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Why I Gave John the Baptist a Wife

K. Ford K. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
K. Ford K.

When I began my research for a novel about John the Baptist, I expected to find a wild man dressed in camel hair robes, eating locusts and honey in the desert. The enigmatic and mysterious man I found was quite different. The man I found was charismatic, passionate, popular and brave.

Michael J. Seidlinger Shares His Coping Mechanisms

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Michael J. Seidlinger is the author of a number of novels including The Fun We've Had, The Laughter of Strangers, My Pet Serial Killer and The Sky Conducting.

The Perfect Stranger: A Talk With Wendy Corsi Staub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

With the release of her 21st thriller, The Perfect Stranger, NY Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels in various genres.

Borneo

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done.

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Diriye Osman

British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.

The Road to Equality in Media... So Far

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Gay Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The world has changed a lot in the past few decades, but gay men still face violence and abuse. Anyone cognizant of current events recognizes that we haven't come far enough in trans inclusiveness, and lesbians and bisexual people still get left out in the cold too often.

Q&A With Elizabeth McCracken About Thunderstruck & Other Stories

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 07.17.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

National Book Award finalist Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck & Other Stories is a national treasure. The stories in Thunderstruck brim over with both magic, and the despair that follows devastating loss.

The Adjunct's Progress: Cyrus Duffelman, 10 Years Later

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 07.16.2014 | College
Joseph A. Domino

Adjunct professors rarely if ever show up in fiction, but Alex Kudera of Clemson University traced a day in the life of Cyrus Duffleman, representative of the academic underclass majority that fills most faculty slots.

The First Time Our Favorite Magical Creatures Appeared in Fantasy Novels and Legends

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

The language and characters intertwined with the fantasy world we have imagined has come as second nature for those of us who read stories of magic. Listed below are the magical creatures and the first time they made an appearance in literature.

The Diary

Tom Garrett | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Tom Garrett

I ran into Wendy at the Humane Society Pet Adoption event today. It wasn't a coincidence. Sometimes when I know where she's going to be, I find a wa...

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.

A Fiction First Aid Kit: 7 Bibliotherapy Techniques to Help You Feel Better With Fiction

Lucy Horner | Posted 06.19.2014 | Books
Lucy Horner

Using books as therapy is accessible to us all, is free with a library card, and even has a name: bibliotherapy. Here are a few ways to apply bibliotherapy to your own life and create your personal fiction first aid kit for challenging feelings and situations.

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

Laura Powell's 'Goddess' Is an Enchanting Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Britain is crumbling and a young soon-to-be Priestess named Aura from the Cult of Artemis is blind to it all. But everything changes when Aura meets a rebellious boy named Aiden.

The Cleansing

Glenn Diamond | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Glenn Diamond

The wretched practice of telephone sales is rarely selected by choice, but endured as a consequence of misfortune, desperation, or poor life skills. ...

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.

How Wattpad Saved My (Writing) Life -- Teaching "Old Dogs" New Writing Tricks

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I can't just meander anymore. I have "passengers" waiting to see where we're going each day.

Puzzling Book Titles

Dave Astor | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

There are novels with titles that are puzzling, at least at first. What exactly do they mean? What are they referring to in the book? It can be frustrating to figure that out, but also fun. Many people like to read mysteries, and an obscure novel title is sort of a mystery in microcosm.

Publisher Talk: Andrew Keating Introduces Cobalt Press

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"Cobalt Press is still young. Our first book, a collection of fatherly fiction and poetry by Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, Ben Tanzer and Tom Williams called Four Fathers comes out on June 1."

10 Ideal Book Characters Who Should Exist in Real Life

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

These 10 fictional book characters truly battle their demons with humility and stick to their beliefs no matter what anyone says.

7 Books The Internet Spoiled For Everyone

Zola Books | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Zola Books

No one reads in a vacuum anymore, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Thanks to the Internet, movie and TV adaptations, and particularly fervent social media statuses, more than ever we inevitably know something about the books we're reading before we crack any spines.

Be a Girl Who Writes

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 07.11.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Be a girl who writes because you'll better understand when life throws unexpected hurdles in your way -- as plot twists give us necessary segues -- and because you'll know that some relationships need to end when there are no more plotlines left to have between two people.

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement

Astonished: An Interview With Beverly Donofrio

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

"You can choose the way you think of the upsets; you can look for ways the pain can help you grow."

Don't Start Me Talkin' with Tom Williams

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Tom Williams is the author of Don't Start Me Talkin', a novel from Curbside Splendor.