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  • Sympathy for the Devil

    The Buggles are not the Rolling Stones, but their 1979 MTV hit nailed it: “Video Killed the Radio Star.” Later, similar trends started killing books. Then Jeff Bezos stepped on stage.

  • Discovering Literary Talent in Brazil

    The Brazilian literary market is currently experiencing a surge of great creativity.

  • The Intentional Mystery Writer

    Malcolm Gladwell was dancing to “Kung Fu Fighting” the night that my life changed forever.

  • What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing

    I was teaching a ninth-grade humanities class in a New York City public school last year when I was accepted into two M.F.A. programs for fiction writing. I was over the moon: they were each funded with a stipend, and one was a school I never would’ve thought I’d have a shot at getting into. Against all odds, my dream had come true.

  • What It Means to Have a Great Editor

    How a writer came to tolerate -- and then love -- the pickiest editor in the history of editors.

  • The Accidental Mystery Writer

    I wrote my first mystery novel by accident.

  • Working Together

    You don’t have to be in the bookselling business long before you come to realize that everybody you know, as well as his uncle, has written or is writing a book.

  • Making the Most of Bookstore Events

    I define myself first as a writer: I have an M.F.A. and have won fellowships and received encouragement from agents and editors.

  • What Makes a Great Independent Bookseller?

    I heard from many indie bookstore owners after publishing Little Bookstore, the memoir of how my husband and I did everything wrong and still wound up having a great time while creating a relaxing hangout for our community.

  • In Copyright Reform, Balancing Creators' and Consumers' Interests

    Calls for copyright reform are coming from every corner of the globe— from new international treaties to U.S. congressional hearings.

  • Changing the World One Book at a Time

    My greatest grace is that I can steady my publishing course and keep my heart where it has really always been: making books that make a difference.

  • Booksellers Take on Amazon in Washington

    Amazon’s hegemonic control of all things bookselling has meant that few—even those in positions to know better—realize that its message is just propaganda.

  • What Ever Happened to Book Editors?

    I blame my parents for my love of reading, but I blame Scott Berg’s biography of Maxwell Perkins (Max Perkins: Editor of Genius) for my desire to become an editor.

  • Humanities For Science Majors

    It was the fall of my freshman year at McGill University.

  • Poetry as Fiction

    Did Robert Frost really stop by the woods on a snowy evening?

  • Take a Design Cue from Mother Nature

    Joann and Arielle Eckstut are authors of The Secret Language of Color: Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Violet, coming in October from Black Dog & Leventhal.

  • Henry Knox: Founding Father (and Bookseller)

    Despite two decades of unusual challenges, independent booksellers seem to be holding their own and keeping true to their mission.

  • What’s in a Name?

    Here I am, having spent four years writing my 10th novel, staring at the finished manuscript.

  • The Seduction of Libraries

    Laura Florand is the author of the Amour et Chocolat series (The Chocolate Thief, The Chocolate Kiss). Her newest novel, The Chocolate Touch, was just published by Kensington.

  • One Book, One Editor, Two Publications—20 Years Apart

    Every editor dreams of working on a book with the power to rewrite history. In my four decades in publishing, I’ve been lucky enough to have had that experience twice—with the same book.

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