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Literary Fiction

Starting Today, Read a Novel in Serial Format, Right Here!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

2011-02-03-nov.jpgStarting today, I'm offering a novel in the chapter-by-chapter format that Charles Dickens used so successfully back in the 19th century.

The Children's Book: The Heavenly Hell of Childhood

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In the life of a reader--and by a reader I mean someone who has always read for pleasure--it is doubtful that any books have as much impact, in the en...

Virtual Book Tour

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

As any emerging writer knows, while the road to publication is tough and the obstacles many, there is no emotion to compare with holding your book in ...

Is There a Way to Save Books?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

November 17, 2010 Alison Crandall, Ph.D. Acquisitions Editor Random House, Inc. 1745 Broadway
 New York, NY 10019 acrandall@randomhouse.com Dear...

On In(form)ality: Creative Writing Pedagogy in the Youtube Generation

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ming Holden

One thing that renders me reluctant to begin writing about the "business" of writing and the teaching of writing is the sneaking suspicion that there are things I lack that "real writers" should have in order to teach.

Franzen's Female Trouble

Nina Burleigh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nina Burleigh

How can it be 2010, and the premier chronicler of American family dynamics in our generation producing this retro, cautionary tale about the dreadful consequences of female lust? And then, being called a genius for it?

Literary Journals

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you are uncertain about submitting your poems, short stories, and essays for publication, the information below will help you improve your submissi...

Lobster Boy! Conjoined Twins!

The Guardian | Daniel Kalder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I especially like the stark contrast between the promise of wonder that hangs over the entrance to the tent, and the grim reality of door receipts, ca...

Is This Book About You? The Butter in the Cookies

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

There something a little creepy about knowing that as my friends and family read the novel I wrote, that they're probably thinking: Oh, that's how she really views her kids! My God, she lies to her husband?

Big Woman, Small Town: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In her inability to feel content with her life, with the "blackness" that accompanies her through her household tasks and is often expressed through anger and even cruelty, Olive seems, in a way, to be too big for the town that has always been her home.

The Novelist Wars?

Matthew Pearl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matthew Pearl

Most of us do not think we can compose a symphony or direct a film, but many of us feel there is a novel inside of us somewhere.

Call me Ishmael? No, Just Email Me Your Choice Instead!

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Lately I've been thinking about the novels that I've loved most, and the way they open. I'm about to publish my second novel, Seeing Red, and I am try...

Go Big on Bastille Day

Matt Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Matt Stewart

One year ago today -- Bastille Day -- I released my debut novel The French Revolution on Twitter. It got some pretty good attention, and last fall I landed a traditional book deal with Soft Skull Press.

Adam Langer, Author of "The Thieves of Manhattan": Exclusive Huffington Post Interview

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

The Thieves of Manhattan (Spiegel & Grau, July 13), a very funny satire on the publishing industry, is full of such insider references as an atwood (M...

Do You Stop Reading 'Literature' When It's Tough Going?

The Guardian | Alastair Harper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

On my last trip to the library I took an unexpected turn and, facing a series of alarmingly engorged spines, realised I'd strayed into the "Literary N...

Neil Gaiman: Shouldn't Good Writing Tell A Story Too?

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Neil Gaiman's zealous introduction to the new collection of short stories -- aptly titled Stories -- he has co-edited with the anthologist Al Sarranto...

David Foster Wallace vs. Dave Barry: What is good writing?

David Stoesz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Stoesz

Dave Barry does not have this luxury. He's exposed in a way no "literary" writer is. His readers expect to be amused. Immediately.

Mavis Gallant: Underrated Short Story Master Proves Herself Again

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

Since none of the fiction lovers to whom I mention Mavis Gallant has more than the vaguest notion who she is -- this, despite her being singled out fo...

Sri-Lankan American Writes Disobedient Girl Reflecting Life Down To Its Smallest Details

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Naazish YarKhan

Freeman said aspiring writers need to first, put a check mark next to "have burning desire to write." Not "burning desire to be a writer" but to write!"