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Commentary: 'The sense of being alien in your own world' 27 January 2020

‘I do feel that the world in which I grew up and have lived all my life is ending. And that's true in all the countries that I've cared about in my life and written about: India, England and here. What I thought was the given, how the places worked, has changed in all three cases. I guess it is...

Whats new: 20 January 2020 - What's new 20 January 2020
  • ‘The biggest kick is reading something new and exciting and then getting other people to share your enthusiasm... Beyond all the cant and hypocrisy in publishing, that's what it's all about... I have always found comfort in the confines of a book or a manuscript, Reading is how I spend...

In more than 40 years as a journalist, I've interviewed some terrifying people. Manuel Contreras, Chile's chief of secret police, who ordered the torture and murder of tens of thousands of people. Roberto d'Aubuisson, head of El Salvador's right-wing death squads.

Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences produced yet another all-male slate for the Best Director category of the Oscars-and provoked yet another round of outrage that America's culture industry is incapable of recognizing the achievements of women. But there is, in fact, a...

Link: How to Be a Ghostwriter 20 January 2020

There is so much more ghostwriting being done since I began writing V.C. Andrews over 32 years ago. Recently PW reviewed The Silhouette Girl, and the review ended with "Andrews fans should be satisfied." What greater compliment could a ghostwriter receive? He or she is keeping the style,...

I love romance. I loved it long before I ever fell in love, and romance narratives served as a kind of template for my own early love-affairs. I filled out diaries with imagined meet-cutes between my crushes and me, assigning them lines I had read some other, more sophisticated love interest say...

Last week, the author John Boyne pointed out what he saw as a troubling trend in publishing.

If you grew up on Terry McMillan's books, you know that she's the doyenne of a particular type of black women's lit. It hinges on sisterhood and love but doesn't shy away from confronting how hard it can be to find happiness.

As the last decade concluded, book publishers breathed a sigh of relief. The 2010s were characterized by a series of Amazon-related shock waves-the growing power of the retail behemoth, the rise of e-books, a related Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit, and the decimation of bookstores both...

Commentary: 'The biggest kick' 20 January 2020

‘The biggest kick is reading something new and exciting and then getting other people to share your enthusiasm... Beyond all the cant and hypocrisy in publishing, that's what it's all about...'

On receiving the Maxwell Perkins Award for lifetime achievement:

Whats new: 13 January 2020 - What's new 13 January 2020
  • ‘Writers make everybody nervous but we terrify Silly Service workers. Our apartments always look like a front for something, and no matter how carefully we tidy up for guests we always seem to miss the note card that says, "Margaret has to die soon." We own the kind of books that spies use...

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