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Author Readings

Why I Love The Word Factory

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.14.2016 | Arts
Diriye Osman

For a writer whose work and aesthetic sensibility has a performative quality, I have a fear of performing my writing in public. The reason for my performance-related panic is due to the fact that I suffer from severe anxiety disorder.

5 Easy Ways for Authors to Do Killer Readings

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.02.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

A reading is a performance. Don't ever forget that you're entertaining an audience and interacting with it. You need to see yourself as onstage, and that means getting somebody you trust to give you honest feedback from more than one reading.

A Nightmare Author Reading Saved by Rachael Ray

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 02.16.2015 | Home
Eva Lesko Natiello

Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. In the nightmare, I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house.

5 Steps to Perfecting the Author Reading

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 10.21.2013 | Home
Henriette Lazaridis

To make the best of a reading, the argument goes, you must give yourself up to the awfulness of the audience-author relationship; you must make yourself a sacrificial lamb.

How Authors Learn Stage Presence

Nichole Bernier | Posted 07.28.2013 | Home
Nichole Bernier

In the months since my book came out, I've learned that my method of breaking myself in wasn't really so strange.

The Best Ghost Stories I've Heard on my Book Tour

Wendy Webb | Posted 05.26.2013 | Home
Wendy Webb

No, I believe in ghosts now because, at every reading I've done, no matter where in the country I am, people tell me about the otherworldly experiences they've had.

When Bad Readings Happen to Good Authors

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.06.2013 | Home
Lev Raphael

It's a common occurrence: We love an author, we've read all her books, we can't wait to hear her read at a local book store. And when we go, the readi...

(More) Sh*t People Say to Authors

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.11.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

At first, when you're on tour, it's surprising, then tiring -- but eventually it's funny, and sometimes even offers you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or author friends of mine.

Writing Is My Business and So Is Publicity

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

Doing publicity takes time away from writing, but without it, the writing you do doesn't get out there. If you're lucky, the PR can be fun.

How to Have a Perfect Book Tour

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.31.2012 | Home
Lev Raphael

Authors often feel like DHL parcels on a book tour, delivered from one venue to another. Small things can feel like big problems. So how do you maintain control?

The Onion Makes Fun Of Lesser Known Authors

America's Finest News Source | Posted 06.14.2011 | Home

CINCINNATI—Shortly before her reading Tuesday at local bookstore Word Mentality, author Francine Massey told reporters that she does her absolute be...

Bookstore Bingo: Author's Edition

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

The Huffington Post just published another entertaining Bookstore Bingo of actual, amusing things people overhear customers say in bookstores (Walmart...

WATCH: HuffPostBooks Video Slam--You'll Never See Literary Readings The Same Way Again

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

Not only are these amazing readings by some of today's strongest emerging talents in literary fiction and poetry, they represent some of the finest work being produced by the nation's best presses committed to discovering new talent.

Foreign Language, Foreign Land: Reading My Book in a New Language

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.04.2015 | Home
Lev Raphael

I'm just back from a book tour of over two weeks in Germany where I did something I never dreamed of doing: I read from my new memoir in German.

Letting Go of The Past: An Author's View

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

The freeing up of physical space has also freed my mind. I don't find myself dwelling much any more on the things that didn't happen for me in my writing life, the wrong turns ...

Don't Be an Amateur: 5 Ways Authors Can Be Better Performers

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lev Raphael

Here are five things authors should do to become skilled at this very demanding and essential side of the profession.

Hotels Start Hosting Author Readings, Other Cultural Events, To Attract New Customers

The New York Times | JULIE WEED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

She said she used to choose from a few familiar hotel chains because they offered a predictable experience. Now she looks for hotels like the Sorrento...

Neil Gaiman Dust-Up Raises Questions About Authors and Speaking Fees

Will Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Will Weaver

Neil Gaiman recently caused a fuss in Minnesota by accepting $45,000 for a guest appearance at a library. "Minnesota Nice" quickly went away as Gaiman was tarred with several brushes.

Author Reading At A Yoga Class?

Los Angeles Times | Carolyn Kellogg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Is this the best way to listen to an author read from their work? Neal Pollack, who mostly writes comedic memoirs, will find out soon. He's set up to ...

Miami Book Fair Going Strong This Week

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

All this week, Miami is celebrating the world of literature with its annual Book Fair. Running from November 8 - 15 and open to the public for a small...

My Wrestle With The Reluctant Reader

The Huffington Post | Dean Pitchford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For over twenty-five years I have worked at creating the most compressed form of popular art -- the three-minute pop song. Recording artists, publish...

Literary Events In Your Neighborhood

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There are so many fantastic book-related events happening every day in many cities, from book signings to author readings to poetry competitions and m...

Litquake Festival Pairs Reading With Spanking

The San Francisco Chronicle | Julian Guthrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Litquake meeting opened with gin and tonics - before talk quickly turned to one of the literary festival's more unusual offerings....