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8 Powerful Stories of Addiction and What Comes After

By Hilary Krutt | Off the Shelf Millions of Americans are currently suffering from addiction, and countless more have lost their lives or a loved one to the disease. The following novels and memoirs are by turns harrowing, painful, and...Show More Summary

Blind Date

In a review of a sequel to Pierre Bayard's earlier How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read, How to Talk About Places You've Never Been ("Broadening the Mind," TLS, 6/17/16) Ian Ransom quotes the French author and academic thusly, "if...Show More Summary

3 Books of Paris Past to Celebrate Bastille Day

Here in Paris, we're celebrating French independence today with parades along the Champs Élysées, air shows over the Tuileries Garden, free entry to the Louvre (surely the French stand alone in making their most famous museum not only open but free on their independence holiday), and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower. Show More Summary

From #AmWriting to #BookPublishing, and Four Reasons to Choose a Hybrid Press

My publisher recently celebrated a marker birthday and I was offered the opportunity to send a message about why I love her. That's right. Love her! How many authors know their publisher personally, much less spend time writing themShow More Summary

Writer Discovered On Social Media, Signs With Powerhouse Literary Agency

Alicia Cook, of New Jersey, has been writing stories since she was eight years old, and is now being represented by literary agent Byrd Leavell of the Waxman Leavell Literary Agency located in New York City. Like many trying to "make it" in 2016, Cook has utilized social media to display her unique skill set. Show More Summary

The Gift And Challenge Of Writers' Conferences

In a couple weeks I'll be teaching at the Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference. If you write and you live in the Northwest, I highly recommend it. If you write and you live elsewhere, I recommend you find a conference near you and attend it. Show More Summary

Street Books: This Library on Wheels Brings Great Reads to People Living Outside

For the past five years, Laura Moulton has spent her days in underserved areas of Portland, Ore., lending books to people living on the fringes of society. Those living outside or in temporary shelters are usually barred from borrowing...Show More Summary

Colleen Hoover On Everything But It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover is a No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of more than 10 new adult novels, including Hopeless, Ugly Love, and It Ends With Us, the highly anticipated novel releasing this August. Hoover is often credited with pioneering...Show More Summary

Sharon Oard Warner On Reading, Writing, Getting Published And UNM Summer Writers' Conference

We, The Book Doctors, travel the country going to writers' conferences, book festivals, bookstores, libraries, colleges and universities where writers meet and learn how to get successfully published. We kept hearing about the University...Show More Summary

The Greeks Are Us

I was born and raised in Greece but studied ancient, medieval, and modern Greek history in the United States. I earned a doctorate in history at the University of Wisconsin and even did postdoctoral studies in the history of Greek science...Show More Summary

My Favourite Summer Reads

Well written summer reads can fill you with awe, wonder and keep you on the edge of your seat. As I was planning my summer holidays I started to think about the books I'd like to read this summer. Whether you're travelling, loungingShow More Summary

Beyond Words

By Carl Safina The Big Question "It was the worst year of my life," Cynthia Moss is saying over breakfast. "All the elephants over fifty years old died, except Barbara and Deborah. Most over forty died. So it's particularly amazing that...Show More Summary

A Review of Zakheim's "Nehemiah: Statesman and Sage"

Today, many voices are yelling from the proverbial rooftops. Too often, though, they are of a demagogic variety, words spouted with the only intention to rile and to enrage rather than enlighten. The discourse between reasonable people,...Show More Summary

A Pulsing Story as Layered and Complex as Life Itself

By Lisa Unger | Off the Shelf All writers begin as readers. This is where we fall in love with story. We are addicted to that feeling. You know the one: when you open a book and read a few words, a few sentences. And you just know......Show More Summary

Are You Writing A Hybrid Book?

Hybrid concepts are all the rage in book publishing. As the publisher of what I call a hybrid press, I see it everywhere. There are hybrid authors (authors who publish traditionally and nontraditionally); hybrid publishing arrangements...Show More Summary

What the Hell Has Happened to Copy Editing?

It's a truism for a lot of people that self-published books are filled with typos and errors of all kinds. But I've been hearing for years from many readers that books published by legacy publishers are filled with typos and errors of all kinds. Show More Summary

Why I'm Writing And Publishing 9 New Books This Year

When you first read that headline, you probably thought I was going to say I'm doing it because I'm dying and want to rush and get my books out there before I kick the bucket. And well, you wouldn't be totally wrong. I am dying.  But so are you. And that's what I realized a few months ago. Show More Summary

How to Actually Get Started on That Book You've Been Promising to Write

What is essential for a person who has just started writing his first novel? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Thelma Adams,...Show More Summary

Acclaimed Authors Talk About Procrastination

Over the years I've had the opportunity to talk with some of the most acclaimed contemporary authors. I enjoy asking questions geared specifically for each writer, but I also explore near-universal experiences shared by those who write...Show More Summary

'The Innocents,' A Conversation with Ace Atkins

Photo: Joe Worthem Ace Atkins, while working as a crime reporter for the Tampa Tribune, earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his coverage of a cold case from the 1950s. At age 27, his first novel, Crossroad Blues, was published and...Show More Summary

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