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Best Picture Books of 2015 Featuring Minority Characters

Kirkus | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Picture Books of 2015, click here. ...

How to Write a Love Letter: Inspiration from Beauvoir and Sartre

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Skye Cleary

Hot summer romances are a long distant memory as the northern hemisphere winter closes in and tempts us towards hibernation, hot chocolate, and heated holiday party debates.

11 Secrets on How to Market and Sell Your Book

Renee Lo Iacono | Posted 11.24.2015 | Miami
Renee Lo Iacono

Being the first book fair I have attended as an author, I have to admit how ill prepared I was. That being said, I was curious to learn from the experience and discover how other authors successfully market and sell their books.

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Lara Lillibridge

Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.

Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

James Dashner: A Brilliant Mind

Kaavya Raman | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
Kaavya Raman

It is no secret that authors create worlds for readers. They shape new worlds, new words and new characters that eventually become our best friends. James Dashner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner series, is one of these brilliant minds.

A Novel With No Easy Answers Probes Complex, Emotional Questions

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Ahmed and the misguided uproar over his clock immediately reminded me of a novel that I love, Amy Waldman's The Submission. Typically, I turn to fiction to escape my day-to-day life, but sometimes we need to read stories that force us to reflect on and question the strangeness that is our reality, and this emotionally gripping and thought-provoking novel has stayed with me for that very reason.

Best Films Books of 2015

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Thomas Gladysz

Admittedly, there are a lot of books mentioned here. But that's because there are so many worth highlighting. And so, without further ado, here are the books every film buff or film historian will want to know about.

5 Hot Books: Paris's Best Street, How to Beat Cancer, and a Transgender Novel

The National Book Review | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books that people are talking about this week -- or should be: 1. The Danish G...

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.

Beans, Biscuits and Kentucky's Bill Goodman

Don McNay | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Don McNay

Bill Goodman showed that he is not only a hall of fame journalist; he is a hall of fame author and every true Kentuckian should own a copy of his book.

Laughing at Fear

Barry Kibrick | Posted 11.21.2015 | Books
Barry Kibrick

Erica Jong is one of the writers who helped define a generation. Forty years ago her book, Fear of Flying, became an iconic classic that pierced the consciousness of all.

The 4 Cs of Writing a Book

Chuck Boyce | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Chuck Boyce

Few things are more daunting than staring at that blank computer screen after you've made the decision to write your first book. But it doesn't have to be so overwhelming. I break the process down into the four Cs.

Donald Trump's 10 Rules for Book Writing -- Based on His New Book, 'Crippled America'

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Trump sets out his plan for dealing with ISIS: "We would hit them so hard and so fast in so many different ways they wouldn't know what happened."

Senator Claire McCaskill for President (in 2020)

Laura Goldman | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Laura Goldman

"Plenty Ladylike" is a warts and all memoir that provides a walk down memory lane of the bad old days of rampant sexism. It is equally a story about triumph. While McCaskill admits to crying at some of the insults hurled at her, she, for the most part, let them fuel her rise to the US Senate.

15 Remarkable Stories to Celebrate Jewish Book Month

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

By Erin Flaaen | Off the Shelf In 1925 Fanny Goldstein, a librarian in Boston, set up an exhibit of Judaic books and began what she called Jewish Boo...

23 Books By Latinos That Might Just Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.19.2015 | Latino Voices

Whether you're looking to find yourself in a book or lose yourself in a story, there's a colorful and magical literary world to explore through the l...

Young Performer Rebecca Bloom of 'The Peanuts Movie' Gives a Candid Interview About Her Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Wah! Wah! If you're my age (cough), you'll remember the Peanuts cartoon and Snoopy's famous way of talking. You'll also remember one of the Peanuts' gang, Marcie! In the recently released The Peanuts Movie, Marcie is voiced by Rebecca Bloom.

How to Excavate Creativity Gold

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

I've got good news and bad news. It's about creativity. Well, mine anyway. After many years of alternately experiencing both droughts and monsoons of creative vision, I have miraculously discovered from where to harvest my most creative self.

Review: Sarah Vowell Is Great -- But a Little Goes a Long Way

The National Book Review | Posted 11.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Don't get me wrong. I like Sarah Vowell. But her new book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is something of a puzzle. Vowell's funny. She's smart, quick, and clever. If you've heard her on "This American Life," you'll know she's a sound artist -- working her antic way through the great collection of words left, boxed up, in history's archives.

The Best Popular Fiction of 2015

Kirkus | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Fiction Books of 2015, click here. ...

Can Movies Make You Smarter?

Quora | Posted 11.18.2015 | Arts

Books and movies are both learning vehicles that use visual and audial devices to communicate information, but movies are direct and intense, with books providing a more detached learning cocoon.

This Man's Wish To Donate Millions Of Books To Africa Just Came True

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices

In less than two decades, Bob Brown has donated more than 5 million books to Africa. Through his International BookSmart Foundation, Brown, an 80-yea...

Chat With Author of "Goodbye Stranger" Rebecca Stead

Camryn Garrett | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Camryn Garrett

Rebecca Stead is the author of First Light, the Newbery Medal winner When You Reach Me, and the five-starred, award-winning Liar & Spy. With over 1 mi...

Abundance in Many Forms

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

The children never lack in enthusiasm when they nestle up with a volunteer to listen to a story, just for them. When they arrive, they are overflowing with anticipation for what's going to happen, and when they leave they are filled with an extraordinary amount of joy and love.