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Commentary: 'A golden thread of loyalty and friendship' 17 February 2020

Modern children have ‘a yearning for a world without screens. Yes it's rough and Torak and Renn go through some difficult times, but it's this amazing world where there's no climate change, lots of animals, no pollution. It doesn't matter what you look like. What matters is you don't make any...

Whats new: 10 February 2020 - What's new 10 February 2020
  • ‘Lots of aspiring writers ask me, "How do you write a book without offending people you love?" And you have to make a decision to be honest. I mean it's painful, but I want to write a book that is true to my moral core and that is true to my characters.

Ask someone who works in publishing what they think of American Dirt and they might tell you they're not the best person to speak to the situation. Or that they haven't read the novel. They might directly reference their privilege, then suggest you ask one of the handful of Latinx people who...

Sometimes, allies can be more harmful than enemies. American Dirt, a novel about a mother and son fleeing a drugs cartel in Mexico, has the literary world clutching its pearls. The problem? Does the writer, Jeanine Cummins (whose grandmother is Puerto Rican but who has identified as white) have...

As a Latina author of political romantic suspense, I have been fascinated by the unfolding controversy around the novel American Dirt, the story of a mother and son who flee to the US, escaping Mexican drug cartel violence.

The Women's Prize for Fiction is marking its 25th anniversary with a campaign encouraging people to read all the previous award-holders before a "Winner of Winners prize" is chosen through a public vote.

A campaign called #ReadingWomen will challenge readers to plough through the 25...

Link: Mary Higgins Clark Dead at 92 10 February 2020

Mary Higgins Clark, who published her first mystery in 1975 and went on to be known as the Queen of Suspense, died January 31 of natural causes at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 92.

About eight years ago, the Canadian novelist Susan Swan looked into the research about how female writers compared with male ones when it came to literary prizes and coverage. She was shocked by what she found.

"I thought it was going to be a happy progress report," she said in an...

There are so many moving parts an author needs to pay attention to when writing fiction-POV, character development, narrative structure, happy-hour specials-that it's easy to miss the small stuff, the things that we think we instinctively understand and already do very well.

I was going through my notebooks the other day when I came across a piece of paper; a torn scrap on which I'd written hurriedly a name and the plot number of a grave. Writing a family story is a question of finding where the bodies are buried and this, in very real terms, had been the first clue...

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman," wrote Virginia Woolf. Today, Anonymous is probably an outraged employee in a public service: a member of the legal profession blowing the whistle on the system, or a medic who has seen one too many patients expiring on a trolley.

The pandemic virus, 2019-nCoV (better known as the coronavirus virus) is already having an impact on the global publishing business. While the majority of Chinese companies are closed for several weeks during the long Chinese lunar new year celebrations, many will remain closed for much longer...

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