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That Dreaded Time of Year…

When someone tells me “you’re from Pittsburgh, you should be used to the winter by now” I cringe.  I hate cold weather.  I hate snow.  I hate short days, little sunshine, trees with no leaves, tough morning commutes, long sleeves, … Continue reading ?

Tuesday New Release Day: Butler; Lurie; Jemc; Steinke; Jacobson; Rosner; Grannec; Beckett; Oliver

New this week: 300,000,000 by Blake Butler; Quick Kills by Lynn Lurie; A Different Bed Every Time by Jac Jemc; Sister Golden Hair by Darcey Steinke; J by Howard Jacobson; Electric City by Elizabeth Rosner; The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec; The Letters of Samuel Beckett; Volume 3; and Blue Horses by Mary Oliver. For […]

Fingersmith Read-A-Long ~ Chapters 6 – 10

Spoiler Alert: This post and any comments left on this post may contain spoilers from Chapters 1 – 10 of Fingersmith. For those who have read ahead of the schedule, please do not include any information about what happens beyond Chapter 10. Let’s get started talking about this week’s reading: This week I am almost […]

How I Wrote It: Walter Isaacson, on "The Innovators"

"We don’t often focus on how teamwork is key to innovation," says Walter Isaacson, whose new book explores the overlooked collaborations and breakthroughs that would eventually give us the personal computer and the Internet. In The Innovators: How a Group...

Newswire: DC launches digital comic based on ‘70s Wonder Woman TV show

Things didn’t work out so well for David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman TV series, which was crushed under the weight of comparisons to the Wonder Women that came before. So for its new digital series, Wonder Woman ’77, DC is playing it safe by giving fans a Wonder Woman (and a Wonder Woman costume) they already know. Show More Summary

Hank Phillippi Ryan and Lev Raphael Rap about Writing

We all know that writing is a solitary affair--even when you talk to yourself and your spouse or your dog comes in and stares at you. That's why it's so much fun for us authors to go to conferences. It's not just about meeting fans, though that's always a treat. Show More Summary

Finding Faith

I've been trying to write about faith for weeks, well, years really. It's been on my mind lately because this summer my father had a stroke. And nothing brings this former Baptist back to Jesus faster than praying that my father will be okay. Show More Summary

How Writing The Brick Yard Changed My Life

I've been a published author for almost eight years, so when I was asked to write a story to launch the What's His Passion? line at Totally Bound, I assumed the process would be the same as the other 150+ books that I've written. I couldn't...Show More Summary

Metamodernism: The Basics

{NB: The below was written in response to a call by Timothy Green, editor of the literary magazine Rattle, for literary metamodernists, and this author in particular, to be clearer about what metamodernism means and intends.} We live in a time in which we feel very isolated. Show More Summary

Kahlil Gibran Wedding Readings

Couples of all backgrounds and faiths appreciate the romantic inspiration on marriage and love by Lebanese-born author, poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931). While his classic book, The Prophet, spiked in popularity...Show More Summary

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer - Part 4 - Welcome to the Fourth Estate

Kay, my acid-toned and perpetually vexed marketing guru, claimed this week that her daughter Lily was better at book marketing than I am. Which was a bold claim, considering Lily is two weeks old and has a repertoire limited purely to looking cute and wailing like a banshee. However there may be some truth in this statement. Show More Summary

The Woman Code by Sophia A Nelson -- A Review

Do you know that feeling you have when you have tried to convey your knowledge on a topic, and then run across a book that presents that view clearly and comprehensively? Such was the feeling I got when I read The Woman Code, brilliantly...Show More Summary

The Most Important Lesson I Learned As a Writer

It was the perfect first spoonful of summer 2013: a classic Memorial Day weekend. I was sitting outside on a patio couch next to the pool in our Philly-suburb house. Sun shining, Coke cans lining the edge of the shallow end. A roughShow More Summary

Marilynne Robinson's Lila

"If you could create a phenomenology of consciousness, some part of it would be the systematic falsification of the foundations of our culture." After that sentence in literary-critic-ese, novelist Marilynne Robinson next said to interviewer...Show More Summary

Company Men

The office novel, by nature, is a tricky construct, if only because your average white-collar job doesn’t offer much in the way of fiction-worthy moments. That said, recent books like Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris demonstrate how fruitful it can be to wring drama out of the rat race. In the latest issue […]

"The Golem of Hollywood": A Grisly L.A. Mystery

They have a way of scaring you, of chasing sleep away, these psychological thrillers that send your heart thumping. Imagine, then, what you are in for when two masters of the genre decide to collaborate. The result is "The Golem of Hollywood," (G.P. Show More Summary

'The Darkest Hour': A Talk with Tony Schumacher

Photo: Tony Schumacher Tony Schumacher has written for The Guardian and the Huffington Post. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio and London's LBC Radio. His debut novel, The Darkest Hour, reimagines history in a chilling way. It's 1946. Show More Summary

It's Time to End The Cliché of the 'Strong Female Character,' and Just Write Women

This post originally appeared on Bustle. By Elisabeth Sherman Science fiction has a storied history of featuring women as front-and-center protagonists: Kira Neyrs of Deep Space Nine, Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman, and Alien's Ellen Ripley are among those who immediately come to mind. Show More Summary

Marvel confirms end of ‘Fantastic Four’ comic book series

Recent rumors have suggested Marvel’s First Family would be seeing an end in comic book form, and the publisher confirmed

On the Books: Amazon reportedly opening its first brick-and-mortar store

- Amazon is coming to Midtown. The The Wall Street Journal reports that the online giant is set to open its first brick-and-mortar store at 7

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