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Indie Bookstores, Awards, World Lit & Flint: Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell

Independent Bookstore Day!

Saturday, April 30th, was Independent Bookstore Day. Readers from LA to New York and beyond celebrated local indie bookstores with author events, special sales and more in support of the day. 450 more words

Literary News

New Deeply Rooted Video!

A special thanks to Juan Carlos and Jessica Quiroga for their beautiful filming and video production and Grrr Records for allowing us to use the song “Come Before the Lord” by Mike Troxel from… 16 more words


The Song That Changed My Life?

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NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour “Life Changing Songs”

One of my weekly favorites is to listen to NPR’s podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour. 910 more words

Sex And The Motherhood

Tuneage Thursday

Music, next to books, is my life blood. I was born into it, raised around it and reading is not complete without it! As I’m always on the hunt for new music, this is a great way to spread the love of music! 33 more words

Quote of the Day: Joy Williams

“We are American writers, absorbing the American experience. We must absorb its heat, the recklessness and ruthlessness, the grotesqueries and cruelties. We must reflect the sprawl and smallness of America, its greedy optimism and dangerous sentimentality. 53 more words

Writing Process


From The Quick and the Dead by Joy Williams:

‘Is he still the gardener?’ Alice asked.

‘Of course he’s still the gardener. What do you mean?’ Annabel was looking at the hiking boots she’d just bought for this expedition.

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Deer-Footed Lamps and Other Dead Animals

Techniques tracked:
-objects used to reflect characters’ (divergent) perspectives
-deploying scene v. exposition

In Joy Williams’ “Congress,” the main character, Miriam, lives with a forensic anthropologist, Jack, who’s revered for being able to confirm people’s loved ones are dead and provide closure. 1,762 more words