A Woman’s View Of Life In Islam

Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali image via straitjacketsmagazine.com    I recently found this book on the living room bookshelves, one I soon learned the missus had read for her book discussion group. I was familiar with this woman’s role in Dutch Parliament, her stand against the worst acts Islam has committed against the human condition, […]

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Examining Story Anew

image via blogmuseupicassobcn.org My writing partner, Lyn, and I are taking divergent paths in writing – which is extremely OK. I'll leave the explanation of her writing path to her (she's a teacher and most capable of articulating her excellent writing style and structure), but I've taken a rather experimental path. I haven't committed to […]

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Dear Doris

image via unc.edu   Doris, I hope you can read this from, well, over there: In 2003, I received a letter from the North Carolina Writer's Network informing me that I had been accepted as a writer in residence at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. I hadn't been living long in North Carolina, and […]

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Trojans? Spartans? Who is triumphant in the war of the ereaders? – Publishing Trends

With the holiday sales war over and all new devices already out on the market, much of January consisted of tallying up the sales numbers and looking to new developments in the new year. There have already been some big announcements: Apple’s digital textbook publishing, a possible spinoff of the Nook from Barnes & Noble, […]

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The Millions : Your Guide to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Shortlist

That there was a logjam in voting for 2012's fiction Pulitzer shouldn't cause us too much dismay. Fortunately there's plenty of fiction afoot elsewhere, as this post from The Millions attests: Umberto Eco’s fifth novel, The Prague Cemetery is the headline choice for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the winner of which is due to be […]

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