I’m tempted to say that librarians read everything, but of course that isn’t true. Like everyone else, librarians have their own book preferences, and there simply isn’t time to read everything. Discovering the differences in how people read makes The New York Times’s recent interview with Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, especially interesting. In… Continue reading What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?
I’m thrilled to add another interview to my series of discussions with editors, writers, and other folks in books publishing. I had the opportunity to speak with the marvelous and ever brilliant Ree Kimberley who is the author of Rat City, a young adult science fiction novel, as well as a brilliant scholar. She offers… Continue reading Science Fiction and Young Adult Lit: An Interview with Author Ree Kimberley
To add another wonderful addition to my series of interviews with editors, writers, and other book adjacent individuals, I am thrilled to present my conversation with Sarah J. Higbee, author and creative writing teacher extraordinaire. She provides great tips for new writers as well as insight into what makes people return to science fiction again… Continue reading Creative Writing and Resources for Writers: An Interview with Teacher and Sci-Fi Author S. J. Higbee
“…I had one plate, one towel, and I’d buy clothes from thrift shops. And I was very intense, and sort of humorless. But it reintroduced me to the power of words as a way to figure out who you are and what you think, and what you believe, and what’s important, and to sort through… Continue reading President Obama and ‘Gone Girl’
To continue my interview series with editors, writers, and other folks in the books industry, I am pleased to present my discussion with award-winning author E. Michael Helms. He offers some great advice for writers who are hoping to be published and provides insight into the realms of war and mystery novels. (You can also… Continue reading War, Mystery, and the Publishing Industry: An Interview with Author E. Michael Helms
As I hinted several weeks ago, I am beginning an interview series with editors, marketing folks, designers, writers, and other people in the books industry. It is with great excitement that I present the inaugural post in this series with the brilliant Alison Hennessey, Editorial Director of Bloomsbury’s Raven Books. She provides some great insight… Continue reading Thrillers, Suspense, and International Publishing: An Interview with Editorial Director Alison Hennessey
Today I want to share another great set of free online resources and primary sources. Through its partnerships with 22 libraries, museums, and archives, The Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) provides access to maps, photographs, oral histories, and books that writers can use for inspiration and research. I have highlighted some of my favorite LDL collections below.… Continue reading Free Online Resources: The Louisiana Digital Library
Death can mark the ways we write and the ways we read. In a recent presentation at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, “I’ve always felt one step removed from my present. Even at family gatherings I’m sort of always watching everyone. There’s a part of me that holds… Continue reading Author Highlight: Death and Beauty in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie