Canada takes over Alaska in post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel: Now free via e-mail (no DRM)

By Dan Bloom
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

A new sci-fi novel coming out in September depicts a future some 150 years from now when Alaska has become part of Canada. The Lower 48 States no longer exist as a geopolitical entity. Imagine that! [...]

TeleRead Editor-in-Chief Juli Monroe resigns to focus on consulting and fiction-writing

By David Rothman
August 4, 2015 // 6 Comments

Over the past two years, TeleRead has been lucky enough to employ Juli Monroe as editor in chief. But two other Julis exist: one a social networking whiz and another a novelist. And this week Juli [...]

Morning links: ‘Woe is literature’ edition

By David Rothman
July 7, 2015 // 6 Comments

It’s a dark time day for us booklovers, especially the U.S. variety. Noting the many high-lit imports that inspired high-brow movies and TV shows here in the States, the Atlantic asks: [...]

SFWA ‘doubles down’ in support of Douglas Preston’s petition

By Chris Meadows
July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Passive Guy over at The Passive Voice reports receiving an email from SFWA headed “SFWA doubling down,” clarifying its position on signing onto Douglas Preston’s open letter decrying Amazon’s [...]

‘Slenderman’ Internet fiction blamed in pre-teen stabbing; creepypasta sites issue statements

By Chris Meadows
June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

You know, I really want to believe the best of human nature, but then I run across something like this. There’s a genre of Internet writing called “creepypasta.” It’s a subcategory of, and [...]

No one is writing good fiction. Except Jonathan Franzen.

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 30, 2014 // 3 Comments

I’m sure you didn’t need telling that. Its so blindingly obvious. But just in case you were in any doubt, here is AdviceToWriters, collecting the “Writerly Wisdom of the Ages” [...]

Just like literature, mathematics can boot up your brain

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

Anyone who knows the recent research that shows that a reader’s brains are directly, measurably affected by reading fiction won’t be surprised to learn that mathematics can have a similar [...]

Reboot your brain for 2014: Read a novel

By libertyc
December 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here’s some news that will not surprise most writers, or readers, but which brings some good neurological data to back up their views against science-fixated skeptics: Reading novels can [...]

Morning Roundup: Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013, Strict Parental Controls for Tablets?

By libertyc
December 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

My Favourite Fiction Debuts of 2013 (Boing Boing) 2013 was a great year for my encounters with debut novels — first novels from new authors, and first-time excursions into young adult fiction [...]

Weekend Roundup: 22 Rules of Storytelling, Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy and more

By libertyc
December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar (io9) On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio [...]

Fact vs fiction debate: Fiction ahead at half-time after spectacular GQ own-goal

By libertyc
October 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

That longstanding debate of fact vs fiction has resurfaced again – and I hope that’s not down to Noel Gallagher’s unforgiveably imbecilic anti-literature rant in GQ Magazine, and [...]

R.I.P Tom Clancy: Master Thriller Author

By libertyc
October 3, 2013 // 7 Comments

I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Clancy, and his work since I was a teenager, and yesterday’s news of his death hit me hard. Later in the day, I was having coffee with a friend, who mentioned [...]

Drablr for Really, Really Short-Form Fiction

By libertyc
August 27, 2013 // 3 Comments

Writing short fiction is hard, but done well it can pack a real punch and stay with you for a long time. There’s a new site, Drablr, that takes short fiction down about as short you can go: [...]

Book-Lover vs. the Non-Reading Child

By libertyc
August 27, 2013 // 3 Comments

I wrote yesterday about a blog post written by a book lover who lamented her non-reading spouse. Today, a story serendipitously crossed my inbox on a similar topic: a book lover who laments their [...]

On Being Married to a Nonreader

By libertyc
August 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

This fun little blog post hit my inbox this morning; a woman named Kellee writes about being married to a “nonreader” and what she’s learned from this. The article struck a cord [...]

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