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5 Delicious Foods You Can Find In Your Own Backyard (NEW BOOK)

Ava Chin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Ava Chin

Why weed out what's naturally tasty and nutritious? Healthy, edible plants are flourishing across the country -- and potentially even in your own backyard. So toss those fussy herbicides and dig in. Foraging for your own food proves that the best things in life really are free.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 5

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Some of America's top poets respond to questions by readers of poetry in this final blog for National Poetry Month 2014.

The Indie Author Manifesto

Mark Coker | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Mark Coker

Over the last few years, book publishing has witnessed a dramatic change in attitudes regarding self publishing. Much credit goes to indie ebook authors and the readers that have embraced them.

Lesbian Truthtellers Write Books to Take Home With You: Essayist Judith Witherow and Novelist Renee Bess

Janet Mason | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

I was reminded of the quote from the late poet Muriel Rukeyser -- ''What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open'' -- when I read Judith K. Witherow's collection of essays, Strong Enough To Bend.

7 Reasons to Revisit the Crazy 1980s in Mad World

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 06.16.2014 | Books
Kristi York Wooten

Many tomes about Rock and Roll exist, but Mad World is one of the first to give artists from the 1980s another day in the sun: the interviews in the book are priceless.

5 Questions for Poets: Part 3

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I know a handful (if not a heartful) of poems by heart. Lines surface and go under. They keep me company, whether on the tip of my tongue or in the basement of my unconsciousness."

5 Questions for Poets: Part 2

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.08.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

Last week, some of America's top poets answered five questions from a pool of questions offered by readers of poetry for National Poetry Month. In this second part of the series, our poets tackle five more of their questions.

'The Wilde Passions of Dorian Gray', 'Foolish Hearts': Gay Love and Marriage?

Janet Mason | Posted 06.02.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Love makes the world go round. And when it comes to LGBT civil rights, love is what all the fuss is all about. Two recent books from Cleis Press (both published in 2013) brought the idea of love to the forefront of my mind, in very different ways.

Experimental Poetry and a Good Old-fashioned Mystery: Lesbian Staples to Live By

Janet Mason | Posted 05.24.2014 | Books
Janet Mason

Like most mystery writers, if not all, Timberlake, uses her plotlines to explore a backdrop of interest to her.

Jane Austen, 'Game Theorist?' Try 'Subversive Sitcom Scribe'

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 05.18.2014 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The world of Jane Austen is growing steadily larger. While the focus of her fiction is notoriously narrow, geographically speaking, the world of her readers, viewers, and fans continues to expand with every new book, movie, TV series, and sequel based on the original.

'X-Files' Writer On How To Tell A Great Horror Story

Posted 03.18.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt written by former X-Files writer Sara B. Cooper from Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exe...

This Week in Children's Books: Keith Richards and Rush Limbaugh

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Keith Richards is penning a children's book and the Onion got some people-on-the-street reactions. And then there is the children's book author Rus...

Changing the World

Princess Märtha Louise and Elisabeth Nordeng | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
Princess Märtha Louise and Elisabeth Nordeng

We want to change the world! We want to make a difference by helping people be aware of the great potential they have within them and help them find the power to make a difference in their unique ways.

The Spy Who Bugged Me

Keith Thomson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Keith Thomson

The experience gave me the idea for a story: A national security reporter discovers that a subminiature electronic device is implanted in his head. He investigates, propelling him into a life-or-death struggle with the spy who'd bugged him.

The Truth About Shirley Temple's "Wizard of Oz" Connection

Jay Scarfone | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Jay Scarfone

Shirley Temple did in fact have an Oz connection, but one that requires clarification in lieu of urban mythology.

Talking The Royals and "Destruction Porn" with Rob Williams

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Set amidst World War II, the story revolves around the British royal family -- which just so happens to be super-powered.

Did Christopher Marlowe Fake His Death?

Ros Barber | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Ros Barber

William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were born 450 years ago, just two months apart. Marlowe's plays and poems, all written in his twenties, have been overshadowed by Shakespeare's.

5 Must-Reads To Get You Through February

Posted 01.31.2014 | OWN

The Invention of Wings By Sue Monk Kidd 384 pages; Viking This powerful story about the relationship between Sarah Grimké and her ...

Why I Love Libraries

Gina Barreca | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Gina Barreca

It's the weight of the book that calms me, the feel of the paper under my fingertips as I turn the page that grabs me. This pleasure is sharpened by understanding that what I love at this moment has only been loaned to me. I can possess it fully, but temporarily.

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

As an indie author since 2010 (and author consultant since 2011), I've watched indies break down stigma barriers ('vanity publishing' is a term rarely...

Laurie Halse Anderson on Her New Book, The Impossible Knife of Memory

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Laurie Halse Anderson is a familiar name in the world of children's and young adult literature . In her latest, The Impossible Knife of Memory, we meet 17 year-old Hayley Kincaid whose mother died when she was small.

One Way Children's Book Creators Cope With Bad Online Reviews

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.09.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Last fall, author Marc Nobleman came up with the idea of "... a variation on a poetry slam at which kidlit/YA authors read aloud their most critical or absurd user reviews (from Amazon or Good Reads) for comic relief/catharsis."

Kate DiCamillo Is the New Ambassador of Young People's Literature

Monica Edinger | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

DiCamillo burst on the children's book scene in 2000 with Because of Winn-Dixie, a lovely book about a community, a girl, and a dog that continues to resonate with its intended audience almost 15 years later.

Best Film Books of 2013

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

It has been a great big bountiful year for books about the movies. There have been so many worthwhile biographies, critical studies and pictorials it's hard to choose the dozen or even two dozen best books.

A New and Old Take on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Alicewinks

Monica Edinger | Posted 02.16.2014 | Books
Monica Edinger

Fans and newcomers to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have something really special in store this season. This is Alicewinks, a remar...