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‘The Terror’ Is Based On A True Story, But With A Dead Creepy Supernatural Twist

The British Royal Navy has a nearly 500-year history, but one of the most fascinating — and terrifying — journeys ever made was Franklin's lost …

To write better, edit out these filler phrases

The biggest improvement in my writing skills happened when I became an editor.<p>Writers are often too familiar with their own ideas to spot mistakes …

How to Battle Your Enemy, The “Adverb”

My prose has a natural enemy. It’s called an “adverb”.<p>Adverbs have <b>relentlessly</b> raided my prose and now it is <b>severely</b> battered.<p>Now read again.<p>Adverbs …

The 19 Best New Books to Read in April

April showers are said to bring May flowers, but while we can't predict the weather — nor promise that the icy chill of Winter is officially gone — what we <i>can</i> say is that April brings with it a whole lot of amazing new books. Ahead, you'll find the 19 releases slated to completely rock your world …

15 Books That Have Been Called 'The Next Great American Novel' — And What To Read Instead

It’s the dream of every American writer: the siren song of writing “the next great American novel”. A novel that, as Lena Dunham (and, admittedly, …

Macomb v media: voters who read little news think Trump had a great first week

In a Michigan county that helped get Donald Trump elected, people are actively choosing to ignore news they don’t want to hear – or not receiving news at all<p>In one short week in the White House, Donald Trump has managed to shatter the tradition of the honeymoon period enjoyed by new presidents. …

The Dreaded Adverb Problem

The poor adverb. No part of speech is more maligned than this little modifier. When authors want to insult each other, what do we do? We accuse each …

Creative Writing

'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness

Over the past eight years, Michelle Obama — a former attorney with degrees from Princeton and Harvard universities — has dealt with a lot of cheap (and often mean) shots lobbed in her direction. But while she has her detractors, this first black first lady is widely admired — and not just for her …

A Master List of 800 Free Classic eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices

Maybe you’re an eBooks holdout, a late adopter, a disdainer of the book as a branded “device”? I get it. Is there anything more ridiculous than …

Literature

Top 10 books about postwar Britain

From George Orwell to John Wyndham, novelist Linda Grant finds compelling reading about the ‘strange interregnum’ that followed the defeat of Nazi Germany<p>My parents married in 1946. It took a further five years to produce me, so that period in which I should have been born but wasn’t remains one of …

Review: Nancy Isenberg's White Trash undermines the myth of American exceptionalism

<b>White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide</b><p><i>By Carol Anderson</i><p><i>Bloomsbury, 246 pages, $31</i><p><b>White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America</b><p><i>By Nancy Isenberg</i><p><i>Viking, 446 pages, $36</i><p>The key piece of propaganda in the current U.S. presidential race appeared not in the form of some …

Every Book I’ve Read Since the Election

And how much they cost me.<p>Last week, I made the decision to avoid looking at Twitter and at the news as much as possible. I’m not trying to avoid …

I Can’t Decide If “Write & Improve” Is The Best Or Worst Site To Help ELLs Improve Their Writing

I’ve written a lot about my ongoing search for a helpful an online site that would help all students, and particularly English Language Learners, …

'It's like they were selling heroin to schoolkids': censorship hits booksellers at Kuwait book fair

Many Arab book fairs have been a free space for publishers to sell titles banned in shops, but Kuwait has seen raised levels of censorship – turning the book trade into a risky business<p>Arab book fairs are like a giant travelling circus; no sooner does one end than publishers are boxing up books, …

A Clear Message From Colombian Police: Don't Mess With '100 Years Of Solitude'

This is the story of a stolen book, a sense of national pride and some creative sleuthing. The book in question is a first edition copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. In 2015, it was stolen from a Bogota, Colombia, book fair. Many cases in that city go unsolved because …

15 Grammar Tips to Make You Smarter, From the World's Coolest Word Nerd

Mignon Fogarty is the Grammar Girl. And she is awesome.<p>Does this sentence need another comma?<p>What's the difference between emoticons and emoji?<p>How do I make product names (like the iPhone 7 or 6s) plural?<p>That's a sample of questions that Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, answers on a weekly …

16 Classic Books We're Thankful For

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Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

As a hospice chaplain, it's Kerry Egan's job to help dying people accept their own mortality. Sometimes that means sitting with them as they express their regrets and fears. Other times, she listens as they recount their life stories and reflect on the experiences that brought them joy.<p>"There's no …

The inspiration behind Canadian author Madeleine Thien’s latest works

Madeleine Thien is a soft-spoken woman who needs lots of time alone and says she’s no good at parties. But she’s adept at striking up conversations with strangers, like the man next to her on a bus in Laos a few years ago, who was reading one of her favourite books: <i>100 Years of Solitude</i>. He was …

11 of literature’s best closing lines

First sentences can make or break even the most brilliantly crafted article.<p>Lead sentences are often the deciding factor in whether readers keep …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

28 Ways Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as …

Productivity

Book Recommendations That Will Get You Through The Next Few Weeks

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The best recent thrillers – review roundup

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz; The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories by PD James; Pendulum by Adam Hamdy; Home by Harlan Coben; Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski<p>Once it gets going, some three-quarters of the way in, there’s much to enjoy in Anthony Horowitz’s spry, sardonic <b>Magpie Murders</b> …

11 Reasons Your Writing Is Making You Look Bad

Don't let mistakes undermine your personal brand.<p>You've got to write something important: explain a new initiative, make the case for addressing a competitive threat, or simply compliment someone on a job well done.<p>But if you're not careful about how you write, you could undermine your …

In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

We have so many Sherlocks these days.<p>Books, multiple TV shows, movies — the world (particularly the modern world) is so rich with touchy, cold, brilliant consulting detectives that it's a wonder there are any crimes left for the police to solve. I mean, with such a profusion of Holmeses running …

Bob Dylan is not the first songwriter to win the Nobel prize for literature

The 1913 Nobel prize for literature was awarded to the Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. His work, like Dylan’s, recreates tradition and crosses genres<p>Amid the raucous cheering, disbelieving emojis and graceless carping that accompanied the awarding of the latest Nobel prize for literature, an …

One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s oldest stories is being published as a standalone novel

Long before he wrote <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, J.R.R. Tolkien served in the British Army during the First World War. Upon his return to England he resumed writing, laying down the foundations of what would become Middle-Earth — an epic story that includes <i>The Hobbit</i>, <i>The Lord of the Rings,</i> and <i>The</i> …

The 40 Books That Saved My Life

Oh my god, another list of books I should read! I can’t help it, though.<p>These are the books I return to when I need help, guidance, solace in my life.<p>…