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Among the epigraphs of Melissa Febos’s sophomore memoir, Abandon Me, is a quotation by English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott: “It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.”
“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to use that epigraph,” says Febos, who considered it for her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart, the chronicle of her experience as a professional dominatrix. “When I first read that sentence, it just fell to the ...
Angie Thomas photographed by Anissa Hidouk.
It’s tempting to think of Angie Thomas’ YA novel The Hate U Give as being ripped straight from the latest headlines about an unarmed black person shot by the police. But that would miss the point that for many people, Thomas included, the news is not only news: it is lived experience—raw and achingly intimate. And the lives stolen are individual, particular to specific families, neighborhoods, and communities, not generic fodder for hashtags and sound bites.
Thomas says she sometimes ...
When considering what to charge for an e-book, the calculus can be complicated. We talked with Smashwords founder Mark Coker about smart pricing strategies, including how to price multiple books and different genres.
What’s the best strategy for pricing your e-book?
Mark Coker: Every time you sell an e-book, you gain two benefits. The first is money in your pocket. The second is you gain a reader. Smart pricing can help you find that common intersection where you maximize earnings ...
It’s a setup worthy of Sherlock Holmes: a museum acquires a work of art for a pittance, not quite realizing what it has on its hands, only to discover, quite casually, that the piece in question is a long-lost work by a canonical artist.
So it was in real life when, in 1965, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art bought a plaster and stucco statue dating to the 1400s, the height of the Italian Renaissance, paying only $225 for the ...
Our preview of books first published overseas
The Golden Legend
U.K.: Jan 12, 2017 | Faber & Faber
U.S.: April 18, 2017 | Knopf
Aslam portrays his native country, Pakistan, as a violent, cruel place where beatings, killings, and rapes are commonplace, injustice and sectarian rivalry reign, and suicide bombers seek vengeance for insults to Islam. His two central characters, Massud and Nargis, are both architects renowned for their beautiful buildings. Massud is killed in what appears to be a terrorist attack by an American ...
Christopher Greyson photographed by Jenny Nourse Photography.
Christopher Greyson is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of mystery, action, and thriller
novels. His Detective Jack Stratton series has been read by over half a-million readers and counting. Greyson’s educational background is an eclectic mix of degrees in computer science, theater, and communications. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife,
Katherine Greyson, author of the bestselling romance-mystery series Everyone Keeps Secrets,
and their two children, Laura and Christopher.
Can you describe your start as an author? Did you ...
Kelly DiPucchio may tackle disparate topics in her award-winning, bestselling children’s books—cured meats, zombies, politics, and dog breeds from France—but her approach is never didactic.
“I’m going to write a story about acceptance and belonging!” DiPucchio offers as one example of how not to begin a children’s book. “I’ve never started any story like that—with a message. I always start with a character and get them to tell me their story.”
DiPucchio, whose background is in child psychology ...
Mariana Enríquez photographed by Nora Lezano.
When I told Mariana Enríquez that I enjoyed Things We Lost in the Fire, her debut short story collection, she couldn’t help but laugh.
“ ‘Enjoy’ is not something most people tell me,” Enríquez says. “They usually say they suffer through them.”
She has a point. The title story details an “epidemic” of women burning themselves in bonfires. Several of the stories are about teenagers, especially women, entering self-destructive spirals that hint at ruin. “The lack of food ...