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Jul.03.2012
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(Updated July 10th, 2012) In the new novel The Sandcastle Girls, an old newspaper photo sends an American journalist back through her family’s history to learn about love, loss, and a wrenching secret that’s been buried for generations. Author Chris Bohjalian explains how an old photo of his family...
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Jul.02.2012
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(Updated August 7th, 2012.) When revered author Ray Bradbury died in June at the age of ninety-two, multitudes of writers and readers paid tribute to his genius and influence on them. Getting approval from Bradbury to adapt one of his short stories inspired Brad Schreiber. Steve Hauk explained how...
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Jul.01.2012
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Please join Red Room as we celebrate the Year of the Armenian Book. 2012 is the 500th Anniversary of the Armenian printing press, which has played a significant role in preserving and transmitting the Armenian language, faith and culture. The 500th Anniversary also coincides with UNESCO’s...
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Jun.15.2012
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(Updated July 4th, 2012) For most of us, writing means writing alone. How exceptionally lucky Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Will and Ariel Durant were, then, to have labored together for more than forty years to produce their eleven-volume Story of Civilization. Recently we asked Red Roomers to...
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May.29.2012
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(Updated June 19th, 2012.) Erica Jong has published more than twenty books: fiction, essays, poetry, literary criticism, and even an illustrated book about the history and cultural meaning of witches. However, she’s still primarily known for a book she wrote in her late twenties. Fear of Flying...
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May.14.2012
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(Updated May 30th, 2012.) The New York Times obituary of Maurice Sendak said the author and illustrator is “widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century.” As a result, we asked Red Roomers to blog about their favorite illustrated books, whether for adults or...
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Apr.24.2012
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(Updated May 14, 2012) The book world was stunned last month when the twenty-member Pulitzer Prize Board declined, for the first time since 1977, to award a prize for fiction. Maureen Corrigan, one of the three-member nominating panel, said, “We nominated three novels we believe to be more than...
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Apr.10.2012
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These days, publishing demands that authors spend a lot of time and energy marketing their own books. What's the most innovative marketing concept you've ever implemented? Did you know that the most successful book trailers aren’t about the book, but about the author doing something funny? (...
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Apr.10.2012
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WRITERS' CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Thank you to everyone who entered the USC Writers' Conference contest! It was a tough decision to choose just five winners. Here they are: Author and publicist Paula Margulies wrote about "The Joy of Artist Residencies." This was a really standout post that...
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Mar.27.2012
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These days, publishing demands that authors spend a lot of time and energy marketing their own books. What's the most innovative marketing concept you've ever implemented? Did you know that the most successful book trailers aren’t about the book, but about the author doing something funny? (Neal...
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Mar.27.2012
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From Goethe to D.H. Lawrence to Anaïs Nin to Henry Miller to Erica Jong, authors have written about passionate lovemaking for centuries. Some classics, such as Jong’s Fear of Flying will forever be linked with the subject, while others, such as Lady Chatterley’s Lover, are notable no longer for...
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Mar.13.2012
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Author Spider Robinson wrote that, while “everybody disagrees with everybody” about what constitutes a good sex scene, most agree that it “should be believable, consensual (all parties consenting), (and) a natural development of the story rather than a pasted-on attention-getter.”* This week, we'd...
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Mar.12.2012
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Heroism is defined by more than superheroic strength and a dual identity. Did you know that midwife Robin Lim successfully delivered thousands of babies through her Indonesian birthing clinics? That Stanford University graduate Caroline Paul was among the first dozen women to join the San Francisco...
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Feb.26.2012
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Two weeks ago, we asked Red Roomers blog about the time they first wanted to become writers. We wanted to know if there was there a "flash" moment when they just knew, or has it always been true? A few entries stood out: Member Lisa Jensen has always wanted to write, and her memories of how she'...
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Feb.21.2012
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Heroism is defined by more than superheroic strength and a dual identity. Did you know that midwife Robin Lim successfully delivered thousands of babies through her Indonesian birthing clinics? That Stanford University graduate Caroline Paul was among the first dozen women to join the San Francisco...
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