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Summer Reading: Women's Fiction Style

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

As the summer season heats up, some people like to take a dip into the ocean or the pools, others like to dip into their summer reading. Here are some titles to get you started whether you are at the beach or just wish you were.

Interview With Author Renee Ahdieh on "The Wrath and the Dawn"

Lisa Parkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

This is the year of the fierce YA heroine. In fact, it's one of the many things to love about The Wrath and the Dawn, a newly released young adult book.

Fat Girl Walking: A Conversation with Author Brittany Gibbons

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What if you looked at your daughter and saw yourself? Not only the good parts but all of the negative self-talk you heaped upon yourself since you emerged from childhood. What would you do to stop your daughter from carrying the weight of that nonsense?

Conversations With Authors

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Because I'm also a writer, I've been on book tours, and know all-too-well how difficult it is to sound "fresh" when asked the same question a hundred times. And as a voracious reader, I want to sink my teeth into something more than fluff about an author.

Author Beverly Jenkins' Romance With the Past

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 05.08.2015 | Black Voices
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thirty-one books later, Jenkins is known for introducing readers to little known histories of African-Americans in the 19th century, amid tales of complicated and strong heroines and the men who they grow to love.

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

Interview With YA Author Melissa Grey on 'The Girl at Midnight'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

After reading The Girl at Midnight (out April 28), I knew I couldn't keep my love of this novel to myself. This story is infused with humor, originality and mystery, and I can't recommend it enough.

Why Everyone Needs a Do Over: Q&A with Jon Acuff

Cat Knarr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Cat Knarr

This past year, I experienced my first Do Over moment. I was suddenly laid off from a startup and left scrambling to rebuild my career. It worked out for the better when I found an exciting new job, but for a few months there, the future got scary.

What's Your Point? Five Questions Authors Should Ask

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

There's a lot of competition in the marketplace for readers, and you want buyers to choose your work over their other options when they're in the market for a book on your topic.

Keely Brooke Keith on Inspiration, Writing a Series, and Fan Mail

Kate Fisher | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

"I never imagined I'd get fan mail. Well, it's not mail these days -- it's emails and Facebook messages and links to reviews they want me to see. Every little encouragement is huge to an author because we spend most of our days writing alone."

Bonus Book Publicity Opportunities

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

You don't have to be particularly outgoing to get on the media's list of dependable guests and resources. Just let producers, hosts, editors, bloggers and other media decision-makers know that your schedule is fairly flexible.

A One Way Ticket to Understanding: A Conversation With Author Maggie Messitt

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.29.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"I think every story, if told well, has larger implications -- political or otherwise. This is the reason I'm most interested in tackling complex issues through the lens of every day life. I'm more focused on bringing you inside a story and the lives living it."

John R. Gordon, a Master Novelist

Diriye Osman | Posted 05.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

John R. Gordon is one of the finest novelists working today. His latest novel, Souljah, about a gay former child soldier navigating the harsh realities of life as a newly-arrived immigrant in London, is a spellbinding masterpiece that has just been shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award.

Interview With Hannah Brencher, Author of 'If You Find This Letter'

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

Feeling lost, alone and disillusioned, Brencher started writing out her thoughts in journals. Then one day she decided that instead of writing to herself, she would write to help others.

Interview With Author Jane Green on SAVING GRACE

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 05.10.2015 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back. In our interview, Jane Green explores the inspiration behind Grace, her own love of cooking, and the most important advice she would give to an aspiring writer.

Cathy Galvin's Gorgeous Sonnets

Diriye Osman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Amongst these achievements, Galvin has branched out into poetry, and her new pamphlet of sonnets, Black and Blue, is a perfectly formed masterclass in poetic risk-taking. These poems are filled with vivid imagery and ideas that run the gamut.

Author Rachael Herron Tells Us About Love, the Coolest Writing Desk in the World and Her New Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.03.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the hands of another writer, this topic could be dreary and depressing, but Rachael spins a story of resilience and love that leaves you believing in the healing power of family and forgiveness.

Jonathan Lethem On His New Book, Sea World And Sci-Fi

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books

The protagonist of a story from Jonathan Lethem’s new collection, “Pending Vegan,” describes himself to readers as a pending vegan. In fact, he...

Crude Justice: Stuart Smith, How to Win the Legal War with Big Oil (Interview)

Jerry Cope | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Jerry Cope

Crude Justice is the detailed story of Smith's clients and breakthrough legal victories on their behalf. It is a cautionary tale of what has happened in the United States as the system of government has frequently failed to protect the interests of its citizens.

Creating Voices For Women In History: Meet Author Heather Webb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.28.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"There's nothing quite like feeling the heartbeat of a location and immersing oneself in the visceral sensations that are unique to each place."

Dean Atta, Poetry and Poise

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Dean Atta is a poet who's gifted, politically engaged and rigorous in his approach to his work. This is a potent mix and an appealing one at that. I ask him what advice he would give to his thirteen-year-old self and his response is wise and winningly direct.

One Author, 100 Book Clubs: Meet Nomi Eve

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Nomi Eve launched a 100 Book Club Challenge. Through a mix of Skype and in-person meet-ups, Eve wants to discuss her book with 100 different book clubs across the globe.

The Delicate Lyricism Of Diana Evans

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

In many ways, it is apropos that this book which focused on the secret bond that exists between twins was followed in 2009 by the equally masterful The Wonder, a novel rooted in the world of dance.

YA Author Holly Black on Her New Book, Fairies & Working With Cassandra Clare

Lisa Parkin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The Darkest Part of the Forest shows Black's skill as a master storyteller and her ability to reinvent the Fae in a new, creative and compelling way.

The Electric Poetry of Kwame Dawes

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Kwame Dawes is one of the most consistently thrilling poets at work today. Not only is he prolific but the level of excellence he has maintained over the course of his long career as a poet, editor, educator and tastemaker is impressive.