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mayra-calvani's picture
Feb.04.2013
The last time I’d cried because of a book was years ago and the culprit was Marley and Me. Crazy Quilt is such a different book yet so alike in many ways. Both deal with death and loss, both are incredibly moving stories, and both remind us how short and precious life is.  The...
victoria-m-johnson's picture
Jun.25.2012
My favorite book co-authored by a romantic couple is The Crown of Columbus, written by the husband and wife team of Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris.  Both are bestselling and award-winning writers—Erdrich with novels such as Love Medicine and Tracks; and Dorris with A Yellow Raft in Blue...
christopher-meeks's picture
Sep.21.2011
While I’ve written a lot over the years about my writing process either in commissioned articles or in blogs, I’ve never written about humor. That may be because it’s as mysterious to me as phlogiston was to 17th century scientists who tried to understand fire. Both fire and comedy exist, but HOW...
bob-mustin's picture
Sep.05.2011
This essay is particularly relevant to me, in that there are genre elements in what I write, although when you view a complete work of mine, you don't see a mystery, or a thriller, or a clean-cut accounting of history. I think neither of Kim Wright's propositions are completely true; most of us...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.05.2011
Think of a great literary novel that has science or a scientist as background. I'm not talking science fiction, but rather a contemporary novel where, say, the protagonist is in search of love, and rather than his being a boarding school student as in Catcher in the Rye or an architect as in The...
thomas-burchfield's picture
Mar.24.2011
(Anotrher version of this essay, with photo, can be read at my official webpage A Curious Man)   Have you ever been pleasurably lost? Have you ever realized you had no idea where you were, but didn’t care, because the wind was blowing softly, gently, at the right heat on your skin as it played...
cheryl-l-snell's picture
Dec.02.2010
I had the pleasure of finding this review of my novel, Rescuing Ranu, today: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978748298 The reviewer is a mathematician, and since the novel uses evolutionary biology and concepts of altruism, I was especially happy that she enjoyed it. ...
annette-dunlea's picture
Jan.18.2010
My Book Recommendation – The Sea by John Banville   Title: The Sea Author: John Banville Paperback: 200 pages Picador: New edition edition (21 April 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0330483293 ISBN-13: 978-0330483292 Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 1 cm Product DescriptionWhen art...
geoff-schumacher's picture
May.22.2009
I like literary novels but I tend to read them slowly. There is a basic reason for this: The narrative often doesn't hurtle you forward. You rarely get the "what's going to happen next" urge, and so you have no problem setting the book down. This is definitely the case for me with Colson Whitehead'...
rosy-cole's picture
Mar.12.2009
  Time, for me, is a Nemesis I can never truly escape, even in the atmospheric realms of the eighteenth century. The clock is always ticking away and most of my paragraphs are written against its warning metre or digital calibrations. It chides me for all my sins of omission, irregular Mass,...