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Learning From the L.A. Times Festival of Books

The most recent L.A. Times Festival of Books, April 9 and 10, on the campus of the University of Southern California, despite dampness, illuminated so many important issues of the day. Baz Dreisinger (Incarceration Nations: A Journey...Show More Summary

Julie Schumacher on Writing & Selling a Novel Written in the Form of Recommendation Letters

It's pretty rare when we, The Book Doctors, are reading the same book. Arielle tends to love books written by people who've been dead for several hundred years. Or doorstop-sized biographies, and giant non-fiction tomes about people doing bad things, like the brilliant book about Bernie Madoff, The Wizard of Lies. Show More Summary

Reverend Billy On Disney's Fundamentalistic Apocalyptic Christianity, the Church of Stop Shopping, and How to Save Mother Earth

Our Earth is in terrible trouble. Every day I try to figure out what I can do to help. Sometimes it seems like recycling, turning off lights I'm not using, and riding my bicycle instead of tooling around in my gas-guzzling machine aren't enough. Show More Summary

Poetry off the Shelf Podcast: Poetry and PTSD

Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries. Nothing is off limits, and nobody is taken too seriously. This episode features the skeptical, clear-eyed poetry of Alan Dugan. You can subscribe to the Poetry off the Shelf Podcast here. Show More Summary

From "The Hatred of Poetry"

Does poetry make us human? By Ben Lerner We were taught at an early age that we are all poets simply by virtue of being human. Our ability to write poems is therefore in some sense the measure of our humanity. At least that's what we...Show More Summary

Little Miracles Everywhere, or How Billings, Montana Got Its Bookstore Mojo Back

Last Friday night in Billings, Montana, a little miracle occurred, and I was part of it. It has been a season of miracles here in big sky country, and Friday's was only the most recent. The story began in 2012, when downtown Billings lost its independent bookstore, Thomas Books. Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: Got an Idea? Make It Happen By Killing It

"Ideas are responsible for the progression and prosperity of humans - without them we would still be living in prehistoric times. No idea is too small, and all sorts of ideas have potential to change the world as we know it for the better." --- Richard Branson "Ideas won't keep. Show More Summary

10 Inspiring Reasons to Become a Writer

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Hollywood producers. Show More Summary

Shaka Senghor: Bill Clinton Out of Touch and Out of Line on Justice System

Former President Bill Clinton made headlines last week when, in response to protests, he defended Hillary Clinton's description of urban youths as "super-predators" during his administration. Criminal justice reform advocate and author...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Go From Hobby Writer to Pro

If you've been writing for any amount of time, at some point a question is going to come up for you: do I want to go pro? It's an important question to ask, and, most especially, to answer. Because as you go deeper into a hobby, you'll...Show More Summary

The Imperfect Art of Book Publishing

Becoming an author is a long and wending road for many. It's challenging just to write a book -- for reasons of time constraints, raging inner critics, the act of learning craft. The journey to publication is a whole other struggle, often accompanied by disappointment and rejection by traditional publishers. Show More Summary

Eric Carle: A Life's Work Illustrated

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, including the immensely popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, honorary degrees bestowed upon him, and numerous awards for his work, Eric Carle chooses to downplay his own talent and focus on those who have helped him become one of the world's most-beloved children's book illustrators. Show More Summary

'Devotion,' A Conversation With Ros Barber

Photo: Derek Adams Ros Barber is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning The Marlow Papers, which was written entirely in iambic pentameter. She began her career in the sciences and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow...Show More Summary

Castles, Kilts, and Combat... and a Love Story for Good Measure

By Kara O'Rourke | Off the Shelf When my family planned a trip to Scotland this past summer, we were told by everyone to read the Outlander series before we left. Maybe it was the timing, but I wasn't too interested in Diana Gabaldon's historical fiction series just yet. Show More Summary

The Book for Freelance Designers

Have you ever Googled "tips to freelance"? You'll receive a slew of search results that jump from topic to topic, and contradict themselves. I've found this to be a huge dilemma while trying to kickstart my own freelance efforts doing product designs and event engagement pieces. Show More Summary

The New Way to Get Noticed: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, Rusty Shelton and Barbara Cave Henricks, authors of Mastering the New Media Landscape, defined this landscape and the rules of engagement. In essence, these rules help you own your reputation online and help you...Show More Summary

The New Way to Get Noticed: Part 3

In Part 1 of this post, Rusty Shelton and Barbara Cave Henricks, authors of Mastering the New Media Landscape, defined this landscape and the rules of engagement. In Part 2, we explored what you can do as an author, entrepreneur, thought leader or business leader to be successful online. Show More Summary

Bitter Is the Wind: A Book of Sorrow and Joy

Every so often a novel appears on the American literary landscape from authors deeply embedded in local life. As a result, these authors are able to illuminate the existence of ordinary folk who, like most Americans, live out their lives...Show More Summary

All the Things that Matter Most: On Jeff Kelly Lowenstein's Marvelous New Book

I was deeply honored when Jeff Kelly Lowenstein -- an award-winning journalist, former president of the Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism, educator, and close friend of many years -- asked me to contribute an introduction to an e-book he was assembling based his blog. Show More Summary

Exercising Your Writing Muscle

When I was 10 and my brother John was eight, we both set school records for our age group for the standing broad jump. Mind you, this was for tiny Summit Elementary School, but a record is a record, and it was nice to be recognized. It was also surprising. Show More Summary

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