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Review: Mary Gaitskill's Heartwarming Novel of Awkward Racial Tensions

The National Book Review | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review. By Tara Merrigan The Mare By Mary Gaitskill Pantheon 448 pages On its surface, Mar...

Start From the End

Melissa Garvey | Posted 11.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Melissa Garvey

Image Courtesy Ladyheart I recently had a friend in town visiting who is an incredible musician, and we were chatting one morning over coffee about t...

No, All Romance Novels Are Not the Same

Jenny Trout | Posted 10.30.2015 | Books
Jenny Trout

All romance novels are not the same. All romance readers are not the same. A quick perusal of the romance category on Amazon could prove that in three clicks. Unless a journalist is willing to reach out to authors and readers of romance, or at least research the genre before denouncing it entirely, then they -- and we -- would be better off if they didn't write about it at all.

Dear Infidel: The Dilemma of British Muslims

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Raza Rumi

The Indian community in Britain has been termed as a better performing group in terms of "integration and economic advancement." Do they have to go through a test of proving themselves as loyal Britons?

The Abbey: An Interview with Fr. James Martin, SJ

Jamie Arpin-Ricci | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Jamie Arpin-Ricci

Like many non-Catholics, I first encountered Father James Martin, SJ, was when he appeared as a regular guest on the brilliant late night satirical news program The Colbert Report.

10 Scary Books That Will Seriously Keep You Up At Night

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.21.2015 | Arts

In a recent interview with HuffPost, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine said he thought most fears were “universal,” and, for him at least, linked close...

5 Hot Books: JFK's Mentally Disabled Sister, Ted Hughes, and More

The National Book Review | Posted 10.19.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

From a different perspective, Larson tells the story of Rosemary Kennedy, the intellectually disabled sister of JFK, and her disastrous lobotomy, after which she was hidden away and ignored for decades.

Crazy Dreams

Sandy Lowe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandy Lowe

In the end, my heart overruled all logical objection because BSB offered me something priceless and something I value every single day: the opportunity to work with LGBTQ people and to be part of the literary legacy of the LGBTQ community.

The Novel?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

In the September 24, 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books, Jed Perl writes about the current state of an art form that has been declared dead or dying many times. That would be painting.

The Faithful Shopper: Halloween Havoc

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.29.2016 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Costumes, candy and company -- the perfect way to spend a splendid Halloween. Take the scare out of shopping for this most frightening of nights by checking out my latest list of stores, where you'll be treated to all you need for your creepy costume.

Surprising Questions An Author Gets Asked

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 10.14.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

As an author, I love talking to readers. Whether that's at book club discussions, or through my website or Goodreads, I get a lot of wonderful feedback and tons of great questions.

The Hot 5: Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Alexievich's Nobel Prize in Literature this year was the first for a non-fiction writer in more than half a century, and only the 14th ever given to a woman.

What Does it Mean to Be a 'Prolific' Writer?

Warren Adler | Posted 10.09.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

There has been an odd public discussion recently about writers, specifically novelists, who are too prolific, as if such abundance was a quality that diminished the nature and substance of the author's output.

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

This Epic New Book WILL Make You Cry. But It's Worth It.

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

A Chechen soldier sits at the bottom of a ditch -- large for a well but maddeningly small by any other standards that should be met by a life-providin...

Celebrating a 20th Wedding Anniversary and a New Book: What Marriage Has Taught Me About Creativity

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

You think you know how to write a book after you've written one, but oh, no. The challenges of each new manuscript are different from the last, and so is the process of getting it written. That's part of the joy.

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, Or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

With the zeal of a new convert, the once-conservative Brock takes aim at the "vast right-wing conspiracy" to smear Hillary Clinton. Among the names he names are Rush Limbaugh, the Koch Brothers, Fox News, and The New York Times.

The Words After War Interview with Siobhan Fallon by Michael Pitre

Words After War | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Words After War

As part of Words After War's September book club selection, Siobhan answers a few questions from Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives.

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 3

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Nowadays it's not uncommon to hear the phrase "black girls are magic," but Sailor Moon was the first time I ever really felt that there was something in me, as a girl who would grow up to be a woman, that was powerful.

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 09.29.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

When the Fed talks, everyone listens. So there will doubtless be a large audience for this soon-to-be released account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

Review: A Cuban-American Novel on the Pain of Living in Two Worlds

The National Book Review | Posted 09.26.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the story of Lizet, a young daughter of Cuban immigrants. She has applied to the prestigious Rawlings College in secret, thinking her family would be thrilled at her admission.

Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
Warren Adler

As a longtime practitioner of the art of fiction writing and a committed reader of the works of others, I have been thinking a great deal about the impact of the proliferating film/TV industry on the future of reading.

This Is What America Would Look Like If We Ran Out Of Water

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts

Rumbling slow like a deadly tidal wave, a dry expanse of earth expands each day, conquering the once-fertile land it encounters. This is what an almos...

6 Books To Curl Up With This Fall

Oprah.com | Ashley Sepanski | Posted 09.22.2015 | OWN

Ring in the new season with these twisted fantasies, profound autobiographies and vivid collections of short stories. Also on HuffPost:...