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What to Expect When You’re Dating a Bestselling Author

Ever wondered what it would be like to date a bestselling author? You might be surprised to find out he’s nothing like his books.

“Samuel just seemed like a normal guy,” reveals Rachel Goldberg, “not the archetype of a writer.”

“My fantasies were quickly evaporating—the ones where I’m whisked away to a villa in Spain where he bangs on a typewriter and wears a bowtie while I swim in a pool of dolphins and eat olives forever. I’ll admit my image of the writerly lifestyle was unrealistic. It was clear that this diehard Knicks fan was not going to be that guy.”

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Fun Reading for Recent Grads: Part Five

The final chapter of an irreverent guide crafted especially for recent grads looking to reintegrate with a society of readers.

“Ah, the dark arts of graduate school literary studies,” observes Anderson Evans. “You didn’t do it for the money, you did it for the Proust. Oh, no? You went the Shelley route? Ah, thought you were taking the easy way out with Frankenstein . . . . Now join a Dean Koontz book club, and when you get to his Frankenstein series, be the smartest one in the room with honest-to-goodness credentialed insight!”

Part Five of Five. Share with a recent grad in your life!

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Winners Announced: The Rathbones

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Fun Reading for Recent Grads: Part Four

You learned how the fetishization of technology turned us all into a mass of automatons, now it’s time you learned how technology made a couple of drop-outs insanely rich.

“Hey Einstein, what the heck are you doing?! Why is that 1048-page behemoth sitting in front of you?” asks Anderson Evans of other recent grads.

“I’m telling you, reading books in today’s world is done (by most people) for pure enjoyment! I know you’ve probably forgotten that, to you reading is work . . . and I’m sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but . . . that’s over now. It’s over.”

Part Four of Five. Share with a recent grad in your life!

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The Twitterverse as Seen Through Your Favorite Authors

From Jodi Picoult to Bret Easton Ellis to R.L. Stine – authors on Twitter to tickle your tweets.

“Just as there’s not enough room in a lifetime to read every author, so is there not enough room to sort through every author’s Twitter feed,” Rachel Goldberg observes.

“Part of how I keep up with the literary world is by following the sometimes prolific and sometimes just downright hilarious members of the Twitter literature elite. My favorite authors don’t always make the cut (think dead or too verbose for 140 characters), and others whom I’ve never considered reading have somehow wound up on my feed.”

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Finding Common Ground Through the Written Word

What happens when you discover your grumpy Russian stereo repair guy reads Harry Potter?

“This is why I love books,” recalls Emily Ansara Baines. “While Sammy and I did not share a common ancestry or even language, we both shared an appreciation for a good story. We didn’t have to agree with one another’s opinions to respect one another.

Thanks to Harry Potter, my Russian stereo savior and I reached a common ground.”

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

Debut Novelist Janice Clark on Her Love for Libraries

Watch debut author Janice Clark describe her love for libraries during the Random House Library Marketing’s BEA Breakfast 2013.

“My sister is a librarian,” says Janice Clark. “She runs the book club and blogs about fiction for the library …. So I have a pretty good idea of all that librarians do to instill and promote the love of reading. And whenever my stack of books is getting low I just ask my sister what’s new and good, and she always has wonderful recommendations. It’s priceless to have someone whose opinion you really value help you find books you’ll love among the millions out there.”

Author Essay Good for Book Clubs

5 Books That Taught Me About Bravery

Once you start wondering about bravery, what it is and what it means, you soon start to see it everywhere.

“It’s there in every sort of human struggle from the first bold moves of infancy to the last breaths of old age,” writes author Polly Morland.

“And courage is the very lifeblood of our stories too. Stories are in large part how we work out what courage is. You’d be pushed to find a brave soul – and believe me, I’ve looked – who has not, to some extent, been motivated or inspired by a tale of courage from somewhere.”