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Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

  I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-publis...

The Most Famous Retold Stories In Literature

flavorwire.com | Posted 06.26.2011 | Books

Besides being an accomplished pediatrician, Chris Adrian was named one of the New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40″ fiction writers last summer, and is als...

Divorce! It's Good for the Children!

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Jane Smiley

When I asked my older daughter what she thought of my divorce from her father (she is 32), she said, "Do you really think I wish we had remained in that suffocating little four-person family?"

"So Humane, So Beautifully Written, So Wise And So Compelling"

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jane Smiley

We live in an age where many authors ponder their own experience over and over in styles that can be impenetrable, but Vargas Llosa looks at the world and writes about it with such wisdom that he doesn't fear being understood.

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Were you so busy enjoying the sunshine this weekend that you missed the big book reviews? Catch up with the highlights below! "Innocent," Scott Turow...

Book Review Roundup

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Just in case your Memorial Day Weekend was also a holiday from book reviews, here are some high points of what you missed: "Your Presence is Request...

Plan ForYourArt May 13-19

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

What dramatic role does art play in fiction, and in the understanding of a place? In this Getty Perspectives lecture, presented in collaboration with Zocalo, Geoff Dyer discusses his work, art and fiction.

Mentors, Muses & Monsters

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

Given the chance to thank the people who changed their lives, several prominent writers made the decision to write their hearts out and let us in on stories they have carried around for years.

What's the Big Deal?

Jane Smiley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Smiley

Make no mistake, if we as a nation sweep the Bush crimes, committed both here and abroad, under the rug because we're too lazy or afraid or "poor" to investigate, our criminals will be back with bigger plans.

An Open Letter to Jane Smiley: Please Don't Believe Everything You Read

Maggie Mahar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maggie Mahar

Based on what the mainstream press has been reporting, the president is letting us down. But the truth is, the press is just engaging in a time-honored media sport: first build someone up then tear him down.

My Favorite Mistake: Writer Jane Smiley On How Her Horse-Breeding Got A Little Out Of Hand

Seema Kalia | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Seema Kalia

"My Favorite Mistake" is a biweekly series in which writer Seema Kalia asks various luminaries about the one mistake that taught them the most. Pulitz...