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Literary Fiction

'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, i...

'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 ...

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...

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.

The Words After War Interview With Michael Pitre By Bryan Doerries

Words After War | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Words After War

"I didn't have a political motive for writing the book. I just wanted to tell a story that my friends from the war would recognize. The struggle to find your place in a civilian world so totally disconnected from the war was just one facet of our experience."

Virginia Pye On Books, Publishers & the Dreaded Sophomore Jinx

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.28.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Virginia Pye at the James River Writers Conference (another reason to attend what is a great conference) and we were immediately struck by how curious she was.

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.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | 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!

Will Movies and TV Shows Eventually Kill the Written Word?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.25.2015 | 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.

After The Parade: An Interview with Lori Ostlund

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In After The Parade, a new novel from Lori Ostlund, Aaron, an English as a Second Language teacher leaves behind his partner and the home they share...

Hold the Dark: An Interview With William Giraldi

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Wolves are our most mythologized animals. We've made monsters of them but they're intensely dignified, intensely talented, master predators. Our ancestors learned much from watching their packs, and we recognized ourselves in those packs."

The Words After War Interview With Jesse Goolsby By Siobhan Fallon

Words After War | Posted 08.28.2015 | Books
Words After War

"Opening in Afghanistan, the book follows three U.S. soldiers as they return to their families in small towns across America. Births, deaths, marriages, friendships and time pass, but the three men are forever connected by one dark moment."

A Loveable Curmudgeon That Book Clubs Will Adore

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.04.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

When a boisterous young family moves in next door to Ove's lonely little home, with one inquisitive daughter and another on the way, his whole world is turned upside down, and you'll thank the reading gods for the heartwarming story that ensues.

The Words After War Interview with Sara Nović by Jesse Goolsby

Words After War | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Words After War

Sara Nović is the author of Girl at War, a novel of incredible richness that investigates the devastation of the Yugoslavian civil war and the deep yearning for identity and place by one its survivors.

For Novelists, Success Is Not Monetary

Steven Petite | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

We live in a world where success is considered to be directly correlated to the amount of commas in a person's bank account, and to some degree, success and monetary returns are tangentially related.