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University Press Spotlight Fall 2015: University of Colorado Press

Here are some Fall 2015 highlights from the University Press of Colorado (which also includes the Utah State University Press): 1. Ways to the West: How Getting Out of Our Cars is Reclaiming America's Frontier, by Tim Sullivan In Ways...Show More Summary

Getting to Know Her: A Vital Introduction to Hannah Arendt

Anne C. Heller's biography of political theorist Hannah Arendt begins, like a traditional epic poem and unlike a conventional biography, in medias res. It reports on the roughly two-year period during which Arendt, then in her 50s, covered a trial of signal importance and published an extensive report. Show More Summary

Internet Distraction: The Writer's Main Dilemma

Listen up authors. It's time to play the writers' game of True or False. Ready? Here goes! 1. The Internet and social media are a boon to all writers; your work and name become known to millions of people and you connect daily as a writer worldwide. 2. Show More Summary

Celebrating a 20th Wedding Anniversary and a New Book: What Marriage Has Taught Me About Creativity

This week is a big one for me. I'm celebrating both the launch of Chance Harbor, my fourth novel with Penguin Random House, and my twentieth wedding anniversary with Dan. As I pop the champagne, it's a good time to reflect on what marriage has taught me about living a creative life. Show More Summary

New Graphic Novel Tells Capture and Survival Story of Pacific Northwest

Captive of Friendly Cove tells the true story of young British metalworker, John Rodgers Jewitt, who accepts a job on the American trading ship, Boston, in 1802. What follows is an exciting adventure story about exploration, indigenous people and the clash between white traders and the local people. Show More Summary

9 Brilliant Books That Will Change How You See True Crime

By Caitlin Kleinschmidt | Off the Shelf I love true crime. There, I said it. Though often maligned due to its associations with lurid tabloids and pulpy courtroom dramas, there are examples of the genre that are literary in quality and aspiration (and I can just feel the condescending eye-rolls from the well-read literary set). Show More Summary

Where is God?

Where is God? It seems like a child's question, a theological query during bedtime prayers or following a holy day at church or synagogue. Usually, the first answer we learned was simple, certain, and reliable: God is in heaven. But "Where is God?" is not really a child's question. Show More Summary

Gay and Grateful: On the Crooked Path to Crooked Letter i

When I was a girl I understood that my life, my true life, what I really thought about, dreamed and hoped for -- all that was a secret, indeed had to be a secret. I feared most of all losing my mother's love, or of shaming her or even...Show More Summary

'The Searcher,' A Conversation with Simon Toyne

Photo: William Morrow Simon Toyne left a successful television career as a writer, director, and producer to take a gamble on novel-writing. The risk paid off, resulting in his penning the internationally bestselling Sanctus trilogy....Show More Summary

The Only Question

I write two separate blogs, one on my website No One Is Broken, and the other for Author magazine. The blogs I write for No One Is Broken are about being a father to a son who was diagnosed with autism, and the blogs I write for Author are about writing, but in truth they're both about the same thing: unconditional love. Show More Summary

Cryptozoology ~ Fantastic Beasts And Fantastic Stories ~ Part 1

My buddies, and fellow enthusiasts, Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle have recently published their third sterling collection of stories torn from the pages of the men's adventure magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Following...Show More Summary

Letters, To The Men I Have Loved With Author Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol

Mirtha Michelle Castro Mármol, actress, artist, good friend and author of the poetry book "Letters, To The Men I Have Loved", sat down with me in 2014, one sunny Summer afternoon in L.A., for a glass of rosé at Jones on Third. There we discussed life, fashion, traveling, empowerment, men and her recent book. Show More Summary

Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 2nd Annual IPNE Book Awards

Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) announced the winners and finalists of the 2015 IPNE Book Awards at their annual conference on September 25, 2015. Thirty winners and finalists were announced in ten categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2013, 2014, and 2015 with one category open to perennial sellers. Show More Summary

Promotion and Your Tribes

To badly paraphrase and twist an observation from W. Somerset Maugham - There are three rules for successful book promotion. Unfortunately, nobody knows what they are... Many of us have figured out what doesn't work as we search forShow More Summary

4 Things I've Learned About Online Dating as the 'Most Popular Girl in New York'

Lauren Urasek was featured in the 2014 New York Magazine piece, "Meet the 4 Most Desired People in New York (According to OKCupid)." This post is an excerpt from her new book, Popular: The Ups and Downs of Online Dating from the Most Popular Girl in New York City. Show More Summary

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, Or Should Be

The following list first appeared in The National Book Review 1. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Crosley's best-selling essay collections (I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number) made her a sort of literary Lena Dunham. Show More Summary

I Escaped the Darkness of Depression Thanks to a Unique Prescription With No Side Effects: Poetry

From Black Rainbow: How Word Healed My - My Journey Through Depression, by Rachel Kelly. Copyright © 2015 by Rachel Kelly. Reprinted by permission of Quercus, a Hachette company. Three months after the birth of her second child, Rachel Kelly found herself sinking into deep depression. Show More Summary

6 Steps to Raising a Bookworm

My daughter loves to read. She does it all on her own, with no coaxing at all from me. Well... OK, that's not exactly true. The thing is, she just doesn't realize she's been coaxed into reading her entire life. I believe a love for reading starts early -- very early and in the home. Show More Summary

The New York Times Accidentally Publishes Metamodern Literary Art As a Serious Thinkpiece

On October 2nd, Brian Lombardi--a father of three from DeKalb, Illinois--published an article on page D11 of The New York Times titled "27 Ways to Be a Modern Man." The title was in keeping with a recent spate of articles intended to scold contemporary males into thinking and acting differently than (it is presumed) they currently do. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: For Witty People and Sophisticates Only...All Others Go Away

"Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusing. In fact, I think I sometimes detect conspiratorial plottings among my friends to protect me against my own lack of sophistication. Show More Summary

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