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10 of the Best Supernatural Books For HalloweenStay up all night with these perfectly chilling supernatural books for Halloween full of witches, ghosts, vampires, and hauntings.

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5 of the Best Books Like WAP By Cardi B and Megan Thee StallionIf you are here af for the discourse and the artists or would like to be, these books like WAP are the ones you should pick up.

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Prank Your Significant Other In 7 Fun Romance BooksFlowers, chocolate and... pranks? Courtships that tend to go pranks first, kissing after. Check out these hilarious prank romance books.

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5 Middle Grade UK Books That Celebrate DiversityStart conversations about autism, immigration, and trauma with young readers through these UK books featuring diverse characters.

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Comics A-Z: History from First Ladies to JusticeThis Comics A-Z deep dive is going back into time. We're talking history, comics style.

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Queer Characters Don't Need a Romance to Prove They're QueerThere can and should be stories about the lives of queer people beyond who they're attracted to and choose to sleep with.

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Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Ideas and How To DIYHere are some ideas for your own book character pumpkin decorating endeavors as well as a bit on how to create your own.

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9 of the Best Books Where Women Take ChargeThese books where women take charge feature women taking charge by force, growing into leadership roles, stepping up begrudgingly, and more.

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Riot Recommendation: What Are Your Favorite Musician Memoirs?The people behind the music that move us are as complex as they are fascinating.

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9 of the Best Audiobooks by Debut AuthorsGet to know a few up and coming authors at the start of their careers with these excellent audiobooks by debut authors.

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Navigating Crisis: On Asian American Solidarity in a Post-Covid AmericaThe stories we tell about ourselves say a lot about how we'd like to be seen.

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Marlon James: On the Power of Myth in Neil Gaiman's FictionThanks to Neil Gaiman, spiders now stop me dead in my tracks. This is a truly weird turn of events, worthy of one of his novels, that now, instead of trying to shoo them away or smash them, I stand frozen, and wonder if this eight-­legged brother is about to tell me something that it’s been trying to share since before the slave ships.

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Sylvia Plath& Nature Writer?The day my boyfriend and I arrived in Lassen Volcanic National Park, multiple campers reported bear encounters deep in the backcountry trails around Crater Butte and Twin Lakes.

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On Beauty, Sexual Violence, and Toni Morrison's The Bluest EyeTranslated by Allison Markin Powell The uniform at the high school I went to was a sailor suit.

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How Capitalism Shaped Our Modern Image of DinosaursTime to Eat the Dogs is a podcast about science, history, and exploration. Each week, Michael Robinson interviews scientists, journalists, and adventurers about life at the extreme.

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Michael Walzer on the Origins of Political ResentmentIn my old age, I try to argue more quietly, though I still believe that sharp disagreement is a sign of political seriousness.

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When a Young Malcolm X Addressed a Hartford Housing ProjectA few old-timers of Hartford’s North End vaguely remembered Elijah Muhammad preaching his “white man is a devil” credo, which had fallen on deaf ears during the booming wartime years.

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The Complicated Resistance Efforts of Enslaved Women in the West IndiesMy history teacher rationed high marks as if in the midst of a war. This probably explains why the ten out of ten he scrawled beneath my careful little drawing of the Spinning Jenny has stuck so firmly in my memory.

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In Conversation with Actress and Audiobook Narrator Yetide BadakiNigerian-American writer, producer, and actress Yetide Badaki, well known for acting in the TV series This Is Us and American Gods, comes from a family of storytellers.

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The Center of the Universe? Capturing New York City 90s NightlifeNew York City nightlife in the early 1990s was a hot and visceral experience. Drenched in throbbing neon while whirling away inside the relentless, pulsating music, a simple passing glance and an open mind could lead to the journey of a lifetime.

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Post-Truth Storytelling: Why You Should Learn to Tell Better StoriesAs writers, you can apply this mindset to your writing and storytelling techniques. To market your work properly and make sure people read it, you must write pieces that are truthful and fascinating — well, that's the gist, but I believe this quote also applies beyond advertising or marketing contexts.

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How To Write Meaningful Content For Your Instagram PostsI'd written previously about how Instagram can help you be a better writer, and one of the tips I talked about was writing meaningful content for the posts you share.

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My Novels Are My Real WritingYesterday I received a comment on one of my articles from a reader that noticed I publish a lot of content.

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A bookstore that dwells in darkness, literally.How does one browse in a dark bookstore? Picture row upon row of faced-out books lit like tiny billboards floating in an inky black room, small candle lit cafà tables as little islands of light between hundreds of glowing covers...

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David Sedaris's Top 13 Writing TipsComedic storyteller David Sedaris shared his best writing advice in a recent MasterClass session. Here are Sedaris's top tips for becoming a better writer.

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5 Unconventional Ways to Find InspirationRockets run on rocket fuel. Children run on processed sugars. Athletes run on predetermined levels of Lucozade and insanity.

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Here are the 2020 HurstonThe Zora Neale Hurston / Richard Wright Foundation announced the winners of its 2020 Legacy Awards on Friday, October 16th.

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Best science fiction and fantasy of OctoberAppropriately, a number of the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of the Month for October have a sharp edge of horror.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 19, 2020This edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by The Lives of Saints from bestselling author Leigh Bardugo with Fierce Reads.

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If a Scientist Is the Hero of Your Story, Make Them BelievableI see this narrative trope far too many times: A problem arises in the protagonist's environment.

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Why Being a Listicle Writer is a Silent Killer of Literary Dreams"What I love most about your articles is I never have to worry about seeing those god-awful listicles."

