Quick Pick: April 29, 2016

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Liberty Hardy

Senior Contributing Editor

Liberty Hardy is an unrepentant velocireader, writer, bitey mad lady, and tattoo canvas. Turn-ons include books, books and books. Her favorite exclamation is “Holy cats!” Liberty reads more than should be legal, sleeps very little, frequently writes on her belly with Sharpie markers, and when she dies, she’s leaving her body to library science. Until then, she lives with her three cats, Millay, Farrokh, and Zevon, in Maine. She is also right behind you. Just kidding! She’s too busy reading. Twitter: @MissLiberty

the people in the castle by joan aikenThe People in the Castle: Selected Strange Stories by Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken stories handpicked by Small Beer Press and Aiken’s daughter, and with an introduction by Kelly Link?!! YES PLEASE. I couldn’t read this fast enough! Aiken, probably best known for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote over 100 books in her lifetime (1924-2004), including 28 story collections. HOLY CATS. These selected stories are wildly inventive, fantastical, and funny, and certainly for fans of Link. I am so delighted this exists. They gave me that feeling where you’re nostalgic for something you aren’t even familiar with yet. That’s magic.

Backlist bump: The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken