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A French Village Says Farewell to Jean-Jacques Pauvert

More than a hundred friends and family gathered on a bright, sunny day in Le Rayol's city hall to say farewell to Jean-Jacques Pauvert, the iconic French publisher, who died on September 27, 2014. He was 88 years old. In the late 1940's, he purchased fifteen acres of land in this small French village, overlooking the Levant Islands. Show More Summary

'The Ninth Circle' Author Brendan Deneen Talks About His Circus-Themed Horror Novel

Lion tamers, a bearded lady, sword swallowers and more: Brendan Deneen's The Ninth Circle has it all and stands apart as one of the most fascinating and unique books to hit shelves in a long time. Brendan - the executive editor at Macmillan...Show More Summary

Christopher Isherwood Returns to Berlin

This adventure began over dinner. Don Bachardy, the artist and partner of the late Christopher Isherwood, was in Sacramento, California for a screening at the Crocker Art Museum of Chris and Don: A Love Story -- the documentary by Tina...Show More Summary

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

The copy bubbles are everywhere on the manuscript: "I crossed out 'Tuesday' because later you say it's Wednesday." "She's fifty-nine here and fifty-eight on page 102. Which one?" "If he Googles the land line, why is she answering the...Show More Summary

WHY Crime Writing With Kids Is Murder

So I've just bashed a man across the head with his vintage, 1920's Gibson guitar, there's blood spurting everywhere, globs of brain matter are oozing though the crack in his skull, and there's a look of shock and betrayal in his fluttering green eyes. Show More Summary

A Writer's Prayer

Have you taken notice to the pleasure and the strain in writing words? To me, the pleasure to connect in the deepest part of your soul with another seems like the closest thing to God. And it's so important to be clear when choosingShow More Summary

Watering Down Adult Nonfiction for Kids

I've long believed that if you wait long enough, something close to home winds up on the front page of the New York Times. This was the storyline that recently grabbed my attention: "To Lure Young Readers, Nonfiction Writers Sanitize and Simplify." Personally, I don't think that "sanitizing and simplifying" is what lures young readers. Show More Summary

Far and Near: An Interview with Neil Peart

From a very early age, I've been a fan of the Canadian trio Rush. I recently had a chance to sit down with Neil Peart, the band's longtime drummer and lyricist. A prolific writer, Peart has just published Far and Near: On Days Like These,...Show More Summary

More Bad Advice for Writers!

Welcome back to Bad Advice for Writers! We at BAW were so excited by the reception to our last entry, we could hardly wait to provide you with even more magnificently bad advice for all writers. If you are a bad writer, or want to be...Show More Summary

Berne, Baby, Berne

Review of The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle. By Peter Baldwin. Princeton University Press. 535 pp. $35. In 1989, the United States joined the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Show More Summary

Am I an Author or Prostitute... Who Can Rightly Say?

Do some authors prostitute themselves to make a living creating stories that sell to the masses, rather than writing "their story" directly from the heart? That is the question of the day and one that I've asked myself repeatedly a thousand...Show More Summary

You Can't Take It With You: A Child's View

As a kid, I used to bring home the plays of Kaufman and Hart from the local library and read them aloud with my little sister and my little brother, Elisa and Mark, on long Saturday afternoons. I don't recall how I discovered George S. Show More Summary

Who Killed Mona

A cluster of uniforms stood in a holding pattern dripping melted snow on an antique Kilm runner. They'd been busy looking at each other. Now they looked at me. Ritner, the FMI said, "Yo, Jake. In there." I turned right, into a fog of...Show More Summary

Sixteen Rivers Press: Against the Tide

Michael Berkowitz Today at 3:52 PM To Michael Berkowitz Twenty years ago, when the perils of publishing poetry was more a threat than a full blown disaster, seven women poets in the San Francisco Bay Area gathered to lay the groundwork...Show More Summary

The Flower Vendor

I love sunflowers. They have a special meaning for me. In SOHO there is a corner flower shop. It has dark red awnings and the Chinese shopkeeper's name is boldly lettered on the awning. Red, almost magenta, bench shelving is stackedShow More Summary

4 Things I Learned When I Wrote Macbeth

For many people today, Macbeth is a bit academic. It's either "that thing I had to read in high school" or "that really expensive show that that really famous actor is doing to show that he can really really act." But for me, Macbeth is the play that I co-wrote with Shakespeare. Show More Summary

Lee Wilson on Memoir, Ballet, Broadway, Editors and Choreaographers

The Book Doctors met Lee Wilson at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books) at a fantastic bookstore called pages: a book store, in Manhattan Beach, California. She was so warm, funny, passionate and professional. And she had excellent posture! Turns out that was no accident. Show More Summary

The Cat/Book Connection

It has always been about cats for me. Cats and books, books and cats. In my mind the two are inextricably linked, and in college I set about immersing myself in any and all cat-related literature. To this day, I still read and reread poems in which cats play a role. Show More Summary

'Damage': A Talk with Felix Francis

Photo: Debbie Francis Felix Francis is the son of the late Dick Francis, who was the bestselling author of more than 40 mystery novels. Felix studied physics and electronics at London University and taught advanced level physics for 17 years. Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of October 4

Hachette has had a hard time widening its impact on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List lately. The publisher's standoff with Amazon no less than steep competition from Penguin Random House have both contributed to making Donna...Show More Summary

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