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Literary Fiction

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.

The Words After War Interview With Sara Nović, Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

Words After War | Posted 07.20.2015 | Impact
Words After War

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are the authors of War of the Encyclopaedists, which Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls "a captivating coming of age novel that is by turns, funny and sad and elegiac."

Music, Literature and Expansion

Tajci Cameron | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

My 12-year-old son installed a star-gazing app on our phones and arranged a 21st century star-gazing family experience. The night wasn't particularly ...

How it Feels When it's Time to Say Goodbye to a Book

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Chris Bohjalian

When I believe a novel has succeeded, I'm likely to experience mostly sadness when I review the final pages for the last time before they become a book. It's not unlike the feeling we all have whenever we turn the last page of a novel that's moved us -- but it's worse.

Elderly Women's Empowerment Fiction or 'Soft-core, Old-lady Porn'-- Behold the Great New Movement Upon Us!

Paul Gordon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Paul Gordon

I want Charmaine Gordon's elderly women's empowerment fiction to go viral and, while it might not, her work is deserving of it because it is devoted to a small, somewhat overlooked, yet important genre that deserves all the attention it can get.

'The Dismantling': A Conversation With Brian DeLeeuw

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Brian DeLeeuw is a novelist and screenwriter. After graduating from Princeton, he received his MFA from The New School. His first novel, In This Way I Was Saved, was long-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His second novel is The Dismantling.

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 06.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

10 Must-read Books for Spring

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Lois Alter Mark

I know that none of you have time for books that won't hold your attention, so if you're looking for a great book for a weekend escape -- or just an escape from everyday life -- here are my recommendations.

Top 5 Novels on Power and Ambition

Warren Adler | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Many of my readers have asked which books I would recommend that offer fundamental insights into the drive for personal power, and the way it affects individuals. Numerous authors have tackled this subject in memoirs, novels and plays.

Better Than Gone Girl: C. E. Poverman's Love by Drowning

Melanie Bishop | Posted 04.23.2015 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I am not lying when I say this book is better than Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Poverman gives us a situation and set of characters as mysterious and intriguing as Flynn does, he surprises us just as much, and we are as riveted to the author's slow unraveling of the main players' psychologies.

My Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015

Allison Pataki | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

If you're looking for a reason to get excited for the New Year, I've got ten for you.