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10 Innovative Writers Who Are Shaking Up The Book World

It’s common for a writer to be hailed as revolutionary by a contemporary, a publisher, a reviewer or a peer -- so common, in fact, that it’s tough to distinguish new gems from old tropes. And while “new” shouldn’t be the standard when judging whether a book is valuable or exciting, it’s worth …

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The ultimate psychology reading list

<i>Every month since January 2008</i> The Psychologist <i>has featured a One-On-One interview page in which leading psychologists are asked, among other things,</i> …

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Why First Time Authors Don't Write The Books They Want To Read

When I teach Writers Write, I often talk about writing the book you want to read. Students seem to agree with me, but when I look at a list of the …

Writing

A North Vietnamese Spy Finds More Than He Bargained For

In his arresting debut novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen has crafted one of the best pieces of fiction about the Vietnam war—and by a Vietnamese. And he’s …

Novels focus on gritty realism, anger, loss, family dysfunction

<b>Like a Woman</b><p>Debra Busman's novel, "Like a Woman," follows Taylor, a teenage girl growing up on the streets of L.A. Taylor comes from poverty and knows one thing best — how to steal. When life with a drunken union-organizer mom becomes too unpredictable, Taylor splits and makes her way by the oldest …

The 2015 Hugo Nominees

The nominees for Science Fiction’s famous Hugo awards were just announced. Many of the most acclaimed and popular books are missing, thanks to the …

Science Fiction

The best young adult books of 2015

<b>How many of our best YA books of the year did you read in 2015?</b><p><b>Reveiws by Martin Chilton (and Rebecca Hawkes, where stated). The list is in no particular order.</b><p>See also: <b>best YA books of 2016</b><p><b>1. THE ART OF BEING NORMAL BY LISA WILLIAMSON (DAVID FICKLING BOOKS)</b> <br>Lisa Williamson's debut YA novel The Art …

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8 Books for All the Wonderful Weirdos in Your Life

Oh hey, Aunt Gertrude, here's some sexed-up Dickens for you!<p>First she helped us establish the commandments for a kick-ass book club, then she introduced us to her favorite classics and "issues" books. For our final installment from ELLE's February Best Year Ever Coach—professional book group …

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

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Real Talk from 5 Writers of Spring's Buzziest Books

The next two months are chockablock with excellent books by award winners like Kazuo Ishiguro, Steven Millhauser, and Amelia Gray. They discuss why they write fiction and which rules to break -- spoiler alert: pretty much all of them -- all excerpted from their past conversations with BOMB.<p><b>Kazuo</b> …

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Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

Painting