A Letter from the Founding Editor

Welcome to The Spellbinding Shelf, a book blog named in a sprightly first editorial meeting held right outside of a busy Fry’s Marketplace. (You know, inspiration can strike anywhere!)

We are here to share our love for books and bring our individual reading preferences to the table—and the bookshelf. An Arizona State University student organization, we will also promote the local literary community by interviewing authors and advertising literary events here in the Valley of the Sun. You might even find us attending an author meet-and-greet or poetry reading!

My personal hope is that this blog creates a space for ASU students to gain practical writing and editing experience as they bolster the literary community and foster a love for reading outside of the classroom.

Of course, I can’t introduce this blog without thanking the peers that have helped me spearhead this project. I am incredibly grateful for my friends and fellow bloggers, Makenna Knighton (our Communications Coordinator) and Payton Kline (our Managing Editor). I admire their insight and creative spirits and am so pleased they have joined the team. I also want to take a moment to thank the wonderful Professor Tara Ison for supporting our project as our faculty advisor.

We hope you join us in our reading journey, searching for those books that make us laugh, shout, cry, learn, relearn, and challenge ourselves—those books that feed our minds, souls, and conversations.

Sincerely,

Rachel Hagerman, Editor-in-Chief

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