Book Reviews: What Are They Good For?

They are very good for something. But they’re rarely used for that purpose in big, mainstream media. A review of the latest book by a big-selling author proves the newspaper, magazine, or whatever outlet is on top of the literary…

Interview with Peter Gelfan at Savvy Authors

This interview, by award-winning novelist Dora Machado, touches on both writing and editing.  Dora is author of the Stonewiser series and The Curse Giver. Read the interview here.      

PEN America Party

Last night we were at the PEN America annual bash for new members and new books, which is really just a big cocktail party mercifully without speeches.  We talked to a number of people, one of them being a guy about…

Your Brain on Fiction

New research suggests that reading fiction is good for us, especially the brain.  It also turns out that reading a story to some degree functions as experience—we literally travel through a novel in the skin of the protagonist.

Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy

Some fascinating scientific research…  Scientific American piece

Why Read?

Every human culture tells stories.  Some of them are meant to chronicle actual events, whether it’s a creation story or the history of a city or country.  Others are explicitly fictional, such as fables, tall tales, and fairytales.  Isn’t it…

Interview with Peter Gelfan in examiner.com

examiner.com

Recent interview on a book blog…

Texts and Teas

On the streets of New York…

Especially on the streets of New York, where most people walk rather than drive, you’re constantly rubbing shoulders with complete strangers and being bombarded with snippets from conversations whose starting points and destinations you will never know.  I heard a…