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Jackie K. Cooper

Lisa Gardner Outdoes Herself with FIND HER

Jackie K. Cooper | February 13, 2016 | Books
Book Review - Jackie K Cooper FIND HER by Lisa Gardner Lisa Gardner and I have a love/dislike relationship. When she writes stories that appeal to my mystery solving heart, she is fantastic. When she writes stories that elude me and don't draw me to the characters or plot,...
Michelle M Hamilton

Love, Medieval Islamic Style

Michelle M Hamilton | February 13, 2016 | Books
One of the most important scholars of the medieval Islamic world, Abū Muḥammad ʿAlī ibn Aḥmad ibn Saʿīd ibn Ḥazm (994-1064), an Andalusi legal scholar and philosopher dedicated an entire book-length study, Ṭawq al-Ḥamāmah, to the nature of love.
OutRight Action International

Bold Graphic Novel Highlights the Struggle of Gay Love in Iran

OutRight Action International | February 12, 2016 | World
Coming out is never easy, especially when there is a real fear of being rejected by your family, or worse, risking violence or harassment. This is the start of Yousef & Farhad's journey -- the first installment in a groundbreaking graphic novel web series created in a partnership between the LGBTIQ human rights organization OutRight Action International and the artists Amir Soltani and Khalil Bendib. Though in many ways a classic love story with all of its poetry, challenges and triumphs, the relationship between two gay men in Iran is rarely a simple romance.
OutRight Action International

Why We Need More Gay Iranian Love Stories Like This One

OutRight Action International | February 12, 2016 | World
It is certainly not the case that every family in Iran disowns or abuses their gay, lesbian or transgender loved ones. I am also aware of stories of love and acceptance, but these are rather uncommon. We are trying to encourage wider acceptance and greater openness to discussion about sexual orientation and gender identity as part of basic human rights. This is why we worked together with the writer Amir Soltani and the political cartoonist Khalil Bendib to create the graphic novel "Yousef and Farhad," about two men struggling for acceptance in Iran
Larry Paros

Word Origin Comics: The Story Behind Valentine's Day: Read All About It!

Larry Paros | February 12, 2016 | Books
Follow Larry Paros @ insomanywords.net Take words with Larry @ twitter.com/wordswithlarry facebook.com/wordswithlarry pinterest.com/wordswithlarry
Fauzia Burke

Busy Authors Guide to Online Marketing

Fauzia Burke | February 12, 2016 | Books
How do you market your book and still have time to write? It's a challenge a lot of authors face. The scope of needing a website and a social media plan to market your book can seem overwhelming. You are faced with a myriad of choices and not a lot of extra time. Like many things that first appear daunting, it's not so bad once you begin. Let me walk you through the steps of getting started with your online marketing.
John P. David

Yes, You Can Get a Book Deal

John P. David | February 12, 2016 | Books
Back in October, I wrote a post about my efforts to write a book, my take on the publishing industry, and my desire to get a book deal. The reaction was fascinating and in some cases, very...
Krista M Sharp

5 Simple Ways to Save All Your Relationships

Krista M Sharp | February 12, 2016 | Books
My husband will spend hours late at night polishing and cleaning the interior of my car and then thinks I'm ungrateful when I don't get excited about it. I acknowledge that it's a nice thing for him to do but I don't actually...
Maya Rodale

Romantic Reads for Valentine's Day

Maya Rodale | February 11, 2016 | Books
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, now is the perfect time to curl up with a heartwarming love story. I asked the experts--romance novelists, of course!--to share some of the most romantic books they've read recently
Brooke Warner

How White People Can Respond to Book Publishing's Lack of Diversity

Brooke Warner | February 12, 2016 | Books
The best conversations happen when everyone gets together to address such problems--not just when white people talk with white people about the issues at hand.
William Kenower

A New Story About Writing

William Kenower | February 11, 2016 | Books
A story is life seen and then translated from one perspective. However, unlike in that classroom where each student is positioned in one place, with the stories I tell, I can turn events in my imagination until I see them from the perspective that serves me best.
Off The Shelf

13 Thought-Provoking Books from the Moth Podcast Storytellers

Off The Shelf | February 11, 2016 | Books
In a heartfelt Moth story about the sometimes disparate relationship between fathers and sons, Neil Gaiman shared with an audience that his proud father had shown up to a very stressful book signing, unannounced, while Neil was signing copies of Anansi Boys, an adventurous novel about fathers and sons that blends myth, prophecy and family dysfunction.
Ramin Ganeshram

Why the Banning of 'A Birthday Cake for George Washington' Really Matters

Ramin Ganeshram | February 11, 2016 | Books
There is more at stake here than the future of one author or one picture book. Most pressing is the question of whether we can ever reach a place in our society where questions of race can be openly and objectively discussed, especially with our children.
The National Book Review

Q&A: What Can We Learn from Studying Translations of the Bible?

The National Book Review | February 11, 2016 | Books
Aviya Kushner's book The Grammar of God: A Journey Into the Words and Worlds of the Bible is profoundly personal. Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking, scholarly household in which the Bible--read in the original Hebrew--was often the center of conversation and debate.
Lyndsay West

Spoiler Alert: Ma From Room Is a More Powerful Female Force Than You Think

Lyndsay West | February 12, 2016 | Books
You've likely heard plenty of positive buzz about the film Room. From Brie Larson's Golden Globe to an Oscar nomination for best picture, critics are acknowledging the movie's moving affect on audiences. In an effort to jump on the bandwagon, I purchased the novel by Emma Donoghue and...
George Elliott Clarke

I Never Knew My Father As A Motorcyclist Until I Read His 1959 Diary

George Elliott Clarke | February 11, 2016 | Canada Living
The most curious fact about my father's death, on August 31, 2005, at age 70, is that, as soon as it had happened, I knew I would write a novel based on his life. Parents are unavoidable for children, and I am not the first to believe his own to have been both more eccentric and more superb than the billions of other human beings who did not chance to give me life. But my father's life seemed novelistic for another reason: he -- William Lloyd Clarke -- had driven a motorcycle in his early 20s in the later 1950s.
Melanie Bishop

Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Melanie Bishop | February 11, 2016 | Books
During my twenty-two years as a professor, I had half a dozen students who were in some stage of gender transition, but it wasn't until reading Becoming Nicole, that I really got it.
Mark Rubinstein

'Black Rabbit Hall,' A Conversation with Eve Chase

Mark Rubinstein | February 11, 2016 | Books
Photo: Clare Borg-Cook Eve Chase has worked as an editor and feature writer for various magazines in the UK. Black Rabbit Hall, her debut novel, is the story of two women, born three decades apart: fourteen-year-old Amber Alton and thirty-two-year-old Lorna Dunaway. Each...
Steve Early

Browsing the Bernie Bookshelf

Steve Early | February 10, 2016 | Politics
For those "feeling the Bern," this is not the moment to throw another log on the fire, curl up on your couch, and immerse yourself in books about the most popular brand to emerge from Vermont since Ben & Jerry's.
Jerry Ashton

Birthing a Book and Launching a Charity

Jerry Ashton | February 10, 2016 | Books
At the start we only shared the quality other would-be authors have in abundance: passion.
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