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  • ‘I do think the scope of what studios can do has really proved itself in modern live-action adaptations of fantasy novels. Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings were so huge in scope and delivery that people were able to imagine epic fantasy in live action as something that...
Link: Who Was Ursula K. Le Guin? | Book Riot 19 September 2022

Hard times are coming, when we'll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We'll need writers who can remember freedom -...

A growing number of states, cities, and districts are now requiring schools to teach phonics. In other words, to teach kids how to read. That's welcome news for a country that's suffered from dismal reading outcomes for decades and now also contends with persistent COVID-19-wrought learning...

What happens when a well-known children's book author switches genres after decades of writing fantasy and historical fiction for middle grade and young adult readers? Kathryn Lasky the award-winning children's book author is doing just that.

Alex Aster grips a tall Starbucks hot chocolate in her right hand as she guides me through the second floor of the world's largest Barnes & Noble bookstore.

"I come here several times a week," she says, pointing to a corner of the Young Adult section that often acts as a background...

Why do some murder mysteries sell more copies than others? There are countless possible explanations. I'd like to focus on one: the impossibility of the murder. Perhaps the most recognizable example of an impossible murder is the locked-room mystery. But there are infinite possibilities.

Link: What it means to be working class 19 September 2022

I'm often asked what it means to be working class, how you define it and why it's even important to make the distinction in the first place. If I'm honest, I'd never really given these questions much thought until I seriously considered becoming a writer, and then I quickly realised that my...

When I set out to write a thriller in which my protagonist was in mortal peril no later than the end of the first paragraph, I knew I wanted to include something about the Enigma machine, the encoding device used by the Axis during World War II, and about the successful British effort to break...

I have long been an anxious writer. Every sentence written reminds me of the hundreds more that could have stood in its place, missed opportunities for assonance or characterization, clauses left dependent that could have-should have-been made independent.

In a novel, an effective setting transports the reader, immersing them in the narrative and creating a believable physical environment where plot can flourish.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, the team behind Korea's Webtoon is preparing to launch a new serialized fiction app.

For those of us who cherish the freedom to read, the current wave of attacks on books in schools and libraries is disheartening. For the teachers and librarians on the front lines, it is far worse. They are being attacked for choosing books that reflect the needs of their students and patrons....

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