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A Mother Like No Other

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.07.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

If you think your mother is tough, now's the time to read Mommy Dressing. Louis Gould's mother was a famous fashion designer. "Don't perspire in this dress," she warned. "I never perspire. Why must you?"

Gregory Beyer

Death Becomes Them: The Imperfect Art of Posthumous Publishing | Gregory Beyer | Posted 06.21.2011 | Books

When an author dies, what happens to his unfinished manuscripts? From Max Brod’s famous refusal to burn the papers left behind by his friend Franz K...

Seeing Red: Her Lover is Quite the "Snake"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.18.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Galvarez pushed the piece of paper across the table. "If your guitarist is anywhere in or around Granada, he can't hide from these folks for long," Galvarez said.

How Do We Dream Up Novels? Or Do Novels Dream Us?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Like all dreams, it's hard to know exactly when this one started. Maybe it was the day way way back in April of 1985 when I walked away from a plum job as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York, pushing my infant daughter Jocelyn in her carriage.

Do Writers Need an Agent for Success?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer

Deanna Fei | Posted 05.31.2011 | Books
Deanna Fei

Though we might not always have the answer, sometimes all we need to know is that writers much wiser than ourselves have asked themselves the same question.

Seeing Red -- "Ronda is in Spain, Dizzy on Orange Blossoms"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Ronda is sitting in the Alcázar gardens, getting dizzy on orange blossoms and Moorish tiles. Everywhere she turns, there are squares and diamonds and fiendishly complex six-sided stars.

The Lowly Pencil

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

There is nothing like the freedom of a pencil as I'm taking the muck that is a first draft and trying to make something of it. Not quite right the first time? Erase and try again!

Seeing Red: "Jesús is Definitely Not A Family Man!"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

They peeled back the chenille coverlet off the double bed and made love on top of the blanket, before they were fully undressed. When they finally opened the bed, they made love again, in between the lavender-fragranced sheets.

The Memoir Dilemma: What's With All These Memoirs?

Jennifer Lauck | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jennifer Lauck

Memoirs have been called misleading, fraudulent, overly confessional and now are also deemed narratively non-rigorous and too easy to write.

What I Learned From Screenwriting

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

While these tools may seem basic, I found that a great lesson of screenwriting was to pay attention to these fundamentals, even as I tackled more sophisticated writing projects.

Designers And Books: 50 Esteemed Designers Compile The Ultimate Book List

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Designers and Books is a new online book list, with over 600 books chosen by esteemed members of the design community. From art books, to novels, and...

Seeing Red: "Sex and Cinnamon"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Years later, she tries to focus on the details: the cinnamon sugar sticking to her shoulder. The thick fold of leaves overhead. The cold buttered toast wrapped in tin foil. The smell of his sweat mixed into the smell of pine needles.

The Kraken Rising: Russell Hoban's 86th Birthday

Lindsay Edmunds | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lindsay Edmunds

Russell Hoban turns 86-years-old today (February 4, 2011). For the 10th year running, fans of his work (aka, the Kraken) will celebrate the day.

A 'Novel' Way to Read a Novel: Right Here on the Huffington Post

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Borrowing from the Victorian tradition of serialized publishing, my new novel, Seeing Red, will be published right here on the Huffington Post beginning next week.

Exiles and Eccentricities: Goldie Goldbloom's The Paperbark Shoe

Adrienne Celt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Adrienne Celt

There's something about vagabonds that intrigues us. People who live on the edge of society, who eschew our modes of beauty and respectability, tend t...

10 Tips for Launching a Book Without Losing Your Mind

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

As my novel debuted last January, terror defined my anticipatory state-of-being. How would I bear bad reviews? Would I look fat in the pictures? Finding no rule book, I turned to Moses.

No Publisher Should "Edit" Mark Twain's Novels

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Richard Greener

Mark Twain's novels are about to be bloodied. As a novelist, I understand, object and feel compelled to protest.

The Most Anticipated Books For The Beginning Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

There are some amazing books to look forward to in the first quarter of 2011! There won't be a better book of fiction all year than Rana Dasgupta's S...

"How are you going to make money writing fiction on a blog?"

Claudia Ricci | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Claudia Ricci

"How are you going to make money writing fiction on a blog?" That's the question my guitar teacher asked me last night, when I told her how thrilled ...

We Need to Talk About Your Book

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

Even though I still sometimes sigh when a reader insists I've written something that I know, in my heart, I absolutely did not, I don't argue. Instead, I remind myself how very, very lucky I am that people are reading my book and talking about it.

Is an Emotionally Mature Author an Oxymoron?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

Many authors have a real job while trying to write a book. We do most of our work in solitude, translating what exists in our minds to paper for all of the world to see. No stress there, right?

Con Games: How Charles Dickens Saved My Life

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

David Copperfield brought me back to life as a lover of the made-up story. The moment I had finished page 734 I went to the list of classic novels on the facing page to choose my next flight.

Nora Ephron's Holy Chutzpah

Danielle Berrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Danielle Berrin

Ephron is a case in point for the Jewish imperative of turning pain into possibility.

Childrens' Books: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nancy Chuda

The relationship author Salman Rushdie shares with his sons became the focus of his own literary epiphany.