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Barbara Kingsolver

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

When the Eye Is Better Than the Ear

Tom Alderman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Tom Alderman

Voice casting for audiobooks is particularly tricky with fiction. In addition to the many different characters a reader has to deliver, the most important voice to capture is the writer's literary voice -- assuming there is one.

A Look at the Growing Genre of Climate Fiction

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

I think it's great that climate change has gotten the attention of writers and that their work is garnering attention in the media and the marketplace. But I am also a bit disappointed: It seems the primary theme of books that are being recognized under the rubric of "climate fiction" are essentially dystopian visions of a world decimated by climate change.

7 Amazing Audiobooks

Posted 08.21.2013 | OWN

Listening to a book can make time disappear during long drives, workouts and boring vacuum-the-house sessions. Here's the best of the bunch -- ones th...

5 Tips for Your Commencement 2.0

Mark Chimsky | Posted 01.14.2013 | Fifty
Mark Chimsky

We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?

An Appreciation of Barbara Kingsolver

Dave Astor | Posted 01.02.2013 | Books
Dave Astor

Why do I like Kingsolver's work? She's progressive, feminist, and her fiction puts things in a sociopolitical context. But I think many open-minded people of any ideology would find her work engaging.

Authors Amid the Rock Bands on YouTube

Dave Astor | Posted 11.07.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people (like me!) are so busy reading books that they don't bother much with moving-image media such as films and TV. But what about watching YouTube videos relating to ... authors!

Stories to Remember in an Unkind World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Gail Vida Hamburg

There are some stories one can't bear to hear, for to hear them is to lose a slice of our solidarity with all humanity, and to feel a sense of utter cosmic loneliness.

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

Are Novels Better With Large Casts or Small Casts?

Dave Astor | Posted 07.02.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

For a book with "Solitude" in its title, it sure has lots of characters! After recently reading One Hundred Years of Solitude, I've been thinking about whether novels are better with large casts or small casts.

Legacy: Making a Difference

Rachael Freed | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Whether you're the original creator of a legacy gift or you volunteer to be but a tiny cog in a great project, you can make a difference in others' lives.

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.

The Most Novels You've Read By an Author

Dave Astor | Posted 11.14.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

My list includes the authors' names, the number of novels I've read by each of them, and my three favorite novels (in rank order) by each of them. If you have different favorites by those authors, I'd like to hear about that.

Fifteen of This Millennium's Top Novels

Dave Astor | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

These aren't necessarily the best novels of the past 11 years, because there are acclaimed books I've yet to read.

Many a City Is 'Title Town'

Dave Astor | Posted 09.06.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Do you read so much fiction that visiting a city almost always reminds you of certain novels?

Picking Favorites: Books That Make Me Sigh With Satisfaction

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 09.05.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

A great book happens when I pick up a book and can't put it down again; when I cannot suppress the sighs upon finishing it; when I cannot wait to tell everyone I know: read this book! But how to pick a favorite?

Less Famous Literary Masterpieces

Dave Astor | Posted 08.10.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

There are plenty of cases where an author's masterpiece deserves the top billing it gets in the author's canon. But then there are the cases where a writer's most famous book is not the writer's best book.

An Appreciation of Margaret Atwood

Dave Astor | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Atwood is socially conscious without being preachy. This is certainly the case in three dystopian novels that say a lot about things like women's rights and the despoiling of the environment but do that via the books' interesting characters and plots.

Barbara Kingsolver Ready To Start Next Novel

Reuters | Sharon Lindores | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Barbara Kingsolver, winner of the Orange Prize for fiction, is back in the U.K. one month after scooping up the prestigious prize awarded to the best ...

Mother's Day: 7 Of My Favorite Books As A Mom And A Publisher (PHOTOS, POLL)

Lena Tabori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lena Tabori

These books cover what I love as a mom and have published for Welcome Books--for mothers new and old.

Orange Prize Shortlist Announced: Barbara Kingsolver, Lorrie Moore, Hilary Mantel Are Finalists

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LONDON — American writers Barbara Kingsolver and Lorrie Moore and Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel are among six finalists for Britain's Orange...

Barbara Kingsolver's Book Sales Skyrocket After Winning Orange Prize

The Guardian | Vanessa Thorpe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The impact of winning the annual Orange prize on Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna is being felt in the industry already. The book was chosen last night...

Orange Prize WINNER Announced: Barbara Kingsolver Beats Out Hilary Mantel With 'The Lacuna'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LONDON (AP) - American novelist Barbara Kingsolver took home the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction on Wednesday with her sixth novel, "The Lacuna,"...

Orange Prize

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LONDON — American novelist Barbara Kingsolver took home the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction on Wednesday with her sixth novel, "The Lacuna,...

Climate Science Politics: Mann-hunt

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with www.thegreengrok.com.Which hunt is in the news these days? The one led by Virginia's Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II. In h...