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Baltimore: A Travel Guide for Book Lovers

By Anne Kim-Dannibale, Baltimore editor for Where® Mayor Kurt Schmoke meant well when he dubbed Baltimore "the city that reads" in the 1980s. Though the much-maligned motto was quickly changed, the city's literary heart beats as strongly as ever. Show More Summary

Little Richard Meets John Lennon

Image via Beatles books tend to fall into two broad categories: British vs. American authors. The Brits get so many particulars right, and shame us Americans so often, they like to think they own the subject. Show More Summary

Quote of the Month: Tie!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH: TIE! From Inside the List: Out There: From 1993 to 2002, David Duchovny starred in The X-Files as the persistent and slightly paranoid F.B.I. special agent Fox Mulder, investigator of and true believer in paranormal activity. Show More Summary

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Authors, Books, Reading and Literacy

What are you reading? What was the last book you read? These are two of my favorite questions to ask in order to jump start a conversation with an old friend or a new acquaintance. It always warms my heart when I listen to someone talk...Show More Summary

Is Publishing a Book a Birthright?

A couple of years before my son was born, I was a guest on a radio show with a spiritually inclined host who was equating writing a book with pregnancy and childbirth--a metaphor you'll hear a lot if you hang out with writers and authors. Show More Summary

The Price Of Being Pretty

By Sarah Kwak | Off the Shelf It's a bit embarrassing for me to declare my love for a YA novel, but I am utterly proud of loving this book. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld is the book that ignited my desire to work in the publishing industry. Show More Summary

Tell It Slant

It took my husband pointing it out for me to realize that both of the novels I wrote were based on crimes in the town I grew up in. It's not that I had forgotten what inspired either book. I just didn't think of them as having in common...Show More Summary

5 Simple Ways for Authors To Become Powerful Readers

T.C. Boyle once said that "Most writers are writers because they are introverts who have chosen a profession in which they don't have to deal with anyone." While it may be painful for them to be out in the public eye, it shouldn't be...Show More Summary

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of March 7

The Paula Hawkins novel The Girl on the Train barrels into its sixth week at the top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List. That's despite not being tied to a movie adaptation that might otherwise give it the sort of boost...Show More Summary

A Tasty, Steampunk Treat

The cover copy calls Dennis O'Flaherty's King of the Cracksmen a steampunk entertainment. The novel is that and more. In terms of style, it is a creative mélange that smacks of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, China Mieville's Perdido Street Station, and Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. Show More Summary

Interview With Hannah Brencher, Author of 'If You Find This Letter'

Hannah Brencher's story started with a love letter, a love letter to the people of New York City. Feeling lost, alone and disillusioned, Brencher started writing out her thoughts in journals. Then one day she decided that instead of writing to herself, she would write to help others. Show More Summary

The Clash of Civilizations

What if you woke up to find that the pieces on the chess board had changed and there were no more pawns which moved one or two spaces ahead, no castles moving perpendicular to each other or knights with their L-shaped choreography. "The...Show More Summary

Thinking About Franklin Roosevelt

I have just read a fascinating old biography of John Nance Garner, who was FDR's vice president from 1933 into 1941. (Garner of Texas, Bascom Timmons, Harper Bros. 1948) Garner had been a key Democrat in the House of RepresentativesShow More Summary

Interview With Author Jane Green on SAVING GRACE

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, are Ted's rages. Show More Summary

Raising My Own Flock of Sheep, Almost

I didn't always love sheep. When I was growing up, my mother kept a small flock in a field next to our house, and our sheep did not exactly stand out as intelligent, or even interesting. When the sheep shearer arrived, all he had to do was sit them down on their hindquarters and the sheep went so limp, they might as well have been shot dead. Show More Summary

Three Plot Structures Every Storyteller Can Use

I have a theory that novelists are fugitives from simple existence. We metabolize, mediate, and render life rather than simply experiencing it. We live through an incident and wonder, with tears glossing our eyes or bliss pinking our...Show More Summary

Navigating Self-Publishing With BookLife: Insight From Editor Adam Boretz

When navigating self-publishing, indie authors are faced with countless choices. Decisions must be made on how and where to publish a book, what marketing strategies will be used and whether or not self-publishing is a stepping stone to finding an agent or traditional publisher. Show More Summary

The Little-Known Novella That Puts The Sun In Your Pocket

By Nickolas Butler | Off the Shelf About two years ago I was perusing the shelves of Louise Erdrich's marvelous bookstore, Birchbark Books, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when, inexplicably, as if magnetized or drawn by some irresistible sexual attraction, I plucked Richard Brautigan's 1967 novella Trout Fishing in America off the shelf. Show More Summary

The Great YA Roadtrip: Mosquitoland & Other Great Roadtrip Reads

Mosquitoland by David Arnold is a beautiful book. And I can say that without even opening it... although I have opened it, and devoured the stunning prose over a single weekend. But right now, we're talking about the cover. I mean, just look at it. Show More Summary

Mark Twain, American Vandal

When 31-year-old journalist Samuel Clemens climbed aboard the transatlantic steamship Quaker City in New York harbor in June 1867 for a five-month-long pleasure cruise to Europe and the Holy Land, he had only the vaguest notion of what lay ahead. Show More Summary

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