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The strangest objects we know of

The idea of black holes sounds so quintessentially modern and 20th-century that it may come as a surprise to learn that it originated over 200 years ago; John Michell, a… Read more The post The strangest objects we know of appeared first on The Spectator.

A Blacker Shade of Pale: On Mat Johnson’s ‘Loving Day’

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Loving Day is an entry in a small but vital subgenre: the Comic Mulatto Novel.

Kiss & Tell: Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot Return to Rogue River

Romantic suspense authors Leigh and Elliot teamed up last year to write a series of novellas set in Rogue River, Oregon. Now Leigh and Elliot explain why they’re returning to the scene of the crime with more novellas this fall.

143. Fantasy, Romance, and the Writing Process – An Interview with Rachel Aaron

Sarah interviews Rachel Aaron about writing fantasy, her trip to RT as a person who doesn’t write primarily romance, and about the science and data of tracking her writing process. They also discuss world building and romance authors Rachel particularly loves, and offer fantasy recommendations for the romance readers.

The Rumpus Interview with Daniel José Older

Author Daniel José Older talks about his new novel, Shadowshaper, noir influence in urban fantasy, gentrification, white privilege and the publishing industry, and why we need diverse books, now more than ever.

Big Issues: Vengeance is a maze with no escape in Deadly Class #13

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week it’s Deadly Class #13. Written by Rick Remender (Black Science, Low) with art by Wes Craig (Blackhand Comics, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents) and colorist...Show More Summary

Anthony C. Yu, Translator of the Saga of a Chinese Pilgrimage, Dies at 76

Professor Yu’s four-volume tale of a monk and his entourage, including the Monkey King, is based on a work from 1592.

Newswire: Female comic creators responded to an all-male “Women In Comics” panel by holding one of their own

As with most conventions of its ilk, last weekend’s Denver Comic Con was loaded with panels and discussions on a wide variety of topics. But one particular conclave has drawn extra attention over the last week, with very little of it being positive. Show More Summary

Kelly Link Discusses the Feminist Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

The new cover for The Bloody Chamber and Kelly Link, who wrote the introduction for the latest edition. A reluctant vampire queen. A randy captive princess. A wolf child who finds her only friend in the mirror. You’ll find these characters...Show More Summary

Tasmanian Authors: The Real Gems of Australia

Prior to departing on a trip home to Australia to visit family, I fell into the web (or should I say tapestry), of Indie author, Prue Batten. Prue resides on a farm in eastern Tasmania with her husband. She writes historical fiction and fantasy. Show More Summary

Author Jamie Ford on the Real Place that Inspired Bestseller "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet"

By Julia Rocchi Author Jamie Ford at the Panama Hotel (left), actress Stephanie Kim as Keiko and actor Jose Abaoag as Henry in Book-It Theatre's stage adaptation of Ford's novel "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" (right). "A silent...Show More Summary

Contest: Win a signed copy of Chuck Palahniuk’s new short story collection and Fight Club comic

This year brings not one, but two new opportunities for Fight Club fans to indulge in their inner Tyler Durden. Almost 20 years after writing the novel that inspired the 1999 cult movie, author Chuck Palahniuk is revisiting some of his most iconic characters. Show More Summary

All Your Favorite Books

This week in book-related infographics that are also, as an added bonus, interactive: “A Google Map of All Your Favorite Books,” via Electric Literature.

A Blackout Drinker Untangles the Mystery of Her Alcoholism

When I was offered an advance reading copy of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola, I jumped at the chance. As the father of a son in long-term recovery, I have read more than my fair share of books about addiction. Show More Summary

10 Questions for Meryl Moss, Entrepreneur and Media Expert

Meryl Moss is the founder and president of Meryl Moss Media, which just celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Meryl and her dedicated staff of publicists work with authors, both new and established, to advance exposure of their books to a wider audience in traditional and unique ways. Show More Summary

Writing a Memoir That Moves People to Take Action

As memoir authors, it is our hope then when we publish our books, the words are moving, and connect deeply with our readers. I remember that when I was working through the edits in my manuscript, Breaking the Silence: My Final FortyShow More Summary

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. -Mark Twain Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. Show More Summary

Her Temporary Hero by Jennifer Apodaca

Reading the description of the book, I really wanted to like it.  We’ve got a heroine, Becky, who’s a survivor.  Growing up was tough after her father and brother die, leaving her mother and her to scrape by.   When she finds herself...Show More Summary

“When were they dead?”

Ever since her Wolf Hall novels hit the stage, people keep asking Hilary Mantel what it’s like to have her characters come to life. She answers them with the question, “When were they dead?“

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