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Is Most Contemporary Literary Fiction Really Terrible?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I hear this complaint a lot, and it's just been repeated on Salon.com. Is it true?

Can a Hot Book Trailer Spell Success?

Scott Alexander Hess | Posted 05.29.2013 | Books
Scott Alexander Hess

In the first year after posting the short of Diary of a Sex Addict, I was thrilled to see the film got 10,000 hits on Vimeo and resulted in some nice media coverage for the novel.

Are You Ignoring The Signs In Your Life?

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 05.19.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

Pay attention to the signs. Both the physical ones that keep you out of the motor vehicle line meant for folks who have seven forms of identification when you only have two, and the subtle ones that help you remember your loved ones, tell you to slow down or beg you to follow your dreams.

Naomi Hirahara, Author of Mas Arai Mystery Novels, Comes to Denver for a Reading

Gil Asakawa | Posted 05.19.2013 | Denver
Gil Asakawa

Arai is a little like Miss Marple -- an unlikely crime-solver in the guise of a senior citizen. But he's unlike everyone else I've read, because he's a 70-something Nisei, or second generation Japanese American who was born in California but spent his childhood in Japan.

Ayana Mathis, Author of the Bestselling Novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, on How She Reacted When Oprah Winfrey Called

Brad Listi | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 157, my conversation with Ayana Mathis, author of the bestselling novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie. It was hand-selected by Oprah Winfrey as an official pick of Oprah's Book Club 2.0.

A White Wind Blew

Ronna Kaplan, M.A. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Books
Ronna Kaplan, M.A.

Author James Markert grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and was intrigued by the Waverly Hills Sanatorium, a tuberculosis hospital with the highest rate of TB in the country, at a very young age.

Lenore Zion, Novelist and Sex Therapist, on How a Wild Night in High School Helped to Inspire Her New Book, Stupid Children

Brad Listi | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
Brad Listi

Here's an excerpt from Episode 155, my conversation with Lenore Zion, an author who also works as a sex therapist.

The AWP Conference in Boston: Where Writers Swim Like Fish

Holly Robinson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

Over 11,000 writers, editors, and publishers turned out this year for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' Conference, making it one of the biggest literary hootenannies for anyone with a passion for putting words on the page.

Where New Writers Can Earn Publication Credits

| Posted 03.08.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: At some point, everyone’s the new kid on the block. For writers, this situation can be extremely daunting. You may be w...

Historical Fictions: Stranger than Truth?

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Evan Gottlieb

This awards season, several movies that contended for Best Picture prizes came in for an unusual degree of scrutiny regarding their historical accuracy -- or lack of it. But playing fast and loose with history is nothing new.

'Fish Out of Water' and Into the Pages of Books

Dave Astor | Posted 04.30.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Readers -- many of whom have been "fish out of water" themselves during vacations or after moving to new towns (or countries) -- can compare their own real-life experiences with the fictional ones depicted by authors.

A Look at Hypocritical Characters in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

One big reason why people read fiction is to feel strong emotions -- joy, surprise, anger, etc. And when it comes to anger, few literary experiences make our blood boil more than observing the actions of hypocritical protagonists.

Review: The Conduct of Saints

Don Gold | Posted 04.15.2013 | Books
Don Gold

The Conduct of Saints captures the time and the place; it is a profoundly atmospheric novel. More important, it presents an unforgettable cast of characters. Once again, Davis' work commands our attention.

Some 'Difficult' Books Aren't as Difficult as We Think

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

You know that dreaded nine-letter word describing certain novels. The word that makes literature students run screaming from classrooms and older readers tremble even when dressed warmly. Yes, the word is (gasp) "difficult"!

Writers Helping Writers: Ya Gotta Have Friends

M.J. Rose | Posted 04.06.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

What began as an experiment in shouting out each other's books into the vast blinding blizzard of social media, has become a virtual world of tight friendships and support--and proof that, among some authors, cooperation trumps competition.

Music in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

People who love both fiction and music might waffle Hamlet-like about whether to enjoy a book or some tunes in their free time. But there's a way to combine both!

Jaipur Literature Festival: Day two

Aayush Soni | Posted 03.27.2013 | Arts
Aayush Soni

Terrific follow-up to day one's stellar start. For me, the star of the day was Columbia University professor Gary Shteyngart, the author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story.

The Imperative Wow

M.J. Rose | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
M.J. Rose

"I want to implore you to remember to dedicate at least as much effort, if not more, to craft than you did before you started taking on so many of the...

Why Sequels Are Sometimes Superior

Dave Astor | Posted 03.19.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Some sequels are better than the first novel, and some are worse. Why? The sequel to that question will consist of several answers in this post, along with examples of sequels that did or did not surpass the original book.

The Road to Publication - Part Two: The Next Step

S.L. Scott | Posted 03.10.2013 | Books
S.L. Scott

You did it! You have finished writing your novel... at least the first draft. Take a moment, a day, or a week to enjoy this great accomplishment. It's worthy of appreciation. Do not waste the time though.

Why We Write

Alan Watt | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Alan Watt

I'm nearing completion on a new novel and the same old thoughts are arising. What have I done? Am I really going to reveal these ugly aspects of mysel...

What Classics Will Our Century Produce?

Warren Adler | Posted 03.06.2013 | Books
Warren Adler

Will 21st century authors produce any classics? As the number of books of fiction produced each year approaches staggering numbers, classics bookshelves must find themselves frustrated in their search for the needle in the proverbial haystack.

The Dangers & Delights of Downton Abbey

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.06.2013 | TV
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, author of smart and sassy romance novels My mother, who has forced me to stay up past my bedtime to watch PBS's Mast...

In Defense of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Stephen D. Winick

Even Tolkien realized The Hobbit would, and should, be seen as a prelude to his larger work. The world of Lord of the Rings took precedence, and The Hobbit was adjusted to fit that world.

My Loss: Whose Gain? A Case of Disappearing Stock

J. L. Morin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
J. L. Morin

Since when is stock something that you have to check on every year? Stocks are touted as instruments that you put away and forget about while they grow. Not so, the representative said. If the bank cannot verify your whereabouts, it turns the stock over to the government.