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Seeing Red -- "How Can She Be Tempted?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.05.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

She tears the crust from a rounded slice of bread, begins nibbling on crumbs. She is having a war with herself, trying to decide whether to continue with the fabrication, or admit the truth.

Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer

Deanna Fei | Posted 05.31.2011 | Books
Deanna Fei

Though we might not always have the answer, sometimes all we need to know is that writers much wiser than ourselves have asked themselves the same question.

Seeing Red -- "Why Oh Why Did You Lie Ronda?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

He is Enrique Jerez, 60, a major purveyor of olive oil and sherry in Spain, and he is visiting three different factories he owns in Sevilla. He is a silver-haired grandfather, and he is more than happy to show Ronda his small collection of photos.

Death Of New York Times Book Review?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.28.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This week, the New York Times goes behind a paywall. Good riddance. The section that will be least missed is the book review, which presents, week after week, calculated affronts to literary taste and value.

Seeing Red -- "Who Is this Guy?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda wakes hours later to light that is low and creamy yellow. Sitting up in bed, she tries the phone number in Lanjarón. It rings and rings. Frustrated, she slams the receiver back into its black cradle.

An Unsolved Mystery Inspires The Reservoir

Carol Hoenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Whenever I had to put John Milliken Thompson's novel down due to eyes that simply could no longer remain open, I looked forward to the moment that I could get back to this intriguing tale.

Seeing Red -- "Ronda is in Spain, Dizzy on Orange Blossoms"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda is sitting in the Alcázar gardens, getting dizzy on orange blossoms and Moorish tiles. Everywhere she turns, there are squares and diamonds and fiendishly complex six-sided stars.

Seeing Red -- "Hey Readers: Are you Out There?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Something like seaweed -- green, slippery, and heavily seasoned in what looks like soy sauce -- is served for lunch, side by side with a small mountain of brown rice. She takes a small bite.

Seeing Red -- "Breathing Rainbows into Her Toes"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

The music helps. In it, rain is falling. And tropical birds are calling, deep and throaty. Just when she's begun to enjoy the birds, they give way to ocean sounds, with waves crashing on the shore.

Seeing Red -- "Look, Jack, It's Over!!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Jack turns to face her. "So, what happened? You think...Jesús ditched you?" The question feels like a punch to her gut. She sets the turkey pan on the granite counter.

Seeing Red -- "Your Escape Starts Right Here"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Eyelids swollen, cheeks shrunk to hollows, skin as pink as Easter ham. Moving closer, she whispers at her reflection in the silver surface: No matter what, tonight you are not going to cry.

Seeing Red -- No, Serializing Novels Online Isn't Brand New!!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda drifts off again. She imagines resting somewhere narrow. Her thighs are white and cold and spread wide. There is something like a vacuum cleaner. There is something like a basin or a pail.

Why Serialize a Novel Online? Good Question!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Serialization of a novel online is an experiment in digital storytelling. It's a new way to bring a book to people's attention on the internet. Here's how it works.

It's Catching -- Seeing Red Sparks Another On-Line Serialized Novel!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

In the package on the pillow there was a long black lace shawl, hand made, from Sevilla. Ronda is sitting on the bed, wearing it now cloaked over her head and face and that is the only thing she is wearing.

Writing the Decent Denver Novel

Jenny Shank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jenny Shank

Writing the Great American Novel seemed out of the question. So instead I set out to write the Decent Denver Novel. Why Denver, you ask? Why not Denver, I say.

Seeing Red: "Ronda in Releve"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Jesús leaning across the white tablecloth, his face framed by two narrow tongues of flame. The same two candles whiting the coal of his eyes. Ronda, heavy with wine, catching the blinking lines.

Seeing Red: "Sins Bleed Pink in the Kitchen Sink"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda staring. The young doctor has carrot hair. Eyes like a September sky. Face full of freckles.

Seeing Red: "Jack, Jack, Please Come Back!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

"Jack, please, Jack, please come back, Jack! Please." But Jack hasn't heard a word she's said, and before she can say another word, he has fled the room and all she hears are his feet sprinting down the hall.

Tel Aviv Stories

Ashley Rindsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ashley Rindsberg

At the end of the writing, editing, considering and worrying that makes a book, I have to think that every writer is left with a question: why did I write this?

Seeing Red: "The Who-What-Where-When-Why-How Ronda Gets Pregnant"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda knows for certain when she got pregnant. And she knows exactly where she was. Provincetown. It was in May, the weekend of the 13th and 14th.

Jonathan Lethem Says Brooklyn Is 'Repulsive With Novelists'

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Brooklyn Jonathan is acclimating well to his life as LA Jonathan. Lethem, that is, famed Brooklyn scribe who in the fall announced he would be movin...

Seeing Red: "Jesús Just Wants to Play Guitar," Part Two

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda blushed and Jesús bowed slightly. "I'm afraid I must go inside now. Otherwise, there is a bride who will have no music." He reached down and only then did she notice the black guitar case beside his feet.

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

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
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.

What I Learned From Screenwriting

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

While these tools may seem basic, I found that a great lesson of screenwriting was to pay attention to these fundamentals, even as I tackled more sophisticated writing projects.

Hot Flashes: Dirty Jasmine

Mimi Schmir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Mimi Schmir

There's a fine line between love and vomit, in my experience.