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

For a tenth week running, the Paula Hawkins thriller The Girl on the Train clings to the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. Meanwhile, the Nos. 2 and 3 titles on this week's rankings haven't budged since the previous week, either. One thing that has changed is the average price of a best-seller, though not by terribly much. Show More Summary

Why I Write About Sex

(And it's not because I'm a super sexy minx. Sorry.) I used to be intimidated by people who wrote about sex, even long after I started writing about it myself. Not all people who wrote about sex -- some of them were my friends, and I wasn't intimidated by them at all. Show More Summary

Sometimes We Need To Get Lost In Order To Find Ourselves

If there's one thing I'm truly excellent at, it's getting lost. Set me up with a compass, a map, and a set of directions, and I will invariably end up somewhere I did not intend to go. The tighter the time frame, the further away from my destination I'll be. Show More Summary

How Publishers Are Experimenting with New Distribution Methods

As the author of seven books, I know a thing or two about publishing. For a long time now, brick-and-mortar bookstores have been disappearing at a rapid rate. This poses an enormous challenge facing today's writers in how to get their stories in front of potential customers--a challenge for traditional writers, at least. Show More Summary

BookFilter: The Comma Queen, the King of Classical Music and More Great New Books

BOOKFILTER NEW RELEASES -- THE WEEK OF APRIL 6 Memoirs and biographies dominate this week's new releases in books. Here are some of the best from every category. To find more great picks in every category (like a bio of Yankees great...Show More Summary

KISS OF THE JEWEL BIRD Is Like Mining For Gold

Book Review - Jackie K Cooper KISS OF THE JEWEL BIRD by Dale Cramer Dale Cramer has written many worthwhile novels in his career, but none of them has possessed the ridiculousness or the brilliance of KISS OF THE JEWEL BIRD. This isShow More Summary


In the piece I published a couple of days ago about Erik Larson's Dead Wake, I was guilty of an error that leaves me feeling foolish and abashed. I wrote it a few pages before reaching the end of the book, confident in my knowledge of European history. Show More Summary

Diet? I'll Have What He's Having!

The new book by my friend, Dan Buettner, founder of the Blue Zones is officially available today. Yes, I definitely recommend you get it -- and while you're at it, tell a friend. I'll tell you why in a minute. But first, let's establish a bit of context. Show More Summary

The Versinator: The Perfect Gift for National Poetry Month

A friend has given me a homely gift. Because he's a poet he likes to tinker, sometimes with words, but he also fools with cast off things. My gift is "The Versinator"--a glass instrument, formerly a piece of lab equipment. It's delicate, finch sized, a bird that sits in your palm. Show More Summary

'Black Scorpion': A Conversation with Jon Land

Photo: Todd Stephens Jon Land is the prolific author of more than thirty-five books. His thriller novels include the Caitlin Strong series about a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, and the Ben Kamal and Danielle Barnea books about a Palestinian detective and an Israeli chief inspector of police. Show More Summary

'Killer, Come Hither': A Conversation with Louis Begley

Photo: Louis Begley Louis Begley was born in Poland in 1933. He and his parents survived the Holocaust, and he came to the U.S. at 13 years of age. He attended Harvard College, graduating summa cum laude. He then entered the U.S. Army. Show More Summary

The Food of Fiction: When Flavor Fits the Narrative

Odds are good you can't look at the image above without at least a glimmer of nostalgia: the rush of excitement at hearing tinkling calliope music, the almost frantic gathering of pocketed coins and crumbled dollars, the race down the sidewalk to get in line, and that unforgettable taste of sun-softened ice cream dripping down your chin. Show More Summary

The Peaceful Poetics of Afaa Michael Weaver

As art makers, we have a tendency to think of suffering as "grist for the mill." I certainly did once, and, in many ways, probably self-inflicted pain just so I could one day mine it for some provocative, confessional beauty that would carry me to a vague notion of poetic stardom, if such a thing exists. Show More Summary

Religion and the LGBT community: 3 Books to Find Faith

Lately, I've been warming up to religion. Like many in the LGBT community, I had managed to avoid the whole thing. I haven't so much run from it. Thank God, I was raised by a Bible-burning, atheist mother -- something that I wrote about in my book Tea Leaves: A Memoir of Mothers and Daughters. But I kept religion at a distance. Show More Summary

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. In 2012, he named the writer's great great grandson Vladimir Tolstoy his cultural advisor. Show More Summary

Writing Isn't a Task, It's a Joy, So Why Do We Procrastinate?

Why do writers procrastinate? Why do we avoid the task we say we love? As if looking at a Wordless page might blight our vision? In fact, once those words hit the page, our vision begins to take shape. Could it be we fear the vision?...Show More Summary

Exclusive Interview With Danielle Jensen, Author of the Malediction Series

© Danielle Jensen 1) Can you tell me about your early life, where you grew up, where you went to school, and when you realized that you wanted to be a writer? I grew up in Calgary, Canada (which is where I still live). I was always a big reader with a head full of stories, but it never crossed my mind to become a writer. Show More Summary

Inside Traditional Publishing: An Agent's Take on Contracts

Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. How do you know if your...Show More Summary

Keely Brooke Keith on Inspiration, Writing a Series, and Fan Mail

Author photograph courtesy of Frank Auer. Cover (below) by Najla Qamber Designs. Keely Brooke Keith is the author of the Uncharted series. Her novels are known for weaving together elements of history, science fiction, and romance. We recently collaborated to produce the audiobook version of her first novel, The Land Uncharted. Show More Summary

'Weird Al' Talks About Editing MAD Magazine

For the next issue of MAD Magazine, the usual gang of idiots had dubbed "Weird Al" Yankovic as their first ever guest editor, though they call the post "Idiot in Chief." It's a position that's long been held by John Ficarra who might...Show More Summary

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