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Brilliant Black Fiction: Mia McKenzie's The Summer We Got Free

Yolo Akili | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Yolo Akili

Within this book's pages, I found a range of black characters with complicated intra-psychic lives, sexualities and (Thank God) relationships to the Christian church.

Fictional Characters We'd Most Like to Meet

Dave Astor | Posted 11.26.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Some of the best novels have very believable protagonists, so it almost seems sort of/kind of possible to meet them. One of the pleasures of reading is immersing ourselves in a fictional world to the point where we can imagine being part of that world -- at least as a fly-on-the-wall.

I Am Just a Reader

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.22.2013 | Books
Deborah Plummer

With on-demand publishing companies putting out the works of over 400,000 self-published titles and MFA programs cranking out a slew of new writers, readers are more and more in demand... especially readers who do not want to be writers and who are satisfied with the pure joy of reading.

Literary Monogamy and Polygamy

Dave Astor | Posted 11.12.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

For a number of years, liking a novel by a certain author set me off on a binge of consecutively reading other books by the same author. It made sense. If you love one fictional work by an author, there's a good chance you'll at least like another.

Anne of Green Gables and Godzilla -- the Japanese love them both

Rachel Dickinson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Travel
Rachel Dickinson

Green Gables Heritage Site lies on the edge of Cavendish. The jewel of the site is the simple white farmhouse with green trim -- the farmhouse that belonged to cousins of Lucy Maud Montgomery's grandmother and that served as the setting for Montgomery's classic Anne of Green Gables.

God's Guidance of the Ethical Evolution of our Species

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Here's an excerpt from my new book And God Said, "Billy!" One may nurture, respect and love tradition and yet grow in the light of the logic of our ...

Review: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Ethan Casey | Posted 11.09.2013 | Books
Ethan Casey

Whether Claire of the Sea Light is a novel or a book of stories is a literary question, one students and scholars are welcome to debate for years to come, now that Danticat has given the book to us.

Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-published book...

The Clothesline

Ron Spangler | Posted 09.09.2013 | Fifty
Ron Spangler

The mound of brown soil and black clothes of the small assemblage stood in sharp contrast to the brilliance of the surrounding fall colors. Bill stoo...

The Dual Journeys of a Founder

Rajesh Setty | Posted 11.06.2013 | Business
Rajesh Setty

If you are a founder, you will have to go through two journeys -- one is internal and the other is external. They look to be conflicting with each other at the outset but you will soon see that they are interrelated. Actually, this is true for anyone who want to run with an initiative.

10 Dazzling Debut Novels To Pick Up Right Now

Posted 08.31.2013 | OWN

Amazed by the abundance of high-quality first-time fiction, we share our instant favorites. Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost OWN on Facebook and T...

Readers Live for That Occasional Transcendent Novel

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

A book that's transcendent for one reader might not be transcendent for another. Still, the hope of finding novels we personally consider extraordinary is one of the draws of loving literature.

Divergent: The Rising Craze in Dystopian Fiction

Uloop | Posted 10.27.2013 | College
Uloop

So the question becomes this: Will Divergent be the next Hunger Games or will it be the next Beautiful Creatures? Will it feed the flame of YA films or cause it to fizzle out?

When Kurt Vonnegut Met Kilgore Trout!

Greg Mitchell | Posted 08.22.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

In early 1974, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. granted me a then-rare interview, at his new townhouse on the East Side of Manhattan, where he'd just moved with phot...

Literary And Mainstream Novels: What's The Difference?

| Posted 08.21.2013 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: The guidelines for literary and mainstream fiction often differ from those of popular fiction such as romance novels, ...

My Writing Journey to Publishing 'Of Little Faith,' Part 6

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Unfortunately, though, I began to consider Of Little Faith a first novel that would never be given a chance, and the fire in me to see it get published began to diminish.

Fun Excerpt From New Book, Kurt Vonnegut and Me

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.19.2013 | Books
Greg Mitchell

I first encountered Kurt Vonnegut in 1970 when I took part in a "rap session" with him just before the opening of his play, Happy Birthday, Wanda June...

What Are The Most Common Cliches in Fiction Writing?

Quora | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Suchithra Ravi, God, where do I start?RomanceThe hot loner guy who never spoke to anybody a...

The Casual Versatility of Some Hardworking Writers

Dave Astor | Posted 10.15.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.

My Writing Journey to Publishing Continues, Part 5

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I will always remember that day, not only because of that validating review, but that was the very same day that my job, along with several of my peers, was eliminated at Borders Books.

Novels With or Without Flashbacks

Dave Astor | Posted 10.08.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

When it comes to literature, there are many contrasts -- including "literary" novels vs. mass-market ones, long-ago classics vs. modern fiction and chronological novels vs. non-chronological ones.

Why We Care About Fictional Characters And Why Cote de Pablo's Departure Hurts

Dianne Lodder | Posted 10.07.2013 | TV
Dianne Lodder

When reading a book, when watching TV shows or movies, I always find myself coming to care about the characters. It seems that while reading or watching, you are almost projected into their world, no matter if it's a fantasy world.

Interview With 2013 Acker Award Winner for Fiction, Rami Shamir

Lisa Chau | Posted 10.06.2013 | Books
Lisa Chau

Rami Shamir is the author of Train to Pokipse. A former Zuccotti Park Occupier with Occupy Wall Street, he strives to set an example for a new type of author.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 4

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Recently, I picked up a journal I had begun keeping when I committed to this writing thing and came across this entry from years ago: I had a twinge of uneasiness tonight in regards to Place of Angels. What if I can't sell this one, either? Then what?

Ladies Room

Kevin McIlvoy | Posted 10.05.2013 | Fifty
Kevin McIlvoy

Len had spent eleven years cleaning the Mens rooms and the Ladies rooms in Mr. Prudowsky's three Asheville bars. Fine, private places. Marvelous ven...