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What Editors and Booksellers Are Reading This Summer

Joseph Olshan | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Joseph Olshan

If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's second novel.

Poets in and out of Form

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

The mind of the poet circles here, scavenging, in Nature's own rhythms, enlarging this dance to include lines of poems, "stolen" from the canon. This borrowing, this sense of the indeterminate existence, posited on other existences, defines the collection.

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands:" The Inspiration Behind the Novel

Chris Bohjalian | Posted 05.22.2015 | Arts
Chris Bohjalian

"Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" is not the first time I've had a female narrator share with my readers a story. "Midwives," "Trans-Sister Radio," "Secrets of Eden," and "The Sandcastle Girls" had female narrators, too. But, as I will reveal in my post here next week, this was the first time I found myself texting my teenage daughter for hipster-speak synonyms for "hookup" and "stoned."

Astoria Characters: The Novel Teen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.05.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

She has her big brown eyes set on Columbia, which she notes happily, is only a bus ride away. She doesn't want to be separated from her parents and 11-year-old sister Isabella.

A Spiritual Adventure

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.31.2015 | Books
Deepak Chopra

It was a morning without sunrise, frigid and overcast, during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Mare was just heading out to work when her cell phone jingled. Her mother was calling.

Blue Skies With Robin Stratton

Loren Kleinman | Posted 05.23.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she's Managing Editor at Boston Literary Magazine, Acquisitions Editor at Big Table Publishing, and Director of Newton Writing and Publishing Center.

Political and Legal Thrillers, Chilling Literary Spines

Getrude Matshe | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Getrude Matshe

Kenneth Gordon Eade is an American environmental activist, author and lawyer, best known for his legal and political thrillers.

World Book Day: 10 Prominent Novels Set in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Real-life stories about Illinois--its politics, its history, its culture--are so interesting that it makes sense that fictional stories set in the state would be even more interesting.

Book Review: Hobo Pete and the Ghost Train by Sandy Pheat

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Hobo Pete tells the eerie tale of three boys in 1963 Appalachia, who encounter a local hobo with whom they have something in common: they each hear the passing of a ghostly train in the night.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Two Gay Authors: Families of Origin vs. Choice

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 04.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

David Pratt, Lambda Award-winning novelist for Bob the Book, is back with a funny and touching new novel, Looking After Joey. In it, Calvin, a single accountant, must look after Joey, a porn character who unexpectedly steps through the TV into Calvin's life--and can't go back.

The Hunger of the Wolf

Stephen Marche | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Stephen Marche

The Hunger of the Wolf is a novel about the new class of billionaires that are emerging, and about their glorious and tortured lives which are shaped almost entirely by the forces of money.

Book Review of P.O.W.E.R by Lisa Kramer

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Massachusetts based author and blogger, Lisa Kramer has put out a book that boldly seeks a feminist call to action by asking the question, "What would happen if women and girls joined their unique abilities to change the world?

First-Time Novelist Tackles Guns and Corruption

Tamar Abrams | Posted 03.15.2015 | Women
Tamar Abrams

The novel A Spy Came Home by H.N. Wake is a typical thriller, loaded with suspense, some violence, taut pacing. But it is unique in many ways: Written...

Allison Burnett, Ask Him Anything

Dusty Wright | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Dusty Wright

Allison Burnett is a rarity in Hollywood. He is not just a successful Hollywood screenwriter, a respected novelist, and a published critic and poet, but also a film director. His new film, Ask Me Anything, was released two weeks ago in selected theaters.

When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

Serial: Why Is It So Popular?

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Khanh Ho

That's how Serial is supposed to get you: The feeling of true waiting -- something that is lost in our digital culture where all things are instantaneously present simultaneously -- is a novel sensation. Pardon the pun.

Ann Lewis Hamilton's Debut Novel Expecting Is Fertile and Funny

Elan Barnehama | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Elan Barnehama

It wasn't inevitable that Hamilton became a writer, but she does claim to have been raised in a house filled with typewriters in a town where her grandfather was the editor of the local newspaper, her father a reporter, and her mother the society page writer.

Fahrenheit 451 + 10

Perry Block | Posted 12.14.2014 | Comedy
Perry Block

Sure, it was so: he was indeed helping to keep knowledge alive in the dark times by memorizing and becoming a book. But after these ten odd years, a dark sadness had descended upon him, sapping his spirit and diminishing his soul.

"Rocky Mountain Guy"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima I have long been told, by people too numerous to mention, including members of my own family, to take a hike. But because of the rare...

Lights Go on Part XXV: Serve Others

Thomas Bähler | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

I want to share a process with you. I enjoy writing about ideas that have stuck to my ribs like a steak. These past few months have been a whirlwin...

Betty Crocker, Carmela Soprano, and the Likeability Factor in Fiction

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

My job here was done. Making characters as nuanced on the page as we are in real life is one of my priorities. Plus, readers bring their own experiences to fictional characters, to our stories, and to however authors' belief systems color our work.

The Smell of Death by Bruce Duff: A Book Review

Melissa Webster | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Melissa Webster

The Smell of Death, is a laugh-out-loud behind-the-scenes look at the stark realities of touring small town Europe among frozen turds, haunted hotel rooms, questionable promoters and accommodations.

Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Cari Noga Reveals All to the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors met Cari Noga in 2011, when she won our National Novel Writing Month Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for books). Her pitch was spectacular, haunting and superbly crafted.

Q&A Session with Award-Winning Author, Sheri Booker

Christina Scribner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Women
Christina Scribner

Sheri Booker is a teacher in Baltimore, spoken word artist, poet, public speaker, and author. Her latest publication, a memoir titled, "NINE YEARS UND...