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  • The Art of Fiction Writing

    I learned how to write fiction by understanding the language of visual art.

  • What Happens When a Writer Purges His Library

    Long before e-books and the cloud, I got rid of my library. I didn’t regret it.

  • After Getting Laid Off, a Publishing Professional's Second Act

    With help from friends, a publishing lifer starts a retirement career.

  • The Invisible Latina

    I am surrounded by Latinas—at the college where I teach and the schools that I visit.

  • The Perfect Setting

    I’m about to publish my first novel, Small Blessings.

  • The Brutal Truth About Writing About a Father's Alzheimer's

    I have come to believe that real love involves deep honesty, and honesty demands my acknowledgment that my father's life is over.

  • The Myth Of the Gatekeepers

    A publishing veteran assesses the industry's diverse ecosystem.

  • Staying Vigilant

    As executive director of Media Coalition, it is my job to defend the First Amendment rights of the book community.

  • A Tribute to Barb Burg and Barbie

    After struggling to sell my debut book for two decades, I’d finally made a deal with Delacorte Press at age 42 and was nervous to meet Barb Burg.

  • Remembering Maggie

    The buoyant, loving, and generous Maggie Castanon passed away last month.

  • I Just Want My Books Back: A BEA Story

    Sudden and inexplicable manifestations of the Almighty in the affairs of ordinary people have been extensively chronicled by students of the occult. Such events have been known to occur, unexpectedly and unbidden, at any time, any place.

  • Why You Should Read 'Ulysses'

    When I first set out to read "Ulysses," it interrupted a long-standing relationship I had with novels.

  • No, the Character is Not Based on You (Or Me)

    As the author of a contemporary novel about four women who are roughly my age, I’m often asked how much of my book is autobiographical.

  • Remembering Bill Adler Sr.

    Adler was a book packager who could conjure up an idea while reading the morning newspaper, hire a writer with a phone call, sell the book over lunch, and seal the deal with a couple of martinis.

  • Between Traditional and Self-Publishing, a 'Third Way'

    A hybrid publisher makes her case for "third-way" publishing, blending elements of both traditional and self-publishing.

  • Ten Years Later, Publishing a Rejected Book

    A publisher finally gets to publish a much-admired book -- ten years after first rejecting it.

  • A Novel of My Own

    I worked as a writer for almost 50 years before my first novel was published.

  • The Eternal Question: What to Wear on Book Tour

    I’m a bit of an Ernest Shackleton nut. I never tire of accounts describing his polar exploits. I also feel like a kindred spirit, because few expeditions test your endurance and require that same indefatigable lust for discovery more than a book tour.

  • Violence in Books: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    S.E. Green, author of the forthcoming YA novel "Killer Instinct," examines whether teens are likely to imitate the violent behavior they read about in literature.

  • How to Judge Short Story Contests

    Larry Dark, the director of the Story Prize, offers insight about what goes on during literary prize deliberations.

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