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They Said WHAT?!: Match These 10 Writers with Their Words of Wisdom

They Said WHAT?!: Match These 10 Writers with Their Words of Wisdom

“It’s doubtful that anyone with an Internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” If you were anywhere in the Twitterverse last Thursday, you may already be intimately familiar with this statement. As number eight on Jonathan Franzen’s “10 Rules for Novelists,” published by literary culture website LitHub last week—and by The Guardian in […]

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Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Kwame Alexander’s THE PLAYBOOK: Rules to Live By

Lynn: Parents and teachers of teenagers should be all-too-familiar with how many of their charges feel about rules and advice. My own two sons could have rolled their eyes for America! But those of us who have (mostly) achieved adulthood know that there is a lot of good advice that could really help young people. […]

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Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!
By January 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Book Group Got You Down? Here’s Help!

The December 15, 2015 issue of Booklist was our Spotlight on Book Discussions issue, and we were fortunate to have Becky Spratford contribute her thoughts in “Support Groups for Book Discussion Leaders.” She candidly expresses the need to address burnout and book group fatigue, while offering solid tips on how to get your book-club-leader mojo […]

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Surprisingly Good Dating Advice from Picture Books
By September 18, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Surprisingly Good Dating Advice from Picture Books

Picture books are chock full of great life lessons, but are those wise words just for children? Sure, grown-ups could probably be a lot smarter about making friends and being nice and appreciating the potential of a plain cardboard box, but what about more adult concerns? Can picture books guide poor souls to true love? As far […]

Unmasking the Phantom of the Book Group

Unmasking the Phantom of the Book Group

There’s a mystery afflicting several of my book groups, and many book-discussion leaders I talk with have the same problem. Might you have it too? We’re haunted by book-group phantoms—mysterious guests who sign up for our book groups, check out the book, and evaporate into thin air. We never end up seeing them! Stranger still, no […]

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No Mas! What Makes You Stop Reading a Book?

No Mas! What Makes You Stop Reading a Book?

Amazon’s recent move to compensate certain e-book authors per page read, rather than by number of borrows, raises some interesting questions: will hack authors stop churning out lots of short books and instead start putting cliffhangers on every page of a thousand-word opus? Just how does Amazon decide what an ebook “page” is, anyway? And, if an authors […]

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