The Power of Inspiration: Queen of Katwe

I found many beautiful things to love about this film. Based on a true story, not only does it take its viewer on a journey to Uganda and the realities of many families struggling to survive, but it showcases the strength of the human spirit. Solid determination shines like gold all throughout this story. It’s on vibrant display in Phiona’s concentration on the chessboard, her mother’s constant battle to support her family and even the pastor’s courage to push for opportunities for the village children.

The Story Peddler

Tanwen is little more than a peasant girl living on the outskirts of her kingdom’s extensive rule, but she has a gift. Tanwen is a weaver, a story peddler. That means she’s able to bring tales to life and sculpt them into crystalized sculptures which may or may not fetch a price.

Of Gods and Vows

This book was read in a breath—a sharp inhale, holding it in as the pages turned, followed by a long exhale.

A myth retold with a myth, The Songweaver’s Vow recalls the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros but employs the cast of Norse mythology and the gods of Asgard to tell the tale.