Ghostbusting — 100 Years Ago

Ghostbusting, 100 Years Ago By K.B. Owen Among the joys of writing historical mysteries is running across cool nuggets of research. While writing Unseemly Pursuits, I needed to learn more about late-19th century spirit mediums and their tricks, [...]
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National Read Across America Day 2016

by Jenny Hansen Tomorrow is National Read Across America Day, also known as Dr. Seuss Day. Anyone who has read my early Undie Chronicles knows I adore Dr. Seuss. Do y’all remember “Man-Style Goes to the Zoo?” There’s [...]

Washington Writers Conference – Books Alive! 2015

The Washington Independent Review of Books Annual Conference The Washington Writers Conference, which takes place Saturday, April 25, 2015, at the Bethesda Marriott at Pook’s Hill in Bethesda, Md., offers a full day of insightful conversations [...]

Bugging Out — Terrific Dystopian Fiction

By Piper Bayard Noah Mann delivers a winner of a dystopian thriller with BUGGING OUT. The future is alarmingly possible, the characters are refreshingly real, and the challenges are terrifying in this deftly-spun tale of survival and treachery [...]
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10 Bizarre Work Habits of Famous Authors

By Jenny Hansen Awhile back, someone sent me a post called Bizarre Habits of Famous Authors. It details the unusual methods famous authors have used to keep the words flowing. Holy cowbell, these people make me feel normal! Below, I’ve shared [...]

Becoming Josephine — From Carefree Creole to Empress of France

By Piper Bayard In BECOMING JOSEPHINE, Heather Webb eloquently traces the transformation of Rose Tascher, carefree Caribbean island girl, to Empress Josephine, wife of the most powerful man of her century—Napoléon Bonaparte.     Rose [...]

NEA Literature Fellows Take Center Stage

Paul Auster, Mona Simpson, and Alberto Ríos are among the presenters at the National Book Festival’s Poetry & Prose Pavilion Washington, D.C. – A new location, new conversations, and a new poetry slam are in the lineup for this [...]


Bethesda Jewish Congregation (BJC) continues its powerful 2014 GREAT NAMES COMMUNITY LECTURE SERIES onSunday, June 8th with a presentation by The Washington Post editor Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghost: A Journey Into A [...]
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Why Do Readers Read What They Read

WHY DO READERS READ WHAT BOOKS THEY READ? by Vicki Hinze Every now and then, readers and writers are subjected to comments from other people about the reading material they have selected. Some of the comments are from people we know, others [...]

No Longer a Bridesmaid! Terry was always the bridesmaid, but never the bride.

“No Longer a Bridesmaid!” a memoir by Terry Cato   For years, Terry Cato was always the bridesmaid, but never the bride. In this poignant memoir, this first-time author tells the story of her seven years of preparation, finally becoming [...]