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This Little-known German Aviator Inspired the Wright Brothers

The Flying Man author Mike Downs chats about The World's First Pilot... Read More

7 Facts You Should Know About Ethel Rosenberg

One of the most commonly misunderstood figures in US history is Ethel Rosenberg, who is often described as a traitor or spy in the same... Read More

The Value of a Vase by Author Michaela Maccoll

The historical fiction I write is supposed to be in the past. But I can’t read Twitter these days or watch the local news without seeing... Read More

Libraries are the Source of Magic

Libraries Are the Source of Magic, by Maya MacGregor

When I was growing up, often in rural areas, getting to visit bookstores was always a special treat, but libraries were where I would thrive. Read More

My Library by Krystia Basil

My Library by Krystia Basil

All my life, libraries in all forms have been my true church, reading my true religion. If I could, I would choose to live in a cocoon of... Read More

Loujain Alhathloul, Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers

Sunflowers for Loujain: Using Picture Books to Tell the Stories of Human Rights Defenders

A guest post by Lina AlHathloul and Uma Mishra-Newbery As human rights activists and co-authors of Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers: A Story Inspired by Loujain AlHathloul, we have been asked... Read More

Why Garfield? by Gail Jarrow

“Why Garfield?” by Author Gail Jarrow

Why did I choose to write about James Garfield’s assassination?  Many people have asked me this question since the October 2021 publication... Read More

Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell

Behind the Book: Becoming Abolitionists

How did Becoming Abolitionists come to be? Astra House Editorial Director Alessandra Bastagli details how she and Derecka Purnell met and... Read More

Event Recap: Astra Publishing House at the Brooklyn Book Festival

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Astra House booth to greet us at the 2021 Brooklyn Book Festival. It was a beautiful day in Brooklyn... Read More

Castaway Mountain, Saumya Roy

Go Behind the Scenes of Castaway Mountain with Saumya Roy

While Saumya Roy’s Castaway Mountain may read like a work of fiction, it’s the true story of Farzana Ali Shaikh, one of the best pickers in the Deonar... Read More

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