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How to Get a Literary Agent to Represent You and Your BookHow to Find a Literary Agent: A Comprehensive Guide for Aspiring Authors.

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Poems That Ask How We Value Black Women's LivesDestiny O. Birdsong’s debut poetry collection, Negotiations, is exactly what it sounds like. The speakers in this collection negotiate their body—asking what it’s worth to themselves, to romantic partners, to a society that caters to white people.

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Safety Is Not Other PeopleStrange, short, and diverting writing delivered to your inbox every Monday.

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Literary Halloween Shirts for Staying InSearching for the perfect cozy October look? These literary Halloween shirts are perfect for staying in and reading a horror novel.

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5 of the Best Social Justice Books By Filipinx WritersAs various streets in the United States continue to fill with protests to denounce racial injustice and police brutality, several Filipino American activists marched to demonstrate support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The Best Book Covers of 2020It's never too early to appreciate the year in books. Here's a look at the best book covers of 2020.

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Lesbian Manga and Yuri Manga RecommendationsWhat's the difference between lesbian manga and yuri? Here are 14 F/F manga titles and series a new reader should start with.

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5 Types of Books to Read on PaperHappy #shelfiesunday everyone! ðŸ¤ðŸ“š I've posted loads of pictures lately of my growing #stephenking collection but for today's #shelfie I'm posting my first love: #comics!

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5 of the Best Fantasy Books About AlchemyStraw transformed to gold, a stone of immortality - rough materials become something fantastic in these fantasy books about alchemy.

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What's the Science Behind Reading?We're taking a look the science behind reading, including its effects on the brain, body, and mental and emotional states.

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10 Free Audiobooks You Didn't Know Were in the Public DomainThere are thousands of audiobooks in the public domain, here's a list of titles you probably didn't know you could listen to.

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8 Books About Digital Activism: The Changing Faces of ActivismActivism shifts with the times. Take a look at the activism of today and the future with these books about digital activism.

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Lit Hub Daily: October 19, 2020In 1899, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan poet, is born. “If Trump hijacked the Republican Party, as is often said, he has steered it in a direction it was already pursuing.” Carlos Lozada on the recent history of the Republican Party. - Lit Hub Politics.

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To All the Libraries I'll Miss When I MoveSix years after moving to D.C. and deciding it's not for me, there's still something holding me back from leaving: the libraries.

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The Magic of the ABCs by Michelle Blanchard ArdilloCan you actually remember learning to read? Can you remember the sheer magic of decoding the strange marks on a piece of paper or a page of a book?

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Book Launch Day: Writing Your Story's Theme!K.M. Weiland's new writing-craft book Writing Your Story's Theme releases today! Grab your copy and enter to win prizes.

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In Love with the LouvreAdam Gopnik writes about how a great picture gallery became one of the first truly encyclopedic museums.

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Briefly Noted Book Reviews"His Very Best," "Analogia," "Shelter in Place," and "Ruthie Fear."

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Who Isn't a Sucker for a Foldout?The National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas and her fellow jurors parsed the design trends—neon, metallics, giant typefaces—to come up with the AIGA, the professional association for design's fifty best-designed books of the year, Katy Waldman writes.

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Martin Amis's Turn to AutofictionThe author's new novel is not just drawn from his own life but structured with freewheeling digressions that mimic the experience of remembering the past, Giles Harvey writes.

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How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black LifeThe scholar's provocative writing illuminates stories that have long gone untold, Alexis Okeowo writes.

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What You Can Learn About Platform From a 12-Year-OldBuilding a platform is akin to making friends at a new school: invite, engage, be helpful, share and, most of all, be your best self.

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The Wind TravelerThe day Ángel decided to resign his army commission, he saw a dense, gentle drizzle that he took as a sign of approval from the city.

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Claire Messud on Chekhov's Best AdviceFirst Draft: A Dialogue of Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, nonfiction, essay writers, and poets, highlighting the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts.

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Cory Doctorow: Kids Use Reason, Adults RationalizeMy journey to becoming a YA writer started with my colleague and friend Kathe Koja, an incredibly talented and versatile writer who went from being one of the most celebrated authors of extremely g...

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A Poem by Nelly SachsAnd everywhere the human in the sun throwing the black bloodletting, guilt onto the sand— and only in sleep the hiding place with no tears with the blazing arrow of homesickness flying from the ski...

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On the Unexpected Hopefulness of Don DeLillo's The SilenceMy fiancée told me there would soon be nothing new to watch. Nothing new for shows and movies, she meant, because of pauses in filming for quarantine.

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Ricardo Piglia's Alter Ego on Epidemics of Violence in ArgentinaHe had spent several months, exactly from the beginning of April 2014 until the end of March 2015, working on his diaries, taking advantage of an illness, a passing one according to the doctors, which prevented him from going outside; as Renzi would say, joking with his friends, going outside was never a temptation for me, but I never had any...

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How a Rare and Ancient Manuscript Moved Me to Write a NovelI first learned about the Voynich Manuscript in the spring of 2014. I was listening to a podcast, while nursing my youngest child.

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On the Frontlines of the Battle for Democracy in ChinaFrom the worldwide rise of populism and medical tourism, to Chinese smartphones and Nigerian Cinema—each season on Underreported with Nicholas Lemann we’ll travel to different places and bring you...

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A Few of My Favorite Author Marketing ToolsConsidering the year that you’ve come through, my how to, practical, and have a little fun side is colliding and wanting to come out all at once.

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Why Your Pitch Was Turned Down — From The Editors ThemselvesPitching is a tough game. You come up with an idea, make a few inquiries, find a potential home for it.

