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Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 3)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.24.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakçı, I've been...

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 2)

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here. ) The ferry continued rocking back and forth after i...

I Need Coffee: Writing Isn't Sexy, But It Can Pay the Bills

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

So I'm here to tell you that you can make a living as a writer, but you (might) have to let go of some notions of what "making a living as a writer" means.

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı

Nathan Gauer | Posted 11.11.2015 | Books
Nathan Gauer

(The following is the first part of a three-part fictitious short story.) The train rumbled out of the station as Kiera pushed past the turnstile....

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 Good Neighbor: A Conversation With Author Amy Sue Nathan

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor, brings us the story of Elizabeth aka Izzy Lane and her introduction to the worlds of Internet celebrity and dating after divorce.

Pretending to Dance: A Conversation With Diane Chamberlain

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly Arnette, the protagonist in Diane Chamberlain's beautiful woven novel, Pretending to Dance, left Morrison Ridge, North Carolina, and all of her family behind for good.

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...

Bartering With Your Life: A Conversation With Siobhan Adcock

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Bridget, the main character in Siobhan Adcock's novel, The Barter, faces one of life's hardest questions: what would you give to save your family? To save your life? Adcock spoke to me about the nature of sacrifice, how women barter, and the power of fairy tale.

If You Write A Novel In GIFs, Is It Still A Novel?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.15.2015 | Arts

Set a copy of Pride and Prejudice next to this: Could any two forms seem more distinctly unlike than a novel and a GIF? But in the eyes of D...

Book Review: Waveland by Simone Zelitch

Holly Cara Price | Posted 09.10.2015 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Since the recent publication of Simone Zelitch's fourth novel, Waveland (The Head and the Hand Press), there have been such a spate of racist and violent events in this country that one could be forgiven for believing we are still somehow mired in the hate and horror of the early 1960's.

The Simplest Thing

Victoria Patterson | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Victoria Patterson

We tend to imagine that it isn't our brothers, fathers, and sons who rape, and that rapists are animals and have nothing to do with us. It's just not the case. By maintaining that rapists aren't linked to us, we undervalue the problem and, sadly, we also perpetuate rape culture.

Book Review: Dear Stephanie by Mandi Castle

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

There is a trend in writing these days that casts female protagonists as unlikable and not relatable. Frankly, I am not a fan of this trend. And so it goes that with Dear Stephanie, I had very low expectations.

The Oasis Within: The Story Behind the Story

Tom Morris | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Tom Morris

The Huffington Post has helped to create a new way of being a philosopher, and of looking at life philosophically. Let me explain. In February of 201...

Q&A With Best-Selling Author Renee Carlino

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Heather Hummel

If you love a good New York City love story, you will fall in love with Matt and Grace. Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino is a complicated love story of missed opportunities and the influence that outside factors have on a couple's journey... or is it all really just part of their journey?

Q&A with Best-Selling Author K.A. Tucker

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Heather Hummel

I caught up with K.A. just before Chasing River's release to chase down some answers about her fascination with Ireland, the depth of her characters, and her dream automobile.

Landfall: A Conversation With Author Ellen Urbani

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ellen Urbani is the author of the debut novel, Landfall, and a memoir, When I Was Elena. Landfall follows the journey of two women named Rose as they navigate the troubled waters of their lives in a post-Katrina South. We spoke about belonging, parallels, and Urbani's journey as a writer.

Anatomy Lessons With Alexandra Kleeman

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts

A, the beautiful if a little wayward heroine of Alexandra Kleeman's debut novel, spends a lot of time on the couch. It doesn’t help that her bo...

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

This Writer's Life: A Conversation With Pam Jenoff

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Every so often you meet someone that is truly living their dream and following their passions. If you get a little closer, you will find that this often means a real commitment and a lot of work.

It's Time to Get Your Thriller on -- at ThrillerFest X

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 07.10.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

For many interested in the book publishing industry, conferences are some of the best ways to keep up with the changes occurring in this field, get the latest inside information about new technologies and new upcoming publications, and keep in contact with existing colleagues and meet new ones.

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.