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Commentary: Writing biography 28 October 2020

‘You write a biography from the vantage point of where you are: your gender, your race, your class. It's not a love affair or a marriage: it's a job. You're not writing autobiography; you're writing about some other person, usually a dead person. You can only access them in as far as you have...

Whats new: 19 October 2020 - What's new 19 October 2020
  • ‘Get on top of the computer program Final Draft. It's expensive and buggy, but it's the industry standard and for a first-time screenwriter like me there is something magical about the way it makes everything look like a Hollywood movie script. The other thing I have learnt is, the better...

Literary Events in Days of Yore

It was hard to miss the fact that Amazon Prime had a sale this week. Newspapers and magazines covered the event as a celebration of consumption. This on top of a coronavirus pandemic that has accelerated the collapse of already struggling bricks-and-mortar retailers.

The Society of AuthorsThe British authors’ organization, with a membership of over 7,000 writers. Membership is open to those who have had a book published, or who have an offer to publish...

The literati is splitting into two rival camps in an incendiary argument over trans rights - and JK Rowling is at the centre. Katie Law reports from the increasingly toxic front line

Let's talk about toxic masculinity in the thriller genre.

Oh Bill! This isn't the kind of news we need now. The legendary Bill Bryson, purveyor of funny, insightful, warm-hearted books on everything from travel to popular science, for most of my life to date, has announced his retirement.

It wasn't what people were talking about late into the evening at the Frankfurter Hof. It didn't come up over drinks at the Hessischer Hof. No one was whispering about it between meetings in the window-less rights center at the show. Instead, during this year's virtual...

A number of big summer bestsellers, a surge in interest in books on social justice, and ongoing demand by parents for children's books that both educate and entertain combined to continue to push up unit sales of print books through this year's third quarter. According to NPD BookScan, print...

The celebrated Israeli novelist David Grossman has called on his fellow writers to be "trenchant witnesses" to the Covid-19 pandemic, and to "sound warnings in every place" where civil and human rights are threatened as a result of the crisis.

The Frankfurt Book FairWorld's largest trade fair for books; held annually mid-October at Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany; First three days exclusively for trade visitors; general public can attend...

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