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Hellish Imagery From The Middle Ages

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts

While today the word "hell" is often used in situations involving long lines and a lack of caffeine, in the Middle Ages hell was darker, hotter and ha...

The (Un)Romantic Path of Literary Fiction: Alfred A. Knopf (Part II)

Rex Pickett | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books
Rex Pickett

I had never experienced "writer's block" in my entire life. If an idea -- screenplay or novel -- wasn't working, I just abandoned it and started on something else.

A Christmas Gift for Pierpont Morgan

Carolyn Vega | Posted 02.29.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega

2011-12-30-pullquote.jpgWhat do you get for the dad who has everything? Something more personal than a sweater or tie, for sure. One year, J.P. Morgan, Jr. (known as Jack) found a perfect little gift for his father.

John Ruskin's Puppet Show

Carolyn Vega | Posted 02.18.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega


What Heaven Looks Like: Part 2

James Elkins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

What Heaven Looks Like

James Elkins | Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.42.29AM.pngI discovered an amazing, mysterious manuscript in Scotland. It's a little book with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

Quicksilver Bob Invents the "Highest Blessing of the Water"

Carolyn Vega | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York
Carolyn Vega

Robert Fulton was not the first to build a steam-powered vessel. But Fulton was the first to find commercial success with the idea.

King John's 1205 Charter

Carolyn Vega | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega


The ABCs of an Unknown Duchemin

Carolyn Vega | Posted 12.05.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega


A Nine-Year-Old Cartographer and Historian

Carolyn Vega | Posted 07.13.2011 | New York
Carolyn Vega

Education was something else in the 18th century. W. B. Sandys was just nine years old when he penned a volume titled Ancient Maps and Universal History.

The "Push" Present for the 26-Month Birthing of a Book

Arielle Ford | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

A few times a month I hear from folks who ask me to promote a workshop on how to write your book in a weekend. Huh? Write a book in a weekend? Unles...

Author Beware: Unsteady Terrain Ahead

Peggy McColl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peggy McColl

We often see warnings signs posted about things we should be aware (or beware) of as we explore new territories. For instance, a state park sign may...

The Letter That Announced a New World: Revisiting the Roots of Columbus Day

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Christopher Columbus may not have been able to Tweet news of his first voyage to the New World, but his reports on the 1492-93 expedition reached readers in Europe fairly quickly.

A Romantic Weekend With...

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

You've dumped your bags and coat and suddenly an inviting tryst feels very like waiting alone with a stranger for something possibly awful to happen i...

Bookstore Cats: Where Do They Live In California?

SFGate | John McMurtrie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A bookstore cat is a shop's mascot and keeper, equally adept at charming customers and, when the lights go out, chasing away rodents. And so let us ce...

Kafka Manuscripts: Will We Ever See His Cache Of Unpubilshed Works?

The Guardian | Mark Tran | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Franz Kafka wanted all his manuscripts to be burned after his death, but his friend Max Brod disregarded the request, seeding a complex legal battle o...

Steig Larsson Unpublished Work Discovered After Death

AP | MALIN RISING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books


How to Stay Motivated to Write Your Book

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

It doesn't matter if you are just starting out or if you regularly produce a couple of books per year, you can probably relate to the issue of motivation.

Ever Wonder How Authors Use The Internet To Get Published?

SF Gate | Regan McMahon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In the old days - which, in this case, you might define as "two years ago" - getting your book published would entail finding an agent, sending it off...

Imprisoned Author's Manuscript Destroyed, Settles With State

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina is paying $10,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by an "urban fiction" author who says officials destroyed a book manu...