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...rather, Our discussion of the ending of "House of Refuge"..We wrap up our conversation with the ending and particularly its use of a symbol or trope of water. I get to ask Mary what her goals were and she, so unlike workshop or submissions, is allowed to answer.I know you'd love to see the...
My Bookshelf (one of them) The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn’t require any. –Russell Baker I’ve been “a writer” since the 5th grade, when the combination of...
This year, PEN partnered with the long-standing O. Henry Prize, which annually selects twenty of the year’s best stories written in English. The latest edition of the anthology includes stories by Junot Díaz, Nadine Gordimer, Ha Jin, and many other excellent writers.While supplies last, we are...
Unlike commercial or trade publishers, whose business model is based on book volume (selling as many books as possible from a limited number of authors), author mills' business model is based on author volume (selling a limited number of books from as many authors as possible). The most famous...
Maybe Dialogue Blog: Part III Focus ... or “if I’ve read intently to page 4 of a story, what stops me?” In “House of Refuge,” I read eagerly until about page 4, but by then multiple strands emerged that didn't necessarily support or enrich each other. The story is of the...
One of the three judges for The Story Prize this year is Carolyn Kellogg, who is the lead blogger for The Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy. Before that, she was an early and well known book blogger. In order to get to know Carolyn a little better, we posed a few questions to her.What led you to...
One of the inspirations for PEN America 11: Make Believe was a conversation from the 2009 World Voices Festival moderated by Albert Mobilio of Bookforum and called “Faith and Fiction.” “If we think of fiction as ‘make believe’ and religion as ‘must believe,’” Albert asks, “how might novelists...
Here's something I don't get tired of: More good news about short story collections. The National Book Awards announced their fiction finalists yesterday, and two of the five are short story collections: Bonnie Jo Campbell's American Salavage and Daniyal Mueunuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders....
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis is a followup to my post on Thomas Nelson's new self-publishing division, West Bow Press--specifically, on Nelson's plans to pay referral fees to agents and others who refer writers to West Bow.Agent Rachelle Gardner has written a thoughtful blog...
The online feature for PEN America 11: Make Believe is now online at PEN.org. The new issue focuses on the question of belief in various forms—religious faith, political commitment, the “willing suspension of disbelief,” and more.Several pieces from the issue are available online, and I’ll have...