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jennifer-niven's picture
Jan.24.2012
Book titles are tricky. Sometimes they come to you naturally and easily and sometimes (most of the time) they’re more evasive. John Steinbeck said, “I have never been a title man. I don’t give a damn what it is called.” But I do. I think titles are important. Tennessee Williams said, “The...
jess-wells's picture
May.29.2011
My remarks during a recent panel on historical fiction at the wonderful Saints and Sinners Festival: I love historical fiction but it’s a recent appreciation and it was born of a reading of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind because it’s a historical setting but a modern novel form...
m-allen-cunningham's picture
Apr.09.2008
Every fictional narrative, whether or not emergent from an actual history or preexisting story, will lay down its own laws. ... Over at the Critical Mass literary blog, one of the current PEN/Faulkner Award judges, Molly Giles, offers a glimpse of her experience sorting through the boxes and boxes...