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The New New York Public Library

This post originally appeared at The Atlantic. "This is our moment!" said Tony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library (NYPL), as he was winding his comments about the present and future of libraries up to a crescendo:...Show More Summary

Stages of Authorship

Writing a book is not like journalism. For one thing, it takes longer. Sometimes a lot longer. In a four-decade career in news, I wrote on tight deadlines, often under pressure, and with no excuses for a story that didn't get done on...Show More Summary

What's the Difference Between Genre and Category?

A simple look at the definition of "genre" might cause confusion for any writer seeking to understand the difference between genre and category. According to Merriam-Webster, genre is: "a category of artistic, musical, or literary composition...Show More Summary

Love & SCOTUS: Writers on Gay Marriage and the Future

When the Supreme Court released its ruling on same-sex marriage, I was walking to work, unaware history was being made. I was being given editorial notes over the phone, so my head was full of planned revisions when I got to the office and turned on my computer and there it was. Show More Summary

Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch's John Sifton and I met with a nongovernmental organization to discuss options for holding governments accountable for post-9/11 torture. When Sifton said the word "torture" in the course of conversation he clenched his hands and made a twisting motion. Show More Summary

John Green, YA Authors, and Rape Culture

John Green gets way more attention than the average young adult author. I'm not sure if it's because of the major success of The Fault in Our Stars and its film adaptation, his other books or his YouTube channel. That means that a lot of different people are going to have different opinions on him. Show More Summary

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: On Secondary Locations and Not Packing It In

Recently, Jordan Rosenfeld, who has a great new book out called A Writer's Guide to Persistence, asked a great question on social media: when did you persist through a challenge as a writer? Motivated by the fact that the best answer would win a free book--I am a total sucker for free stuff, especially books--I started thinking. Show More Summary

10 Quintessential Books About New York

L.A. owns the movies, and San Fran touts every gadget under the sun. But when it comes to one of the oldest forms of entertainment--you might remember a little something called books?--New York will always reign supreme. And with soShow More Summary

An Interview With Roz Kaveney

Roz Kaveney is one of the most incisive literary multi-hyphenates at work today. Whether she is writing about the cultural impact of TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica or writing critically-acclaimed novels...Show More Summary

Breaking Taboos With Our Pens: Afghan Women Shine in New Anthology

"I talked about taboos and I broke them with my pen." -- Pari, writer and Dari translator for Washing the Dust From Our Hearts If you've wanted to hear directly from Afghan women, unfiltered by journalists and uncensored by male relatives,...Show More Summary

Louisa Meets Bear By Lisa Gornick

Louisa Meets Bear by Lisa Gornick Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books (June 9, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0374192081 ISBN-13: 978-0374192082 After wowing us with Tinderbox and Private Sorcery, Lisa Gornick hadShow More Summary

Farrar, Straus and Giroux President Pens Introspective Novel

Jonathan Galassi's debut novel reads with the exuberance of a man half his age and with intellect of a successful businessman. In the publishing industry, there is the big four comprised of Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random...Show More Summary

Writing She-roes

Harper Lee's book Go Set a Watchman has already become a bestseller - and it won't be released until July 14. Lee is the author of the perennial bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960 and made into a movie. To celebrate the success of Lee's previous and anticipated novels, let's discover other women authors through history. Show More Summary

This is What Happened When Millions of People Read My Article

When my sister-in-law sent me a message that read, "I've seen your article in three different places today," the magnitude of the situation sank in. My article had gone viral. Within hours of publishing "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," my 600 word list was shared hundreds of thousands of times. Show More Summary

Why I Became a Writer

"Go to the pain," many writing professionals say. I began writing in solitude, after enduring years of ups and downs as a young musician and wanderer in Oregon, California and Baja Norte, Mexico. A variety of experiences out West broadened...Show More Summary

Anne Rice Is Wrong About #AskELJames

Today on Facebook Anne Rice majestically defended E.L. James after James's Twitter event today spun out of control. Instead of being a lovefest or a cyber tea party, #AskELJames turned into a free-for-all where critics of all kinds told James what they thought of her books and her writing. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: Wow, Not Woe to Women!

I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back and pretend 'Cause I've heard it all before And I've been down there on the floor No one's ever gonna keep me down again Oh, yes, I am wise But itsShow More Summary

Horses and Spirituality

Photo from Tim Hayes Collection For over two decades I have been teaching the principals of Natural Horsemanship (or what was once referred to as "Horse Whispering") helping humans create better relationships with their horses. During...Show More Summary

Great Opening Lines

"My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call." --The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy "His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky. Show More Summary

Changing Lives Across the Country, One Page at a Time

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at It's been just nine months since my memoir, Breaking the Silence: My Final Forty Days as a Public School Teacher, hit the market. As a first-time, self-published, indie author, I wasn't sure what to expect when choosing to publish such a raw account from a teacher's perspective. Show More Summary

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