All posts filed under: Literature

Spring Reads 2019

3.20.19 Spring is here! My favorite time of year and that means new books to read! According to Brenda Janowitz Popsugar‘s books correspondent, here are 28 books that should be on your coffee table or nightstand, but I’m just going to show you six. Credit source: Popsugar   Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid  Daisy Jones & The Six is about the rise and fall of a 70s rock group, which is told in a rockumentary style…think Behind the Music…you know the VH1 series? This book is getting ready to become a series for Amazon, produced by Reese Witherspoon!     Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Found this description on the Penguin Random House site about  Gingerbread …“Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children’s stories, beloved novelist Helen Oyeyemi invites readers into a delightful tale of a surprising family legacy, in which the inheritance is a recipe.”     In Another Time by Jillian Cantor According to Janowitz, “Told in dual timelines of 1931, where Germany is slowly changing, and …

Wknd Updates: Writing Contests from The Writer

3.16.19 It’s been a while that I posted anything in the literature department, but with these contests from The Writer, that’s about to change… Credit source: The Writer SPR BOOK AWARDS 2018 Deadline Monday, April 1, 2019 Categories Children’s, Crime/Thriller, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror, Mystery, Nonfiction, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult Entry Fees $25 Early Bird until Jan 2019, then $30. (You may buy an entry and submit your book later.) Prizes WINNER SPR ASTRO Promo Package worth $1899 (150 Sales, 15-20 Amazon Verified Reviews, Best Seller Category Analysis, and an SPR Lead Story Review, Author Interview on site)WINNER e-badge for use on ebook, website, stickers, and paperback book SILVER 4- 5 Amazon Verified Reviews worth $199A Best Seller Category Analysis worth $69An SPR Lead Story Review worth $309SILVER e-badge for use on ebook, website, and paperback book BRONZE A Classic SPR Review worth $219BRONZE e-badge for use on ebook, website, and paperback bookAuthor Interview on the website Description Anyone of any age, gender, or background, from anywhere in the world, who has published a book with an indie publisher, or self-published their book in …

MidWeek Updates: Final Reminder of AWP Conference & Bookfair

2.13.19 Hello everyone! As I stated earlier this month, this is the final reminder of the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) Conference and Bookfair, which will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, in Portland, Oregon on March 27-30, 2019. For those who are attending, here a just a few things to remember… Credit source: AWP 2019 AWP Conference & Bookfair Oregon Convention Center March 27–30, 2019 Key Dates January 4, 2019: Will-call Registration opens January 31, 2019: Writer to Agent submission deadline February 27, 2019: Accessibility services request deadline March 13, 2019: Offsite Event submission deadline March 27, 2019: Onsite Registration opens   Materials to View/Download Attendee Guide Social Networking Twitter Use #AWP19   Conference Queries 696-8250  Conference 696-7742 Future Conferences San Antonio, Texas March 4–7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Kansas City, Missouri March 3–6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 23–26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center   To find out about hotel, schedule, and other information, go to    Featured image: unknown

MidWeek Update: Aspen Words Workshops

2.6.19 Hello! It’s Wednesday and time to pass along some great creative stuff. You can never get tired of workshops and the Aspen Words is holding several later this year. Here are a few things to know about Aspen Words. The rest you have to look at their website… Credit source: Aspen Words ABOUT “Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, our mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers, and connect people through the power of stories. AW’s year-round programs include Summer Words, a writing conference and literary festival; Winter Words, a speaker series presenting the best of contemporary literature; the Aspen Words Literary Prize, a $35,000 annual award for fiction with social impact; as well as a writers-in-the schools program and writing residencies.” OUR PROGRAMS Literary Prize: a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issuesSummer Words: one of the top writing conferences and literary festivals in the nationWinter Words: bringing the most respected contemporary writers to read and speak …

Reflections: Winter Short Story

1.31.19 Hello! With part of the US experiencing a very cold winter, I think it would be fitting to post a short story from  Christopher Evans. The Rites of Wintera short story by Christopher Evans ‘And fire and ice within me fight Beneath the suffocating night’ A. E. Housman There were heavy snows that November, and by the turn of the year Stella’s supplies of fuel were running low. She was forced to collect brushwood from the countryside surrounding the village and celebrated her twenty-second birthday with mild frostbite of the hands. She kept a fire burning in the main room throughout the day, banking it up at night so that a residual warmth and even an ember remained when she rose the following morning. It was just as well that the inn was empty of guests and she did not have to provide extra fires; it would be difficult enough to survive the winter as it was. The bleak, bitter weather reflected her inner state of mind. Her husband, Thomas, had died that autumn, a withered, exhausted …

MidWeek Updates: The Writer 2019 Essay Contest

1.9.19 Hello…Have something for writers who want to show people their talented works. The Writer Magazine is having their 2019 Essay Contest. Below are details on how you can enter… Credit source: The Writer   2019 Essay Contest Write a 2,000-word essay about any aspect of the writing life. Any topic is fair game, so long as it pertains to some aspect of writing.  Deadline: March 1st, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine. However, every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in The Writer. Word count: 2,000 words or less To learn more click right here.   Featured & other images: unknown and The Writer

Winter Reads 2018

12.24.18 Hello again…Winter has arrived, but where I am, it doesn’t feel like it (which sucks). Anyway, since winter is here, I have found some great books that you may be interested to put on your nightstand or shelf, courtesy of Book Hub. They have recommended 26 books, but I’m just gonna feature 10.  Credit source: Book Hub Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield         North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah         Murder at the Mill byM.B. Shaw         My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren         Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare         Verity by Colleen Hoover         Watching You by Lisa Jewell         The Boy by Tami Hoag         The Gown by Jennifer Robson         An Anonymous Girl by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks   To the rest of this list, go to Enjoy!  

Best of 2018: Literature

12.24.18 Continuing the Best of 2018…in literature. Found 26 best books courtesy of The New York Times. I will only show ten, maybe twelves of those books… Credit source: New York Times Asymmetry By Lisa Halliday           The Great Believers By Rebecca Makkai           The Perfect Nanny By Leila Slimani         There There By Tommy Orange         Washington Black By Esi Edugyan         American Prison By Shane Bauer         Educated By Tara Westover         Frederick Douglass By David W. Blight         How to Change Your Mind By Michael Pollan         That’s it! What do you think of this list? Are there any more books that should be added? These seem quite interesting!     Featured & other images: Pinterest & New York Times