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Commentary: On literary snobbery 15 April 2024

‘I always quote Kurt Vonnegut. He said in the early part of his career he was dismissed as a science fiction writer and that critics tend to put genre books, including sci-fi, in the bottom drawer of their desk... It's true. I get the New York Times every Sunday. In 37 novels, I've never...

Some years ago, I was working on a draft of my first real mystery thriller. In the opening pages, I included a bit of description meant to establish the location of the story (my hometown, Gainesville) and the time of year (late spring, the most miserable season in Central Florida).

Whats new: 1 April 2024 - What's new 1 April 2024
  • 'Some writers start with a sentence and have no idea where it's going. Others know every character's biography. I'm in between. I know the beginning and the end before I start. I recommend you know where you're going. You're a lot freer to twist and turn if you know your destination....

In 2022, over 4 million books were released via traditional publishers and via self-publishing. According to author Sam Subity, less than .02% of those published were middle-grade books. Middle-grade book sales were down 16% in the same year. According to Publisher's Weekly, however, there was...

Painter and storyteller, who revived father's picture-book series about elephant king, said he didn't consciously write for young people

OpenAI claimed it's "impossible" to build good AI models without using copyrighted data. An "ethically created" large language model and a giant AI dataset of public domain text suggest otherwise.

A week doesn't go by these days without AI coming up with new ways to amaze us and alarm us-sometimes both at the same time. AI has actually been around a long time, and there are any number of things it does for us that are so useful we've come to take it for granted. We all gripe about...

This week BookTok creators reflected on how authors fit into the BookTok ecosystem and the new sub-genres surfacing on the platform.

Many years ago, we paid a visit to Jim Swire and his wife in their lovely, rambling house, which was full of comfortable clutter; there were family photos on the walls and a smell of baking in the kitchen. Our daughters played with their two dogs in the sun-drenched garden, among fruit trees and...

Anyone who knows me, or has read my second book, or has stood too close to me at a bookstore knows I despise the concept of genre. I despise the tweed coat that genre wears when it decides what is literary and what is not. I despise the lab coat genre wears when it separates hard sci-fi from...

Saying that romance is a genre the literati love to hate is a hackneyed truism. The preponderance of tropes, if they're not well handled, can give romance a predictable or formulaic feel. Why, then, are they so enduringly popular? Why do they continue to outsell so many other genres, when the...

Link: Blowing up the truth 1 April 2024

Much to my astonishment, writes Lesley Fernandez-Armesto, I appear to have written a novel.

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