Yep, I’m a Fan!

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

When I was a young girl growing up in Madison, Wisconsin, I was a big fan of reporter Brenda Starr. She was the protagonist of a comic strip by the same name, created by Dalia Messick (who went by the professional name of Dale Messick). I loved Brenda’s glamorous life as a girl reporter. In fact, at the time during which I was enamored of her (late 1960s), the comic strip wasn’t syndicated in the newspaper my family read, so I would run down the street in the early morning to read the latest panel in the Chicago Tribune on a neighbor’s stoop before that family got up. Read More

Domenica’s Summer Reading List

By Domenica Di Piazza, Editorial Director of Twenty-First Century Books

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I used to think I was unusual, with a huge stack of books on my bedside table that never goes down and invariably reading more than one book at a time. But the more readers I talk to, the more I realize it’s something people do. And it’s liberating to know you can jump from book to book depending on your mood or energy level or level of enthusiasm on any given day. Read More