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How ‘The Border’ aims to close out Don Winslow’s trilogy on the war on drugs in the U.S. and Mexico

With “The Border,” novelist Don Winslow reaches the end of his Cartel trilogy, a crime fiction epic that sprawls over decades and tells of a brutal, …

Avoid These Bad Habits in Your Writing

The top copy editor at Random House has a book out about what you should and shouldn’t do in your writing, and people are already arguing about it. …

Lifehacks

Don’t Ask: 10 Questions Authors Hate to Answer

Between writing workshops, interviews, bookstore events, school visits, social media, and other talks, authors often find themselves answering a lot …

Lifestyle (Canada)

The 23 most unforgettable last sentences in fiction

Book World<p>Julia Rothman for The Washington Post<p>A book’s final lines can make or break the experience. Here are some of the best.<p>For the Olympic gymnast, success comes down to how well she sticks the landing. A flubbed dismount sullies even the most awe-inspiring routine.<p>Stock-still at their desks, …

Long-form Journalism

The Case for Writing a Book Even If It Sells No Copies

I’ve written 11 books, most published by Wiley, Random House’s Ten Speed Press, etc. Yet perhaps surprisingly, I feel best about the few I …

Writing

Proven Creative Writing That Gives You an Improvement Like Magic, Research Says

Are you tired of the experiments? Read this and write betterDo you feel the title’s magnet?You may think the title is mediocre. That’s right, it’s …

Creative Writing

The 8 Most Groundbreaking Nonfiction Books of 2018

Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Daniel Pink have selected their top nonfiction books of the year.<p>The year is over, and the results are …

27: My Parents' Divorce Still Hurts, with Leila Miller

Divorce

Think You're Too Busy to Write a Book? Try These 6 Tactics to Get It Done | Inc.com

You don't have to write a book in 30 days or 48 hours or some other superhuman timeframe to consider it efficient. A book is a way to showcase your expertise and share your company's philosophy with the world; take your time with it.<p>But don't let it languish on the backburner forever.<p>Here are some …

Jerry Seinfeld

Prime Infidelity®

<b>[The author and publisher of this work is an affiliate member of</b> <b>Amazon.com</b><b>®. Due to that and other affiliations like ProWritingAid®, the source may</b> …

Jeff Bezos

1923 and me: A critic picks some favorite books now in the public domain

Information, as the saying goes, wants to be free, though copyright lawyers do their best to make us pay for it as long as possible. In the case of creative works published between 1923 and 1977, the legal stranglehold is 95 years, to be exact. That means on Jan. 1 of this year a trove of cultural …

20th Century

Wattpad, the Storytelling App, Will Launch a Publishing Division

Wattpad, the storytelling application with which millions of users upload original stories and fan fiction, is creating a publishing division, Wattpad Books. The company has worked with other publishing or media companies in the past to adapt stories from the platform into books and movies. “After” …

The Arts

Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel

Shared via Kindle. Description: An unsettling story of two young teens, a brother and sister, left on their own. One beautiful. One clever. Both …

Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories

Shared via Kindle. Description: 50 short, concise selections from Bob Thurber, award winning writer, acclaimed master of the short form, and the …

Nothing But Trouble

Shared via Kindle. Description: This uncompromising collection of stories comes from the widely acclaimed and award winning master of the short …

60 Inspiring Quotes to Help You Achieve Your Writing Goals in 2019

The world's greatest writers have gifted us with their wisdom about the craft.<p>If you've been following my column you'll notice I like to write about the art and craft of writing. Most recently, I've covered topics such as freewriting, Stan Lee's advice for storytelling, strategies LinkedIn Top …

The Dog That’s Famous for Not Wanting to Be Eaten by a Coyote

Meet Beanie. Her viral spiky vest is the latest in a long line of protective gear for pets.<p>Earlier this week, an image of a tiny dog in some kind of wild neon dog armor began to ricochet around the internet. A popular dog-rating Twitter account pronounced her coyote-proof. The comedian Andy Richter …

National Geographic's best stories of 2018

Best of 2018<p>From an epic and misguided attempt to summit K2 to a behind-the-scenes look at the man who literally unlocks the Vatican’s doors every morning, these are National Geographic editors’ favorite reads of the year.<p>Editors look back at the best National Geographic writing and storytelling of …

After the deadly Camp Fire, a dog waited for his owner’s return. They’ve finally been reunited.

As the Camp Fire raged, killing at least 85 people and displacing thousands more in Northern California, Madison waited patiently.<p>The Anatolian shepherd mix’s owner, Andrea Gaylord, was not able to get to her home in Paradise, Calif., when the fire began to spread Nov. 8, meaning Madison was left …

Lifestyle

The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle

Build your reading list<p>The holidays are here, and it looks like you got a new Kindle (or a device with a Kindle app). You now have before you a fun task: to build a portable library of all the books that you have on your reading list — or to create a new list for the coming year.<p>If you’re looking …

Move to rename highway for Obama angers family of famed Chicago pol

It's highway robbery -- at least to one prominent Chicago family.<p>The family of Dan Ryan, a former Cook County board president who worked closely with Chicago’s legendary mayor and Democratic Party boss Richard J. Daley, is up in arms after Daley’s son, Bill, suggested changing the name of a highway …

5 websites that will sharpen your storytelling

One of the many hats PR engineers wear is storyteller. Between juggling data, gathering insights and managing relationships, how can PR pros find …

Reading Into Albert Einstein’s God Letter

Albert Einstein’s so-called God letter first surfaced in 2008, when it fetched four hundred and four thousand dollars in a sale at a British auction house. The letter came back into the news earlier this month, when its owner or owners auctioned it off again, this time at Christie’s in New York, …

At 99, Meals on Wheels volunteer is still going strong in Central Florida

It’s late morning when 99-year-old Peggy Grundy, making her weekly rounds, strides up to a small house with a wheelchair ramp and knocks on the …

Meals on Wheels

'Genuinely brilliant from cover to cover': your favourite books of 2018

I’m going to read Normal People again over Christmas. I admire Sally Rooney so much<p>Fiction<p>Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman<p>Beautifully written. Made me laugh. Made me feel like crying. Deeply moving but uplifting throughout.<i><br>Ann Woods, Liverpool</i><p>The beautiful prose grabs you while …

Books

Cop saves man from frigid waters: ‘God definitely put me there for a reason’

A Rhode Island police officer is being hailed a hero after saving a man from drowning in cold water.<p>Jamestown Police Officer Nathaniel Schaffer was covering another employee’s shift the night he responded to a frantic 911 call a little before 1 a.m. from a woman who said her friend was in the water …

Arkansas couple adopts seven siblings at once, giving them a ‘forever family’ ahead of Christmas

Michael and Terri Hawthorn didn’t plan on adopting any kids when they decided to become foster parents, but it didn’t take long for that to change and this Christmas their family is more than double the size it was last year.<p>“I don't think we ever planned on this,” Michael, 56, told Fox News, “but …

Cleveland

Triple-amputee Air Force veteran on mission to raise $1B for US-Mexico border wall

A triple amputee U.S. military veteran says he was inspired to raise money for President Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall after reading a New York Post article that questioned why no one had taken up the mantle.<p>In just three days, Brian Kolfage’s GoFundMe campaign “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” …