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Whats new: 11 November 2019 - What's new 11 November 2019
  • ‘Before the actual placing of words on pages, The Testaments was written partly in the minds of the readers of its predecessor, The Handmaid's Tale, who kept asking what happened after the end of that novel.

Turkish police have rearrested the journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan, just a week after his release from prison over alleged links to the failed 2016 coup.

What if you love to write, you want to be a writer, but you don't feel that something sufficiently monumental has happened to you? That is, sufficiently monumental about which it is worthwhile to write? Vonnegut has some things to say about that.

"Patience"

 

The artist Jim Kay, whose latest book is "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," surrounds himself with nature when he draws unnatural creatures like dragons, goblins and trolls.

The following are just my personal pieces of advice. They won't be the same as someone else's, and they may not fit your life or practice, but maybe you'll pick up something useful.

In The Child That Books Built, the writer Francis Spufford, rather controversially, described fiction as "a mood altering drug".

There's an intriguing contradiction at the heart of Nicholas Meyer's best work, a sort of chiaroscuro where the novelist, screenwriter and film director addresses dark topics in a disarmingly light manner.

Link: Translations Pay Off for Amazon 11 November 2019

Amazon Crossing, Amazon's publishing imprint focused on literary translation, was first announced in May 2010 and published its first book, The King of Kahel by Guinean author Tierno Monenembo, that November.

How did a one-woman show at Edinburgh become a worldwide hit? As a book of the series is published, performers and writers ask her about inspiration, sex and guinea pigs

Confusing Memoir with Autobiography

Writing a memoir is not the same as writing an autobiography. In an autobiography, you typically start at the beginning of your life and record all the details you can remember, chronologically. In a memoir, you take a slice from your life-a particular...

Commentary: 'Thirty-five years' 11 November 2019

‘Before the actual placing of words on pages, The Testaments was written partly in the minds of the readers of its predecessor, The Handmaid's Tale, who kept asking what happened after the end of that novel. Thirty-five years is a long time to think about possible answers, and the...

Whats new: 4 November 2019 - What's new 4 November 2019
  • ‘When the last autumn of Dickens's life was over, he continued to work through his final winter and into spring. This is how all of us writers give away the days and years and decades of our lives in exchange for stacks of paper with scratches and squiggles on them.

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