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Literary Fiction

How Do You Write a Novel? Learn the Rules. Then Break Them.

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

It's tempting to believe that novelists who have already published books know "the secret." But every novel, whether it's your first or fifteenth, pos...

Genre Snobs Are Everywhere

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.27.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

The contempt these mystery readers sometimes feel directed at them gets recycled as they express disdain for books they don't like which have been written and enjoyed by people they have to denigrate. That's not an argument or even a defense: it's blatant insecurity.

The Dangers Of Girlhood And The Violence Of The Manson Family Collide In New Novel

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 06.03.2016 | Arts

Evie Boyd had a crush on a boy, and she wanted him to notice. That he was older than her was no deterrent. Ever since he acknowledged her in a friend...

A 10th Anniversary Diamond for Ageless Books

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

A diamond list of magnificent literary works celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year.

Iron Fragility: A Conversation with Sari Wilson, Author of "Girl Through Glass"

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.04.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Sari Wilson's captivating debut novel, Girl Through Glass, follows a young woman's journey through the alluring, heartless beauty of the New York ball...

The Danish Girl is a Dazzling Novel

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.18.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

When I see a movie that's utterly satisfying and is based on a novel, I often don't bother reading the book. I was so moved by Eddie Redmayne's per...

Creatively Embracing My Heroin Past

Stephen Grant | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
Stephen Grant

It doesn't matter if you have been using heroin for six months or six years; it is dangerously dark from the beginning and it only gets darker as you continue to use.

Julie Schumacher on Writing & Selling a Novel Written in the Form of Recommendation Letters

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's pretty rare when we, The Book Doctors, are reading the same book. Arielle tends to love books written by people who've been dead for several hund...

'Kill and be Killed,' A Conversation with Louis Begley

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.05.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Louis Begley Louis Begley is best known to readers of literary fiction for his observations about life among the upper crust denizens of New Y...

A Story Of Sexual Temptation More Unsettling Than 'Lolita'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts

New Yorker writer John Colapinto’s new novel opens with two epigraphs, one from Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal, and one from the biblical Book of ...

U.S. and China, a Tale of Contradictions

Jennifer Sun | Posted 02.15.2016 | Books
Jennifer Sun

On an August day in 1983, I went to a hospital in Shanghai to visit my father. He'd developed liver problems in the mid-1960s while being tortured and...

'Black Rabbit Hall,' A Conversation with Eve Chase

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.11.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Clare Borg-Cook Eve Chase has worked as an editor and feature writer for various magazines in the UK. Black Rabbit Hall, her debut novel, is ...

'The Good Liar,' A Conversation with Nicholas Searle

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.08.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Nicholas Searle grew up in Cornwall and studied languages at the Universities of Bath and Göttingen. After teaching for four years, he moved to London to join the Civil Service, holding a variety of positions dealing with security matters before going to work in a similar capacity for the New Zealand government.

The Words After War Interview with Victoria Kelly by Matt Gallagher

Words After War | Posted 02.01.2016 | Books
Words After War

Victoria Kelly's poetry collection When the Men Go Off to War received widespread critical acclaim since being published in September 2015 by the Nava...

Complex Legacies of War, Abuse, and Immigration: Nayomi Munaweera's Island of a Thousand Mirrors and What Lies Between Us

Sezin Koehler | Posted 02.09.2016 | Books
Sezin Koehler

From 1983 to 2006 the tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka was enmeshed in one of the bloodiest civil wars of modern years, but one whose events flew...

A Bit About Elizabeth Strout

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 01.07.2016 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, My Name is Lucie Barton, returns to the mother-daughter turf of her debut, Amy and Isabelle, published a decade and a half ago.

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction: Which Do You Prefer?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Kristen Houghton

New year, time to review what you're going to be writing in the coming months. Maybe like me you have a project or two already in the works from the previous year and you're working hard to reach a book launch deadline.

The Words After War Interview With Phil Klay by Victoria Kelly

Words After War | Posted 01.04.2016 | Books
Words After War

Phil Klay joined the Marines in 2004 after graduating from Dartmouth and served in Iraq in 2007 and 2008. His first book, Redeployment, a collection o...

Favorite Things, Favorite Reads, 2015

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 12.21.2015 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

A few of my favorites of 2015 to read, gift, and visit during the holiday season.

38 Best First Lines in Novels (YA Edition)

Mary Jane Hathaway | Posted 12.18.2015 | Books
Mary Jane Hathaway

All great authors know that a killer first line is almost more important than the first few pages, and authors put in hours of work just to get the right sentence on paper.

The Words After War Interview with Bryan Doerries by Phil Klay

Words After War | Posted 12.02.2015 | Books
Words After War

For years, theater director and translator Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces readings of ancient tragedies for current and returned service members, veterans, and their families as a catalyst for powerful discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war.

Book Critics Don't Exist To Flatter Your Taste

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.25.2015 | Arts

“Unlike critics who write about film or food or music, book critics are rarely required to engage with popular material,” Jennifer Weiner wrote in...

Broken Sleep and Its Author, Bruce Bauman

Brad Schreiber | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brad Schreiber

Bruce Bauman's novel Broken Sleep is sprawling, complex, wildly imaginative and unflaggingly emotional. It has an astonishing range, not only in theme but structure, which becomes all the more impressive when Bauman admits that he does not believe in using outlines.

Still-Foreign Correspondent

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 11.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Mainstream media must start figuring out that it makes good business sense to rely on Chicano talent as news anchors, authors, artists, actors and film directors. By going to the source, I assume the representation of Chicano culture would be more honest and accurate than what we often see.

Literary Fiction: Gateway to Reality

Andre Averbug | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Andre Averbug

Fiction is an amazingly flexible platform. It develops the reader's capacity to absorb details. It lets us navigate on the most intimate side of things, sharpening our understanding. Diving into particular characters, it makes us humanize the experiences.