Fiction

Yours truly reading from my first Pushcart Prize Anthology

Pushcart Prize 2015: “Like Discovering Yet One More Galaxy”

Winners have just been announced for one of my favorite prizes, the Pushcart Prize. I’m not the only one, Publisher’s Weekly named it “among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing.” This is a prize that’s given only to works that were originally published by alternative presses[…]

by × May 28, 2015 ×

Words to live by, in today's sci-fi dystopia.

Happy Towel Day, You Hoopy Froods

Today is Towel Day, the day we celebrate the works of Douglas Adams. Adams is best known for the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels. Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors. Yes, he was funny, but what I love is that all his books take[…]

by × May 25, 2015 ×

Science Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

Science Fiction Books Everyone Should Read

Recently one of the Alibris forum posts was asking if anyone knew a good book series to read. Series are great because once you get into the characters and story the fun continues. It’s like a good TV series where you don’t want it to end. I have some great[…]

by × May 11, 2015 ×

An Armenian family receiving food relief, 1915 (source: Wikimedia)

Remembering the Armenian Genocide: an Interview with Dana Walrath

Today on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, we talk to Dana Walrath, the author of a YA book about two Armenian children fleeing the violence.

by × April 24, 2015 ×

Image by Jamieson Fry, © 2013

An Interview with TC Boyle

Catching up with TC Boyle before His Award at the LA Times Festival of Books If you’ve ever wanted to hear this blogger giggle like a schoolgirl, look no further than this interview with PEN/Faulkner award-winner TC Boyle. He’s the author of 24 books and countless stories, and his works[…]

by × April 16, 2015 ×

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Interview with YA Author Corina Vacco, and an Excerpt from her Debut My Chemical Mountain

Before the interview I must disclose that I know Corina Vacco from a writers group in Berkeley. But please don’t think this is a situation where I’m eager to share the writing of a friend. No! It’s quite the opposite: from my first exposure to her prose I determined to[…]

by × March 30, 2015 ×

A graphic we made for our excerpt from Anais Nin's classic A Spy in the House of Love

Can Classic Lit Be Steamy? An Excerpt from A Spy in the House of Love

Today we’re sharing the first chapter from Nin’s breakout novel, A Spy in the House of Love. The story takes place in New York during the age of Mad Men. Like Nin, the lead character Sabina is leading a double life. She tells her secrets to a professional lie detector, a man she found by dialing a random number.

by × March 24, 2015 ×

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski, The Quentin Tarantino of Authors

Duane Swierczynski is the Quentin Tarantino of story writers.  His books are straight-up action, with a salt shaker sprinkle of violence, after somebody unscrewed the top off the salt shaker.  Duane Swierczynski does not hold back.  A receipt for This Here’s a Stick-Up, Duane’s nonfiction book on American bank robbery, was[…]

by × March 17, 2015 ×

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

Women’s Fiction You Don’t Want to Miss: Bailey’s Women’s Prize

If you haven’t heard of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, that may be because it has changed its name. It was formerly the Orange Prize, but also the straightforward Women’s Prize for Fiction. But now everyone’s favorite Irish liqueur has offered to help sponsor it, and the Bailey’s Women’s[…]

by × March 13, 2015 ×