What To Do During the Quarantine…and Still Keep Safe

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Phase 1, in most states, has already begun. People are rushing to beaches and stores. Some have already hurried to bars and restaurants, foregoing restrictions and protesting to challenge what some see is a premature lessening of social distancing. Many others, however, are content to keep within the confines of […]

Eight Fictional Places We’d Love to Visit

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando is a fantastic park to visit for any fan of the series or films, but if I had my druthers, I’d take the “real” Hogwarts over the Muggle version of Harry’s world. But until that’s a viable option, I’ll stick to dreaming […]

No Nonsense Writing Advice from Folks Who ‘Know’

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When you put yourself out ‘there’ as a writer, when you lasso the title of ‘writer,’ inevitably you are asked your opinion. You are also confronted by a litany of folks who make excuses. Now, I’m not adverse to the excuse bit. I hear and speak them daily. But what […]

You Are What You Eat

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There are many axioms that get tossed around writing advice columns and beginning writer’s workshops.  Show, don’t tell is a big one, as is Avoid -ly adverbs.  While these are good and useful, they’re really only pertinent to the actual process of writing.  Just as there is more to being […]

Celebrities Who Are Book Nerds

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In the past, we’ve shown you LitStackers a brief glimpse of some of classic Hollywood’s most eager bookish celebrities. Now, here’s a few shots of some of the “younger” generation’s biggest book nerds. Some of these may surprise you. Some, not so much. Feel free to tell us all about […]

OpEd: Young Adult Lit and the Classroom

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A few years back I was asked by a dear friend if I teach the classics and I answered with an emphatic “No!” He scrunched up his face, tilted his head to the side and replied “Why not?” I sighed and then prepared myself for explaining why I feel like […]

2017 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

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The Hugo Award is one of the major awards for sci-fi and speculative fiction novels, shorter stories, magazines, editors, dramatic presentations (movies and TV shows) and other works; having “Hugo Award Winner” splashed across the top of a book or on an author’s bio is a really helpful thing when […]

National Book Critics Circle Awards Winners

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The National Book Critics Circle has announced the winners of their  2016 awards, with Louis Erdrich winning the Fiction award for her novel, LaRose. This is the second time Ms. Erdrich has won the award; she won for her celebrated novel, Love Medicine, in 1984. Here is the complete list […]

PEN/Faulkner Makes a Statement With Its 2017 Fiction Award Finalists

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PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. They annually administer the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers; on Tuesday, […]