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How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

What Happens to the Characters of A Separation After Iran Sanctions?

Maryam Zar | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Maryam Zar

Indulge for a moment, in a little imagination: It is January 2013 and the Western hemisphere's embargo on Iranian oil has begun to have an impact on the nation's economy.

Gold, Guns and Books: the Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

Writer Enoh Meyomesse landed in Yaounde, Cameroon after a trip to Singapore on November 22. As he deplaned, the national police detained him, searched his belongings, and accused him of stealing gold as part of a sophisticated coup d'état against President Paul Biya.

Fiction Writing for Beginners

Jennifer Langione | Posted 03.06.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

You'll often find that taking chances with your writing will bring your story to new and interesting places that you never anticipated. Don't be afraid to fail the first, second or third time -- writing is all about delayed gratification!

"Freedom" to Try to Write Literature

Robert Schwab | Posted 03.04.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Finally having finished Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, I wanted to review it here, hoping to acknowledge the long-term pleasure one gets from reading even when the quality of the writing is less than you might have hoped.

Interview With Maura Kelly, Author of Much Ado About Loving

Teddy Wayne | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

The authors of Much Ado About Loving have made a living musing over the vagaries of the human heart, and have put in their time in the dating trenches of New York City.

Sacred Teacher and Student Trust in a Fairy Tale World

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

The Kingdom of Childhood, by Rebecca Coleman, is a gripping novel, full of suspense and psychological insight into a woman's first adulterous behavior...

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Chapter Two

Posted 02.20.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website, Marlothomas.com, is that I wanted a place for women (including me!) to come together and dream. Women should ...

WATCH: Neil Gaiman On The Simpsons

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

Available free to watch online for one week (click above), the new episode of The Simpsons, called "The Book Job", features Neil Gaiman ("The British ...

Moms, Writing, and Guilt: Don't Get in Your Own Way

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.14.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Writing, alas, is not that exciting, seen from the outside, and there's no simple recipe for getting it done -- especially if you're a mother.

America 2012: Read the News, Drink Alka-Seltzer

Dan Agin | Posted 01.04.2012 | Books
Dan Agin

In this crazy political time we need to read about Hell on Earth -- dystopia -- so that we know what to look for when it comes sneaking around the corner dressed up in fashionable clothes.

Writing Academic Satire... For Fun and Profit

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Outsiders slam academia for not being "the real world," but I disagree. At times it's far too real. It can exhibit the oversize egos of professional sports; the hypocrisy of politics; the cruelty of big business; and the ruthlessness of organized crime.

Book Review: (Save The Pearls Part One) Revealing Eden

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Irene Rubaum-Keller

What would happen if global warming continued to the point where resistance to deadly solar radiation determined class and beauty? This is the future we encounter in Victoria Foyt's captivating new novel, Revealing Eden.

On The Postmistress: Interview With Sarah Blake

Laura Cococcia | Posted 10.23.2011 | Books
Laura Cococcia

The Postmistress offers an inimitable blend of World-War-II-era history, stunning heroines and a very different look at the power of how we once communicated versus how we communicate today.

YA Authors Share Their Fave Books As Teens

oomscholasticblog.com | Posted 12.20.2011 | Home

Coe Booth, author of Tyrell and Bronxwood (September 2011), chose Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. "I read this book so many times ...

Graphic Novels: 5 Recommendations From A Librarian

portjefferson.patch.com | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home

Teen Read Week begins this week as a way to get young adults to continue to enjoy reading throughout their teenage years. According to Colleen Cheshir...

'Her Last Words Brush My Cold Lips: "I'll Be Waiting."'

Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for you...

Men and Masculinity: The VIPs is More Than a Fall Fling

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

Scott Poulson-Bryant made a smooth transition into the realm of fiction authorship from his magazine days. He had me at chapter one of The VIPs.

Zombie Pirates On A Beach. Need We Say More?

| Destiny, 16 years old | Posted 12.11.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for you...

Is the Popularity of Dystopian Novels Finally Fading?

Nina Lassam | Posted 12.07.2011 | Books
Nina Lassam

The Hunger Games, The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Uglies and The Year of the Flood are just some titles that seem to reflect negative stories that have dominated headlines. In between the grim news, we've started to see a swing in the pendulum of science fiction.

50 Cent Writes Book For Teens About Bullying

Entertainment Weekly | Stephan Lee | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home

Rapper and mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is trying his hand at writing for teens and doing good at the same time. Jackson’s partially autobiogr...

'Confessions of an Emetophobe'

| Leah D., 17, Vancouver | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for yo...

Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist, Part 2

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Small

One of the most painful lessons I struggled to accept was that my words and ideas were not sacred.

The Political Is Very, Very Personal

Joan Gelfand | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Joan Gelfand

Elizabeth Rosner explores which vestiges of hatred are accepted, and which questioned. In this quiet novel we learn how two very different, very damaged people can open their hearts, move past their comfort zones and find a place of peace.

A Conversation With Helen Benedict: Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction

Len Hollie | Posted 11.28.2011 | New York
Len Hollie

Helen Benedict has written five novels and five books of non-fiction. I recently spoke with Benedict about the unique undertaking of writing both fiction and non-fiction from the same research material.