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  • Rethinking ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

    Mockingbird, like Uncle Tom before it, often strikes me as a form of literary ointment for white guilt, meant to soothe outbreaks of conscience while dispelling perceptions of how pervasive white supremacy is.

  • Any Resemblance Is Purely Coincidental

    When a review of my novel, "Well-Heeled," took special note of the protagonist’s estranged husband, Larry the Loser, my real husband was not amused.

  • Inside the Thriving Micropress Fiction Scene

    Today's excellent avant-garde fiction lives on the fringes of the mainstream, but is easier to find than ever thanks to technology.

  • Why A New Writers Group Wants to Save the Seas

    Writers for the Sea is a new organization that was formed on June 8—World Oceans Day—and is going to make a splash, if not set off a new wave, in literature.

  • The Case for a Happy Ending

    A bestselling romance author defends happily ever after.

  • Writing Nature in Fiction

    My debut crime fiction novel, "The Wild Inside" (Atria), takes place in and around the unforgettable and often haunting Glacier National Park in northwest Montana.

  • Keep On Keepin’ On

    When the late radical-left political journalist Doug Ireland used to write to me, the salutation was always “Comrade Don” or “Brother Don,” no matter that we’d never met and only admired each other’s work from afar.

  • Agenting In China

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, based on a story by Wang Du Lu, was one of the highest-grossing foreign-language films ever and won four Academy Awards.

  • The Rights Question

    When books are no longer making money, authors who have signed away their copyrights should seriously consider asking their publishers for rights reversions.

  • A Ghostwriter Pens a Memoir

    All writers must face the page alone—or so I thought.

  • Philip Roth Saved My Life

    Philip Roth, with his focus on the testosterone-driven lust of red-blooded American men, saved my life after my prostate cancer diagnosis.

  • How Do We #GetKidsReading?

    Bestselling author James Patterson wants to hear your ideas about how we can get more kids reading.

  • Judging a Book By Its Spine

    Why publishers should pay as much attention to designing a book's spine as its cover.

  • Insuring the Well-Being of Bookstores And Booksellers

    For nearly 20 years, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has served as booksellers’ safety net, providing short-term financial support for booksellers (and their families) when they face an unexpected financial hardship.

  • The Tao of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James

    I discovered P.D. James and Ruth Rendell while working at Pickwick Bookshop in Hollywood in the early 1970s.

  • A Cure for What Ails Poetry

    It’s no secret that the main audience for poetry is other poets. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

  • When Dad’s a Writer

    International bestselling author Noah Gordon is my father. His books have been published in 35 countries and in many of them his name is a household word.

  • How a Novelist Learned to Trust Cover Designers

    Authors rarely have final say over their book's cover design. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

  • Writing Commercial Fiction and Loving It

    I never meant to be a novelist, much less one who writes commercial fiction.

  • What Happens When a Book Publicist Becomes a Book Author

    After years of hearing authors ask about getting on Oprah, a book publicist experiences the other side, and wonders, “What about Oprah?”

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