An Appreciation of the Author: Beth Kephart

An Appreciation of the Author: Beth Kephart

There are so many ways in which the past four and a half years of book blogging have changed my reading habits, and so many books and authors I’d never have known without it. Beth Kephart is near the top of that list, and the loss would have been all mine. Despite her prolific and varied output and a National Book Award nomination for her first book, the memoir A Slant of Sun: One Child’s […]

Sunday Salon: Shaping Stories

Sunday Salon: Shaping Stories

“Facts don’t do what I want them to”  – “Crosseyed and Painless,” Talking Heads And so we shape them into something that does what we want. Some other lines from the same section of that song acknowledge that: “Facts all come with points of view” “Facts continue to change their shape” “Facts are nothing on the face of things” I’ve been thinking a lot about how we shape narratives lately – ever since my stint […]

The 2011 Indie Lit Awards: Ready, Set, NOMINATE!

The 2011 Indie Lit Awards: Ready, Set, NOMINATE!

Indie Lit Awards season is officially open! Nominations for the 2011 Independent Literary (“Indie Lit”) Awards – the book awards chosen by readers – officially open today, and will remain open through December 31, 2011. Nominations are being accepted in seven genres (edited to correct links – thanks, Serena!) Biography/ Memoir GLBTQ Lit Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction Poetry Speculative Fiction You can find the nomination form for each genre through the above links. You may nominate […]