Author Essay

On Writing Fiction about My Real Life

The author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree illuminates how the real and imagined create truth together.

Author Essay

The Syntax of Literature’s Greatest Lines

The Joy of Syntax author explains why it's okay to break editors' rules (occasionally).

By JUNE CASAGRANDE • 11 months ago
Author Essay

A Letter From Guernsey Author Mary Ann Shaffer

"There my characters stand: bored, boring, and mute. Furthermore, they don’t like me any more than I like them."

By MARY ANN SHAFFER • 11 months ago
Author Essay

5 Women in Literature Who Are Total Bosses

The author of Like She Owns the Place spotlights leading ladies who changed their own stories.

By CARA ALWILL LEYBA • 11 months ago
Author Essay

How to Keep Plot Twists Fresh

Somebody's Daughter author David Bell reveals the most crucial component for building suspense.

By DAVID BELL • 11 months ago
Author Essay

How to Curate the Ultimate Home Library

Making a space that reflects your taste, choosing books that excite, and other tips from an expert minimalist.

By TARA BUTTON • 12 months ago
Author Essay

On Attempting to Be an Ally

The House of Rougeaux author talks the uncomfortable—and necessary—foundation of allyship.

By JENNY JAECKEL • 12 months ago
Author Essay

Proust’s Muses

The author of Proust's Duchess reveals the real-life women who crafted themselves into living legends.

By CAROLINE WEBER • 1 year ago