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Building Your Own Castle

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle. RisingShow More Summary

Nothing Wimpy About Jeff Kinney's New Bookstore

Imagine that you are the author of one of the most successful franchises of children's books in publishing history: To date, nine books and three movies, and more to follow. You're happily married, raising your kids in a small New England town. Show More Summary

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Erin Belieu is the author of four books of poetry. She is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University. It's been twenty years since the publication of your first book, Infanta. You have now written three books since then. Show More Summary

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about. When it is your story,Show More Summary

'The Lady From Zagreb': A Conversation With Philip Kerr

Photo: Phil Wilkenson Philip Kerr obtained a master's degree in law and philosophy from the University of Birmingham in the UK. He worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. Show More Summary

My Dinner with Günter Grass

Most writers tell stories hoping that we'll remember them. Günter Grass wrote one hoping we would forget. My first assignment at Harcourt Publishers in 2006 came with an odd request. "Don't get Günter Grass anything," said the publicity director. Show More Summary

Art Kane: Every Picture Tells a Story

"In the turbulent cultural climate of the 1960's and 70's Art Kane's images informed, educated and illuminated as much as any published essay. Looking at an Art Kane image dealing with social issues such as civil rights, the war in Vietnam, apartheid... Show More Summary

The Redemption of Bernard B. Kerik

"FROM JAILER TO JAILED": My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054" by Bernard Kerik. (Threshold Editions, March 2015, 304 pgs.) On November 6, 2009 Bernard Kerik agreed to plead guilty to failing to list...Show More Summary

How Libraries Are Transforming Into Community Anchors

This year, as we celebrate National Library Week, April 12 - 18, it is important to realize that libraries not only engage, but also transform their communities, especially during times of emergency, when libraries are often the glue...Show More Summary

Shifting Towards a Leadership Economy

As we enter the General Election campaign in the United Kingdom, the parties argue over public spending and rebalancing the economy. Those on the left tend to assume that every extra pound of public spending adds to the social good;Show More Summary

To Understand Where China Is Headed, Look at the Ancient Concept of 'He'

BEIJING -- Given the sheer size of China, its development has the ability to impact the world. With its rapid growth, China is often put under the international spotlight. However, China is very different from many countries in terms of its cultural traditions, social system, development path, and value systems. Show More Summary

Delivering the Good Goods: Poets Go Big

There's a lot to celebrate for National Poetry Month this year. The Poetry Foundation is busy supporting young poets, mature poets and emerging poets with honors and fellowships and a stunning, ever expanding list of awards, poetry slams and competitions have given poetry and spoken word cache. Show More Summary

Fifteen Howlers from Fifty Shades of Grey

I recently re-read Mark Twain's smackdown of James Fenimore Cooper's dreary 1841 novel The Deerslayer which Twain ends with this barrage: has no lifelikeness, no thrill, no stir, no seeming of reality; its characters are confusedly...Show More Summary

Keep Your Book Promotion Campaign Going

Traditional book publishers usually do a wonderful job garnering advance book reviews. But, once the book has been published, they often have used up their book promotion resources. Authors do not have to passively watch as their book...Show More Summary

Polio, Cancer - One Nemesis May Counter the Other

The polio virus crippled limbs and souls through April 1955. Sixty years later, it's a possible cancer crippler. For those of us born in the USA in the 1940s, there were three kinds of terrorism: the terrors posed by World War II enemies...Show More Summary

12 Cartoons to Help You Break Awkward Silences

We all know the wide conversational gap between "Hello, how are you?" and "You're my new best friend, let's hang out tomorrow and the day after that, would you like to get matching neck tattoos?" How do we bridge that gap? Whether it's a first date or the first ten minutes at a party, you need things to say. Show More Summary

Book Review: So You've Been Publicly Shamed

For millennia, man has put his foot in his mouth. Twitter didn't invent the inappropriate joke and employees have ranted about their bosses long before Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook. Nearly two centuries ago, public shaming (at least in the way of physical punishment) went the way of the Dodo. Show More Summary

Churchill's Books: Chartwell Booksellers at 32

Tomorrow is the 32nd Birthday of Chartwell Booksellers, my small, independent bookstore in midtown Manhattan devoted to the writings of Winston Churchill. For thirty-two years, people (well, a few) have been asking me: 'Why a Churchill bookshop in New York City? Shouldn't you be in London?' And, for thirty-two years, I have been answering: 'No. Show More Summary

I Love Me!: New Stories For Children

I Am Lilly and Penelope's Pearls are a new dynamic duo of children's books, written by Annie Reiner. Annie Reiner comes from a gold medal show biz family. Her father, Carl Reiner, is a comedy legend. She has the chops of a writer and artist, one who has chosen to devote her career to the care of her patients as a psychoanalyst in private practice. Show More Summary

Taste the Boiling Rage

KILLING TRAYVONS: An Anthology of American Violence. Edited by Kevin Alexander Gray, Jeffrey St. Clair and JoAnn Wypijewski. (Counterpunch Books 2014). Do you know people who are surprised that more black men were killed by police in...Show More Summary

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