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The Shortlist: First Novels Tackle Sexism and Prejudice, Past and Present

Four debut novelists take readers from 19th-century China to the present-day Middle East and Australia, with stops in Rio and the American Midwest.

Debut novelist Liska Jacobs sets a woman on the edge in 'Catalina'

Perched on a vista high above the city, immersed in rare, significant papers and art, Liska Jacobs had what seemed like a dream job as an assistant librarian at the Getty Research Institute, where she managed the special collections reading room. The only trouble, she realized while archiving a...

Soon You Will Be Able to Swoon Over Jane Villanueva’s Romance Novel in Real Life

Time to support niche artists. Jane Gloriana Villanueva, a young romance novelist out of Miami has just written a hot new historical novel. Her debut, Snow Falling, transposes her “straight out of a telenovela” life story into 1902 Miami, full of mustaches, intrigue, and railroad tycoons. You might have seen ... More »

Fiction: Jeffrey Eugenides, Great American Novelist, Turns to the Story

In his debut collection, “Fresh Complaint,” Eugenides explores variations on the theme of failure: marital, creative and financial.

Debut Authors Tell All: Ellie Terry, Middle-Grade Novelist

Every year the editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market compiles a handful of debut authors with unique stories to feature in the latest edition. In my first year as editor, I interviewed 21 debut authors for the 2018 book. Show More Summary

‘Victoria & Abdul’ Novelist Shrabani Basu On The Foodie Project That Became A Judi Dench Film: “It All Started With Curries” – The Contenders London

After debuting at Venice and Toronto in September, Stephen Frears' playful period drama Victoria & Abdul surprised absolutely no one by immediately becoming one of the awards-buzz titles of the season, scoring a cool $9.4m on release in its native UK. Show More Summary

How Emil Ferris became the breakout graphic novelist of the year

OF ALL the new and emerging comics talents who will be featured at this weekend’s Small Press Expo in suburban Washington, debut graphic novelist Emil Ferris might have had the longest, most harrowing road here. Nearly 15 years ago, Ferris contracted West Nile virus from a mosquito bite — a perilous event that has exacted […]

Louise Penny scores first No. 1 USA TODAY best seller with 'Glass Houses'

'Glass Houses' by Louise Penny lands at No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list, while debut novelist Gabriel Tallent has a hit with 'Darling.'        

Fiction: The Amish Guide to the Apocalypse

In “When the English Fall,” debut novelist David Williams asks how one Amish community can weather collapse in the face of global catastrophe.

How I Got My Agent: Jonathan Rosen

Debut novelist, Jonathan Rosen, shares the waiting process he went through to get an agent—ultimately landing one who is a champion of his work and career. The post How I Got My Agent: Jonathan Rosen appeared first on WritersDigest....

Debut novelist Gabriel Tallent has talent to spare

Gabriel Tallent's debut novel 'My Absolute Darling' is about a tough 14-year-old girl coming to grips with her abusive father. A 3.5-star review.        

Profile: A Debut Novelist’s Descent into Darkness

Gabriel Tallent’s “My Absolute Darling” is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated debut novels of the year.

Debut novelist among winners of American Book Awards

Debut novelist Yaa Gyasi and longtime author-activist Nancy Mercado are among this year's winners of American Book Awards for contributions to diversity in American literature. Gyasi was cited Friday for … Click to Continue »

Alex Garland's Annihilation starring Natalie Portman gets a release date

While he has had a very successful career as a screenwriter (28 DAYS LATER, DREDD) and novelist, Alex Garland's directorial debut EX MACHINA really put him on the map as a name to keep track of, which means his follow-up is one of the more anticipated movies on the genre horizon. Show More Summary

Callie Bates on Nature, Magic, and "The Waking Land"

We talk with debut fantasy novelist Callie Bates about her new trilogy-starter, hacking her writing habits, and the bracing honesty of an editorial critique.

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Please welcome Louie Cronin back to WU today! Louie’s debut novel, Everyone Loves You Back, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a finalist for an Indie Excellence Award. A little more about her: For 10 years, Louie Cronin (a.k.a. “Cronin the Barbarian”) served as Car Talk’s traffic cop, producing the […]

Debut novelist Zinzi Clemmons is frank and experimental in 'What We Lose'

The day before her first book tour, Zinzi Clemmons almost locked herself out. It was, I admit, partially my fault: she left the building to meet me and the door shut behind her. Her husband, the poet and translator André Naffis-Sahely, was in London touring his own first collection, so she buzzed...

"Discipline, Pain, and Good Fortune": A Debut Novelist Discusses His Path to Publication

“I’m living in an apartment where my kitchen is my bedroom is my living room, working the graveyard shift at a homeless shelter and detox center, when it hits me that whatever I was writing way back then, whatever spark I had, it was something I’d been running from.…”

Books News: Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals First Book Acquisition, and Her A.L.A. Book Club Pick

Her first acquisition, by the debut novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza, follows an Indian-American family.

How I Got My Agent: Debut Novelist Diksha Basu

Debut author Diksha Basu shares her story of how asking for a little guidance helped her land a literary agent, and how choosing the agent she knew would push her the most has helped her career. The post How I Got My Agent: Debut Novelist Diksha Basu appeared first on WritersDigest.com.

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