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  • You must include at least one positive keyword with 3 characters or more.

Talking with Ron Rash, April 25, 7 p.m.

“Almost all of the great books are regional books,” Ron Rash (Serena) has said. “Landscape is destiny.” We’ll be talking about his latest novel, The Cove, on April 25, at McNally Jackson.

"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
Alice Walker

Random picks

  • The Plotmonkeys want to drive some business in book buying, so we’re hosting a “pimp your book” Saturday here in the Jungle! Instead of our usual single Saturday Craft Series guest blogger…we’re inviting authors who have books out this month or very recently–books still available in stores that would be GREAT gifts to buy for friends and family–to pimp your book in the comments thread and for readers to take notes!
  • Hogwarts Is Here: free, online classes in the same subjects studied by Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Not only that, but you can also become a Hogwarts Professor. Slate's Alex Heimbach writes: "The website works as a sort of cross between a MOOC (massive open online course) and an RPG (a role-playing game, like Dungeons & Dragons). You start by creating an account and choosing a house. (No sorting
  • Wow, I love watching this man draw. The video includes fascinating info about how Kevin Henkes draws and writes. He says that before starts a picture book, he works on the character first. He wants to have a clear image of the character before anything else. One of my favourite quotes from the video: "If we expose our kids to books and art, nothing but good can come of it." More info about Kevin Henkes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Henkes Unfortunately his official website seems to be hacked right now. :-(
  • I realize you mainlanders have been getting your asses kicked by heat the last week or so, but it’s finally above 14 degrees here, so I can only be thankful for the oppressive warmth. Of course, out here that means about 25 degrees with a nice breeze from the sea. Ah. Borders saved by lying tobacco salesman? If so, when will publishers see some of that filthy, nicotine-stained money? It was bound to start happening… e-reader company goes bankrupt That mockery of a government in Italy is trying to gag press… so the press have gone on strike… all of them… Wow,...
  • You may not realize it but thank you letters should be important parts of your professional and personal life. The article provides a brief but thorough guide as to when correspondence like this should be sent out.

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