot on YALSA's Teens Top Ten List for 2009, "You're telling me that, in a popularity contest, my book about Walt Whitman beat out Stephenie Meyer's book about hot vampires?" From this video (and, originally from this video.) The remaining 2009 Teens...

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YA Wednesday: Mummy Love

This week, gamer staple Penny Arcade offered their prediction for the next wave of teen-monster love: Click to see the full comic. Quick links... Author Terry Pratchett and playwright Mark Ravenhill have collaborated on a stage adaptation of Nation, and the Guardian is running a YouTube contest for aspiring playwrights/filmmakers,...

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YA Wednesday: Beautiful Creatures (again)

Last week, I used "Beautiful Creatures" as a title, forgetting entirely that a book by the same name is coming out this December, and it looks great: And here's another trailer. And another. Read the blog. Quick links... Libba Bray, on a blog tour for Going Bovine, invites readers at...

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YA Wednesday: Beautiful Creatures

I know. I know. Another Leviathan post. I've just finished chapter four, and can't wait to find out what happens when Prince Alek (of the clankers, who fight with fantastical machinery) meets Deryn, a girl pretending to be a boy fighting with the Darwinists, who evolve living creatures into their...

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YA Wednesday: Crashed, Crushed, and Tattooed

Out this week: Crashed, book 2 in Robin Wasserman's Skinned Trilogy, about a girl who dies in a car crash and is reborn as a machine. I haven't read the books, but I'm liking this trailer: And for readers looking for some back-to-school teen romance & realism, these two new...

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YA Wednesday: Going Bovine, Going to a Wedding

Libba Bray's Going Bovine: not so much a trailer as a cow-on-the-town mini tour. If the book is as funny as this video, I'm in: Quick links... Fans begged author Beth Fantaskey for a sequel to her 2008 book Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, so she's asking...

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Determined Indeterminacy: Q&A with Fence Editor Rebecca Wolff

In 1997, Rebecca Wolff got a few friends together at her apartment to talk about starting a magazine. Carolyn Crumpacker, Jonathan Lethem, Frances Richard, Matt Rohrer, and Wolff drafted a manifesto for an art/lit/criticism mag called Fence. In their words: "Fence is a resting place for work that we recognize...

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YA Wednesday: Gowns and Monsters

A few days ago, I was sorting through my August books and came across The Monster Variations: This was a happy find: Daniel Kraus has not only written a small-town literary thriller with cinematic action scenes, he's nearly written a pre-teen Heart of Darkness, with a Stand By Me sense...

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YA Wednesday: Those Marvelous Flying Machines

Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan, a high-flying, around-the-world adventure novel set in 1914, is due out in just a couple of months. It's one of the books I'm most looking forward to this fall (especially after learning about these German dirigibles). Westerfeld talks about his early ideas for Leviathan in this Extras...

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