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What Do Productive Freelance Writers Do Differently?As a freelance writer, you are your own boss and that's great. There is no one to nudge you every other minute of the day and ask for timelines.

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Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Audre Lorde on the Courage to Feel as an Antidote to Fear and a Fulcrum of Action, Power, and PossibilityThe quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.

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How to Keep Writing After an Extended Break From Your NovelLife happens. Maybe something came up, or you hit a spell of writer's block. But now it seems impossible to pick up where you left off.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 18, 2020This edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by Heartless by Marissa Meyer with Fierce Reads.

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Knowing When to Walk AwayUse these questions to help determine which writing activities you should pursue.

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Skilled Writers Create Their Own GenresUnlike other elementary aged kids, I was never allowed to read Harry Potter growing up.

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Sunday Reading: The Long ConFrom The New Yorker's archive: pieces by Janet Flanner, John Updike, David Samuels, Patrick Radden Keefe, David Grann, St. Clair McKelway, Lauren Collins, Tad Friend, Elizabeth Kolbert, Alec Wilkinson, and Walter Kirn on hoaxes, con artists, and infamous schemes.

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Scientists Are as Creative as WritersIn my last year and a half of college I became so frustrated by the arrogance of my English professors that I elected to pick up a minor in Physics.

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Do You Know the Most Revealing Word in Your Toolkit?You've heard it before, "Be careful using I too frequently in your writing." We can all agree it's the proper pronoun when you write first-person fiction or essays, but even in those writing formats, overuse can push readers away.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 17, 2020This edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks with Fierce Reads.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Textbook AuthorWhen people learn that I used to write textbooks when I was a still a student in medical school, they, almost without fail, have two questions: Today, we will discuss both of these questions as well...

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Lit Hub Weekly: October 13-16, 2020"Lorde's view of poetry and the imagination clarified my own inclination to disappear, at times, into my own head." Tracy K. Smith reads Audre Lorde's Cancer.

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The Simple Rules of Immersive Journalism That Bloggers Need to Know AboutIf you're looking to elevate your blog, you should start thinking like an immersive journalist.

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How to Find a Full-Time Online Writing Job You'll LoveFinding an online writing job that pays the bills isn't always straightforward. I battled to land the kind of writing gigs I yearned for when I started.

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Bruce Lee on Death and What It Takes to Be an Artist of LifeThe intangible represents the real power of the universe. It is the seed of the tangible.

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Shawn Stewart Ruff: Finlater. "I took all the guard rails off and let…On today's show...We're going home again. We are all products of our environment. Who we are, and who we become in the world, is shaped by the place we were raised.

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Pitching Your Book on Twitter. How to nail your 280-character pitchIn April 2020, I pitched my contemporary fantasy novel during #DVPit, a Twitter pitch event.

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The week in literary film and TV news."Why read a book when you can watch a movie adaptation of said book? ", that's what I always say.

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The Italian adaptation of Jack London's Martin Eden is a dreamlike, Romantic epic.Near the end of Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden, the 2019 film adaptation of Jack London’s 1909 novel, released today in the US, a withered Luca Marinelli as Eden tells a bemused audience, “The writer Martin Eden doesn’t exist.

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Here are the best reviewed books of the week.Xiaolu Guo’s A Lover’s Discourse,  Rebecca Roanhorse’s Black Sun, David Leavitt’s Shelter in Place, and Craig Brown’s 150 Glimpses of the Beatles all feature among the best reviewed books of the week.

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'When Humans Get Involved in Anything, it Can Lead to Mistakes': An Interview with Sarah WeinmanThe editor of Unspeakable Acts on the problems inherent in true crime reporting, the human desire for narrative, and the failings of the criminal justice system.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 16, 20201.99An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason by Victoria Boecker Get This Deal.

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God's View — How to Create Your Best StoriesA lot of times as a storyteller, you find yourself disappointed with some of your stories.

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Links I loveHappy Friday, readers! It's a cool 43 degrees this morning, which might mean our first jacket weather of the season is actually here.

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12 Mystery Novels Featuring Black, Indigenous, and POC ProtagonistsStories about finding answers and pursuing justice, focusing on BIPOC characters.

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For Laura Van den Berg's Women, There's No Easy Way OutIn Laura van den Berg's collection I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, women are adrift in Florida, Iceland, Italy, in an unnamed medium-size American city, in their marriages, and in the depths of patriarchy.

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7 Eerie Books By Asian Authors That You Must Read This HalloweenRead your way into some of the eeries books by Asian authors this Halloween season.

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Songs for Sleepy-Time: Books to Sing Your Baby or Tot to SleepA collection of excellent books made for singing to and with your baby or tot.

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17 Excellent Short Stories By Black AuthorsThese short stories by Black authors include some of the best Black short stories published, for middle graders, YA readers, and adults.

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All The Shakespeare MugsTo buy all the Shakespeare mugs or not to buy all the Shakespeare mugs, that is the question: Whether tis nobler in the—no, okay, I'm gonna stop there.

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What's the Deal With Hawkman?The strange, complex, and baffling history of Hawkman in DC Comics.

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I've Got to Talk to Someone About This! A History of Book ClubsA deep dive into the history of book clubs, including Black and Queer book club spaces.

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Comics, Rent Free: 6 Novels Lush Enough to Paint Panels in Your MindThese novels are so lush they will read in your brain like well-drawn comics.

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A Quick Guide to DIY Library BookmarksWe're talking bulk bookmarks, cheap bookmarks, and easy DIY library bookmarks that librarians can make for patrons or book club members.

