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Episode 8: The Essential Bordertown with Ileana Garcia and Stephanie Cortez

Judging Book Covers Podcast

Release Date: 07/09/2017

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Meghan is joined again by Ileana and Stephanie to discuss the YA anthology The Essential Bordertown, edited by Terri Windling and Delia Sherman. We discuss how the YA genre ends to reach back to its 90s roots and bring the grittiness back, especially when discussing elves and faeries! 

Book Drink: Elder-Berry Tea Cocktail and Earl Grey Tea Cocktail

Books/Movies/Shows discussed in this episode: 

The Essential Bordertown
Beauty and the Beast
A Court of Thorn and Roses
Logan
X-Men/Dazzler
Sailor Moon
Hellboy 2
Lost Girl

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