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  • My teacher said: ‘Stories? How do you at the age of 13, come to me brazen-faced and say, "I'm not studying because I want to write stories?" Explain: how can you be so brazen-faced?... I decided I would start writing again, but I wouldn't tell anyone... The humiliation got to me and later...

What book trends and what will be the "big book" of the fair are key questions that one always asks at the beginning of any Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually...

What do we talk about when we talk about science fiction? Is it our hope for the future, or our fear of creating the very thing that will destroy us? If the most influential sci-fi books of all time are any indication, the answer is both.

Good children's literature is a serious business. Not serious as in boring or "improving", but serious in attention and ambition, serious about beauty and wonder, about engaging the brain but also the heart, about sadness and difficulty, but also about silliness and joy. Above all, it is serious...

I spent many hours as a child, sitting with my grandmother on her couch, watching black-and-white films from the days of classic Hollywood. Her favorites were mysteries, and if there happened to be a ghost or some paranormal element to it, so much the better.

The first time I signed up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I failed. The story idea I'd come up with on October 31 ran out of steam after about 20,000 words and so did I. So I came back the next year ready to learn from my mistakes and get that coveted first NaNoWriMo "win." Here's...

I still remember a one-star review my first novel got on Goodreads. It simply said, "The problem with this book is that it's bad."

A novelist friend told me that social media is pretty much mandatory these days, otherwise I could expect to remain plankton in a sea of fish all swimming toward the same accolades. As a poet, I'm already used to being a small fry, yet as I move into writing journalism and creative nonfiction, I...

Link: A lifetime of writing 18 October 2021

Does it sound grand to say I have always written? It took me thirty years to get published, but now the second in the series of Albert the tortoise picture books is launching.

Anyone who follows publishing knows that it loves to celebrate a disruptor. Disruptor is a label thrown at anything new, and publishing is unusually easy to disrupt because it is particularly slow to change.

Mark Zuckerberg recently predicted that Facebook will be a "metaverse company" in five years. What does that mean for kids?

Though the pandemic caused financial hardship for many independent bookstores, particularly those in cities and states that forced retailers to close their doors for months, it has also paved the way for a mini-boom of bookstore openings. "I've gotten a lot of, ‘Why would you open during a...

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