Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?
Louise Penny's The Long Way Home, book 10 in the Chief Inspector Gamache series, debuted at #1 on bestseller lists all over North America, including both the New York Times and the Globe and Mail, making it the #1 book on the continent. Minotaur Books has also released a Louise Penny/Gamache Boxed Set featuring the first three books in the series.
Here we speak with her about writing, success in writing, fear and jealousy.
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has become a phenomena among children and parents. There are 150 million of the books in print in 45 different languages. On a recent Thursday at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY, author Jeff Kinney was working a crowd of hundreds of kids - and their parents - signing books and making small talk.
In the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Long Haul Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a vacation - and Kinney has been taking a road trip of his own to support the book.
Diane Ackerman is the author of the books: One Hundred Names for Love, A Natural History of the Senses, and The Zookeeper's Wife. In her latest book, The Human Age, she offers some optimism for our planet and explores the ways people are shaping the modern world, and argues for a new understanding of our relationship with the environment and our own bodies.
In Karin Lin-Greenberg’sFaulty Predictions, young characters try to find their way in the world and older characters confront regrets. The collection of short stories won the 2013 Flannery O'Connor Award in Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press.
Karin Lin-Greenberg is earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Temple University, and an AB from Bryn Mawr College. She has taught composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Missouri State University, the College of Wooster, and Appalachian State University. Currently, she lives in upstate New York and is an assistant professor in the English Department at Siena College.