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4 Ways to Solve Your Holiday Book Marketing Problems Now

by Rachel Thompson How do you plan to market your book(s) for the holidays? Most authors don't do much of anything different and that's cool, if you have low expectations. If however, you'd like to see a good bump in your book sales (and who wouldn't?), here a few easy, practical tips you can do right now! (What follows are only suggestions. Show More Summary

‘The Walking Dead Experience’ Is Coming to New Jersey

The immersive theater production, created by the theater director Michael Counts, will run Dec. 4-6 at the Meadowlands.

Misunderstood Langages

Recommended Listening: Over at PBS News Hour, Joan Naviyuk Kane talks about crafting poems based on a single word in Inupiaq, one of the languages spoken by the Native Alaskan people.

Bruce Cook's Trumbo: A Brilliant Light Shining Into Dark Times

The blacklist was a time of evil one on either side who survived it came through evil untouched - Dalton Trumbo at his acceptance speech for the Screen Writer's Guild Laurel Award, March 13, 1970; Trumbo, pp. 313-14. SundayShow More Summary

True Colors Shining Through

The Picture Life of Cyndi Lauper Nicklaus 1985 Submitter: Here is another awesome Juvenile bio book from my local public library. Maybe not awful, but defiantly out of date. How many of the kids today will know who Johnny Carson was? How about knowing who is in [the 5th picture, below]. Cyndi has been up […]

A Good Deaf Man Is Hard to Find

Sara Novi? writes for The Believer about the deaf protagonist of Stephen King’s The Stand. As she explains it, “This is the plight of the average deaf character: to be plagued by the hearing author’s own discomfort with the idea of silence.” Pair with Lydia Kiesling’s Millions essay on King.

New Book Offers Hope for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Today I want to let you know about a new book for Alzheimer's caregivers that I wrote with neurologist Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN. It's entitled Finding Joy in Alzheimer's: New Hope for Caregivers, and has a foreword by Maria Shriver, whose father, Sargent Shriver, had the disease. Show More Summary

Why Read This Post? Because It's There.

I don't climb mountains, because I am sure that I would die. I love reading about it from the comfort of my armchair, though. And clearly I'm not alone: ever since Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air hit the best-seller lists...

Unapologetic Thanksgiving Eating

Traditionally around this time of year people see so much information about cookbooks for various holidays, sales going on for Black Friday (there is an ENTIRE website dedicated to this day), Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, that even before people have time to … Continue reading ?

Hanging ‘Em Up: On Reading About (and Not Watching) Sports

All of this would suggest that I’m a boxing fan, one of those old-timey cigar-chewers eager to overlook the sport’s myriad problems and mainstream insignificance in order to enjoy its brutal purity. But despite boxing’s outsize presence in my reading, I’m not particularly interested in it.

The Big Idea #11: Mark Bittman

Suzanne Koven talks to author, critic, and activist Mark Bittman about his “Big Idea”—how food has changed in the last fifty years, and how to teach our children to eat better.

Thanksgiving Perspective: Romance Dinners From Hell

Between October, November, and December, almost every Northern Hemisphere culture has at least one big family dinner ritual.  Maybe you are looking forward to a Norman Rockwell experience, in which you and yours gather serenely around a turkey and exchange sincere compliments devoid of hostile subtext (I sure do hope so). Show More Summary

Ian Kershaw’s ‘To Hell and Back: Europe, 1914-1949’

The first volume of a new history of modern Europe covers two world wars and the troubled years between them.

‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ by Lisa Randall

Dark matter, according to Lisa Randall, may be responsible for the extinction of dinosaurs and the subsequent rise of mammals.

‘Brief Candle in the Dark,’ by Richard Dawkins

Dawkins’s second memoir plumbs his grown-up research, reflections and controversies.

Islamabad Journal: A Storied Bookstore and Its Late Oracle Leave an Imprint on Islamabad

Saeed Jan Qureshi built one of the biggest bookstores in the world and earned a reputation as a source of literary advice. Now, the future of Saeed Book Bank is in his son’s hands.

Essay: Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt -- The Lesbian Novel That's Now a Major Motion Picture

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review The movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara, opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend. Carol, which has gotten rave reviews and is generating Oscar talk, is based on The Price of Salt, a novel by Patricia Highsmith. By Erin G. Show More Summary

30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year

As writers, we are getting ready to close out another year of ferocious writing. Like all other aspects of our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can get ourselves prepared for the New Year. 30 Ways Authors Can Prepare For the New Year Buy a new notebook (or several). Show More Summary

Virtues Cooking: An Unconventional Recipe from Julia Child's Kitchen

Adapted from The Virtues of Cooking I was at Julia Child's home in the South of France, leading a small culinary trip. What carried me up the dusty road to La Pitchoune ("The Little Thing"), Julia's name for her rose-covered hideaway, though, was actually a large dose of courage. Show More Summary

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