“The right words between strangers seem stronger than steel cables.”
Their musical tastes are as one-of-a-kind as their books.
— Luis Alberto Urrea, from his Powell's essay Done
Listen to Stephen King’s “grizzly” Powell's playlist
Banned books (abbreviated list): Cujo
, The Dead Zone
“When I was a teenager, I couldn't imagine a world where gay marriage was possible.
I didn't even know anyone who was out! When I meet young gay people now, and they're open and confident about themselves and their relationships, it feels like a miracle to me. A miracle I can't put into words.”
“Because being in New York — indeed, being in America, or the world — [on 9/11] was as magical as it was horrible. Because in the shadow of a huge tragedy, millions upon millions of people became their better selves. We forget that, over time. But it's true.”
— David Leviathan, on writing Love Is the Higher Law
Banned book: Two Boys Kissing
“The most essential component of survival or achievement [is] seeing the actual, rock-bottom, elemental truth and accepting it.”
— Barbara Ehrenreich, still relevant in the Powell's Q&A
Banned book: Nickel and Dimed
They break barriers.
Alison Bechdel reveals in the Powell's interview
that her award-winning graphic novel, Fun Home
, was the first one Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ever published.
Banned book: Fun Home
“Great books can make us better people, but a lot of mischief has been done by people who only read one book and took it utterly to heart.”