Karen Flexer

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Here Are The Brand New Covers For The "Roll Of Thunder" Book Series

In honor of the award-winning book's 40th anniversary.<p>Penguin describes it as "a debut children's fiction contest to find talented, ethnically diverse authors writing for readers ages 8-14." You can start submitting stories in April, and can find more details on the book's website.

Watching And Reading About White People Having Sex Is My Escape

In romance novels and porn, white people are free to fall in love and have sex without worrying about racial representation.<p><b>When I moved</b> to New York, the city was in the middle of a heat wave — a languid heat that I didn’t know to expect and was wholly unprepared for, even coming from Texas. I …

How a murder changed the way novelist Todd Babiak writes about violence

I can't remember the last time I read a novel without a violent crime, usually a murder. Sometimes it's in the first chapter and we spend the rest of the book hunting the killer. Sometimes it's a subtler affair about loss or the effects of war, an event that happened years before the protagonist …

Five Questions To Test Your Word Knowledge

A weekly mini quiz from the BuzzFeed copydesk.

The existentialists asked the essential questions – and still have much to offer us today. So don your turtleneck and make like Sartre and De Beauvoir<p>I was a teenage existentialist. I became one at 16 after spending birthday money from my granny on Jean-Paul Sartre’s <i>Nausea</i>. It was the cover that …

Existentialism

The Magician's Assistant 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left …

Literary industry hopeful Ottawa will accept Frankfurt Book Fair invitation

Less than two years after declining the invitation, Canada has once again been asked by the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the largest and most important events on the global publishing calendar, to be the festival's guest of honour, an opportunity supporters maintain would provide …

Book reviews roundup: Some Rain Must Fall; The Life Project; Anatomy of a Soldier

“The mystery remains: how do we stomach reading Knausgaard?” These “extensive descriptions of ordinary Norwegian life” have become, as <b>Laurence Scott</b> put it in the Financial Times, “a sort of cultural obligation”, with every spring bringing a fresh slab of fictionalised autobiography in which Karl …

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In Richard Price's 'The Whites', Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. <i>Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.</i><p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Our guest today is writer …

50 Page Friday: UPROOTED

Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Suvudu. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, …

Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns vs. Birdwatchers

Finally, the 2016 Oddest Book Title of the Year nominees have been announced, and they include captivating titles like <i>Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns</i> …

This Week in Short Fiction

Some fiction leaves you sad, some happy; some draws out a bittersweet tear or makes your heart pump faster with thrills. But the best stories are …

Taxicab Confessions: Sure, I'd Kidnap a Celebrity!

Romina Diaz-Brarda, <i>New York Cabs</i>.<p>I took a taxi to an appointment lately and the driver was very talkative. I learned all about his life, his early baseball prospects, his divorce, his daughter, his newborn grandson. He hoped to teach the child to play baseball, which got us on the subject of …

Toronto travel bookstore’s trip is finally over after 40 years

Owner Jeff Axler of Open Air Books and Maps. (Kevin Van Paassen for The Globe and Mail)<p>In the early 1970s, after spending nearly a year and a half travelling solo around the world – from Easter Island to Ethiopia, from Nepal to New Zealand – Jeff Axler returned to Canada and enrolled in the …

All The Books You Should Read, According To Your Binge TV Preferences

Streaming TV is great, but books are the original binge-able medium.<p>Raise your hand if you think you watch too much television. *Slowly raises hand.* Now raise your hand if you think you should read more books. *Sheepishly repeats gesture.*<p>I'm imagining a lot of arms in the air right now, which, …

The Hard Line on Crime - Episode 3 | The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

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This Is Not an Introduction

Introductions, when read at all, might sometimes be considered as an after-thought to the reader’s own impressions after finishing the book. There’s …

People Living Deeply

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”<br>–Anais Nin<p>I first saw death as a child, when I looked upon my mother.<p>Skeletal from years of anorexia, …

Christian hip-hop producer Kodi Maybir jailed for killing partner's child

Justice Hulme said the exact way the boy's fractured skull and bleeding to the brain - caused by blunt force trauma - occurred "remains unknown to …

10 Things We Learned From the New Loretta Lynn Documentary

Loretta Lynn has taken her music across the country and around the world, and on the same day she travels <i>Full Circle</i> with the release of her first …

Country Music

The 10 best things to do this week

<b>MUSIC</b><p><b>Grimes</b><p>(Leeds, Nottingham, London)<p>Grimes: 'In my life, I'm a lot more weird than this'<p>Read more<p>Electronic pop went through a growth spurt around 2012. Once the sound of lightweight 1980s hits, through artists such as Julia Holter, Active Child and Grimes, it kept its melodies but took on a …

George Clooney

Bishop is the latest senior Catholic to take up the cudgels against the endlessly provocative singer<p>One might think the most sensible path for the Roman Catholic church with regards to Madonna might be to ignore her – after more than 30 years of provocations based around conflating Christianity and …

Christianity

Weekend Rock Question: What Is the Best Post-1970s Neil Young Song?

Earlier this week, we spoke with Neil Young about his upcoming album that he recorded with Promise of the Real. "I feel really good and amped and …

Joey Feek, of Country Duo Joey + Rory, Dead at 40

Joey Martin Feek, of the award-winning husband-and-wife singing duo Joey + Rory, has died. She was 40 years old. In a blog post on February 29th, …

Country Music

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Living Today; Healthy Tomorrow

What does healthy living mean?According to Livestrong.com, the definition of healthy living is as follows: “a healthy lifestyle leaves you fit, …

Healthy living calendar: Holistic health workshop

<b>LIFE LESSONS</b>: Certified holistic health coach Candace Stone explores health and life-changing strategies to balance the body, mind, spirit and …

10 Ways to Spend Time Alone for Healthy Living

Spending time alone is a quality of people who enjoy their own company. These are folks with the inner resources to manage their time to allow for opportunities to grow and learn on their own. Building personal interests increases self-esteem, develops the ability to organize and concentrate well, …