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…

Authentic Voice

Fiction readers are very demanding creatures. They want their made-up stories to be as close to truth as possible—sort of like vegetarian meat. If they have to pick between two gritty detective novels, one by an ex-cop and the other…

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

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Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile

(Originally published in the Dec 2004 issue of Writer’s Digest and reprinted by WD in its 2005 Writer’s Yearbook Extra) Often we like to imagine the (probably imaginary) good old days when editors searched for traces of gold in the…

Recent interview on a book blog…

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