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James Dashner: A Brilliant Mind

Kaavya Raman | Posted 11.23.2015 | College
Kaavya Raman

It is no secret that authors create worlds for readers. They shape new worlds, new words and new characters that eventually become our best friends. James Dashner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner series, is one of these brilliant minds.

5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.13.2015 | Books

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

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.

'The Last September': A Conversation with Nina de Gramont

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

The Last September by Nina de Gramont traces the aftermath of a murder in Cape Cod through the point of view of the recent widow, Brett.

8 Fast, Excellent Reads

Kirkus | Posted 11.11.2015 | Books

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North Korea Reads Tom Clancy Novels

ADST | Posted 11.09.2015 | World

Remember when renegade South Korean soldiers set off a bomb in Seoul during a festival and make it look like it was done by North Korea?

7 Books To Read Instead Of Finishing NaNoWriMo

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts

How time flies! It’s nearly a third of the way through NaNoWriMo already, with only a couple weeks left to finish a 50,000-word novel draft. We...

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.

Would You Rather Be Dead Than Old?

Nancy Deville | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women
Nancy Deville

I want to write stories about older women because, frankly, it's not that interesting to me to watch or read about women who are thirty years younger than me, and I can't be the only older woman who feels that way. I already did all those things the younger protagonists are doing. I want to read about what I'm doing now.

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.

Review: Mary Gaitskill's Heartwarming Novel of Awkward Racial Tensions

The National Book Review | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review. By Tara Merrigan The Mare By Mary Gaitskill Pantheon 448 pages On its surface, Mar...

Mitch Albom's New Book Is Beautiful Music to the Ears

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Rabbi Jason Miller

Ever since the huge literary success of "Tuesdays with Morrie," Mitch Albom has been trying to reach the same level of storytelling magic.

How I Got There: Donal Ryan

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Lan Anh Vu

Donal Ryan is a mutli-award winning Irish novelist. His debut novel, "The Spinning Heart," rejected 47 different times by publishers, won the Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, the Guardian First Book Award, the European Union Prize for Literature, and was one of a dozen of books chosen for the longlist of the Man Booker Prize.

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.

Dear Infidel: The Dilemma of British Muslims

Raza Rumi | Posted 10.28.2015 | Religion
Raza Rumi

The Indian community in Britain has been termed as a better performing group in terms of "integration and economic advancement." Do they have to go through a test of proving themselves as loyal Britons?

Happy 400th Birthday, Don Quixote!

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 10.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

Don Quixote was originally published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615. Accordingly, this year marks the 400th anniversary of the complete novel's publication. In celebration, Restless Books has published a new edition of the Ormsby translation.

Use Your Imagination and Write What You Enjoy!

Kristen Houghton | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Authors are true individuals when it comes to our art. Our writing may be heavily influenced by our everyday experiences or our vivid imaginations may fuel what we write. And while a combination of the two may be mixed together in the stories we tell, it is evident that each author will draw more from one area than the other.

The Novel?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

In the September 24, 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books, Jed Perl writes about the current state of an art form that has been declared dead or dying many times. That would be painting.

5 Lessons Die Hard Can Teach Us About Storytelling

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.13.2015 | Entertainment

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

The Hot 5: Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 10.13.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Alexievich's Nobel Prize in Literature this year was the first for a non-fiction writer in more than half a century, and only the 14th ever given to a woman.

3 Articles About Books to Read Right Now

The National Book Review | Posted 10.11.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

This article first appeared in The National Book Review The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy (Atlantic) - A fascinating deconstruction of what was real...

Art in the Blood - A Rousing Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Bonnie MacBird 'found' Art in the Blood - A Sherlock Holmes Adventure, as a manuscript hidden in a forgotten tome of Victorian medical lore, and has brought us another adventure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great consulting detective Sherlock Holmes, as narrated by his companion, Dr. John Watson.

The Hot 5 -- Books People Are Talking About This Week, or Should Be

The National Book Review | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

When the Fed talks, everyone listens. So there will doubtless be a large audience for this soon-to-be released account by former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Review: A Cuban-American Novel on the Pain of Living in Two Worlds

The National Book Review | Posted 09.27.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

Make Your Home Among Strangers tells the story of Lizet, a young daughter of Cuban immigrants. She has applied to the prestigious Rawlings College in secret, thinking her family would be thrilled at her admission.

The Unmentionable Mann

Omar Sarwar | Posted 09.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Omar Sarwar

His keen insights into the many neuroses of gay male urban culture invite the reader to reflect on its darker aspects, the things we instinctively cover up to appear respectable in the eyes of heterosexual society.