every day to this day; Review The Glass Pearls – Brilliant Wartime Storytelling From Ginzburg and Pressburger | imagination

TThe great memoirist and story writer Tobias Wolf once complained about the “essentially anonymous” gestures used in fiction and dramatic literature to define characters: “mixing drinks, crossing rooms, lighting cigarettes.” The problem, he said, is that these details “don’t tell us much. What you want is a gesture that tells you something.” It seems to … Read more

We are entering a golden age of diversity in storytelling – with fantasy and graphic genre novels leading the way.

CS Pacat is fast becoming one of Australia’s bestselling authors, and they do it by following one very simple formula. Just write what you want Wants to see. As an eccentric teenager, Pakat never saw himself reflected in anything he read. Or watch it in movies and TV. Or anywhere else for that reason. “If … Read more

“I Avoid Them Whenever Possible”: Children’s Authors Who Don’t Like Children | Children

cChildren’s book hating children has become a thing. It has been said about Enid Blyton, A. a. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein…and now we hear that the late, dear Raymond Briggs, the kind, angry writer and painter who became the patriotic ancestor of millions of us never met, was another. On the radio, … Read more

Namwali Sirpil: ‘I find uncertainty disguised in literature’ | imagination

nAmali Sirbel, 41, won the Arthur C. Clarke Prize for Science Fiction for her first novel, old drift, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic epic set in Rhodesia and Zambia, where I was born. She was shortlisted for the US National Book Critics Circle Award for her collection of essays strange faceswhich has been cited for its “cultural … Read more

Support Salman Rushdie, read him

Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times yesterday at the Chautauqua Institute in Western New York. He is on a ventilator. He has wounds to his neck, stomach and liver; a nerve has been severed in one of his arms; and, according to his literary agent Andrew Wiley, he may lose an eye. This unique symbol … Read more

Cloth Book Cover: I Turned 70 in 2041, A Pacificafuturist Novel, A Conversation with Gavin Bishop, and More

Gavin Bishop. Photo / Martin Hunter wrote in the review The Collections, by Patricia Donovan (Mary Egan Publishing, $35)Reviewed by Greg Fleming Christchurch-based Patricia Donovan is a prolific new talent. She published three novels in the span of two years – and it sounds exhilarating In switching genres and time zones. Her debut, The Remarkable … Read more

Johnny Depp surprises a Berlin woman, who is writing an introduction to her latest children’s book that benefits Make-A-Wish

Actor Johnny Depp has a reputation for embracing philanthropy, and among those who have experienced his kindness is a woman from Berlin. The actor wrote a foreword in Katie Vandrella’s recently released children’s book for Make-A-Wish America and Make-A-Wish International. The 31-year-old Vanderella, a chemistry teacher at Middletown High School, first met Depp in 2011 … Read more