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'I'm proof it's never too late to write a bestseller': Author despaired she’d never get a book deal - but now her thriller is in the running for the Booker Prize

When Belinda Bauer, 55, was long-listed for the Booker Prize for her novel, Snap, shock- waves reverberated through the literary world.<p>The £50,000 …

Man Booker Prize

Bernier-Thibault House / Paul Bernier Architecte

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Two boxes made of glass and wood, simple volumes of similar dimensions, were added to this house in the …

Living Rooms

Out of This World: Unique National Parks You Must Visit

With astonishing features, these distinctive, unique national parks are truly out of this world.<p>There are certain places that seem to belong to …

National Parks

Trudie Styler and Sting and Their Five Favorite Things at Home

At Trudie Styler and Sting’s verdant Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, meals last for three hours, doves trill from the oak trees, and the aroma of fresh …

Celebrity Homes

Mark Rothko on How to Be an Artist

COMPOSITION, 1959.<br>Mark Rothko<br>Leopold MuseumMark Rothko, 1961. Photo by Kate Rothko/Apic/Getty Images.Famed Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko …

Artists

The 28 Best New Books to Curl Up With This Fall

<i>Brenda Janowitz is the POPSUGAR books correspondent. She is the author of five novels, including The Dinner Party.</i><p>Summer is great, but who doesn't love Fall? Is there anything better than curling up beside the fire with a book? OK, yes, taking a long, warm bath with a great read is pretty …

Books

Enigmatic and Brutalist Sculptures in the Balkans

Passionate about unusual abandoned places all around the world, photographer Jonk releases a second book called <i>Spomeniks</i> taking us in search of old …

Sculpture

5 of the best holidays in Norway – chosen by locals

<b>Valldal: by author Mah-Rukh Ali</b><p>Spectacular scenery surrounds this little valley: fertile fields, green forests and wild rivers that flow into fjords from high peaks. Summer visitors can gorge on strawberries whose like are not found anywhere else: pick your own or buy from farms or shops. This area …

Northern Lights

David Foster Wallace on John McCain: ‘The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys and the Shrub’

<i>This story originally appeared in the April 13th, 2000 issue of Rolling Stone</i><p><b>Prologue: Who Cares?</b><p>Since you’re reading <i>Rolling Stone</i>, the chances are …

South Carolina

N.K. Jemisin becomes first author to win Hugo Award for Best Novel three years in a row

A remarkable new record was made at the 2018 Hugo Awards on Sunday night. When author N.K. Jemisin won Best Novel for her book <i>The Stone Sky</i> at the …

George R. R. Martin casts his vote for most loved book in America (and it's not 'Game of Thrones')

<i>Game of Thrones</i> author George R. R. Martin is notorious for killing off all his characters. But he's adamant about keeping a love of reading alive in …

The Great American Read: The 40 Books in the Lead

School children visiting the farm that inspired Charlotte’s Web. Photo courtesy of Nutopia/PBS<p><i>The Great American Read</i> has reached TWO MILLION votes …

25 Writers On The Books That Inspired Them To Write

There is no single reason anyone becomes a writer, and yet for so many authors, there are distinct moments in their lives when they realized they had stories they wanted to tell. For many, these moments come when reading the kind of books that provoke, disturb, and inspire—the kind of books that …

20th Century

A slew of must-read books for writers

If you’re mired in a writing rut, read.More specifically, to revive and refresh your creativity—and possibly recapture your passion for prose—it’s …

11 Authors Discuss the Road to Getting a Literary Agent

<b>Finding an agent who will take a chance on your book can be a challenge, and a lengthy one at that. If you’re struggling, here are some words of</b> …

3 Ways I've Worked to Become a Better Writer

When I first started as a marketer I was on the hunt for experts to help me improve. There’s no shortage of “experts” and “thought leaders” on every …

Don’t Edit While You Write

It is fascinating to see how authors differ in techniques. If you laid all the techniques out, they would cover the entire spectrum of writing styles …

Who Will Read Your First Draft

and how do you help them?When I finished the first draft of my first novel, <i>Descent</i>, I was exhilarated and terrified. Exhilarated because I’d …

Nonfiction Book Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Simon Schuster, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4767-4018-8

The Library Book<p>Susan Orlean. Simon & Schuster, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4767-4018-8<p>More By and About This Author<p><i>New Yorker</i> staff writer Orlean (<i>Rin Tin</i> …

How do I get my book published? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Katy Guest

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Before trying to answer this very important question, it is useful to ask yourself another one: <i>“Why</i> <i>should I get my book published?”</i> What do you hope to achieve by releasing your …

J K Rowling

8 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. However, after reading the books on this list and …

12 Techniques That Will Help You Survive a Deadly Battle With an Animal

We hope you will never meet a hungry lion and never have to run away from a rhino or swim away from a crocodile. But if it happens, it’s important to …

Stav Sherez wins crime novel of the year for 'moving the genre forward'

Stav Sherez has won the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier award for crime fiction with his novel The Intrusions.<p>The third outing for detectives Jack Carrigan and Geneva Miller begins when a young woman arrives at their west London police station, saying that her friend has been abducted from the seedy …

San Francisco’s Aardvark Books back on the market — for $2.45 million

The fate of Aardvark Books in San Francisco seems imperiled — once again.<p>The Mission District store went up for sale last year, then was taken off the market in January.<p>The shop’s single-story, 3,125-square-foot building at 227 Church St. has been listed for $2.45 million — down from a 2017 asking …

An Introduction to Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Anne Tyler

A novel<p>Anne Tyler<p>Anne Tyler’s latest novel, <i>Clock Dance</i>, opens with a mother failing to return home. “Maybe she had left intending to come right back, but then had wrecked the car,” her older daughter, Willa, thinks. “She might be lying in the hospital unconscious.” This opening suggests a mystery, …

On Semicolons and the Rules of Writing

<b>1.</b> <b><br>Kurt Vonnegut</b>’s caution against the use of semicolons is one of the most famous and canonical pieces of writing advice, an admonition that has …

Cleveland native, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison dies at age 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Harlan Ellison, the prolific, pugnacious author of "A Boy and His Dog," and countless other stories that blasted society with …

George R.R. Martin suggests 9 books to read this summer

Winter is not coming anytime soon. That’s true in both a literal sense (much of the world is entering summer right now) and a literary one — George …

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