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Word Origin Comics: You Can't Live With Them and You Can't Live Without Them

Pope Francis considered two people living together a "beautiful art," and "fascinating"-- so sez he who never had to deal with a mate. He probably had marriage in mind when he made the remark. Over the years, however, many have looked for ways to get around that requirement. Show More Summary

What’s on This Week Around the World

A film festival kicks off in Sydney, Australia; a large music festival runs in Rabat, Morocco; and a sculpture park opens for the summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Friday Fiction: Stranger on the Beach

  Stranger on the Beach Peake 1979 Yet another example of the tired, “guy is a jerk until the right woman comes along”, trope for your consideration. You can almost predict the meet (not) cute and the impending “romance”. You know, cuz girls secretly like the jerky, moody types. (Isn’t misogyny cute?) Anyway, Anna is […]

Curiouser and curiouser: 150 years of Alice in Wonderland

Alice’s story, still a work in progress 150 years later, is a shape-shifting tale about how we see childhood The post Curiouser and curiouser: 150 years of Alice in Wonderland appeared first on

There and Back Again: A Mentor’s Holiday, or The Labs @ CLP in Spain (Part I)

Part 1: Context A few months back I received a message in my work email account that, upon skimming, seemed like spam. The font was blue, it was addressed to a “Mr. Wittig” (“My Father’s name” as they say), and … Continue reading ?

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

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

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