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Warren Adler

What Does it Mean to Be a 'Prolific' Writer?

Warren Adler | October 9, 2015 | Books
There has been an odd public discussion recently about writers, specifically novelists, who are too prolific, as if such abundance was a quality that diminished the nature and substance of the author's output.
Mark Carpowich

Shepard Fairey (and His Art) Make the Jump From Covert to Overt

Mark Carpowich | October 9, 2015 | Books
Covert to Overt does little to push him toward one side or the other, but the ambiguity of his intentions and acceptance, as well as what it all means, gives his audience something to talk about. Which, in the context of public art, is ultimately all that Shepard Fairey wants.
Megan G. Close

Bread and Butter: On Love, Loss and Books

Megan G. Close | October 9, 2015 | Books
I was lucky to have been born into a family of readers; bibliophilia is a genetic condition for us. Grannie used to tell me that ever since childhood she felt that she needed nothing else for happiness but a book and some bread and butter. I've always loved that image.
The National Book Review

Q&A: Washington Post Reporter Dale Russakoff On Why the Big Plan for Saving Newark's Schools Imploded

The National Book Review | October 9, 2015 | Books
In her critically acclaimed book "The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools," Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff tells the story of how an ambitious plan to turn around Newark's failing schools crashed and burned.
Off The Shelf

11 Musical Novels That Hit All The Right Notes

Off The Shelf | October 8, 2015 | Books
As a rule, printed words stay on the page and music stays in the air. But every once in a while you come across a truly gifted writer who can make their sentences sing. Experience some of that magic with these eleven books that take classical music as their inspiration.
David Tereshchuk

Confronting Cancer in a Cookbook

David Tereshchuk | October 8, 2015 | Books
The book represents a real and welcome change in this market sector, accustomed as it is to cancer cookbooks that are way too complex to follow for someone bludgeoned into exhaustion by intense chemotherapy.
Danielle Nierenberg

Food Tank's 2015 Recommended Fall Reading List

Danielle Nierenberg | October 8, 2015 | Books
The farmers, journalists, chefs and researchers featured in these books teach us first-hand about the struggles of dealing with climate change and the how to battle it through innovation.
Suzanne Brockmann

October Is Queer Romance Month!

Suzanne Brockmann | October 8, 2015 | Gay Voices
Over the past dozen or so years, the romance genre has begun to embrace LGBTQ equality. Because let's face it, love is love, and everyone deserves a chance to find their reflection in a book with a happy ending.
Sarah Toce

'Lesbian Danielle Steel' K'Anne Meinel on Breaking the Rules

Sarah Toce | October 7, 2015 | Gay Voices
If there are any rules in storytelling, Meinel breaks them all. "Rules? What are rules? I break 'em every chance I get," she acknowledges.
Hippo Reads

Why the Word 'Moist' Makes Your Skin Crawl

Hippo Reads | October 7, 2015 | Science
Word aversion has drawn impressive pop-cultural coverage in the last five-or-so years. But despite all the talk of these fairly neutral words that we find so revolting, very little is known about why we can't stand them.
Mark Rubinstein

The Outsider: My Life In Intrigue: A Conversation With Frederic Forsyth

Mark Rubinstein | October 7, 2015 | Books
Frederick Forsythe has mesmerized millions of readers and moviegoers with stories about assassinations, conspiracies, civil wars, the drug trade, mercenaries, and international intrigue.
The National Book Review

Review: How Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Christie, and Cory Booker Flunked School Reform

The National Book Review | October 7, 2015 | Books
No one was tasked with informing Newark that its school system was about to be overhauled by a pair of politicians with a think-tank plan, backed by a Silicon Valley fortune.
Paul Czajak

'The Good, Bad, and The Celebrity Picture Book'

Paul Czajak | October 7, 2015 | Books
I realize celebrities have faced rejection in their careers however, a publishing house sees a celebrity as instant cash because of their fame. They already have a fan base and readers will buy the book solely based on the name and not the quality of the story.
Casey Erin Wood

In Defense of the F-Word: The Case for Conscious Cussing

Casey Erin Wood | October 7, 2015 | Books
As a culture we have decided that certain words are more powerful than others, and in some instances we've taken it even further and decided that some words are downright bad. How can a word itself be bad?

The 18 Finalists for the 2015 Kirkus Prize

Kirkus | October 7, 2015 | Books
The winners of the 2015 Kirkus Prize in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Readers' Literature will be announced on October 15, 2015.
Michael Putzel

The Hardest Part

Michael Putzel | October 6, 2015 | Books
During a "Chat with Champions" book talk at Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, Maine, a person in the audience asked what was the hardest part of writing The Price They Paid: Enduring Wounds of War.
Brooke Warner

Mary Karr's Truth

Brooke Warner | October 6, 2015 | Books
Mary is advocating that writers not be chained to exactitudes. But in giving this kind of permission, she is opening the door to a small battleground where absolutists are going to have a field day with her. For black-and-white thinkers there is truth or not truth.
Dorit Sasson

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | October 6, 2015 | Books
Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.
Larry Paros

Word Origin Comics:How Classy Are You Really?

Larry Paros | October 6, 2015 | Books
Let's have a class about class. It's not easy.
Anis Shivani

University Press Spotlight Fall 2015: University of Colorado Press

Anis Shivani | October 6, 2015 | Books
Here are some Fall 2015 highlights from the University Press of Colorado (which also includes the Utah State University Press).
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