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Readers Rule: The 'LA Times' Festival of the Book

Elan Barnehama | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Humans are storytellers by nature and by necessity. As soon as we're born we are told stories and as soon as we can speak we tell stories to anyone who will listen. In those early years, just about every story is a fiction. When we tell stories, we place ourselves in the world.

Audiobook Your Way to an MFA

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Jeb Harrison

Unlike many of the other low-residency MFA students, I have managed to fulfill the reading and critical paper requirements while hardly cracking a book.

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."

Book Review: The Golden Hour

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

The Golden Hour by Todd Moss is a thriller about a coup d'état in Mali. Protagonist Judd Ryker is an academic who has been appointed to a new, specia...

One Writer's Homage to Booksellers, Librarians and Readers

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Launching your first novel is exciting because you don't know what to expect. It's a big deal that you've published a book at all. Sending subsequent books into the world is still a big deal -- we're living the dream, right? -- but in some ways it's even more intimidating.

10 Must-read Books for Spring

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.03.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.

A Spiritual Adventure

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Deepak Chopra

It was a morning without sunrise, frigid and overcast, during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Mare was just heading out to work when her cell phone jingled. Her mother was calling.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's First Draft of 'The Great Gatsby'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 03.27.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Today, the earliest surviving manuscript draft of The Great Gatsby rests in a high-security, climate-controlled vault in Princeton, New Jersey. However, this manuscript is not the first draft of the novel. Only two pages of that survive.

Blue Skies With Robin Stratton

Loren Kleinman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she's Managing Editor at Boston Literary Magazine, Acquisitions Editor at Big Table Publishing, and Director of Newton Writing and Publishing Center.

Top 5 Novels on Power and Ambition

Warren Adler | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays.

Blogging Your Novel

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

With publishers emphasizing platform to ascertain evidence of future sales, blogging your novel can be much more lucrative than you think. Blogging is still considered to be one of the greatest ways to expand your reach.

Running From Your Past: Read This Magical Novel

Meira Bienstock | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
Meira Bienstock

Some of us may be attempting to outrun our past, sprinting away from it, cowering away each time it knocks into our lives, unwanted, repeatedly, almost as though our lives are a perpetual series of cycles.

Book Review: Pulp Macabre: The Art of Lee Brown Coye's Final and Darkest Era

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 03.12.2015 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

Coye was a key figure in the "weird fiction" genre. This was a generation of writers and illustrators working in the specific world of horror, sci-fi and bizarre pulp books and magazines. We look at them now as masters of a disappearing craft.

Raising My Own Flock of Sheep, Almost

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Lately, I have started to fantasize about raising sheep of my own. For this reason, one of the main characters in my new novel, Haven Lake, has her own thriving flock of Icelandic sheep.

Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

Steven Petite | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence.

Green on Blue: Tour de Force Novel on War-Torn Afghanistan

Tim Stone | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Tim Stone

Green on Blue, a stunning debut novel by decorated veteran Elliot Ackerman, conveys not only the contradictions and duplicity of the war in Afghanistan, but of war itself.

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

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.03.2015 | 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.

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Is a Laff Riot

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.01.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

E.L. James writes badly enough to teach young writers a lot. Her novel is filled with negative lessons, especially when it comes to her prose. And it's just hilarious. Here are five of my favorite funny bad lines.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Better Than Gone Girl: C. E. Poverman's Love by Drowning

Melanie Bishop | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies.

Love Letter to an Absent Twin: An Interview with Favorite Son Author Will Freshwater

Court Stroud | Posted 04.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Court Stroud

Author Will Freshwater agreed to chat with me about the inspiration behind writing his first book, including the encouragement of gay stand-up pioneer Bob Smith.

Review of The First Bad Man by Miranda July

Stephanie Lessing | Posted 02.06.2015 | Books
Stephanie Lessing

I had just finished reading The First Bad Man by Miranda July when my husband walked through the door. The first thing he asked me is why I'd cut my...

Nelle Harper Lee and Her Novels

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Go Set A Watchman, with its Biblical title born of Isaiah and Ezekiel, will have a first printing of two million copies. The joy with which lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird greeted this announcement was soon tempered by questions.

Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

Sarah Stodola | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences.