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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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