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5 Great New Nonfiction Books to Help Understand Our TimesLooking for tools to help process these unprecedented times? Check out these nonfiction books about the pandemic, structural racism, and more.

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Lit Hub Daily: October 16, 2020In 1927, Nobel Prize Laureate Günter Grass is born. “You can feel Daniel Mendelsohn’s own delight in how this project gives him license to wander and roam.” James K.A. Smith on the radical interconnectedness of Three Rings. - Lit Hub Criticism.

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21 Cozy Mysteries to Settle Down With This Fall: The List List #421Book Riot is teaming up with Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers, to give 10 lucky winners a bundle of all five of their Winter 2021 frontlist titles!

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What I Learned From Interviewing Indie Booksellers In Every StateI miss reading a book, alone, at a bar. I miss sitting in crowded movie theaters, watching horrible film adaptations of wonderful novels.

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George Saunders: Everyone Wants to Be Loved. What Do We Do with That?How To Proceed is a bi-monthly conversation about writing, creativity and the world we live in.

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Unexpected Lessons from the Back Roads of the American MidwestIn April of 1991, as the senior class at Lawrence University in Wisconsin was planning various spring break trips to go hiking in the Ozarks; playing on the beaches in Florida; or canoeing the glassy lakes in northern Minnesota, a guy named David Godfrey and I were making what most thought was an eccentric, if not rather wasteful, journey: we...

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The Delight of Daniel MendelsohnA stranger. A voyage. A return. Fathers and sons. Shipwreck and temptation. Hiddenness and unveiling.

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The Soul-Excavating Work of Louise GlueckThe studio is larger than a studio; though you sleep on a fold-out futon that you do not fold out, there is a separate room with a kitchen and a small table, one you’ve bought for yourself by yourself not with or for him from whom you’ll soon be divorced.

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Lit Hub Recommends: Hocus Pocus, The Bachelorette, and Mr. Darcy.Tis the only season I care about—Halloween. In my house, we've already carved one jack-o-lantern , roasted pumpkin seeds, and watched Hocus.

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The Spontaneous Quarantine Writing that Became a Hit in JapanThe sirens converged on Elmhurst Hospital round the clock. I read the Facebook post of a friend, an ER doctor in Brooklyn—a short, piercing account of how he propped his cell phone by an elderly woman about to die from the virus, so that her desperately pleading son could gulp out a prayer of farewell to her through his tears, as she lay...

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Revolutions of All ColorsI headed to the couple bottles I kept tucked in the corner of the "good" living room, the showpiece that Claire never allowed any of us to actually sit in.

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This Week in the Blogs, October 8-14, 2020So how goes it? Another great selection of articles on writing and self-publishing for you to review this weekend.

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Your Writing Persona is Just A Character You PlayYou're getting a feel for how people respond, and then making slight adjustments. Don't fall for the idea that your writing persona has to be the "real you." Not all of you is going to be in your...

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Four Career-Defining Writing Tips, From Winners of the Nobel Prize in LiteratureI have an idea in my head, a message I want to convey. But sat here at my desk right now, I'm struggling to put pen to paper.

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Louise Glueck, Whisperer of the SeasonsKaty Waldman writes about the poet Louise Glück, who recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and about the ways in which her work connects to the various seasons, especially fall.

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We won't get to see Lupita Nyong'o star in Americanah after all.Here's one to add to the comically long list of disappointments 2020 has inflicted upon us: Americanah—the hotly-anticipated limited series adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s bestselling novel of the same name—will no longer be moving ahead at HBO.

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6 Quotes by Nora Ephron to Make You a Better WriterNora Ephron was the celebrated writer / director of classic films like Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, she was the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of When Harry Met Sally, and she was the hilarious essay writer of I Feel Bad About My Neck and other amazing collections.

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Getting Clients During Recession: A Guide for Freelance WritersTo get freelancing projects, you need to outshine others. So, just being a good writer isn't enough.

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Controversial indie screenwriter Christopher Moltisanti throws support behind Biden.Former enfant terrible of the New Jersey screenwriting scene Christopher Moltisanti has, in a characteristically provocative move, returned from the grave this week to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden.

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Are these the best 10 works of journalism published in the last decade?Yesterday, in a virtual ceremony, the faculty of NYUs Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute announced their choices for the best 10 works of journalism published in the last decade.

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5 Creativity Exercises To Keep Your Writing SharpFebruary 7th, 2009 should have been a trophy-snatching milestone, a thrilling victory for my art and my craft.

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Here's the shortlist for the 2020 T. S. Eliot Prize.Eliot Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious poetry honors, announced its 2020 shortlist. The award, inaugurated in 1993, recognizes the best poetry collection of the year and comes with a £25,000 purse; each of the nine runners-up receive £1500.

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A Shakespeare First Folio sold this week for $10 million.Congratulations to Stephan Loewentheil, the proud new owner of a Shakespeare First Folio, which he acquired on Wednesday at Christies for the low, low price of $10 million.

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Stacey Abrams is publishing a "Supreme Court thriller" in May.Heres a book genre we never knew we needed: the Supreme Court thriller. In May, Doubleday will be publishing While Justice Sleeps, a novel by Stacey Abrams about the Supreme Court.

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We're getting another gigantic Richard Powers novel in 2021.I mean, I assume itll be gigantic, given the Publishers Marketplace description that went up yesterday evening: Richard Powers Bewilderment, looking at the world both perilous and imp...

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 15, 2020Today's edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by Epic Reads and The Truth Project by Dante Medema.

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Recipe road test: Ina Garten's Outrageous Garlic BreadIna Garten's new cookbook, Modern Comfort Food, is an editors' pick for the Best Books of the Month in Cookbooks, Food and Wine, arriving just in time for a fall that is destined to include a lot of home cooking.

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No Other Professionals Claim To Be BlockedI've learned to expect blowback on the majority of my articles. Some people respond only to the title.

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What I've been reading lately: the new and the notableWelcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately on the 15th of the month.

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You'll Want SHE WANTED TO BE HAUNTED, illustrated by Susie GhahremaniIts almost time to dress in costume and eat tons of candy! Halloween! There are spooky stories about monsters, ghosts and goblins, even pale green pants with nobody inside...

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A Definitive Ranking of Tana French NovelsHow does the detective novelist's new book measure up to the rest of her work?

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After Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses, I Am Writing My Way to the TruthLike Looking Glass, the ex-Witness interrogator on "Watchmen," I need a way to replace the certainty I lost.

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How I Learned to Stop Being Sexist and Love Miss MarpleA woman's meditations about Agatha Christie and murder mysteries including a discussion of why Miss Marple is awesome.

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11 Books on the Bias Against Women in Healthcare and MedicineThese authors cover intersectional issues, present solutions, and share their experiences, of sexism in healthcare, research, and the ER.

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What's the Deal with that HBO Max Peacemaker Show Starring John Cena?Who is the Peacemaker? Why is the Peacemaker? Here's the lowdown on the Suicide Squad character to be played by John Cena.

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Reading Pathways: Anthony HorowitzAnthony Horowitz is a prolific author. We walk you through four series with a focus on murder and intrigue to get you started.

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A Beginner's Guide to Gothic Fantasy and Best BooksWith spooky season here, many are craving dark and creepy reads. Enter the excellent subgenre: gothic fantasy.

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20 Must-Read Halloween Books for PreschoolersWitches! Ghosts! Jack-o-lanterns! These 20 must-read Halloween books for preschoolers are sure to delight young readers for read-alouds.

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Book Fetish: Volume 427Welcome to Book Fetish: Volume 427, your weekly round up of bookish clothing, art, accessories, reading tools, and more from around the web!

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Featured Trailer: Doomsday Clock: The Complete Collection By Geoff Johns And Gary Frank

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Next Reads for WATCHMEN FansThese books, comics, and graphic novels put a dystopian twist on the superhero narrative. Fans of WATCHMEN: read these next!

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Lit Hub Daily: October 15, 2020The tricky thing about hope is to not confuse it with optimism.” Rebecca Solnit on black swans, slim chances, and the 2020 presidential election. - Lit Hub Politics Forget the polls, here is every...

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The Benefits of Writing Flash FictionLet go of description, extra words, and clever exposition. What's left is a tightly crafted nugget of concentrated gold—flash fiction.

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Rebecca Solnit on Black Swans, Slim Chances, and the 2020 Presidential ElectionI own a painting of a black swan by the artist Selene Perez of Creativity Explored, which I love because it’s a powerful painting of a bird that looks crowded by the paper it’s on—it looks as though it wants to straighten its neck and spread its wings to escape.

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From Napoleon to Trump, on the Tyrant As TrollWhich world leader do you think the following remarks describe? "He was a liar, a rowdy, an egoist; brutal, sensual, shameless; his whole bearing had some­thing"

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Every Mr. Darcy* RankedLords and ladies, today is the 25th anniversary of the day Mr. Darcy first came out of the lake on the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

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I'll See You Frankfurt: On Missing the Biggest Bookish Gathering in the WorldMany of your favorite writers are published all over the world. They are published all over the world because of people who license the rights to their books to international publishers.

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A Letter From Dorothy Gallagher to Her Late Husband Ben SonnenbergTell me this: Do you think that in the years since you died my life has continued as before?

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What Happens When Literary Events Move Online?Literary Events in Days of Yore One Saturday each month, the gallery-esque space of a United Methodist Church serves as an intimate venue to showcase writers from all around, its white walls and...

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The Anticommunist Cuban Exiles Who Struck Terror in MiamiThe news director of a Little Havana radio station, WQBA "La Cubanísima," speaks out against terrorism and violence in Miami.

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The Piano StudentThe only piano bar in Kreis 4 was on Kanonengasse, and it seemed ashamed of the address.

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The Non-Writing Skills You Need to Be a Successful WriterTop athletes bring several skills to the table in addition to their physical or even sport-specific abilities.

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5 Excruciating Exercises Guaranteed to Firm-up Flabby WritingThere is no shortage of writing advice online. Most of it is empty counsel, designed for no other purpose than to entice clicks.

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How to Quintuple Your Chances of Getting Published in Literary JournalsLet's talk fishing. The idea is simple: The more fishing lines you cast in the pond, the more fish you'll likely catch.

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Glenn Close is unrecognizable in the first trailer for Hillbilly Elegy.This week in films that I just...I just can't: the first trailer for Ron Howard's adaptation of J.

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20 Halloween Writing Prompts for KidsBoo! October is the perfect time for some Halloween writing prompts. Get your kids into the Halloween spirit with these kid-friendly prompts.

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48 literary social media accounts you should be following.I think we all know this fact: social media is a big part of our lives, whether we even have a social media account or not.

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Write Now with Lan Cao and Harlan Margaret Van CaoLan is a law professor at a law school in Orange, California. Harlan is a high school graduate and incoming freshman at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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The best young adult books of OctoberMany of the books originally slated to release this past spring and summer were pushed into the fall, so while October is usually strong for hot new releases in young adult, this month is positively groaning with good books.

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Here is the book you should read based on your favorite episode of The Twilight Zone.You are about to enter the realm between light and dark, the nebulous space between silver screen and written word.

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Because money is great, Faber is publishing the complete Normal People screenplays.As The Bookseller reports, UK publisher Faber has announced that they will be releasing the complete screenplays of Normal People, the popular BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel of the same name.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 14, 2020Today's edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by Saga Press, publishers of Rebecca Roanhorse’s Black Sun.

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What Makes a Character Memorable?I haven't read Harry Potter in 12 years, but yesterday when Kingsley's name came up in a D&D discussion, I immediately recalled everything I know about him.

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Ghost Solicitors Not AllowedIf there is a specific subgenre of ghost story of which I am inordinately fond, it is the one in which the protagonist has sex with a ghost.

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Poetry About Finding Power in the GrotesqueFrancine j. harris, author of "Here is the Sweet Hand" on Kanye West and guttural beauty.

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6 work-from-home wardrobe staples for life these daysI've worked from home for many years, but it's different these days. Once upon a time, my work-from-home life style regularly took me out of the home.

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A Beginner's Guide to the Western Gothic GenreSaddle up, partners, and let's explore Western Gothic books, a genre you have definitely heard of but maybe never had a definition for.

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6 of the Best Filipino Horror Books for Your TBRCurious about the supernatural traditions of the Philippines? Check out this introduction to the monsters that stalk through Filipino horror.

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6 Books Celebrating Women's Early Contributions to Fantasy and Sci FiIf you thought the landscape of classic SFF was exclusively male, peep these science fiction and fantasy stories by women.

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7 of the Best Ms Frizzle Style Children's Books for Hands-On LearningWhether you're homeschooling or reading with the kids, pick up these children's books for hands-on learning and Ms.

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Thor and Loki's Worst Halloween EverHalloween is for Norse gods, apparently. Enjoy this seasonal tale of Thor and Loki and a Halloween parade in picturesque Vermont.

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10 of the Best Eerie Books for AutumnIf you're not that into horror, or easily creeped out, but want to get into the spirit of fall, check out these eerie books for autumn.

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Complicated Female Characters in Recently-Published 2020 NovelsA list of five novels published in 2020 that feature complicated female main characters who range from self destructive to unlikable.

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What Are The Most Cited Poems?Want to know where some of those famous poetic quotes came from? Take a peek at the most cited poems at weddings, funerals, and in pop culture.

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9 of the Best YA Vampire Books for Your Supernatural TBRWhy is the vampire myth so popular? Whatever the answer, vampires are here to stay, and we've got some YA vampire books for fans.

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Lit Hub Daily: October 14, 2020In 1906, Hannah Arendt is born. “I’ve already bought about twice as many books as I’ll ever be able to pay for.” Young John Berryman is just like us!

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4 of the Best YA Fantasy Books About Women SailorsExplore the high seas with these four speculative YA books about female sailors and pirates!

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What Magical Stories Do by Hayley ChewinsMagical stories have a superpower: they make the abstract concrete.. In real life, depression, shame and loneliness hold a painful paradox.

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In Praise of Readings: A Brief History of the Book Events I Have AttendedGalway Kinnell, Wendell Berry, Donald Hall, and Sharon Olds at Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 29, 1987 On this cold winter evening, Rackham Auditorium, a majestic Art Deco hall...

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How Does the Great Dolly Parton Write a Song?"All of those little pieces of your past, they're all important. That's why I'm so thankful I can write songs."

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How Audre Lorde's Experience of Breast Cancer Fortified Her Revolutionary PoliticsOn Labor Day 1978, during a routine self-exam, Audre Lorde detected a lump in her right breast.

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Voting Isn't Guaranteed—Black Women Know That Better Than AnyoneThe coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the worlds leading thinkers and writers about t...

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A Young John Berryman Writes R.P. Blackmur About His Favorite PoetsBlackmur M.4. Memorial Court Oct 8th, 1936 Dear Blackmur, God knows why I didn’t write long since—find in my papers two typed pages to you on July 10 but unfinished, and du...

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On Jewish Community and Identity in Jacques Derrida's AlgeriaHis name was not even Jacques Derrida. I am looking for his grave. The cemetery at Ris-Orangis, the Paris outer suburb where Derrida spent much of his adult life with his wife, the psychoanalyst Ma...

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The Accidental Hobby: On the Books That Made Me a BirderFifteen years ago, I accidentally became a birdwatcher. I didn’t just start watching birds calmly: they engulfed my world, my bookshelves, my vocabulary, my jokes and even my aesthetic sensibilities.

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Susan Choi: "Have a Very Large Storage System for All That Garbage"Writing can be lonely work; WMFA counters that with conversation. It’s a show about creativity and craft, where writer and host Courtney Balestier talks shop with some of today’s best writers and examines the issues we face when we do creative work.

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Writers Must Help Other Writers. You'll never reach the top aloneAs busy as I am writing, I make an effort to review as many books as possible.

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5 Euphemisms to Cut From Your WritingMost euphemisms are useless and debilitate your effort to connect with readers. To become a stronger writer, cut these five euphemisms.

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Every Color of Light: A Stunning Japanese Illustrated Celebration of Change, the Sky, and the Fulness of LifeThe life-affirming splendor of the spectrum within and without is what Japanese poet and picture-book author Hiroshi Osada and artist Ryoji Arai celebrate in Every Color of Light: A Book about the Sky , translated by David Boyd - a tender serenade to the elements that unspools into a lullaby, inviting ecstatic wakefulness to the fulness of life,...

