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Whats new: 12 August 2019 - What's new 12 August 2019
  • ‘It wasn't really writing. It was sort of doing something at night, rather than cultivating friendships. I found myself very good company, so I never needed a party or a dinner in order to make me wonder on Saturday night, what are you going to do? And besides I had these little children,...

Gunfights are chaos events. They make no sense, can never make sense. They are over in seconds. The men who fight them do so guided only by instincts that may or may not reflect training and experience. What happens-no matter how unlikely-happens, without recourse to do-overs, odds and the utter...

From Hollywood movies to children's books, there has probably never been more discussion of how people of color are represented in American culture than there is right now. Efforts like #OscarsSoWhite or We Need Diverse Books have called attention to the fact that white performers, authors, and...

A JRR Tolkien expert working on Amazon's forthcoming multi-series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings has claimed that the retail and streaming giant has been refused permission by the estate to use the bulk of the book's plot.

When I was a 29-year-old freshman at Portland State, I was lucky enough to work with Pulitzer Prize-finalist Craig Lesley. He gave me some advice that has always stuck with me: write about work. Or more specifically: figure out what your characters do for work and show them working.

Why write medieval mysteries?

I'll start with the "medieval" half.

There are many assumptions about the medieval period in European history. It's the Dark Ages, an era of monolithic religion, known best for superstition and ignorance, filthy streets and people, primitive art and...

The author of "Dhalgren" and dozens of other books "gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths of our world," the novelist Jordy Rosenberg writes.

James Daunt, the man who will soon try to revive Barnes & Noble, once spent weeks in a noisy, arm-waving debate about the ideal angle of tilt for bookstore shelving. His opponent was an Italian showroom designer who argued, in a series of otherwise congenial meals in some of London's best...

Have you read Victoria Helen Stone's False Step? No? Surprising, given that it's a best seller, and that you clicked on an article about books and publishing-I thought you were more widely read. Surely you've at least gotten through Loreth Anne White's The Dark Bones? Julianne MacLean's A Fire...

Netflix will produce a new series titled Zero, an Italian-language show based on the work of 27-year-old Antonio Dikele Distefano, a formerly self-published Italian author whose books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies since he signed with Mondadori.

Commentary: 'It wasn't really writing.' 12 August 2019

‘It wasn't really writing. It was sort of doing something at night, rather than cultivating friendships. I found myself very good company, so I never needed a party or a dinner in order to make me wonder on Saturday night, what are you going to do? And besides I had these little children, so I...

Whats new: 5 August 2019 - What's new 5 August 2019
  • ‘The best advice on writing drama was given to me by Barrie Keefe, wondrous playwright and screenwriter of The Long Good Friday. His guidance was simple: "Write great parts for actors." A brilliant actor is a dramatist's strongest weapon.

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