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September 20, 2019

How much do you know about Somalia?

The extent of information I possess about Somalia is that it’s a country in Africa, and there are often pirates off its coast. I also know it has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland, but only thanks to Wikipedia.

Abdi Nor Iftin...

September 18, 2019

Jessica Handler, author of newly released The Magnetic Girl, said she’s always narrated her life, whether through journals she writes in extensively or the very involved and informative letters she used to write her friends when they were away at summer camp. Her first...

September 11, 2019

The attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 was, essentially, our generation’s Pearl Harbor. If it happened during your lifetime, you can remember exactly where you were when you heard the news; many of us watched it happen on television and can remember see...

August 22, 2019

Sandi Poreda talks with debut author Nita Brooks about how she approaches writing and about her new novel, REDESIGNING HAPPINESS, which combines interior design, reality television, and family drama.

August 20, 2019

Blogger Sandi Poreda interviews writer Katherine Center after the release of her novel THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE.

June 3, 2019

More often than not, the books we read as adults are unillustrated (and what a shame!). But children’s books still incorporate the magic of imagery, and The Pout-Pout Fish series is no different. And picture books have always been important to Dan Hanna, the illustrato...

May 23, 2019

“I always planned to be a writer. As a little girl, I wanted to be Lois Lane,” Mary Kay Andrews told me. “At one point I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll write books,’ but girls from St. Pete didn’t write books…”

So Andrews, now a bestselling author with more than 25 novels under h...

May 21, 2019

This we know: lots of movies are based on books. It’s a fairly common debate - which was better? Did the movie get it right? Was the author involved?

With Indianapolis, the definitive account of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the process happened a little differen...

May 13, 2019

At Alex Kershaw’s book The First Wave accomplishes many things, but perhaps the most important is its “out and out celebration of sacrifice and courage” made by the first wave of American soldiers on the beaches at Normandy in World War II. As the 75th anniversary of D...

May 11, 2019

Michael Knight hadn’t planned on becoming a writer, or at least not as a career. He wrote poems and novels throughout his childhood, but as he was getting ready to graduate from college, he (somewhat resignedly) applied to law school.

“I always thought writers were sort...

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