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There is Nothing New Under the SunAlthough one could argue that there are a few new things since King Solomon penned these words in the B.C.'s, in many ways it is still true.

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The 6 Rules to Writing Headlines That Get ReadsPicture yourself selling something on the street. Your content is your product and your headline is your pitch.

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Why You Should Write Like the JokerThe Dark Knight is a brooding and serious film about a man with a bat fetish fighting a clown.

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Our picks from this month's Amazon First Reads selectionsEvery month, Amazon First Reads offers a collection of titles available a month early to readers.

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RuloI knew we were only going to Rulo to make up for his getting so drunk he slept in.

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The Secret Sauce for Writing EverydayWriting everyday is a lot. It's more time and effort-consuming than we might realise the first time we set this goal.

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Editors Explain: Should I Hire Someone to Promote My Writing?With only so much time available each day, writers can spend more time promoting their work than writing.

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Amazon's best books of October: This week's releasesThree sisters make good trouble when they use their supernatural powers to support the suffragette movement, John Grisham continues a popular series he started 31 years ago , and Sarah Smarsh celebrates the "organic feminism" of Dolly Parton.

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Leo Lionni's gorgeous picture books are about what it means to be an artist.Leo Lionni wrote and illustrated more than forty children's books in his lifetime, but the one which is the most meaningful to me might be his most famous: Frederick, the story of a little field mouse who keeps his family warm in the middle of a cold winter, by reciting poetry that is so beautiful and so evocative of sunnier seasons.

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Your favorite modern horror movies, reimagined as '70s mass market paperbacks.Yesterday, on Twitter, Elizabeth Belsky, a senior marketing manager at Hachette Books, shared her "little personal project of the month: reimagining modern horror films as trade paperbacks from the '70s and '80s."  And um, they're incredibly awesome—the perfect blend of nostalgic design and contemporary reference.

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These are absolutely the ten best Sandra Boynton books.Do you have a smush of a child who is aged in between eating books and listening to you read them?

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An editor snuck Covid-19 into Don DeLillo's new novel—but DeLillo took it out at the last moment.Over the weekend, in The New York Times Magazine, David Marchese spoke with Don DeLillo, the notoriously interview-shy Nobel bridesmaid whose latest novel, Â The Silence, will be published next week.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 13, 20202.99Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik Get This Deal.

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18 Ways to Give and 8 Ways to Receive Helpful CritiquesThe first time I sat around a table with a critique group of four other writers I'd never met before, I thought I was going to have an AFib attack the way my heart was skipping beats.

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Rajani LaRocca Gets to the Heart of Her StoryBy Rajani LaRocca Tara, thanks so much for having me on your blog. Today is exactly two weeks before my debut picture book, SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS, releases!

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10 Contemporary Books by Korean American WritersCaroline Kim recommends stories from a thriller about the L.A. riots to a magical realist novel about a doppelgänger.

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How Much Does Your Job Shape Your Identity?Jenny Bhatt's short story collection "Each Of Us Killers" revolves around the working lives of a diverse array of Indians.

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When Will I Stop Equating My Self-Worth With the Amount of Books I've Read?One reader questions his compulsion to read as a prop for self-worth, and considers how reading slumps lead to existential angst.

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Why You Need to Read More Black Immigrant LiteratureBlack immigrant stories are rarely explored. But Black immigrant literature is essential to our understanding of community and humanity.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With These 8 BooksThis Hispanic Heritage month, pick up these books by Hispanic authors writing about feminism, immigration, heroism, and more.

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3 of the Best Cookbooks for Supper ClubsGot your pod and/or your socially distanced outdoor dining space? Great. We've got some cookbooks for supper clubs just for you.

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5 of the Best Comics About Dissent in Honor of RBGWith the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one reader celebrates her memory with these inspiring comics about dissent.

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10 Cosmic Horror Art Pieces For Your Horrific AestheticHang these cosmic horror art pieces on your walls for your scary, existential horror aesthetic needs all year long.

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Give Me a Gay Section, Not Gentrified BookshelvesHow to lose friends and win enemies by making it difficult for queer readers browsing bookstores in search of books about their experiences.

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Spooky Bookmarks To Haunt Your Reading LifeWhether you celebrate the creepy season for a week, a month, or all year long, you're going to want these spooky bookmarks.

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Why Are We Obsessed With Other People's Bookshelves?Since COVID-19 began and Zoom calls became a regular feature of our lives, we've become even more fascinated by other people's bookshelves.

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10 of the Best YA Books Set in the 1990sWe've got our mixtapes, our scrunchies, and the throwback books. Muster up some nostalgia with these YA books set in the 1990s.

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Lit Hub Daily: October 13, 2020In 1962, Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? premieres in New York. “This seems to be as good a time as any to reflect on what we experience when we move around the world and how the world experiences us.” Americans abroad, a reading list. - Lit Hub.

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Appalachian Audiobooks That Taught Me How to Say GoodbyeA reader on the Appalachian audiobooks that took her back home to Appalachia and helped her prepare to move farther away from it.

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A Grandmother's Birthday, A Granddaughter's Gratitude on Pub Day by Victoria BondIn 1942, in Newark, New Jersey, a pretty, petite Black girl named Dolores Hill tested into an honors English class.

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Roddy Doyle Reads "Life Without Children"On the "Writer's Voice" podcast, Deborah Treisman hosts the author Roddy Doyle, who reads his story "Life Without Children," from the October 19, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

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Neither of Us Likes Parties: Lynn Strong and Rumaan Alam in ConversationI met Rumaan Alam in the late Spring of 2016 at a party.

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Claire Messud in Praise of the Essays That Dwell in UncertaintyThe essay is a shape-shifter, a slippery and indefinable form. Just when you think you know what constitutes an essay, you’ll read one that changes your understanding.

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Doing Time in the Dark Underbelly of Soviet RussiaI had planned to travel to the Soviet Union long before the start of World War II.

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Americans Abroad in Literature: A Passport to ReadingI’ve always gotten a kick out of Holly Golightly’s visiting card from Truman Capote’s novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s: her name, “Holly Golightly, ” and below just one word: “Traveling.” In our curre...

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Mariana Enriquez: On a French Love Affair and a Man Lost to TimeTranslated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell He was sitting on the filthy mattress that served as a sofa on the building's patio.

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5 Writers, 7 Questions, No Wrong AnswersThe Lit Hub Author Questionnaire is a monthly interview featuring seven questions for five authors with new books.

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Wicked Wouldn't Have Been What It Is If I Hadn't Written the Novel by HandSo, you ask, how am I doing? I mean in pandemic behavioral terms? Well, I’ve avoided succumbing to the syndrome that befalls some, that of morphing into a deranged über-hausfrau.

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Andrew Solomon on Mental Health Amid the PandemicHosted by Paul Holdengräber, The Quarantine Tapes chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing.

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Why We Can't Trust Corporations to Fix Society's ProblemsThe coronavirus pandemic is dramatically disrupting not only our daily lives but society itself. This show features conversations with some of the world's leading thinkers and writers about the deeper economic, political, and technological consequences of the pandemic.

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Two Poems by Eireann LorsungOccupations for air A funeral shroud for each forgotten child, strand of frost-flowers across a face, curtain blooming full of the nothing wind is.

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147: Rumaan Alam and Lynn Steger Strong's WANT  So Many Damn BooksIn This Episode: Rumaan Alam zooms into the online void paradox that is the Damn Library to talk about his new novel, Leave the World Behind.

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How to Write a Killer First Draft in 6 StepsConventional wisdom says that you can't write a good first draft, that the first draft is always rubbish.

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Behind the Scenes Hard Truths About Being a Writer Who Publishes a Lot OnlineThat's all true. Anyone can be a writer and publish stories online. But there is a lot more to publishing stories online.

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How Ghouls Taught Me to Play to My StrengthsOn my television screen, a reporter stood in front of a cameraman. Her expression and tone jumped from melodramatic to goofy the instant she flubbed one of her lines.

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How Hardworking Writers Can Avoid Creative BurnoutWhen the things you normally enjoy and inspire you seem like tiresome chores and every new idea feels like trammeling over old ground, you're probably experiencing burnout.

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How to Sell Short Stories for Money and Have More Fun Doing ItThese seven strategies will help you get published—and most importantly, keep writing.

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Book Riot's Deals of the Day for October 12, 2020Today's edition of Daily Deals is sponsored by See Her Die by Melinda Leigh.

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The best biographies and memoirs of OctoberOctober is always a big month for serious biographies and memoirs in the publishing world, and this year is no different.

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Brandon Sanderson novels now in Kindle UnlimitedBrandon Sanderson crafts magic systems like no other author. And that was a considered choice.

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When Reality Isn't Enough by Shannon TakaokaEver since I was young, I’ve always been drawn to stories that are a bit off kilter and weird.

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Prioritize Editing Over Writing. Write your heart out one day and edit…I snitched on a fellow writer once. I didn't want to, but I needed to.

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IndieView with Trish Ahjel Roberts, author of Thinking Outside the ChrysalisI thought, wow! The butterfly has to imagine what’s on the other side of the chrysalis, or butterfly cocoon, before it can actually break through to the other side.

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20 spellbinding fairytale retellings to get lost inA few weeks ago, Will and I picked The Princess Bride for family movie night.

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Sheila Heti on the Geometry of StoriesIn her introduction to Virginia Woolf's "How Should One Read a Book? " the author reflects on books as sculpture.

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When the Past Hangs Around Your NeckStrange, short, and diverting writing delivered to your inbox every Monday.

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How My Reading Journal Accidentally Became a Pandemic DiaryIt is clear that my journal anticipates a reader. No, begs for a reader. Begs for someone other than me to hear what it has to say.

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Spooky and Snuggly: The Best Horror Hoodies for Halloween NightsWant to stay warm while also keeping it spooky? The best horror hoodies can add some literary horror to your wardrobe this Halloween.

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4 of the Best YA Books Featuring Bilingual CharactersThese characters can dip in and out of languages like it ain't no thing.

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13 Spooky Middle-Grade Books for the Haunting SeasonGather round ghosties and ghouls, for some haunted tales. Find monsters, jumbies, and witches galore in these 13 spooky middle-grade books.

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B-List Bonanza: Jedi Librarian Jocasta NuB-list comics villains are getting the spotlight, but what about lesser known comics heroes? Get to know one such hero known as Jocasta Nu.

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10 Native North American Women Writers to Read This FallIt's Indigenous Peoples' Day! Explore poetry, nonfiction, plays, and more by these excellent Native North American Women writers.

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Bookish Halloween Costume Ideas for Every Sign in the ZodiacGet your Halloween on for the gram or other socially distanced spaces.

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"Readers Are Realizing Their Hunger For Our Stories": Native Literature for Kids and TeensOn the growth of Native literature for young readers and teens, from Native authors and storytellers.

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